Joe Biden is proving to be an “absent president” by not holding a solo press conference or scheduling a speech to Congress despite having been in office for more than six weeks, Joe Concha told “America Reports” on Thursday. .
“I look at what President Biden said on January 14, where he said that, as president-elect, he will address Congress ‘next month,’ like in February,” said Concha, a Fox News contributor and media columnist for The Hill. . “And when the White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, was asked [she] he said no promise was made that that would happen, even though the president’s own words said yes. “
Biden’s immediate predecessor, Donald Trump, held his first press conference on February 16, 2017, while Barack Obama held his first press conference on February 9, 2009.
In Biden’s first six weeks, Concha noted, he has enacted sweeping executive actions such as canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
“[With] all these actions the president is taking without being held accountable for, I think a guy … who got 81 million votes, the most in American history, Joe Biden, with the wind at his back I would take advantage of and address the country during a time of crisis in terms of COVID, in terms of the economy, in terms of a rising China, “Concha said,” and instead we have an absent president at the moment. “
Concha went on to suggest that Biden’s team “has no confidence that this president can handle questions outside of carefully selected reporters, that we’ve seen four or five questions and the questions are generally friendly unless the guy’s name is [Fox News White House correspondent] Peter Doocy, and then from there we don’t hear from him in any way when he speaks at events. “
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Concha added that he personally would like to hear Biden answer questions about opening more migrant detention facilities for youth crossing the border, as well as the fact that 91% of the bill spends $ 1.9 billion from his party, dubbed COVID relief, does not fund health care. expenses.
“How do you justify that? I’d be curious to see how the president answers those questions,” he said. “I have a feeling that we won’t see that happen anytime soon because I don’t think there is any confidence that he can do it.”