Biden Says He Has ‘Not Directly Engaged,’ Contradicting White House Press Secretary

TOPSHOT - US President Joe Biden speaks about the situation in Poland following a meeting with G7 and European leaders on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on November 16, 2022. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Biden told reporters in Nantucket, Massachusetts that negotiations between unions representing railroad workers and their employers were ongoing. The president added since the talks were ongoing, he himself had not engaged directly with any of the parties.
  • “My team has been in touch with all the parties, in rooms with the parties,” said Biden. “I have not directly engaged yet because they’re still talking.”
  • Biden’s remarks contradict those of White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who said earlier this week that Biden was “directly involved” in the negotiations.

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