President Joe Biden’s approval rating has been trending downward in recent months due to widespread criticism of his administration’s response to a number of pressing issues.
Instead of addressing those concerns, however, critics say the president has decided to simply turn and run.
“Accountability for his decisions”
Fox News contributor Joe Concha expressed such an opinion on Thursday, slamming Biden for dodging questions from reporters at every turn.
According to Fox, Concha argued that it is unlikely Biden’s approval rating will reverse course anytime soon — “especially when you have a president that runs from reporters at a time when accountability for his decisions is demanded.”
Concha’s complaint came just days after a meeting between Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ended with the president brazenly walking out of the room as reporters shouted questions.
Johnson, on the other hand, was clearly interested in taking questions from British reporters gathered nearby, but White House aides soon shuffled the reporters and cameras out of the room.
Asked about the incident on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki attempted to defend the Biden administration’s behavior while blaming Johnson for having “called on individuals from his press corps without alerting us to that intention in advance.”
“He is failing”
The following morning, Concha weighed in during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
“So the British prime minister needs to ask permission from Ms. Psaki and the president’s chief handlers around taking questions?” he asked, according to Fox. “And again, why is the press secretary telling our president he should not answer questions about, say, I don’t know, the drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including seven children, about getting ahead of his FDA and the scientists on booster shots, or why he hasn’t visited the border as president, where it’s clearly a crisis?”
Pointing to one recent poll, Concha concluded that a “majority of Americans don’t believe that Biden is, and this their words, competent, focused, or effective enough to be president.”
Without offering frank answers and open access to reporters, he predicted that it would be next to impossible for Biden to reverse that perception. Furthermore, Biden’s approval rating has dropped massively since his inauguration — from 61% to 37%, according to a recent Gallup survey.
“And if he thinks he could govern the way he campaigned by hiding, he will fail,” Concha said. “And the numbers show that he is failing in the amount of time it takes to complete a hockey season just nine months in.”