Biden’s con­fused night­time press con­fer­ence ‘made a camp­fire into a bon­fire’

The White House is defend­ing its media strat­e­gy of sched­ul­ing Pres­i­dent Joe Biden for a prime-time address to dis­pute men­tal acu­ity alle­ga­tions in spe­cial coun­sel Robert Hur‘s report.

But instead of putting the public’s mind at ease with his four-minute remarks and the eight min­utes he spent answer­ing ques­tions from reporters, Biden pro­vid­ed more exam­ples of mis­re­mem­ber­ing or mis­s­peak­ing when he mis­took the Egypt­ian and Mex­i­can pres­i­dents dur­ing his response to an inquiry about the Israel–Hamas war.

Hur may not have charged Biden despite find­ing that Biden wil­ful­ly retained clas­si­fied doc­u­ments and dis­closed sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion dur­ing his 15-month inves­ti­ga­tion into the pres­i­dent, but the for­mer Trump-appoint­ed U.S. attorney’s almost 40 …