President Joe Biden is said to be unhappy with his team regularly cleaning up after his comments as the White House denies doing so without his permission.

Top Biden spokesman Andrew Bates repeatedly pushed back on a report Tuesday that Biden is "unhappy" with the cleanup campaign "pattern" that has emerged during his administration. Biden has told advisers the efforts undermine him and feed Republican attacks suggesting "he’s not fully in command," according to NBC News.


"The breathlessness of graphs 1 & 2 versus the denial being relegated to graph 28 tells you what you need to know about this story," Bates tweeted. "As we've said before, no clarifications of the president's remarks are ever issued without his direct approval."

Biden was particularly "furious" that aides retracted a line he ad-libbed during a speech in Poland amid Russian President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine invasion contending the strongman “cannot remain in power," NBC News reported. In response, Bates amplified a Washington Post article that reported Biden had helped workshop the follow-up statement himself.

"WP is correct," the White House deputy press secretary reiterated, referring to the outlet. "No comments elaborating on POTUS remarks are given without his expressed approval."

Biden has routinely caused confusion regarding his administration's policy, most recently last week concerning his China-Taiwan position during his first Asia trip.

China condemned Biden telling reporters beside new Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, "Yes," when asked whether the United States has promised to defend Taiwan militarily. It was the third time the White House insisted Biden's China-Taiwan stance "has not changed."

"He reiterated our One China Policy," an official said. "He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself."

Biden, too, has contradicted staff, including former White House press secretary Jen Psaki. Psaki once defined Biden's school reopening pledge to mean the majority of schools would open "at least one day a week" by day 100 of his presidency.


"No, that's not true. That's what was reported. That's not true. That was a mistake in the communication," Biden countered during a town hall.