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US presidential election: Joe Biden faces a major test of his candidacy this Thursday

US presidential election: Joe Biden faces a major test of his candidacy this Thursday

US presidential election: Joe Biden faces a major test of his candidacy this Thursday

Joe Biden is playing for his political survival. This Thursday, the American president will face a major test of his candidacy: a press conference, something he does not like. And it will be a “big press conference,” the White House promises, without any details about its duration or course.

This curious expression is no doubt intended to distinguish this meeting from the short, well-articulated question-and-answer sessions in which the American president usually takes part in the company of the foreign leaders he is hosting, and during which a total of four journalists are assigned to go ahead and ask questions.

No notes or teleprompter

At 5:30 p.m. local time (21:30 GMT) in the convention center where the NATO summit in Washington is taking place this week, Joe Biden will have to give his answer, speaking clearly, in a confident voice, without notes or a teleprompter.

In short, everything he failed to do on June 27 during the debate against his Republican opponent, Donald Trump, whom he will face in the November presidential election.

The 81-year-old Democrat failed to dispel the doubts plaguing his party after the disastrous television duel.

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On Wednesday, Vermont’s Peter Welch became the first Democratic senator to directly call on him to “drop out of the race” for the White House “for the good of the country.”

Calls for withdrawal of funds

Several elected officials in the other chamber of Congress, the House of Representatives, have done the same. They were joined Wednesday by actor George Clooney, a staunch Democrat and influential fundraiser.

Big names in the party, such as former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have been urging the US president to “make a decision.” The implication is that what he has already done, namely staying in the race, is necessarily wrong.

Axios reported Wednesday that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has also privately signaled to donors that he is open to the idea of ​​replacing Biden.

But in a statement released by his office Wednesday evening, Chuck Schumer said he supports President Biden and is “determined to ensure Donald Trump’s defeat in November.”

The former president, who has stayed relatively out of the debate speculation about Joe Biden’s health, called Nancy Pelosi “cognitive chaos” on his Truth Social platform.

Donald Trump also took a dig at George Clooney, calling him a “fake movie actor” and suggesting he “get out of politics and go back to TV.” Democratic senators planned to have lunch Thursday with three very close advisers to Joe Biden.

Biden is not used to playing sports

Since becoming president, Joe Biden has given 36 press conferences, according to researcher Martha Joynt Kumar, quoted by Axios. Among his six predecessors, only Republican Ronald Reagan did fewer.

“Guys, it’s almost 6:00 PM. With all due respect, see you at the next conference(Press). OK? ” That’s how Joe Biden ended a nearly two-hour marathon dialogue with reporters in January 2023. But there was no “next” press conference, or at least one of this length.

For example, in September 2023, he gave it away during a trip to Vietnam, which he ended by telling the press that he was “going to bed.”

Busy schedule

Donald Trump, a fierce attack on the media, could not resist a microphone or a camera when he was president, often staying with reporters for more than an hour.

His successor in the White House most often gave his press conferences in two specific situations: trips abroad or visits by foreign leaders.

Otherwise, Joe Biden is content to answer one or two questions briefly and occasionally on the go from a small group of reporters gathered for one of his appearances or traveling with him.

Thursday’s decisive test comes after several tense days for the octogenarian president, who is desperate to prove his viability.

For example, during the week he campaigned in two key states, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, gave an interview to ABC and attended NATO summits, and on Wednesday night hosted a dinner for the leaders of the defense organization’s member countries.

Source: Le Parisien

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