Biden deploys a full third of his cabinet to climate change conference

This weekend, President Joe Biden departed for a United Nations climate change summit in Glasgow, Scotland. According to Fox News, he deployed an “army” of figures to accompany him.  

The network reported that Biden brought a full third of his cabinet along with numerous aids and lower ranking officials, something it called “a high-profile show of force.”

The list of attendees include Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander, and EPA Administrator Michael Regan.

Republicans say the president’s priorities are off

However, not everyone was impressed by the size of Biden’s entourage, with Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso complaining that the president has more pressing issues to deal with.

“The policy priorities of the Biden administration are far out of step with those of the American people,” Barrasso was quoted as telling Fox News.

“While the president and almost half of his Cabinet are soaring off to Scotland, most Americans would like to see a plan to deal with soaring inflation and skyrocketing energy costs,” he added.

“We learned this week that the economy is limping along at 2% GDP growth. President Biden needs to train his focus on Americans struggling here at home,” Barrasso went on to say.

Biden appears to fall asleep while listening to a speech

Fox News also reported that Biden’s time at the conference got off to a rocky start when footage emerged which appeared to show the 78-year-old president dozing off as he listened to a speech.

Those images promoted laughter on social media, with Daily Wire editor Ian Haworth joking, “‘What’s your role on the trip, random intern?’ ‘Well, I go and wake up the president every time he falls asleep.'”

What’s more, Fox News noted how Biden continued his habit of only taken questions from those reporters that members of his staff have already pre-approved.

“And now I’m happy to take some questions. And I’m told I should start with AP, Zeke Miller,” he was quoted as saying during a press conference on Sunday.

Biden made similar remarks at a briefing this past June on a trip to Switzerland, declaring, “I’ll take your questions, and as usual, folks, they gave me a list of the people I’m going to call on.”

 

 

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