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CNN host asks John Kirby if Biden can protect nation if he has to 'sleep more'

CNN host Kate Bolduan asked White House national security spokesman John Kirby if President Joe Biden can safeguard America if he has to go to bed early and work less.

Biden claimed during a meeting with more than 20 Democratic governors after his poor debate performance that he has to reduce his working hours and avoid attending events after 8:00 p.m., a person familiar with his statements he said The New York Times. Bolduan on “CNN News Central” asked Kirby about his medium's confirmation reports if Biden is able to protect the country if he is unable to work intense hours.


“I can appreciate that it can be awkward to offer that assessment over your head at any time, but especially publicly and on television, but Biden himself has said for months and months that age is a legitimate issue,” Bolduan said. “And one thing we saw last week is that CNN is reporting that Biden told Democratic governors that part of his plan moving forward after the debate was to stop scheduling events after 8 p.m. so he could get more sleep. Since d 'from a national security perspective, can any president be effective if he has an 8pm cut-off time?

“Well, I think the White House denied those claims and those reports, Kate, but let's put that aside for a second,” Kirby replied. “He's the president of the United States, commander in chief and this is a 24/7 job. And from my experience here, and I've seen it firsthand, on the road and here in Washington, DC, if the national security team has to get to the president, it doesn't matter what time it is, it's always there, and they have easy access to it, too world does not take a breather after a certain time of day”.

Biden said his trips to France, California and Italy two weeks before the debate affected his performance during his meeting with governors, the NYT reported. He also revealed that he communicated to his staff that he needed more rest, but that he constantly tries to push himself and sidestep his staff's concerns about his schedule.

“He's constantly peppering the team with questions, again, all day long. That's the commander in chief I've seen,” Kirby added. “And more critically, Kate, as commander-in-chief, knows she has to be and has been here for the last three and a half years.”

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