President Joe Biden’s proclivity for going off-message reportedly filled his staff with anxiety, according to Politico. When the commander-in-chief gives public remarks, White House officials say staffers either mute the feed or turn it off entirely.
“I know people who habitually don’t watch it live for that reason,” one current official said.
Biden caused a few raised eyebrows by referencing that he’s acting on orders. “I’m not supposed to take any questions, but go ahead,” he said a few weeks ago.
Apparently, his orders come from advisers, who have urged the president to answer fewer questions.
“A lot of times, we say, ‘Don’t take questions,'” press secretary Jen Psaki said on David Axelrod’s podcast earlier this year. “But he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”