President Joe Biden refused to answer a question about the indictment of his predecessor, former President Donald Trump and instead appeared to chuckle when reporters asked him about it. Biden was giving remarks in the State Dining Room of the White House before a meeting with the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology when reporters asked him the question.
However, Biden did not answer the question and instead snickered as reporters were ushered out of the room for the meeting to begin. Since Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced the indictment against Trump last Thursday, the Biden administration has avoided discussing the matter.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed Tuesday that the indictment was not a focus of the president and that she had not discussed the indictment with him.
She added that Biden was going to focus on things like lowering prices for the American people. Jean-Pierre also declined to comment on an ongoing case when Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked her about the charges against Trump.
The indictment of a sitting or former president is a historical first in the US. Trump was charged with 34 counts of falsifying business records during his arraignment hearing on Tuesday.
The White House has been cautious in its response to the indictment, and Biden has not made any public comments about the matter. While it remains unclear how the case against Trump will unfold, it is unlikely to affect the Biden administration’s agenda in the near term.
However, with the possibility of a lengthy legal battle and continued media coverage, the indictment could have political implications for both Trump and Biden in the years ahead.
As of now, it is unclear how the indictment will impact Trump’s political future, but some have speculated that it could give him “the kiss of life” for his potential 2024 presidential bid. Veteran pollster Frank Luntz has said that the indictment will only strengthen Trump’s appeal to his supporters and that it will give him more ammunition to attack the “deep state” and the “fake news” media.
Others have suggested that the charges could harm Trump’s political viability, as they represent a significant legal challenge that he will have to overcome. Regardless of the outcome of the case, the indictment is likely to keep Trump in the spotlight and make him a significant figure in American politics for years to come.
The lack of response from the Biden administration regarding the Trump indictment has drawn criticism from some quarters. Michael Shear, a reporter for the New York Times, had a heated clash with Jean-Pierre over the issue, arguing that Biden had previously commented on ongoing cases like the charges against the Jan. 6 protesters.
While Jean-Pierre did not respond directly to Shear’s question, she emphasized that the White House was not going to comment on ongoing cases and would stick to that policy. The issue is likely to continue to be a point of contention between the Biden administration and the media in the coming weeks and months.
The Trump indictment has significant implications for US politics, but it is still too early to predict how it will play out.
The lack of response from the Biden administration and the media attention that the case has received suggest that it will remain a significant issue for some time to come. Whether Trump’s legal troubles will affect his political future and the broader political landscape in the US remains to be seen.