Polling data shows that President Joe Biden’s popularity is continuing to decline, with a Civiqs survey released this week putting his approval rating at just 34%.
Yet rather than looking at his own decisions, Biden seems to believe that the blame lies with White House staff.
That’s according to a report published by NBC News on Monday. It states that the president feels “annoyed” over not being warned that a baby formula shortage was on the horizon.
Biden feels undermined by staff
However, the report went on to say that Biden is upset over the way members of his administration are quick to second guess his statements.
Beyond policy, Biden is unhappy about a pattern that has developed inside the West Wing. He makes a clear and succinct statement — only to have aides rush to explain that he actually meant something else. The so-called clean-up campaign, he has told advisers, undermines him and smothers the authenticity that fueled his rise. Worse, it feeds a Republican talking point that he’s not fully in command.
One example came when Biden was said to react angrily over the way that remarks he made in March about Russian President Vladimir Putin were handled.
“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
President Biden speaks about Vladimir Putin as he closes his remarks in Warsaw, Poland. pic.twitter.com/aopCp7Mbve
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During a speech he gave in Poland on Russia’s war in Ukraine, the president at one point exclaimed, “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”
Biden’s remarks raised eyebrows among many observers, and NBC News noted that White House staff quickly clarified that the president was not calling for regime change in Russia.
“Biden was furious that his remarks were being seen as unreliable, arguing that he speaks genuinely and reminding his staff that he’s the one who is president,” the network stated.
However, it appears that some members of Biden’s party are more concerned by an apparent inability to confront day-to-day problems.
They include Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy, who was quoted as saying the her constituents are “struggling,” adding, “This is not a time for political games. It’s not the time for finding bogeymen.”