Without Peter Doocy and Kristin fisher As the White House briefing room rotated, it was up to other reporters to ask the secretary tough questions New York PostSteven Nelson, on the other hand, has managed to get under Psaki’s skin about Vice President Harris’ travel schedule in light of his supposed role in helping tame the border crisis.
Nelson noted that she is “Responsible for tackling the root causes of the border crisis” and spoke with the Guatemalan president last week, “but she has not visited the border or Central America or spoken to the leaders of El Salvador or Honduras.”
Instead, Nelson pointed out that she is “visit[ed] a bakery in Chicago ” earlier this week, so he wanted to know if she was “Still working on this and can you address the perception that she is quietly backing down as Secretary Mayorkas pursues certain Trump-era policies, such as the potential construction of new border fences and potentially the pursuit of people who cross illegally?” several times.
To put a more precise point on Harris’ schedule, we would add the fact that she spent last weekend in Brentwood, Calif. Who like Tiana Lowe Noted, was a short drive from a convention center housing migrant children.
Psaki insisted Harris kept an important schedule, including the trip to Chicago “To talk about COVID and the importance for communities to get vaccinated when available” and that his trip to the bakery was for “a snack.”
As we often see when asked awkward questions, Psaki threw a personal jab: “I think she has the right to do it, but she was there to talk about COVID and play a role as she plays an important role in our efforts to tackle vaccine reluctance.
Psaki then offered a long response about a statement his office issued about USAID and another sneaky response when Nelson followed (click “expand”):
PSAKI: Second, I would say yesterday – and that’s actually a statement made by his team. USAID announced the deployment of a DART team. We only have them in a few places in the world. It is therefore important enough to meet the urgent humanitarian needs in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. This aims to help meet immediate humanitarian needs, be it drought, food insecurity, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and this in communities that are still recovering. So it’s actually an announcement made by the vice president’s team earlier today. It is absolutely a question on which she remains committed, is in the lead. The Northern Triangle, which you are surely aware of, but it is not the same as the border. They are all related to each other, but tackling the north – being responsible and leading the Northern Triangle is working with these countries in the region, tackling the root causes, working them and how we can solve problems like long term. food insecurity, drought, COVID-19 pandemic, hurricanes, et cetera. That’s what she’s focusing on. I have no information on the date of his trip I’m sure it will be soon.
NELSON: But is she still working a lot on this issue?
PSAKI: Well, they wouldn’t be making a statement this morning if it wasn’t, would they?
Two other journalists stood out by daring to Psaki about the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics just days after Philip Wegmann of Real Clear Politics. left Psaki unsettled the idea that the United States would boycott the games over China’s human rights record.
Zeke Miller of the Associated Press asked Psaki to comment on whether his “US policy now that American athletes will participate in these Olympics and will the US government encourage American spectators to come to China to watch these games.” and Psaki repeatedly stressed that American athletes would participate and that there was no plan to boycott them.
Another reporter tried at the end of the briefing and cited the US government’s position “That China has committed genocide”, but Psaki argued that they would work “In coordination with our partners and allies” communicate “A series of concerns we have regarding China’s behavior and actions.”
On the other end of the spectrum was Bloomberg’s Mario Parker, who lobbied the administration to both cut back on school sports in light of more young people contracting the virus and to take action against people. not wearing masks because they left the retail workers. “More and more afraid for their lives.”
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo was the special guest at the briefing to tout the administration’s so-called infrastructure plan and the Q&A caused two surprises with NBC’s Kristen Welker citing a Tax Foundation study and PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor wondering if the plan’s tax hikes would hurt the position of the US global economy (click ‘develop’):
WELKER: As you know, some Republicans have looked at this plan and said if you increase the corporate tax rate, overall, in the long run, jobs could be cut. They cite a study, the Tax Foundation, according to which increasing the corporate tax rate will kill 159,000 jobs over the next 10 to 30 years. How do you respond to this criticism that this plan kills jobs in the long run?
WELKER: If it’s raised to 28%, that would put the United States among the highest in the world. Should it be 28 percent? Would you like to go lower? Could you accomplish the same thing if the tax rate weren’t raised to 28%?
ALCINDOR: What do you say to a business owner looking at the US and wondering why should I start a business here when I could do it in another country for less? How do we stay competitive in the US for this business owner’s business?