President BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom 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 KlainAmericans simply don't want the costs of Biden's Build Back Better bill Biden approval at 50 percent in CNN poll Interpreter who helped rescue Biden in 2008 escapes Afghanistan 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 BlinkenSullivan raised normalizing relations with Israel during meeting with Saudi crown prince: report Democrats call for State to lift ban on embassies discussing same-sex marriage US, Brazil discuss ways to slow migration 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 TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report 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.