New reports reveal that first lady Jill Biden scolded White House staffers when they did not stop Biden from his solo press conference in January this year.
Reportedly, then-White House press secretary Jen Psaki stopped Biden from taking questions, but the president did not notice Psaki and kept on answering the reporters, which made Jill angry.
Jill Biden Lashed Out at White House Staffers
On January 19, President Biden was attending a solo press conference when almost all the media outlets grilled him on the Russia-Ukraine crisis, supply chain shortage, and his poor handling of the coronavirus.
After Biden’s two-hour-long presser, Jill Biden appeared in a top White House meeting, where officials were busy discussing Biden’s comments, which he made in the press conference.
The New York Times reported Jill Biden yelled at the officials, asking them why nobody stepped in to stop Biden. Furthermore, the first lady also asked for the specific person who was supposed to end the press briefing.
Jill Biden lashed out at WH staffers for not stopping Joe’s solo presser: report; First lady Jill Biden tore into White House staffers after they failed to cut off President Biden’s second solo press conference in January.
Who is running the country?￼
— Conservative American (@honor_country) October 17, 2022
During the press briefing, Psaki stood up from her seat in an attempt to wrap up the event. However, Biden did not notice Psaki; he kept on answering the questions from the pre-approved list of reporters.
Almost 20 minutes later, Psaki again stood up from her seat and moved towards the door of the room in another attempt to end the presser. Once again, Biden ignored her completely.
Later on, Biden looked at his watch and asked the reporters how much time they needed him further, adding that he would be available for 20 more minutes. The president kept on answering reporters’ questions for almost half an hour more.
Back then, Russia was yet to invade Ukraine, but had a strong military presence near the Ukrainian border. Biden was grilled by reporters when he suggested Russia would face a minor US response in case of a small invasion.
I remember when Presidents were with it enough to run their own press conference and nobody asked whose job it was to end it. https://t.co/IjXGrtf6AW
— Ominous (@annealmyheart) October 17, 2022
Jill’s Habit of Protecting Her Husband From Media Embarrassment
According to the New York Times, Jill Biden is extremely protective of her husband as she even tries to control many campaigning activities of the Democrat Party.
Jill often led the hiring and firing process of White House staffers and Biden’s communications team, which urged her to scold officials for not stopping Biden in the press conference.
Some media outlets reported Jill has taken charge of various activities that Biden is unable to do, due to his age. Jill has often backed her husband when he makes gaffes or whenever critics slam him for his poor governance.
Many Democrats often come to Jill to share their grievances. Reportedly, some Democrats asked her if Biden was too old to run for reelection in 2024.
On this, Jill praised her husband by touting his busy travel schedule and mentioning his election victory over Donald Trump in the 2020 election.