Following remarks about the passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, President Biden warned he would be in “real trouble” if he took another question from the press on Saturday.
“I can take … I’m going to get in real trouble … this is the last question I’m taking,” Biden said.
“You can decide who I’m pointing to,” he continued, closing his eyes and pointing toward the gathered reporters.
The following question addressed when Americans may expect to see the benefits of the infrastructure bill, as well as when the Build Back Better Bill would be passed.
“I don’t want to make your job easier … I know the answer exactly when it’s going to be passed,” the president joked in response.
He then predicted that Americans will see the benefits of the infrastructure bill “probably starting within the next two to three months.”
The president has already stated that taking media questions will get him in hot water with his staff.
In June, the president joked that his staff would be upset with him if he didn’t conduct an event as they wanted.
“I’m sorry. I’m going to get in trouble with my staff if I don’t do this the right way,” Biden said.
In April, the president claimed he would be “in trouble” if he continued to accept reporters’ questions after speaking about new federal health guidelines for mask wear for both vaccinated and unvaccinated Americans.
“I’m sorry, this is the last question I’ll take, and I’m really gonna be in trouble,” he stated after hearing questions regarding his own mask-wearing and a potential summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Jen Psaki, Biden’s press secretary, has also stated that Biden taking reporter questions is “not something we recommend.”
Psaki stated in an interview with senior political commentator David Axelrod that she sometimes advises Biden not to answer questions from reporters.
“That is not something we recommend,” said Psaki. “In fact, a lot of times we say ‘don’t take questions,’ but he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”
Biden made the comments on Saturday after speaking about the passing of what he called a “long overdue” infrastructure bill in the House of Representatives Friday.