WASHINGTON — President Trump fielded 867 more questions from reporters than Joe Biden over the last two months.
That number is five times the amount of queries that Biden answered between July 19 and Sept. 15, a review of the candidates’ interviews and briefings shows.
Trump answered a total of 1,141 questions from a Washington press corps which he maintains is openly hostile to his administration, while Biden responded to just 274 questions from local networks and liberal cable news channels like CNN and MSNBC.
During the week of Aug. 9, the president took 196 questions from journalists while Biden answered just 3.
Biden has repeatedly dodged questions from embeds covering his campaign and rejected “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace’s request for an interview in July after Trump sat for a hard-hitting interrogation with him.
Undeterred, the respected TV presenter said he would continue asking Biden’s campaign for a sit-down each week. Ironically, Wallace will moderate the first presidential debate in Cleveland later this month.
Biden took zero questions from reporters during an eight-day period in late July and early August, according to the data.
After formally introducing Kamala Harris as his vice president on Aug. 12, the septuagenarian candidate sat for just one interview — with People Magazine — over another nine-day period.
Even after significantly ramping up his travel following months of total isolation in his Delaware basement, the former vice president continues to spurn questions from reporters covering his events.
He denied he was “hiding” in his basement during a May interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, saying he was trying to set an example by staying at home amid the outbreak.
The former senator, who overcame a stutter as a child, has himself admitted to being a “gaffe machine,” and the bitter Democratic primary was checkered with Biden’s verbal fumbles like when he called a female student a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier.”
In June, he did it again, calling a reporter covering one of his events a “lying dog face.”
Trump has frequently bemoaned the fact that his opponent — who he recently dubbed “Hidin’ Biden” — has fielded barely any questions from the media in months.
“I’m answering questions all day long — every time I pass reporters, I’ll stop. I’ll say, ‘Go ahead, what do you want to know?’ I’ll go give it,” the president told Fox News’ Sean Hannity last month.
“The other thing is they’re so nice to him. I mean these reporters are so nice they’ll ask him the simplest questions,” he continued. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
The two candidates have sparred at long-range amid the pandemic and historic civil unrest but will finally come face-to-face at the first presidential debate in Cleveland on Sept. 29.
Reports have emerged that Trump is spurning traditional preparation for the three debates, instead trusting his instincts.
Biden himself has repeatedly told reporters he is looking forward to debating, while dismissing questions about his mental acuity.
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