Biden, 41 days into term, still hasn’t held press conference

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It’s 41 days and counting since President Biden entered the White House, but he has yet to hold a solo news conference. ​​

Biden has talked to reporters briefly before boarding the presidential aircraft and has taken questions from some reporters when he made statements about the coronavirus and other matters.

And his ​administration has also resumed the daily White House briefings with press secretary Jen Psaki.

But Biden has yet to face reporters alone.​

The lack of a press conference ​​is in stark contrast to his predecessors — former President Barack Obama held one 20 days after he was inaugurated and former President Donald Trump took questions 27 days in. 

The lack of a solo presser comes despite ​a flurry of executive actions Biden has taken since Jan. 20 and his $1.9 trillion relief plan working its way through Congress.

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President Biden has talked to reporters briefly before boarding the presidential aircraft.
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Asked on Monday when he would hold his initial presser, Psaki said, “Not yet.”

“B​ut we will definitely have one. We will schedule it, and you’ll be the first to know because you’re pivotal participants in that​,” she said.

Kamala Harris speaks at a news conference with Joe Biden in Wilmington, Del.
Kamala Harris speaks at a news conference with Joe Biden in Wilmington, Del.
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The reluctance to hold a presser recalls the time last summer and early fall when then-candidate Biden largely holed up in his Wilmington, Del., home while the coronavirus and the presidential campaign was churning. 

Biden set up a studio in his home and took part in media interviews and talks with supporters and voters via virtual meetings from his basement, tightly controlling which reporters got to ask a question, if at all. 

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President Biden will “definitely” have an initial presser, according to press secretary Jen Psaki.
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At one point in September after his campaign called a “lid” at 9 a.m., meaning there would be no appearances or questions for the rest of the day, The Post asked in a front-page headline “Where’s Joe?”

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