(CNSNews.com) – The Biden White House had no comment Tuesday on former President Donald Trump’s arraignment.
President Joe Biden, however, flashed a big, wide smile when reporters shouted questions about Trump’s indictment as they were ushered out of the room where Biden was meeting with his science and technology advisers.
At the White House press briefing on Tuesday, spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said, “It’s an ongoing case, so we’re just not going to comment on the case specifically itself.
“Look, the President is going to focus on the American people, like he does every day,” Jean-Pierre said.
“He is not — this is not something that is a focus for him. He is going to focus on things like making sure that the — that we lower — continue to lower prices for the American people.”
At least seven times, in response to other questions, Jean-Pierre repeated that Biden’s focus “is on the American people.”
So it came as a bit of a surprise on Wednesday morning, when Jean-Pierre announced that “President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to the UK (Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland from April 11-14.”
It’s unclear how this underscores Biden’s focus on the American people.
According to the White House statement issued by Jean-Pierre:
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to the United Kingdom and Ireland from April 11-14.
“President Biden will first travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland from April 11-12 to mark the tremendous progress since the signing of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement 25 years ago and to underscore the readiness of the United States to support Northern Ireland’s vast economic potential to the benefit of all communities.
“The President will then travel to Ireland from April 12-14. He will discuss our close cooperation on the full range of shared global challenges. He will also hold various engagements, including in Dublin, County Louth, and County Mayo, where he will deliver an address to celebrate the deep, historic ties that link our countries and people.
“Additional information about the trip will be forthcoming.”
President Biden often refers to his Irish roots, so the upcoming trip would have personal meaning for him.
Here are the various comments Jean-Pierre made at Tuesday’s press conference about Biden’s “focus on the American people.”
— “Again, our focus right now is on the American people. And I’m just not going to comment on any ongoing — ongoing case.”
— “What I can tell you for sure is that the President is focused on the American people. That, I know for sure.”
–“Look, our focus is always going to be on the American people, doing everything that we can to make sure that we lower costs and meet the American people where they are, which is why the President took the actions that he has taken this past — this past year.”
— “But again, that’s the main — the main focus for this President is the American people. We’ll continue to work with all producers and consumers to — to ensure energy markets, support economic growth, and lower — again, lower prices for the American consumer.”
— “And so, you know, that is what the President is going to continue to focus on: on how to — how do we lower the prices for the American people.”
— “You’re seeing companies, like Micron, take action and continue to invest here in America. And that’s what the President is focused on.”
— “Look, the President is focused on securing America’s energy independence.
— “So he has an economic policy that’s going to build — build the economy from the bottom up, middle out. That’s going to be his focus. But also lowering costs for the American people, something he talks about very often.”
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