WHITE House press secretary Jen Psaki has admitted she tells Joe Biden not to answer questions from journalists outside press briefings, claiming it's "not something we recommend".
The communications aide told CNN anchor David Axelrod last night that the president takes questions "nearly every day" he's out with the press corps.
Psaki admitted that she has warned Biden about not answering questions outside of press conferences.
She said: "In fact, a lot of times we say ‘Don’t take questions,’ you know, but he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president.
"We’re never going to satisfy the White House press corps and their desires for access. And I think there have been mistakes made in the past of trying to do that."
Ms. Psaki recalled the moment she thought she would be fired after Biden once took questions from pool reporters three times in a day.
She said: "The first time I traveled with him, he took questions from the pool three times that day, and I thought, 'Am I going to get fired when I get back.
"So, he does do that and he likes doing that. I mean, the thing is, he likes the press corps and likes that back-and-forth engagement."
It comes as Biden's top communication aide revealed on the Axe Files podcast that she would be stepping down from her post after "roughly" a year fielding questions on the president's behalf.
Psaki said: "I think it’s going to be time for somebody else to have this job, in a year from now or about a year from now."
The communications expert told Axelrod that the Biden administration was made aware of her decision beforehand.
She took over the post from Donald Trump's press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who has since become a vocal critic of Biden.
But, Psaki hit back as she compared the Trump transition period to Game of Thrones – adding: “we’re still in recovery from [it].”
She also discussed the ongoing border crisis and insisted the White House was very much "focussed on it."
"What percentage of the public is focused on the border?" she said.
"A much smaller percentage than who’s focused on the pandemic and the economy.
Psaki recently laid the blame for the migration surge at the US border on Trump.
She insisted Biden and Kamala Harris were undoing the four years of damage.
Psaki said: "After four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head on and is building a fair, orderly, and human immigration system."
The press secretary also said they were working to reunify families but warned this wasn't slowing down the amount of people trying to enter the country.
She said: "Migration is a dynamic and evolving challenge, but the president has a plan and we are working on implementing it."
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