Biden faces questions about access and transparency ahead of press conference

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Pent-up frustration over press access has raised the stakes for President Joe Biden’s second-ever stand-alone White House news conference.

Convened on the eve of his first anniversary in office, Biden will take questions from reporters as his own party jeopardizes his domestic legislative agenda and he is tested by foreign adversaries abroad.

Biden is anticipated to promote pandemic and economic progress while touting his $2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal during Wednesday’s press conference, according to political communications expert Aaron Kall. But there are also inherent risks after Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona tanked his social welfare and climate proposal and undermined his voting and elections reform push and Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to escalate tensions with Ukraine.

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“There are always traps that presidents can fall into during these types of live press conferences,” the University of Michigan director of debate and co-author of Debating The Donald told the Washington Examiner. “This is partly the reason Biden has not participated in very many to date. He could be unprepared for a question, stumble over his words, lose his temper, repeat himself, etc.”

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