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    Four different reporters peppered White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki with questions about President Joe Biden‘s derisive references to “Ultra-MAGA King” former President Donald Trump and his supporters. Since May 4, the president has been waging an escalating campaign to rebrand current Republicans as “Ultra-MAGA” extremists who are acolytes of “The Great MAGA KING” — a new wrinkle in the effort that Biden rolled out Wednesday. The theme has certainly caught the attention of the White House press corps, who fired questions about it at Thursday’s press briefing. First was Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich, who compared the remarks to Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” moment, and asked Psaki if the strategy is a wise one. Psaki expressed support for the tactic: MS. HEINRICH: And I wanted to ask about the President’s comments last night. He went off about MAGA again. MS. PSAKI: Yeah. MAGA king. King MAGA. MS. HEINRICH: Yes. He referred to former President Trump as the “ultra-MAGA king.” He’s been decrying ultra-MAGA Republicans and saying he’s going to be doing it more. MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm. MS. HEINRICH: But...
    Monday’s White House press briefing got a bit testy after Press Secretary Jen Psaki took several questions from CNN’s M.J. Lee. Over the span of nearly five minutes, Lee asked Psaki questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech about Ukraine, First Lady Jill Biden’s visit to Kyiv, and a question about Covid-19 infections. After Psaki answered the last query, Lee asked a follow-up. One unidentified reporter apparently did not appreciate the number of questions Psaki was taking from Lee. As she attempted to ask a fourth question, he interrupted her. Lee began, “Would the White House be able to–” “Jen, can we spread out the questions a little bit?” he said, before apparently speaking to Lee. “Can you yield to your colleagues please?” Psaki replied, “I would be happy to, but I think it would be polite if you let M.J. finish her question.” “Several,” he shot back, before seemingly addressing Lee again. “Can you yield to your colleagues, please?” While reporters are generally mindful of their press corps colleagues, some one-on-one exchanges with the press secretary can run for...
    Comedian James Corden opened the 2022 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner with a sketch of him taking over the duties of Press Secretary Jen Psaki, which included a cameo from a reporter she regularly clashes with, Fox News' Peter Doocy. The Late Late Show host eagerly took to the podium to take questions from reporters following a briefing with Psaki and President Joe Biden, but the ill-prepared Corden was immediately flanked with complicated questions from reporters.  Among them was Doocy, who Biden was recorded calling a 'stupid son of a b****' in January, with Psaki echoing similar remarks earlier this month.  Despite the critical comments from them, Doocy played his part in Corden's sketch on Saturday, appearing straight-forward and no-nonsense as he took on the fumbling comedian.  Doocy asks the 'interim-press secretary', 'When the president says one thing, and White House staff say something else, who are we supposed to listen to? The president, or White House staff?' 'Well you know what, David,' Corden says, appearing fed up by the questions from all the reporters.  'That's not my name,' Doocy quickly...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki's aptitude for her job and quick wit make it 'boring' for reporters who are trying to squeeze a story out of her during her daily briefings, a new report suggested on Friday. One journalist complained that 'jawing' with Psaki over tough questions made people look like 'a**holes' compared to the moral authority many reporters felt in challenging Trump administration officials. 'Jen [Psaki] is very good at her job, which is unfortunate,' one unnamed reporter who covered both Trump and Biden told Politico. 'And the work is a lot less rewarding, because you’re no longer saving democracy from [first Trump Press Secretary] Sean Spicer and his Men’s Wearhouse suit.' They added, 'Jawing with Jen just makes you look like an a**hole.' It's part of a greater look Politico took at media coverage of Donald Trump versus today's coverage of President Joe Biden -- finding that the later has been a 'journalistic sedative' compared to the bombastic and adversarial headlines Trump made with his frequent clashes with the press.  One news executive said there simply was...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki swatted away a question about whether President Joe Biden has spoken to his son Hunter Biden‘s business partners about their business dealings. Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich pressed Psaki on the issue, saying she brought it up on Tuesday but did not get a complete answer. Heinrich did not refer back to any specific reporting, but the New York Post reported in 2020 former Hunter Biden associate Tony Bobulinski claimed to have dealt directly with Biden. On Tuesday, the paper noted House Republicans want to speak with a Hunter Biden associate named Eric Schwerin. They say he could have documents which prove the president was involved in Hunter Biden’s business life. “We expect Eric Schwerin to provide us with answers to our questions,” a House Republican told the outlet. “If Americans entrust Republicans with the majority in 2023, we will use tools at our disposal to ensure we get to the truth about whether Joe Biden has financially benefited and helped facilitate Hunter Biden’s business dealings.” Heinrich, in an apparent reference to the report,...
    Press Secretary Jen Psaki clashed with CNN+ host Chris Wallace on Wednesday night when the veteran news anchor grilled the White House official over President Joe Biden's lack of sit-down press interviews. Psaki's nearly half hour-long interview with Wallace was largely uncontentious, especially when compared to her exchanges with Wallace's ex-colleagues at his former network, Fox News. The press secretary opened up about some of her most notable -- and controversial  -- moments in the briefing room, and discussed her headline-making tears over Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' bill she shed during a recent podcast interview.   Her boss, however, has had far fewer drawn-out media appearances. Though Biden often stops to answer reporters' shouted questions while traveling to and from events, the president has only had one sit-down interview this year so far. He's also participated in fewer press conferences during his first year in office, holding just nine joint or solo such events. Donald Trump held 21 and Barack Obama 27 during their first years, according to The American Presidency Project. 'Why has President Biden been so sheltered from the...
    Frequent CNN guest Lynn Sweet went after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for her recent comments about Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy. Sweet, the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, joined CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday for a Reliable Sources discussion about a variety of hot topics, including; the Republican National Committee’s vote to withdraw from presidential debates hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates and President Joe Biden’s limited media presence. Eventually, the conversation shifted to Psaki’s live comments on the Pod Save America podcast, wherein she took a swing at Doocy’s questions for her at White House press briefings. Psaki was asked if Doocy is a “stupid son of a bitch,” or if he just plays one on TV. This was an allusion to the infamous moment when President Joe Biden said that about Doocy before he later attempted to clear the air. “He works for a network that provides people with questions that — nothing personal to any individual, including Peter Doocy — might make anyone sound like a stupid son of a...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki struggled to answer questions about her ethical standards on Friday after a report surfaced that she was negotiating a massive contract with NBC News. Psaki was first questioned by CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe about the reports of a media deal negotiated with NBC/MSNBC. “Well you can’t get rid of me yet, Ed,” Psaki quipped. “I have nothing to confirm about my length of public service, or planned service, or anything about consideration about next plans.” Psaki, who spent the last week quarantined at home after testing positive for coronavirus, said she was “very happy” to return to the podium at the White House. “Believe or not, I missed you all a lot,” she said. She repeated she was in no position to confirm reports about a media deal, and said she would continue to focus on speaking on behalf of the president and taking “tough” questions from reporters. “I hope that I meet my own bar of treating everybody with fairness and being equitable,” she told reporters. NBC reporter Kristen Welker asked Psaki if...
    "The issue at the time, which was a very small part of the conversation, was that the market had not expanded enough to, at that moment in time, be able to launch the website we’re launching tomorrow," she said. "And the president, you know, used the Defense Production Act, invested $3 billion to expand it, quadrupled the size of our testing capacity, and now we’ve ordered 1 billion doses. So, we see that as— our COVID team and the members who participated saw that as a very constructive meeting, a good meeting, a lot of which we’ve worked to implement." Nelson, sensing Psaki's question-dodging, responded by asking Psaki how Biden can "shut down the virus" like he promised if he is not being briefed on new ideas to improve the government's pandemic response. Nelson then asked his original two questions again. "How can President Biden shut down the virus if he’s, you know, not being briefed on these ideas? I mean, that’s my question," Nelson responded. "So, I’m wondering: Who were the advisers, and was President Biden briefed on this...
    President Joe Biden will give a formal press conference next week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday – as the president starts the year with low poll numbers and faces defeat of two key agenda items.  Wednesday will mark 78 days since his last formal press conference  – a period that has seen Biden's approval rating slide, amid the spread of the omicron variant, the failure to pass his Build Back Better plan, and his so far unsuccessful effort to move voting rights legislation. As of Friday, Biden had gone 73 days without such an event. Biden will face the press on Jan. 19, the anniversary of former President Donald Trump's last full day in office.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who has been fending off questions from reporters for weeks about when Biden would hold such an event, mentioned it at the top of her briefing Friday. President Joe Biden is scheduled to hold a formal press conference Wednesday. He has taken questions at less formal events, as he did at the Capitol Thursday, often fielding...
    Joe Biden will give a rare interview to late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon Friday - sparking concerns the media-unfriendly president will be given an easy ride. The president's upcoming appearance was touted by both Fallon and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki's Twitter accounts on Thursday.  The Tonight Show tweeted: 'Tomorrow night is going to be a big show: President @joebiden is here! #FallonTonight.'  Psaki shared that tweet on her account, adding: '[email protected] on @FallonTonight tomorrow. Tune in!' The 79 year-old president has given just 10 interviews since taking office in January, far fewer than his predecessors Donald Trump and Barack Obama had done by the same stage of their first term in office. His last chat was in August with ABC News, in the wake of the United States' chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan.   Unlike Trump, Biden ignores questions roared at him by reporters, sparking rumors that he is mentally unfit for an on-the-spot grilling about policy.   And the convivial atmosphere on Fallon has triggered   concerns the rare sit-down will be a soft-soap affair, with Biden able to...
    President Biden left the White House podium again Tuesday without taking questions, a familiar scene for frustrated reporters, except this time they let him know how they feel. Biden spoke on the economy and delivered a Thanksgiving message, before telling the press he had to leave to help out at a soup kitchen. "I want you to know how grateful I am to serve as your president," he said. "And I promise you that I'll never stop working to address your family's needs. And together we're going to face challenges. We're going to face them honestly. And that we'll keep building this economy around hardworking folks who built this country. Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you and may God protect our troops." Joe Biden announces the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of a coordinated effort with other major economies to help ease rising gas prices as he delivers remarks on the economy and "lowering prices," during a speech in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building?s South Court Auditorium at...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki gave Mediaite a peek at her off-camera relationship with Fox News’ Peter Doocy, and talked about what gets under her skin at press briefings. Ms. Psaki sat down for a lengthy Zoom interview Friday afternoon, during which we discussed a range of topics involving the press shop, her newfound stardom, and the burgeoning fandom that comes with it. One of the most frequent sources of fireworks at the daily briefings is Psaki’s exchanges with Doocy, and when I mentioned him, Psaki immediately complimented his socks, as she did at a briefing a few months ago. Despite their on-camera conflicts, Doocy has offered praise for Psaki on a number of occasions, some of which I read to her. “So Doocy praised you and the president for being willing to take tough questions, said you run a very low pressure — blood pressure briefing room, and praised your press shot for being responsive. What would you like to say to Peter Doocy?” I asked. “You know I would say that people don’t see this every day,...
    JOE Biden told reporters that he would "get in trouble" if he didn't call on pre-approved journalists during a G7 press conference on Sunday. The US president indicated he would receive a telling off from his staffers if he didn't take questions from a list of pre-approved reporters at the end of the summit in the UK. Read our Joe Biden press conference live blog for the latest news and updates... 7U.S. President Joe Biden holds a news conference at the end of the G7 summit, at Cornwall Airport Newquay, Britain, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueCredit: Reuters 7White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Leah MillisCredit: Reuters After calling on Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Jacobs, Biden said: "I’m sorry, I’m going to get in trouble with staff if I don’t do this the right way." During the Q&A part of the conference, Biden said he was supposed to go to Associated Press journalist Jonathan Lemire, noting: "I’m supposed to talk — recognize you first." At...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki parried pointed questions from Fox News’ Peter Doocy by asking pointed questions of her own — a tactic that Psaki uses frequently. At Thursday’s daily briefing, Doocy asked Psaki about a variety of subjects, including the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and President Joe Biden’s engagement in the current Israel-Palestinian conflict. “On Nord Stream, I know that there’s a lot of talk about Nord Stream and Keystone, and I’m just trying to help our — help people understand it,” Doocy said, as Psaki interjected “Is there?” Psaki frequently questions reporters who assert concern or criticism from unnamed sources, but in this case, it was more of an aside. “Well, yes,” Doocy said. “President Biden blocked the Keystone XL pipeline here because he said it would undermine the U.S. climate leadership and undercut our ability to urge other countries to the ambitious climate action. So how is he urging other countries to take ambitious climate action if he’s letting other countries build Nord Stream 2?” Psaki responded that “We’re hardly letting any country or other...
    At Thursday’s White House press briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki fielded questions about Israel and Palestine, the CDC’s evolving public health recommendations, and what was happening with the Grand Old Party of do-nothings in regards to Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan. At one point a reporter asked Psaki to weigh in on the Republican Party’s new boogeyman: critical race theory (CRT) being taught in schools. There has been a spate of GOP-controlled states across the country trying to legislate important American history out of existence. The specific question that Psaki was answering had to do with Republican Sen. Tom Cotton’s Ivory Tower Tax Act, which would tax higher education institutions that taught “un-American ideas.” Unfortunately, the Arkansas politician, a man who believes that the entire world should be bombed out of existence to end the nightmare that is his own existence, doesn’t mean higher education institutions teaching that the Big Lie is a real thing. No, Cotton means schools educating students on the systemic racist history of the United States, from its founding to Tom Cotton. According to Cotton, schools like Harvard and Stanford teach...
    WHITE House Press Secretary Jen Psaki awkwardly sparred with a reporter on Friday as she was pushed to comment on claims that the Biden administration is “Obama’s third term.” It comes after Psaki admitted she tells Biden not to answer questions from journalists outside press briefings, claiming it's "not something we recommend." 6Press Secretary Jen Psaki sparred with a reporter on FridayCredit: EPA 6Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson attempted to grill Psaki during Friday's briefingCredit: C-Span2 Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson attempted to grill Psaki during Friday's briefing on the number of Obama staff that have been taken on by the Biden administration.  "Given the number of former Obama administration officials that are now in the Biden administration and the president's relatively light schedule, there's a growing perception that this is really just the third term of President Obama,” Robinson asked. “What do you say to people who say that?"  Psaki hit back, asking Robinson who was making this claim and later asking “what media?” on being told it was covered in the press.  6The Newsmax reporter claimed Biden's administration is Obama's...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki was peppered with questions at Tuesday’s briefing about President Joe Biden’s comments on the Derek Chauvin trial. Moments earlier in the Oval Office, the president — noting that the jury in the murder trial of the former Minneapolis police officer is now sequestered — said that he had spoken with the family of George Floyd late Monday, and went on to make a comment about the case. “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict,” Biden said. “The evidence is overwhelming in my view.” Right at the top of Tuesday’s question-and-answer session with White House correspondents, the AP’s Jon Lemire confronted Psaki about the president’s remarks. “What precisely did the president mean?” Lemire asked. “What is ‘overwhelming?’ And does this mean the president thinks the [former] police officer should be convicted on all counts? The press secretary would not expand on Biden’s comments. “The president has clearly been watching the trial closely, as many Americans have been,” Psaki said. “He was moved by his conversations with the family yesterday. He knows the family. And...
    Fox News’ John Roberts went off on White House press secretary Jen Psaki after her exchange with Peter Doocy at Friday’s briefing over Fox’s access to the White House. Doocy was not called on at President Joe Biden’s press conference Thursday, so he questioned Psaki on whether this is “official administration policy.” Psaki responded by pointing to her own exchanges with Doocy, and said the president has answered his questions. Doocy said Biden’s only responded to his shouted questions and again asked about Fox not being on the president’s list. After Fox News played that exchange, Roberts started by saying, “Can I offer an opinion here? Like, do I have clearance?” He followed up by saying Psaki’s response was “hogwash”: “Absolute hogwash! He has never been on the list, he has only gotten questions when he’s shouted them at the president. The president has said on occasion, ‘You know what, you always ask me the tough questions, but I like you, so go ahead, bring it on.’ He has not been on that list.” He brought up the previous president...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had some fun at the White House press corps’ expense with a pair of quips about President Joe Biden’s much-demanded and anticipated first formal press conference that will occur Thursday. Ms. Psaki briefed reporters aboard Air Force One while en route to Ohio on Tuesday, and the subject of the presser came up toward the end of the gaggle. In her responses, Psaki made light of a weeks-old story, and also of the reporters’ social media oeuvre: Q And any details on the press conference Thursday? MS. PSAKI: What are you looking to know? Q Well — MS. PSAKI: Do you want to tell me your questions? I’ll take those down. (Laughter.) Q No, are we still looking — is there an on-record time that we can announce yet? Or is it still FPPO? MS. PSAKI: I expect it to be in the afternoon, but we’re finalizing the details based around some other specifics in his schedule. Q How is the President preparing for the presser? MS. PSAKI: How is he preparing for it?...
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