An misery President Biden dished as a focus of Friday’s White House press instruct, so it was natural that Fox’s Peter Doocy was in the middle of it in questioning Press Secretary Jen Psaki on that as well as the Build Back Better( BBB) Act and China’s refusal to allow for a terminated investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
Similarly, Real Clear Politics’s Philip Wegmann taught home the plight of Chinese Uighurs and Voice of America’s Patsy Widakuswara brought up new Chinese provocations against Taiwan. At the opposite end of the spectrum, others continued propagandizing stringent Covid mandates with one trumpeting an Orwellian move out of Germany.
Doocy produced with BBB and specifically whether there was “any thought…to maybe waiting for Build Back Better until a month that you don’t have this big miss in the jobs report? ”
Psaki quipped there were “a lot of things gathered into that question, ” but she spurned the premise by returning to past White House talking targets rejecting the CBO.
Doocy then moved to Covid and how, refer to a see two weeks ago with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Biden “did not press him to help with the Covid origins investigation because you said that Xi just understands he’s supposed to be transparent.”
Simply wanting an updated report, Doocy was met with an skeptical Psaki hit back that she doesn’t “believe that’s exactly what I said” and, after answering, things took a rapid turn as she wanted to go back to crime as Doocy had asked about it on Thursday( clink “expand” ):
PSAKI: I believe what I said, is that we have pressed for this repeatedly. We will continue to and we’ll continue to do that at a range of status. I don’t, regrettably, have any updates on the participation or willingness of the Chinese to add and require additional data. Can I accommodate one other update to you since you asked me about crime yesterday, and I have a little more information for you. Um —
DOOCY: About crime? My question was about Xi. It wasn’t about —
PSAKI: Well, you asked me a question about crime yesterday —
PSAKI: — so, I was going to give you a little —
PSAKI: — a little extra information. I followed up for you, Peter.
DOOCY: Great, thank you.
PSAKI: So I is important to note what I — what I should have added yesterday, but I learned afterwards is that the Justice Department, the FBI, and the federal law enforcement have been in touch — in linked with jurisdictions where we have seen this high level of retail steal. So, for example, in Los Angeles, we — we’ve seen a rash of thefts. The FBI is providing assistance to a multi-jurisdictional task force led by the LA Police Department. I’d too note that, on top of that, the Department of Justice announced last week that San Francisco — were a number of high profile retail frauds happening here — will get money to hire 50 more police officer through the COPS program that the President has endorse. That came as part of roughly $150 million in same grants nationwide. So, just a few modernizes for you.
Doocy thanked Psaki and “says hes” would “include that in our coverage, ” but things got even more amusing when Doocy broke the fourth wall:
PSAKI: I look forward to seeing it on Fox later today.
DOOCY: It’s on Fox right now, I anticipate.[ Levels AT THE CAMERA]
PSAKI: I pot it is.
Following that detour, he ended with two questions about Biden’s cold( which he himself asked Biden about) and what seems to have been a doubled standard with Biden continuing to work even though “a lot of people in the workforce are encouraged not to go to work if they are exhibiting those symptoms, even though they are dallied vaccinated.”
Widakuswara and Wegmann eventually had their turns with the former desire the administration’s supposes on “an alleged Chinese submarine in the Taiwan Strait” and if they’re “preparing for any kind of potential increased Chinese provocations…in case Beijing decided to express their frustration ahead of the republic summit.”
As we’ve come to expect, Psaki ducked the issues to, saying they’ve “always raised concerns about insults or escalatory action, ” but she would have to find out more.
Wegmann exited next and he brought up the proposed Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act in light of reporting from The Washington Post about administration efforts to undermine it.
Predictably, Psaki spun the interactions with Congress as not intruding or depressing it in “any way, mold, or form”( clink “expand” ):
WEGMANN: You’ve been clear going back until at least September each time I be talking about the administration’s arrangement on the Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act. You’ve said innumerable experiences that the President doesn’t have a position. There’s brand-new reporting in The Washington Post that, in October, the deputy secretary of state was telling lawmakers to slow the statute down. So is the administration on the same page and why does it be thought that the deputy secretary of state were saying in private to lawmakers to slow this down while, in public, the White House has been saying that the president is neutral.
PSAKI: Well I wouldn’t say we’re neutral. I would say we share Congress’s concern about forced labor in Xinjiang and, in fact, have taken a number of concrete measures, as you are well aware, on our own, including, but not limited to visa restrictions, global Magnitsky, and other business sanctions, exportation dominances, import controls, the liberate of a business advisory, and rallying the G-7 to commit acts, so I wouls say we are hardly neutral. We have strong concerns — serious concerns and we are absolutely not lobbying in any way against the section of this invoice. There are negotiations and discussions between members of Congress. The executive branch often offers Congress technical admonition to acquire legislation efficient and implementable by the agencies responsible. Those are the conversations that are happening, but we absolutely support and have been advocates for doing more to hold to put in place accountability now.
WEGMANN: You laid out a number of executive steps the President has taken and then likewise how he’s rallied the world countries. You know, at the G-7 on this question. Does he want Congress to do anything additional? I entail, is he — he’s guiding on the global stage. Is it going to lead in Congress in terms of actually getting something in the existing legislation?
PSAKI: There’s discussions he fully supports between members of Congress, and he supports the objective of doing more now and, as is evidenced by the fact that we have done a great deal. We’re offering technical assistance. Again, we’re not lobbying against this statement in any way, influence, or sort. That’s a normal part of the process in order to make sure we — legislation can be effective and implementable. That’s where the status of it is at this point in time.
Speaking of a laser focus, The Wall Street Journal’s Sabrina Siddiqui proposed the administration have major municipals reinstitute concealment edicts while contributing to more to follow what some have done in having “proof of vaccination to access indoor dining, tables, and other non critical businesses.”
Lastly, longtime radio reporter Bob Costantini had the Germany question as a practice of wondering about increasing vaccinations, quipping that “Germany has decided that unvaccinated beings should not be allowed to go in public places” and “[ t] hat may be a great way to incentivize beings to be vaccinated” even though it’s likely “that would not fly in this country.”
To insure the related transcript from the December 3 briefing, click here.
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