The White House is “shielding” President Biden from questions to prevent his approval ratings from dropping, Fox News contributor Karl Rove said Thursday.
“I think their audience ratings are likely to go down more because people are looking at the COVID relief bill and saying, what is all that pig about?” Rove said on a panel “Outnumbered.”
“Maybe they haven’t heard from them … I think the White House’s opinion is that if they hear from the president, it could go down a bit more.”
THE WHITE HOUSE CUTS THE VIRTUAL FEEDING OF EVENTS AFTER BIDEN SAYS HE IS ‘HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS’ FROM HOUSE DEMOCRATS
Biden has faced mounting criticism for failing to hold a formal press conference in the six weeks since he took office.
Rove said the White House is “shielding” Biden from scrutiny toward his coronavirus relief measure, likening it to his campaign approach.
“They wisely made a decision that allowed the focus to remain on Donald Trump, hiding Joe Biden in the Delaware basement. And it worked,” Rove said.
“I think they’ve seen since the season ended that he’s not good at the end of the day and he’s not really good on his feet.” “And they may be protecting it, hoping to avoid a further decline in their numbers.”
The White House came as a surprise Wednesday when it suddenly cut off the broadcast of a virtual event after Biden said he was “happy to get questions” from Democratic lawmakers.
Accompanied by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and the House Democratic Caucus, Biden addressed lawmakers on the issues of COVID relief and the ongoing vaccine rollout. He closed his comments by asking Democrats to help “restore faith” in the government.
“I’d be happy to answer questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance,” Biden told the speaker. “Whatever you want me to do.”
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The broadcast ended seconds later, after a brief pause.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.