The White House said it is standard procedure for a president to receive briefings on potential questions prior to a press conference.
This statement was made in response to President Joe Biden being observed with a piece of paper containing a written question from a reporter. In addition to the question, the paper also had pronunciation tips for the reporter’s name and the associated news outlet.
It is ‘entirely normal’ for a president to be briefed – Press Secretary
Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said to reporters at a separate briefing, “It’s entirely normal for a president to be briefed on reporters who will be asking questions at a press conference and issues we expect they might ask about.”
As reported by Breitbart News, President Biden was seen holding a note labeled “Question 1,” which contained information about a Los Angeles Times reporter during a joint press conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.
Another note displayed names of other Biden administration officials, indicating the order in which remarks would be given at the press conference, according to the New York Post. Additionally, there was a sheet listing Biden’s top achievements, with the heading “Tough Q&A.”
We do not have ‘specific questions in advance’ – White House
Jean-Pierre clarified that the content on the note differed from the actual question asked, stating, “We do not have specific questions in advance. That’s not something that we do.”
More than two years ago, Breitbart News reported a similar incident in which Biden was seen using a cheat sheet during a press conference.
At that time, White House pool photographer Oliver Contreras captured a note featuring headshot photos of the press event attendees, with circled numbers next to each reporter called upon.
This latest development will raise further questions about Biden’s ability to see out another term in the oval office.