White House press secretary Jen Psaki says she briefly considered cutting President Joe Biden’s press conference short when he said he would go past the originally announced time schedule.
Psaki appeared on Pod Save America, saying that she was surprised by Biden’s decision but didn’t stop it because he seemed “to be having a good time.” Biden’s Jan. 19 press conference was longer than any recent president, lasting nearly two hours. While Biden was composed throughout, he made several statements about Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine and the legitimacy of the 2022 midterm elections that Psaki later had to clean up.
“Did Biden accidentally take an Adderall that Donald Trump Jr. left behind? Like, 90 minutes in, were you surprised by how long it was going?” Pod Save America host Jon Lovett asked.
“I was in the back and I was thinking, ‘Do I cut this off? He seems to be having a good time. He’s calling on nearly everyone in the room.’ So yes I did have that go through my mind,” Psaki responded.