After 60 days in office, President Biden has yet to hold a solo news conference — separating him from over a dozen of his most recent predecessors.
Though the president delivered his first prime time address last week to speak about the country’s progress in defeating the coronavirus pandemic, the stretch of over seven weeks is the longest period a new president has gone without meeting with the media in the last 100 years.
Biden will likely face questions about several challenges that his administration faces, including the crisis at the border, the future of the filibuster and the recent $1.9 trillion stimulus that Republicans have criticized.
The White House has said Biden will hold a news conference before April. Amid criticism, the White House this month said it will now take place on the afternoon of March 25.
Administration officials tried to justify his lengthy absence from the podium by saying he regularly has been taking questions from reporters in informal settings.
Former President Trump waited 27 days into his presidency to hold a press conference, former President Obama waited just 20 days before holding one, and former President George W. Bush waited 33 days before taking questions from the press in a formal setting.