Senator John Cornyn has questioned if President Biden is "really in charge" because he doesn't have much social media presence...
It comes after he shared a Politico article outlining the White House's strategy to emphasize messages of quality over quantity.
And now, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has responded, defending Biden's communication style.
Now, President Biden has thrown himself into his new role with gusto.
Months after his move to the White House, the newly-elected president has been keeping himself very busy by dismantling a whole array of controversial Trump-era regulations.
Mere hours after his inauguration ceremony, Biden fulfilled one of his top campaign promises by pledging to put the U.S. back in the Paris Agreement on climate change - an international pact aimed at curbing emissions that cause global warming.
Trump famously withdrew from the agreement in 2017, citing costs to American taxpayers.
And as for the country's ongoing racial division?
Well, Biden has already got to work on putting the pieces back together.
He first signed an executive order to promote racial equity.
Biden ordered his government to conduct equity assessments of its agencies and reallocate resources to "advance equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality."
He then reversed Trump's infamous ban on U.S. entry from majority-Muslim countries.
Biden's proclamation reversed Trump's policy that barred entry to the U.S. for refugees and residents from 7 predominantly Muslim countries and orders plans within forty-five days for resuming visa processing.
But, despite all his hard work...
Of course, Biden - just like many past presidents - has made a few mistakes along the way.
He recently laid into Vladimir Putin, escalating the already tense relationship between the countries.
Biden was asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer, to which he responded "I do."
Following the comment, Russia recalled its ambassador from the U.S and demanded an apology.
Oh, and not to mention Biden's little slip-up recently!
Last month, the president was seen falling up the stairs as he boarded Air Force One which resulted in him being a laughing stock online.
Then there's the "cheat sheets" used during his first press conference.
Biden was seen to be holding sheets with bullet points on and headshots of journalists whom he planned to call on during the conference.
And it's actions like these that have led some people to question Biden's leadership.
But now, it seems that it's Biden's lack of social media presence that's caused questions...
This week, Senator John Cornyn took to Twitter to quote a Politico article about President Biden's limited participation on Twitter and the news.
He then followed up with the question of "is he really in charge?"
And it's caused a mix of opinions online...
I can’t tell you how happy I am Biden goes over his daily briefings & works throughout the day without whining, attacking civilians, private companies & his own hires on Twitter or watching tv to see who praised him like spoiled, petulant teenager. We finally have an executive.— Bruce Ditnes (@BruceDitnes) April 13, 2021
We all know he is not running the country. We knew before he was elected that he would not.— Samantha (@Samanth49545494) April 12, 2021
It’s refreshing to have a POTUS that does not feel the need to be in our face 24 hours a day. Instead he spends his day doing the job and getting things accomplished.— Bill Wascher (@bwms91) April 12, 2021
This is all about trying to imply that Biden doesn’t have the capacity to govern- it’s false, sickening, and dangerous. And sadly, the Fox News crowd totally believes it.— KLG_Va (@kgillespie731) April 12, 2021
Great leadership does not require screaming or hateful messages to be heard. True leaders require no constant praise or rhetoric. The job simply gets done.— Morganlefay1 (@Morganlefay110) April 12, 2021
I don't feel like he has a low public profile. He's addressed the country multiple times on a variety of topics. This just feels like a refreshing return to normal after the malignant narcissist who couldn't resist any opportunity to get on camera and act like a complete fool.— colonialcountry🌊🌊🌊 (@colonialcountr3) April 12, 2021
Basically attacking him for working rather than running off his mouth in a stream of ignorant consciousness and rage.— tom (@velo340) April 12, 2021
In the article by Politico, the White House's strategy to emphasize quality messaging is outlined.
It describes how the White House leans "more heavily on Cabinet officials to reach the audiences that didn't tune into his latest Rose Garden event."
Senator, John Cornyn, selected an excerpt from the article and reshared it on Twitter.
The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters.— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) April 12, 2021
Cornyn tweeted: "The president is not doing cable news interviews. Tweets from his account are limited and, when they come, unimaginably conventional. The public comments are largely scripted. Biden has opted for fewer sit-down interviews with mainstream outlets and reporters."
He then followed up with a tweet in his own words, writing:
Invites the question: is he really in charge?— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) April 12, 2021
"Invites the question: is he really in charge?"
White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, has since responded to the tweets.
During a press conference, Psaki defended President Biden's communication style.
"I can confirm that the president of the United States does not spend his time tweeting conspiracy theories," Psaki told reporters.
Seemingly a dig at former president, Donald Trump.
So, who do you agree with?
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