One doesn’t know were to start. A total train wreck of a press conference. We saw exactly why President Biden is not allowed to do many press conferences. Watch below. Pray for America, and for the stability of the free world.
No wonder they never let him do these.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 19, 2022
One commentator quipped, ‘Joe Biden didn’t do a press conference for months. We all understand the reason why.’
By Fox News, January 20, 2022
President Biden spent most of 2021 avoiding press conferences, but he held one on Wednesday, which was panned as being a “total disaster.”
The White House had high hopes for Biden’s press conference on Wednesday — hoping to paint the administration as a less-cloistered outfit that embraces the public and transparency. With Biden’s strikingly low popularity numbers, the president was expected to cast himself as a competent leader, who is in touch with the problems of everyday American voters.
But the debacle that took place behind the podium from the East Room of the White House on Wednesday did little to support that persona according to reaction to the press conference.
The president was criticized throughout his long remarks on issues related to Russian aggression towards Ukraine, his claim that he outperformed expectations, his outburst toward a reporter and more.
1. Russia-Ukraine ‘minor incursion’
Perhaps the most startling comment of the evening was Biden’s response to a question about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Biden said that while he believes an invasion is imminent, the United States is prepared to impose significant economic consequences should Russia move forward. But, he clarified, a “minor incursion” by the Russians would elicit a softer response from the U.S. than that of a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
“Biden is attacking the legitimacy of American elections while signaling Putin to try a ‘minor incursion’ in Ukraine. None of this is normal. None of this is OK,” National Review senior writer Dan McLaughlin responded.
“Biden just appeared to okay a ‘minor’ Russian incursion of Ukraine. So, invasion of an independent neighbor nation is bad. An incursion is OK with this president,” conservative commentator Andrew Malcolm agreed.
“Biden’s comments suggesting that a ‘minor incursion’ of Ukraine might not draw as vigorous a response as a full-scale invasion will trigger a lot of angst in the region, particularly in Kyiv,” New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker wrote.
“Why was there no pushback to Biden saying ‘it’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion’ re Russia going into Ukraine?” former White House press secretary and Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany weighed in.
“What kind of answer was that? No incursion is ok,” Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer echoed.
Biden is attacking the legitimacy of American elections while signaling Putin to try a "minor incursion" in Ukraine. None of this is normal. None of this is OK.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) January 19, 2022
Biden just appeared to okay a "minor" Russian incursion of Ukraine. So, invasion of an independent neighbor nation is bad. An incursion is OK with this president. https://t.co/FWKhtgWSw9
— Andrew Malcolm (@AHMalcolm) January 19, 2022
Biden’s comments suggesting that a “minor incursion” of Ukraine might not draw as vigorous a response as a full-scale invasion will trigger a lot of angst in the region, particularly in Kyiv.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) January 19, 2022
Where are the follow-ups from reporters?
Why was there no pushback to Biden saying “it’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion” re Russia going into Ukraine?
Where is the pushback on Biden claiming he “outperformed” expectations?
The list goes on
All pleasantries, no pushback!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) January 19, 2022
Biden just told Putin a “minor incursion” into Ukraine is basically ok.
What kind of answer was that? No incursion is ok.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 19, 2022
2. Overpromise or Outperform?
Social media quickly circulated a clip of Biden where he appeared to tell reporters that he did not overpromise what he could get done in his first year in office, but that he has, on the contrary, “outperformed” what people thought he was capable of.
“I’m not sure what planet he’s inhabiting but on planet earth his record is a record of failure,” Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson responded.
“Biden just claimed he has ‘outperformed what anybody thought would happen’ Sheer lunacy,” Buck Sexton said.
“Joe Biden says he’s outperformed what anyone thought was possible in his first year in office. Really. He just said this,” Outkick’s Clay Travis reacted.
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