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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has not been having a simple time of it in her new job and has been rude to many members of the press.
But what separates her from her predecessors who worked for the Donald Trump administration is that the media called them out on it but they ignore her rudeness.
Psaki was “curt” with another reporter on Saturday when asked about Joe Biden’s hypocrisy as he plans to spend Easter with his family as so many Americans prepare to spend the holidays social distanced, Mediaite reported.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki curtly dismissed a reporter who tried to press a point about President Joe Biden spending Easter with close family members by falsely suggesting the gathering might violate CDC guidelines for vaccinated people.
While Psaki managed to avoid having to answer any questions about the two dog-related stories this week, she couldn’t get through Friday’s briefing without a reporter attacking the president’s plans to celebrate Easter — even after Psaki explained that it would be a small gathering of people he already sees regularly, consistent with CDC guidelines.
“Thanks, Jen. I have a couple quick questions. I wanted to ask about the President’s Easter plans because he said on his phone call with faith and family community leaders that he would probably get together with family for Easter because they’ve all been vaccinated.
“So what kind of message is that sending if he’s asking Americans not to have small gatherings until the Fourth of July, but he’s saying he’ll be with family for Easter? So can you clarify how big ‘family’?” the reporter said.
“Well, I don’t have a specific number of family members, but I can assure you that the President is — strives to be a role model in every aspect of how he’s living in this difficult time we’re all going through,” Psaki hit back.
“He obviously has a wife he’s been married to for some time. He has a couple of grandkids who he sees when he goes to Delaware. But it’s a limited group, and certainly not the big Irish Biden clan that many of you have seen throughout the course of his time in public office,” she said.
“So all his immediate family have been vaccinated?” the reporter asked, and was met with the familiar “do you have another question” response from Psaki.
“I don’t have any more updates on his immediate family. Did you have another question?” Psaki said.
“I did. I did want to ask about — one question about Congressman Matt Gaetz. Is the White House concerned that since he sits on the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Justice Department which is investigating him, should he at least step down from that committee? Is that (inaudible)?” the reporter said.
“Those are decisions that we’ll let leaders in Congress make,” Psaki demurred.
But it is far from the first time Psaki has been rude to a reporter.
During a press conference in March at the White House, Fox News reporter Peter Doocy cornered Psaki over migrant detention centers being open at full capacity while schools are closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The incident began after Doocy hammered Psaki over the ongoing border crisis, asking the press secretary if Joe Biden has a “messaging problem.”
“We’re working to fix the mess of the last couple of years. It’s going to take some time,” Psaki said.
“This is clearly a priority for the president. We are looking at a range of options, which include the opening of additional facilities. It includes steps we can take to expedite the processing. It includes application and implementation of CDC guidelines that just came that allow for more children to be housed safely in those communities,” she added.
Doocy went on to ask Psaki why the Biden administration is fine with opening migrant detainment facilities for children but not okay with opening schools at full capacity in the United States.
Psaki turned into a bumbling mess as she tried answering the question. The press secretary said that the CDC has steps for reopening schools.
Doocy shot back, “But since they are not all back, from an administration position, or from your perspective, have the border patrol unions and the HHS unions been easier to work with than the teacher’s unions?”
Psaki then accused Doocy of “mixing different circumstances,” however Doocy was right on her heels as he pointed out that the migrant children at the border are “all in tight quarters.”
Psaki clearly didn’t know what to say and even started laughing which then led Doocy to say, “It’s not funny.”