Politico White House reporter Eli Stokols said Sunday that the discovery of President Biden’s classified documents “takes some paint off” his presidency because “they’re supposed to be the grown ups.”
Stokols said those in the White House who were getting ready to work on a 2024 campaign were frustrated because the president often touts competency, experience and transparency.
“They might be confident that in the end, this won’t really go anywhere, it’ll be fine, but it’s going to hang over them for a while and I think the damaging thing that people are worried about is to that perception. This takes some paint off the Biden presidency and it’s because they’re supposed to be the ones who know what they’re doing, they’re supposed to be the grownups, the competent ones and this does not look like an example of great competence here,” he said.
CNN “Inside Politics” host Abby Phillip said Biden was “compounded” by what he said about the discovery of classified documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
The president said Trump was “irresponsible” during an interview with CBS’ Scott Pelley in September.
“How that could possibly happen, how one anyone could be that irresponsible,” Biden said in response to a question about the documents found at Mar-a-Lago. “And I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods. By that, I mean, names of people helped or et cetera.”
Phillip said that Biden’s past comments “muddies the waters” a lot for him.
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