Joe Biden’s national press secretary TJ Ducklo deflected and refused the answer Fox News host Bret Baier about whether the Democratic nominee uses a teleprompter during question-and-answer sessions with supporters, dismissing the question as a talking point of President Trump’s reelection campaign.
“Has Joe Biden ever used a teleprompter during local interviews or to answer Q&As with supporters?” Baier asked.
“Bret, we are not going to get into,” Ducklo deflected in response, saying Baier was using “Trump campaign talking points.”
“Well, yeah, they’re using it,” Baier countered in response.
“They talk about it every day because they don’t have a coherent argument for why Donald Trump deserves reelection, deserves four more years,” Ducklo argued. “We know that he lied to the American people. We know that he has not shown leadership during this crisis, and they are desperate to throw anything they can against the wall to try and distract from that fact.”
Baier went on to say he understood his point but pressed to ask the question again.
“They’re using it, they talk about it every day. Can you say yes or no?” Baier asked.
Ducklo responded by again deflecting the question to saying the Trump campaign doesn’t have “a coherent strategy.”
“Well you haven’t answered, yes or no,” Baier injected, attempting to get the spokesperson to answer the question as the two engage in a back-and-forth exchange.
“They talk about it every day because they don’t have a coherent argument for why Donald Trump deserves reelection, deserves four more years,” Ducklo said. “We know that he lied to the American people and has not shown leadership, and they’re desperate they can to throw anything against the wall for that fact.”
Baier would then again asked Ducklo the question to which the spokesman accused the host and the network of aiding the Trump campaign in the choosing of its questions.
“I’m not going to allow the Trump campaign to funnel their questions through Fox News and get me to respond to that,” Ducklo said.
The question regarding Biden using a teleprompter was not the only contentious part of the seven-minute interview segment. In an earlier exchange, Ducklo accused Fox News of making excuses for Trump’s leadership when he was asked what would Biden have done differently if he was president in handling the coronavirus pandemic.
His response came after Baier asked whether Dr. Anthony Fauci was wrong when he said Trump’s private and public comments on the coronavirus didn’t have many discrepancies in them.
Regarding the recent headlines of audio recordings released between Washington Post Bob Woodward and Trump, Baier also played a clip from Dr. Fauci defending Trump in saying he didn’t “really see any discrepancies,” and asked Ducklo if he thinks Fauci was wrong.
“I know you all are working overtime to try to find excuses for this president,” Ducklo said in response. “We know from the president’s own words, he knew how serious this threat was. He did not implement the necessary steps to get testing to where we needed, to get contact tracing to where we needed, to actually mobilize PPE, and get that to around to hospitals around the country.”
Ducklo also claimed that Biden was never against Trump’s Coronavirus travel ban and said he would send Baier the fact checks that have “been fact-checked to oblivion.”
“Well, let’s get a few things straight, the Vice President was not against the travel ban,” Ducklo said, attacking Baier and Fox News for always reference and “like to cite the travel ban.”
When Ducklo deferred the question to bring up Trump’s handling of the pandemic, Baier cut him off.
“Joe Biden has been cleared I can send you the fact checks if they’re helpful, Brett,” Ducklo said. “Joe Biden has been clear that he was not against that travel ban but he was formed. Joe Biden has been clear about this Brett again, I can send you. I can send you the fact checks if they’re helpful. This has been fact-checked into oblivion.”
“I’m going to take it you’re not going to answer that question,” Baier interjected. “You’re going to send me fact checks.”
Baier reminded the spokesperson during the interview the reason he is asking these types of questions is that it is frequently being mentioned by both Trump and his campaign, and it is more likely to come up in presidential debates with the first one scheduled to take place in two weeks.