President Joe Biden will hold a formal press conference at the White House on Wednesday, Jan. 19 — his first such event since March of 2021 — the White House announced Friday.
Biden has held less than half as many press conferences in his first year in office as any five of his most recent predecessors. His first press conference came March 25 of 2021, and he held a subsequent five solo press conferences throughout the year and three more alongside other heads of state, bringing the total to nine. Although the White House claims that the conference will commemorate Biden’s first year anniversary of his election, reporters will likely focus on the many roadblocks his administration has encountered this week.
As the one-year mark for the Biden presidency approaches, a Quinnipiac poll put Biden’s approval rating at just 33% on Wednesday, the lowest of his tenure so far. Biden entered office with a solid 54% approval rating, but he has consistently slipped in the polls since spring of 2021. (RELATED: Watch Joe Biden Weirdly Whisper His Answers To The Press)
White House press sec. Jen Psaki announces the Pres. Biden will hold a formal press conference on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 4P ET, nearly one year since taking office.
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While the White House was counting on passing Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) and elections agenda to turn the situation around, Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia — along with 50 Republicans — have made that impossible. Both senators voiced their opposition to the elimination of filibuster on Thursday afternoon while Biden was at Capitol Hill advocating its repeal. The rule imposes a 60-vote threshold to pass most legislation and makes it virtually impossible for Democrats to push through the BBB or Biden’s effort to federalize America’s election laws.
Hours later on Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down Biden’s vaccine-or-test mandate, which would have required all businesses with more than 100 employees to subject their workers to either a vaccine requirement or a weekly COVID-19 test.
The White House was heavily criticised by reporters for not being available to the public. The issue c