It would seem as though Joe Biden is passing on actually being involved in the pandemic.
As much criticism as Donald Trump took when he was in office, Governors openly applauded his direct involvement and access to the president while he was in office.
The same cannot be said for Biden, who is starting to draw some pretty sharp criticism over the fact he is never in on the weekly governors call regarding the pandemic.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu stated, “It’s been a real frustration, I think it’s safe to say, for all 50 governors.”
Sununu added, “It would go a long way if the president would just get on the phone, or the vice president would get on the phone and take questions.”
While President Trump took part in eight of the 40 calls during his administration, Governor Pete Ricketts stated, “President Biden hasn’t been on any of them.
“It really is not the type of bipartisan partnership that the president promised when he came into office in his inaugural address.”
While Mike Pence ran the COVID task force, Kamala Harris is also absent, having only attended one call.
When Philip Wegmann of RealClearPolitics questioned Psaki on this during the daily briefing about the frustration from governors, she once again got confrontational, stating, “OK, so, two governors and some anonymous governors. I will say that the intention was never for the weekly call, the COVID call that is led by our COVID coordinator, to be a part, for the President to be leading that call.
“The intention was for our COVID coordinator to be providing an update directly from the president, directly from our work across the federal government to get the pandemic under control.
“And what we’ve done on that call is provided weekly updates on the number of doses that are going out to states, which have increased nearly every week, we’re talking about an average of about 28 million out to states now, it’s an opportunity to engage and have a discussion about where there are challenges in the system, how to better operationalize, better communicate, which was a complaint that we came in and tried to solve when we came into office.
“So that was the intention. I can assure you that the American public, governors hear quite a great deal from the president on his plans to get the pandemic under control, and it’s in excellent hands with his COVID coordinator.”
Her answer is not only controversial but also insufficient.
The bottom line here is that if governors are requesting a word or two with Biden on the biggest issue this country is facing right now, why can’t they get it?
Oh, there is also the fact that last November, both Biden and Harris promised to work “hand in glove” with governors to resolve the pandemic, something that is obviously not happening.