WATCH: Psaki confronted on Biden's tanking approval rating ahead of State of the Union address

"How is he going to turn that around on Tuesday night?" Stephanopoulos grilled Psaki.


ABC's George Stephanopoulos had a pointed question for White House press secretary Jen Psaki during a Sunday morning interview on "This Week," as President Joe Biden's approval rating continues to hit new lows.

Stephanopoulos asked Psaki what Biden's stragety is to "turn around" public opinion as his State of the Union address approaches. The anchor cited Biden's tanking approval rating, Democrats trailing in the midterm polling, and a majority in ABC's new poll Sunday even questioning the president's mental capacity.

"How is he going to turn that around on Tuesday night? And how much has his State of the Union been changed by this war in Ukraine?" Stephanopoulos asked.

Psaki's responded: "You know, George, from covering State of the Unions for some time, that it is about delivering a message to the public at a moment in time."

"And if you look back when President Obama gave his first State of the Union, it was during the worst financial crisis in a generation. When President Bush gave his first State of the Union, it was shortly after 9/11," Psaki continued to state.

The spokeswoman stressed that "leaders lead during crises" and that's "exactly what President Biden is doing. He'll speak to that, but he's also going to speak about his optimism about what's ahead and what we all have to look forward to."

Psaki said "there's no question that" in the State of the Union, Americans and "anybody watching around the world will hear the president talk about the efforts he has led over the past several months to build a global coalition to fight against the autocracy and the efforts of President Putin to invade a foreign country."

The top Biden spokesperson added that this "is certainly something that is present in all of our lives and certainly in the president's life in this moment."

"But what people will also hear from President Biden is his optimism and his belief in the resilience of the American people and the strength of the American people."


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