US President Joe Biden suffered yet another awkward public grilling as he stumbled through a live CNN Town Hall event on Thursday evening. The US President has recently taken a hit amid a series of domestic scandals and crises, from vaccine mandates to supply chain issues. At one point during the event, held in Baltimore, host Anderson Cooper was forced to intervene and help Joe Biden remember the city of Long Beach, California.
When discussing the supply chain crisis, President Biden said: “40 percent of all products coming into the US on the west coast go through Los Angeles and um, um, what am I doing here?”
Mr Anderson then responded: “Long Beach?”
The President said: “Yes! Thank you. Long Beach.”
@MisterMetta tweeted in response: “He literally cannot name the largest port in the US (Long Beach).
“Don’t blame me if I don’t have confidence in his supply chain/inflation agenda.”
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@VCrown1963 added: “Biden looks completely lost when talking about the current supply chain crisis on live TV.”
This comes as the US leader’s poll numbers nosedive amid growing concerns over the economy and the coronavirus.
A new CNBC All-America Economic Survey revealed that just 41 percent of the public approve of President Biden’s job performance, compared with 52 percent who disapprove
Inflation is tied with the coronavirus as the biggest concern for Americans, up 16 percentage points from a prior survey.
There is frustration among the media over President Biden’s refusal to take more questions from the White House press corps.
In the first nine months of his presidency, President Biden has only engaged in 11 interviews.
This is far less than former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama at the same time in their presidencies.
Prior to yesterday’s Town Hall, President Biden gave his last interview on August 18, more than two months ago.
His last press conference was held on July 15, nearly 100 days ago.
He is also noted for refusing to take multiple questions at once or hold press conferences of his own – usually turning his back on reporters who have questions, or walking away from the podium.