Biden’s first press conference: A return to the pre-Trump normal

Biden’s first press conference: A return to the pre-Trump normal


Biden’s first press conference: A return to the pre-Trump normal

Biden’s first press conference: A return to the pre-Trump normal

When Joe Biden took the podium in the East Room of the White House on Thursday to field dozens of questions from reporters, he remained calm, respectful, and circumspect.

On multiple occasions, he cut himself short as he realised his response had drifted into the long-winded nitty gritty of policy detail.

For other questions – especially on the Senate filibuster rule and the situation at the southern border – the president’s answers were difficult to parse, a product of both his guardedness on those topics and the fact that, at 78 years old, he has lost his fastball when it comes to articulating nuanced issues.

Mr Biden’s voice and demeanour conveyed little to no hostility even as reporters repeatedly pressed him on the inadequate housing conditions for the surge of unaccompanied migrant children in US custody at the border with Mexico.

Instead of creating and selling to the media an alternate reality in which the migrant housing crisis simply does not exist, Mr Biden admitted the current conditions are “totally unacceptable” (although he did shift blame onto the Trump administration for failing to provide the resources to deal with such a surge).


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