President Joe Biden was caught with a cheat sheet in his hand during a press conference with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday. The sheet included a question from an LA Times reporter that the paper is now denying they submitted to the White House ahead of time.
.@JacquiHeinrich: "The LA Times said their reporter did not submit any questions in advance of yesterday's press conference, so to people who saw that pocket card, can you explain how that ended up there and why the President needed something like that?" pic.twitter.com/qVhVvgSrhb
— Media Research Center (@theMRC) April 27, 2023
The vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Times, Hillary Manning, told Fox News Digital that the paper‘s reporter did not submit any questions to the White House in advance of the Q&A. Despite the denial, the sheet included the name and photo of the LA Times reporter and a possible question.
CNN White House correspondent Arlette Saenz and “CNN This Morning“ host Kaitlan Collins noted on air that the LA Times said it did not submit questions to the White House ahead of time. Saenz said that the White House often prepares briefing materials for the president, but it‘s the level of specificity that‘s in the spotlight now.
However, Republicans have seized on the incident as an opportunity to highlight President Biden‘s age and his need for help. During a panel discussion on “CNN This Morning,” CNN‘s John Avalon said Biden‘s response to a question about his age during the press conference was not very “artful“ and “it doesn‘t help matters when you see him getting cheat sheets for questions.”
This isn‘t the first time Biden has been caught with a cheat sheet. In June, reporters captured a cheat sheet at a White House meeting with cabinet members detailing specific instructions for the president.
When Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the way reporters are called on for questions, she fumbled her way through a foggy answer.
The incident has raised questions about Biden‘s capability to lead the nation, particularly when it comes to his age. While Biden has been a consequential president, this raises concerns about his ability to stay on top of his duties and how much assistance he needs.
Karine Jean-Pierre has a VERY difficult time coherently explaining how they choose which reporters they let ask Biden questions at his press conferences pic.twitter.com/QWPzjpd1bH
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 27, 2023