Biden aides are frustrated with his indecisiveness on policies, including student loan cancellation and China tariffs that have dragged on for a year, report says
- President Joe Biden’s aides are frustrated with his indecisiveness on policies, including student loan forgiveness and Chinese tariffs
- Biden is “little bit driving public servants through his administration,” Politico’s West Wing Playbook wrote on Wednesday.
- Discussions on key issues have dragged on for a year as Biden calls for more information and data
- ‘The bias of the Biden administration…is for inaction,’ said a former White House official who worked for both Biden and former President Donald Trump
President Joe Biden’s aides are frustrated with his indecisiveness on policies, including student loan forgiveness and Chinese tariffs.
Biden ‘drives officials in his administration a bit crazy’ wrote Politico’s West Wing Playbook on Wednesdaybecause discussions on some of these key issues have dragged on for a year.
“The bias of the Biden administration…is for inaction,” said a former White House official who worked for both Biden and former President Donald Trump. “The way you activate that is you say, ‘We should look into that. We should get more data. We should do more studies. So you get a lot from that.
President Joe Biden is “driving public servants a bit crazy in his administration,” Politico’s West Wing Playbook wrote on Wednesday, about perceived indecision over policies, including student loan cancellation and Chinese tariffs
Aides are frustrated because Biden hasn’t made decisions on policies such as student loans (left) and China tariffs. Biden said on Wednesday he planned to speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) in the next 10 days, but would not reveal what he would tell the leader about tariffs.
Sources tell Politico that Biden’s decision-making process is lengthening because the president insists on every detail.
And when questions cannot be answered, the president prefers that a manager finds out – leading to more meetings – and therefore delays.
A number of sources called Biden thoughtful, not undecided, and noted what a refreshing change it was from his predecessor, who often announced major policy changes via tweet, without warning. the appropriate agencies.
They also argued that Biden moved quickly when he needed to.
“For most of his career, Joe Biden has managed to act carefully and deliberately,” an administration official told Politico.
And in the past, Biden has criticized indecision.
In his 2017 memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, Biden wrote about how former President Barack Obama “deliberately erred.”
“‘Trust your instincts, Mr. President,’ I would tell him,” Biden recalled of serving as Obama’s vice president. “On important decisions that needed to be made quickly, I had learned over the years, a president was never going to have more than about 70% of the information needed.”
“So once you’ve vetted the experts, the stats, the data, and the information, you should be prepared to trust your instincts,” Biden wrote.
Biden has yet to decide whether he would support widespread student loan forgiveness, as some in his party have argued.
Last month, he said a number of options remained on the table, including pushing the COVID-related payment pause further in the future.
Federal student loans are supposed to be repaid on August 31.
On Wednesday, Biden told reporters on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews that he planned to speak to Chinese President Xi Jinping in the next 10 days – but hesitated when asked what he could tell the Chinese leader about the rates.