President Joe Biden will ship the first solo press conference of his presidency Thursday afternoon — marking a brand new document for the longest a commander in chief has gone within the final century with out talking to the media formally.
Biden went longer than his 15 most up-to-date predecessors — stretching again not less than 100 years — with out taking questions from journalists at an prolonged official discussion board.
All 15 prior presidents held a solo press conference inside 33 days of taking workplace, in accordance to a CNN evaluation of knowledge from the American Presidency Venture.
Former President Donald Trump held his first solo press conference 27 days after taking workplace. Former President Barack Obama held one 20 days into the job.
In his first 64 days in workplace, Biden had answered reporter questions in passing throughout temporary encounters, usually earlier than boarding presidential plane or after concluding official occasions.
He had not, nonetheless, confronted reporters alone in an prolonged presser since turning into chief of the free world.
Right here’s what you want to know forward of Thursday’s presser:
The place to watch
The presser will likely be carried on all main TV information networks, and also will be obtainable for streaming by way of C-SPAN, PBS and YouTube, starting at 1:15 p.m. ET.
What to anticipate
In the course of the 2020 presidential marketing campaign, Biden confronted criticism for his resolution to marketing campaign from his Wilmington, Del., house.
The transfer, defended by Biden as one thing accomplished because of the coronavirus pandemic, extraordinarily diminished what entry the press had to the Democratic presidential candidate.
Now within the White House, Biden seems to be persevering with that pattern.
His administration commonly makes use of COVID-19 as an evidence when reporters complain in regards to the lack of press entry.
The White House has solely mentioned that the presser will likely be “open to pre-credentialed media,” that means the reporters of their selecting will likely be allowed in.
It’s not clear whether or not Biden will name from a ready checklist of journalists, both.
Requested on Tuesday how the 46th president was making ready, White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned that Biden was “serious about what he desires to say, what he desires to convey, the place he can present updates and [is] wanting ahead to the chance to interact with a free press.”