Psaki admits Biden hasn’t taken one call with governors on pandemic

Since his election, Joe Biden has more or less constantly boasted about what a great job he’s doing with the coronavirus while bashing Donald Trump’s response as disengaged and irresponsible by contrast.

But Biden has not been as energetic as he may like to sound in his rhetoric. At a press briefing Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki begrudgingly made the stunning admission that Biden has not held a single conference call with America’s governors on the pandemic — unlike Trump and Mike Pence, who regularly did so, Breitbart reported.

Governors frustrated with Biden absence

Psaki was pressed on the subject by Philip Wegmann, a reporter for RealClearPolitics who wrote a story on the “frustration” of some governors with Biden’s absence.

“I’ve heard from a number of governors who are frustrated that they haven’t heard directly from President Biden on these weekly coordinating COVID calls. Why hasn’t he joined those weekly calls?” he asked.

Psaki was characteristically snippy in response, cutting off Wegman with her own demands to know how many governors have complained. She rationalized the issue by saying that Biden had never intended to directly participate in the calls.

“We’ve never conveyed it as a call that would be a part of his agenda, so I’m not sure there’s, like, a big controversy here,” she said.

Biden is represented by Dr. Anthony Fauci and COVID coordinator Jeffrey Zients on the Tuesday calls, which are led by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, RealClear reported. Under Trump, they were led by vice president Mike Pence. Trump was part of 8 of the 40 calls.

Biden disengaged, despite rhetoric

Governors who spoke with RCP said the White House has not been engaged as they would like, and that they were blindsided when the federal government announced a pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“They didn’t even pick up the phone, and say, ‘Hey, by the way, you might see this in the news. We’ll explain it on the call,'” said New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R). “Nothing.”

“It’s been a real frustration, I think it’s safe to say, for all 50 governors,” Sununu said.

This comes despite Biden having boasted since his presidential campaign about bringing “science” and a more coordinated national response than he claimed Trump had to the White House. In November, Biden vowed to work “hand in glove” with governors.

While Biden has not been speaking with governors directly, he has used the bully pulpit to shame those who don’t toe the line as “Neanderthals.”

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  2. who does this jerk off think he is??? He is the President not the King…this moronic fool just wanted to be the one to call the shots for 4 years, while for the past 47 years he has done nothing or been wrong on every call…this “clown” has got to go and quick!!! I am getting really tired of this old fool who thinks he control everyone and everything…take Psaki, Harris and Pelosi with him put them all on a boat to China and go run things over there for a while…ya right! Biden you creepy old fool take a hike and take your son with you…he has a new gig speaking on fake news…he is fake news! Give me a break!

  3. CNN & DEMOCRATS HOW MUCH MORE CAN YOU LIE BIDEN DOESN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON IN ANY STATE, HASN’T GONE TO THE BOARDER NOR HAS HARRIS & HASN’T TALKED TO ANY GOVERNER ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH COVID IN THEIR STATE. WHAT A TERRIBLE PRESIDENT HE IS, ALL HE CAN DO IS LIE TAKE CREDIT FOR WHAT SOMEONE ELSE DID & BLAME HIS PREDICESSOR FOR THE MESS JOE BIDEN HAS MADE! HE IS A FOOL & AN EVIL CLOWN!

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