White House defends split press briefing after 10-minute first attempt with no economy
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called a second briefing on Tuesday after complaints that she only took questions for 10 minutes during her first.
Jean-Pierre apologized for the length of his first briefing after returning to his podium. The initial briefing was delayed about 30 minutes, dominated by actor Matthew McConaughey, who did not answer questions, then ended abruptly so reporters could attend a project signing ceremony. law with President Joe Biden. Biden also did not answer questions during the East Room event.
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“There are times when briefings are delayed for reasons beyond our control, and we wanted to make sure you all had the opportunity to cover the president signing these bills to support veterans, which is extremely important. “, said Jean-Pierre.
Addressing the issues is “very important” for the White House, Jean-Pierre added. She touted the administration’s record of holding “almost daily” briefings, compared to former President Donald Trump’s. She also cited her team’s efforts to provide officials for interviews or appearances when asked.
When Jean-Pierre and his communications colleagues left the briefing room for the first time on Tuesday, a reporter shouted, “Guys, we need a longer briefing.”
She has also been criticized by Republican operatives, including those on the Republican National Committee, for her poor outlook.
Reacting to questions related to the economy during his second briefing, Jean-Pierre asserted that the economy is in “a better place than it has been historically” amid inflated consumer prices and slowdown in gross domestic product growth.
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“He’s doing his part to try to make sure the American people feel the impact less,” she said.