President BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE's top aides have allegedly created a "wall" to avoid having him speak at unscripted events or sitting down for long interviews in an effort to prevent potential gaffes, a new book says.
"Peril," a new book by Bob Woodward and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, claims that Biden's aides intentionally kept the president away from "unscripted events or long interviews," according to a Fox News report. These aides included chief of staff Ron KlainRon KlainBiden approval at 50 percent in CNN poll Interpreter who helped rescue Biden in 2008 escapes Afghanistan Ilhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' MORE and adviser Anita DunnAnita DunnAides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims White House pitches Democrats on messaging strategy for Biden agenda White House: Clean energy tax credits, electricity standard are priorities for reconciliation package MORE.
"They called the effect 'the wall,' a cocooning of the president," the book says, describing the effort to counter Biden's "tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements," according to Fox News.
Despite the efforts to protect him from himself, the president's misstatements continued, with incidents such as a misleading announcement of a bipartisan infrastructure bill that Biden said was contingent on another spending bill being passed, Fox News reported.
The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.
Biden's handling has been a subject of recent Republican attacks. During questioning of Secretary State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenUS rejoining UN Human Rights Council; what it should do first Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Biden administration breaks down climate finance roadmap Obama to attend Glasgow climate summit MORE before Congress last week, Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) asked him about claims that White House aides have a button to silence the president.
“Anyone who knows the president, including members of the committee, knows that he speaks very clearly and very deliberately for himself,” Blinken responded. “No one else does.”
The "wall" around Biden is one of the many anecdotes from "Peril" that have been making headlines through the week, ahead of its expected release on Tuesday.
In another, Woodward and Costa reported that Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark MilleyMark MilleyRepublicans would need a promotion to be 'paper tigers' We've left Afghanistan — but its consequences are just starting to arrive Key Iraq War strategist and former Army chief Raymond Odierno dies at 67 MORE communicated with China to assure the U.S. adversary that he would alert them to any coming attack in the final days of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE's time in office.
Milley has since said that the calls were “routine” and “perfectly within the duties and responsibilities” of his role, according to The Associated Press.