Analysis: Since July, Trump has fielded almost 5 times as many reporters’ questions than Biden

A review of the interviews and briefings of President Donald Trump and Joe Biden shows that the president has answered nearly five times the number of reporters questions than his opponent since July according to The New York Post.

The Post said that Trump answered 1,1,41 questions from the media compared to 274 for Biden between July 19 and Sept. 15.

President Trump has shown a great willingness to answer questions from the media even though he knows that many of them will be nothing more than an attempt to trap and discredit him, while Biden has taken the opposite tack often refusing to be queried by the media, which is much friendlier toward him to avoid committing a potentially costly gaffe.

According to the Post Biden took zero questions from reporters during an eight-day period in late July and early August.

Biden, who until recently was mostly sequestered in his Delaware basement denied that he was “hiding,” telling ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, that he was trying to set an example by staying at home amid the coronavirus outbreak.

One person that Biden has repeatedly ignored is Fox News’ Chris Wallace who conducted a tough interview with Trump in July where the president struggled to defend himself at times, but he soldiered on anyway.

Wallace who said that he would request an interview every week from the Biden campaign will get his chance to quiz Biden on Sept. 29 when he moderates the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio.

There have been reports that Democrats are nervous about the upcoming debates and have urged Biden to drop out, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who said that Trump would “belittle” what the debates should be about.

“I don’t think that there should be any debates. I do not think that the President of the United States has comported himself in a way that has any association with truth, evidence, data, and facts,” Pelosi said at a news conference in August.
She added that she “wouldn’t legitimize a conversation” with Trump, “nor a debate in terms of the presidency of the United States.”
The real reason though that Pelosi and some of her fellow Democrats don’t want Biden to debate Trump is that they fear the quicker-thinking president will hit the former vice president with a barrage of statements that he will struggle to quickly refute and potentially casting doubt on his mental acuity.

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Author: Don Irvine

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