Cornyn Questions if Biden Is ‘Really in Charge’

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is questioning if President Joe Biden is “really in charge.”

“The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional,” Cornyn tweeted on Monday morning, citing a Politico article. “The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters.”

He then asked, “Invites the question: is he really in charge?”

The Republican senator was responding to a Politico article published on Monday titled, “The Biden White House media doctrine: Less can be more.”

“Three months in, Joe Biden’s White House has settled on a firm press strategy: First, do no self-harm,” the article reads.

Biden has held one press conference since becoming president and is expected to hold his second press conference with the prime minister of Japan on Friday — it will be his first with a foreign leader.

Deputy communications director Kate Berner told Politico, “Our communications strategy is based on innovation in the digital space, flooding the zone in regional and coalitions press, and effectively using traditional national media. He’s the president, he’s got a lot on his plate. We have people fanning out every single day across different media to amplify his message.”

She continued, “We don’t let his schedule be a limiting factor for us. We use the Cabinet, they’re experts in their field. They also have audiences that they can uniquely speak to.”

The White House communications director during the Obama administration, Jennifer Palmieri, told Politico that the Biden administration does not “have the burden that the Obama team had of trying to convince people that a policy is going to make their lives better.”

“Joe Biden is never going to fill the news vacuum that’s created by the departure of Donald Trump,” she said. “But the administration writ large can do that.”

Politico reports that there is a “belief” in the White House that “Biden can be used best as a marquee player coming in at big moments when there is a need to reset the press narrative or push a major policy,” but “it hasn’t always gone according to plan — on occasion, the White House has had to walk back or clarify comments Biden has made in the interviews he has given.”

However, as the publication noted, “But as a strategy, it is a return to an era that predated the Obama White House, when the country heard from the president sparingly.”

Responses

  1. “We use the Cabinet, they’re experts in their field…”
    Xavier Becerra is not an expert in anything health or human services related other than ripping babies from their mother’s wombs.
    Pete Buttigieg is not an expert in anything housing or urban development related – experience managing a small city doesn’t qualify him.
    Just two of many who are bringing Obama’s third term to reality. Look behind the curtain to see him and Valerie Jarrett making the decisions, and Pelosi and Schumer as their footsoldiers on Capitol Hill.

    1. 1. Xavier Becerra is an attorney, NOT a doctor in an abortion clinic nor a back alley abortion provider where you apparently want abortions to be carried out.
      2. Pete Buttigieg does have experience managing a city of 101,666 people. He is BTW Sec. of Transportation, not housing or urban development.
      Need I remind you that you supported the election for POTUS whose experience was managing a PRIVATE company listed as having 22,450 employees. While Trump declared bankruptcy of companies 5 times and no U.S. Banks will loan them money, South Bend credit rating on Mayor Pete’s departure was 2Aa. I would take Sec. Buttigieg’s experience over Trump’s long rap sheet and abysmal handling of COVID.

      Uncertain if it is a lack of knowledge of American federal government, or an ability to believe what you wish to be so. ALL POTUS depend upon the congressional leaders of their party to further the platform on which that POTUS has been elected. Trump is the only POTUS that did not consult past presidents of BOTH parties when they make a decision. Consulting others is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.

  2. DEAR SENATOR CORNYN, ASK FORMER BOZO’S TOP CONFADANT SUSAN RICE WHAT IS SHE REALLY DOING IN THE WHITE HOUSE AGAIN! REMEMBER THE ” BENGHAZI VIDEO LIE? ” IT’S ORIGINATOR IS BACK FOR MORE OF THE SAME FAKE CRAP SHE USED THEN FOR BIDEN NOW WITH THE AID OF BOZO THE KENYAN ILLEGAL CLOWN!

    1. Richard, with all due respect former CIA Director Petraus testified under oath before Congressional committees that HE okayed the talking points for Ambassador Rice to share with the public on the Sunday show appearances. Amb. Rice did not come up with the public statements, she DELIVERED THEM. Secondly, even Trump has admitted his inane assertions that President Obama’s BC was fake were not accurate. Keep up as you appear stuck in 2012 propaganda.

  3. Well now, that just makes me laugh: “The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional,” Cornyn tweeted on Monday morning.”
    Measuring a president by the number of his tweets (adding points for the unconventional) strikes me as a bad idea popularized by the last guy.

    1. Joycie, only you crazies from the left were bothered by Trump’s tweets. I never read one of his tweets. Joe can’t even do an abbreviated press conference with challenging questions. Psaki is an idiot. Things are looking up

      1. LOL…so plausible deniability of the content of Trump’s tweets makes them disappear??? Claiming memory loss of Trump’s press conferences when asked a question he has no response so he invokes his favorite phrase, “Fake news.” before he stomps away. Claiming memory loss of press conferences in which Trump asked for the investigation of injection of disinfectants and implantation of UV light, does not make them disappear from the history books. Sean Spicer claiming the Trump inaugural crowd “was the largest in history. Period” was not a sign of genius or credibility. Sarah Sanders’ telling the press that “countless” FBI employees contacted her to relay their appreciation for the firing of Director Comey was NOT the brightest moment in her career when she had to tell Mueller she lied. Nor was an indication of ANYTHING but Sarah was the dullest knife in the drawer when she continued to tell the press Trump was unaware of the NDA payments even AFTER Giuliani spilled the beans. And McEnany’s “President Trump never downplayed the [COVID] virus.” is contradiction of Trump’s own public and private recorded statements. If Psaki is an “idiot” WHAT EXACTLY do you call Spicer, Sanders and McEnany???

  4. News vacuum? Oh you mean twist the crap out of any word the President Trump said so the msm could create a panic.
    There fixed for you.

  5. Cherl, wonder how he signed it, with an illegible scribble would be my guess. Any document shown after that day was “stamped”/computer signed. Whereas, PRESIDENT Trump held up each document so we could see his strong, administrative signature.

    1. Check for what colour crayon he was using that day.
      Ah yes!!! The Potatohead of the United States!

  6. Watching him sign that stack of executive orders earlier this year was disconcerting. If quizzed, and it’s just a guess, it’s doubtful that he would not be able or capable of citing what they contained. Just because the press takes it easy on him it is obvious that when flustered by a legitimate question he just leaves the podium mumbling to himself.

  7. This is what you call news?? Here’s real news: Flowers bloom in the springtime. The sun rises in the morning. That’s REAL news. But Biden isn’t in charge? That’s not news.

    1. It sure is when you look at how he has been on the road to destroy the country in his last 70 days.

      Biden 70 day Update
       Russia is massing troops on the border with Ukraine. Ukraine is threatening to take Crimea back by force.

      China is threatening Taiwan and its neighbors while also threatening our ships and Navy.

      N Korea is testing missiles again and restarting their nuclear weapons program.

      Iran has been emboldened and making more than their normal threats, as well as pushing Biden to release Trump sanctions.

      Our southern border is a humanitarian disaster caused directly by this administration, and the administration that promised transparency is hiding it and not letting complete access to all of the facilities as well as bussing children to cities all over the country.

      Ford is closing a plant and moving it to Mexico after just bringing it back from Mexico because of the current Administration’s plan for Increased taxes.

      Price of steel up 145%, lumber 126%, wheat up 25%, food index up 25%, cotton 35%, silver 38%, copper 50%, soybeans 71%, oil 80%, etc, etc.

      Pipeline jobs lost.

      Wall construction jobs lost.

      1.9 trillion in stimulus that funds the administrations pet projects and only paid a fraction to the people.

      29 trillion in debt with 4.8 trillion projected 2021 deficit before the 2 trillion dollar stimulus proposed today for the new green deal. 🤦‍♂️

      6+% unemployment with millions of job openings that can’t be filled because federal unemployment assistance makes it more advantageous for people to stay home than work.

      All in the first 70 days.

      1. Nice to see you get your facts from Fox News. Trump 3 trillion deficit in 2020, one trillion in 2019. Unemployment over 7 % when he left so it’s gone down. Prices on items you mentioned started going up while your King was our dictator. I know you went to Trump University, 30000 lies/fake facts in 4 years. Now that a real accomplishment.

        1. Poor James. Unemployment was at 3.5 until China and the Democrats intervened. There have been over 160k so called Covid deaths since the inauguration. Illegals by the thousands possibly being cut loose in America. Jimmy you just repeat the same things CNN and MSNBC spouted for 3 1/2 years. Maybe Joe can send some illegals to your house and neighborhood. Taxpayers are paying for them now

        2. Replying to these idiots on here is a waste of time James. They still haven’t realized what an assh**e Trump made out of all of them and that they are the minority. There was no fraud in the election, the only fraud was Trump and his cronies the last 4 years.

  8. Biden does have a lot on his plate: subverting the US Constitution. But let’s say the quiet, albeit obvious part, out loud — his mental faculties are diminished. He can’t possibly execute the job of POTUS. But who’s the socialist behind him pulling the strings? Wonder why someone hasn’t figured that out yet.

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