World Jen Psaki Says Reopening Migrant Facility for Children Was 'Best Decision,' Amid Criticism
The White House's petty dig at MBS shows Biden is serious about bringing Saudi Arabia to heel
The White House announced that Biden's opposite number in Saudi Arabia is King Salman. It was a clear dig at Crown Prince Mohammed, who is in reality running Saudi Arabia. The Biden administration seems reticent to engage with MBS given his nefarious human-rights record. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. The White House effectively downgraded Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's status in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said the Biden administration will "recalibrate" how it treats the kingdom, and started by redefining President Joe Biden's opposite number.
The Biden administration continues to reject accusations that its recent action toward migrant children is anything like President's immigration policies.
"It's absolutely not the same thing," White House press secretarytold in an interview Thursday on The View.
Biden to focus on COVID-19, China, at his first G7 summit
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to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shelters on Tuesday alone—a rate that's higher than the 30-day average of children referred in 2019 under Trump.
McCain then pressed Psaki, asking why a Texas facility that operated under Trump for only a month in September 2019 was reportedly reactivated temporarily byto hold as many as 700 children ages 13 to 17, especially given that the president and Vice President have
"We are not ripping children from the arms of their parents. That is horrible and immoral and something we saw in the last administration," Psaki told McCain.
After 32 Years, Reparations Advocates Are Confident the Bill Will Finally Pass
"It's a sad, sad commentary on this country that it has taken this long," Nkechi Taifa, a human rights attorney and decades-long reparations advocate, told Newsweek. "Reparations are an issue whose time has come." Named after the broken 1865 promise to redistribute Confederate land to former slaves—popularized as "40 acres and a mule"—H.R. 40 was first introduced by the late Representative John Conyers in 1989, just one year after Japanese Americans won a formal apology from the U.S. government and reparations for their internment during World War II.
Psaki added that the Biden administration has struggled with how to "humanely" treat unaccompanied minors who have fled conflict in their home countries and are arriving at the border amid a pandemic.
.@PressSec defends Biden admin’s decision to reopen a migrant facility for unaccompanied children, telling @TheView it’s “absolutely not the same” as Trump’s policy and was “best decision” to “keep these kids safe”: “We are not ripping children from the arms of their parents.” pic.twitter.com/OFFOV7ty7C— The View (@TheView) February 25, 2021
The U.S. has seen an influx of arrivals of unaccompanied minors, who are often escaping poverty and violence in their home countries, according to data from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). A concern for the children's safety reportedly compelled the Biden administration to reopen and "revamp" the Texas facility to offer medical, education and legal services for migrant children who have arrived in the U.S.
Biden National Security Adviser Says Trump Admin Didn't Take Pandemic Surveillance Seriously
The intelligence community should "be elevating its tools, its resources, its practices to focus on detecting, preventing and responding to pandemics," Jake Sullivan said Sunday."What I believe is that the Trump administration did not take pandemic surveillance as seriously as they should have," said the White House official on Sunday morning's Face the Nation, where he emphasized the importance of foresight in comments to CBS News' Margaret Brennan.
"This is incredibly difficult, it's heart-wrenching...but this is the best decision we felt we could make to keep these kids safe and get them into the right places and right homes," Psaki said.
McCain followed up by asking Psaki to further clarify if children were being detained in separate facilities. The press secretary's response didn't deny that the children were being sent to different facilities: "This is kids going to a facility, run by HHS."
McCain's question concerned whether Biden has taken steps similar to Trump's regarding migrant children. In 2018, Trump's Justice Department announced awhich required authorities to detain and criminally charge all adults entering the U.S. without authorization, leading to law enforcement separating minors from parents or guardians, who had to wait for trials. The CFR reported that at least 4,300 migrant families were separated from June 2017 to June 2018.
But Biden's plan looks much different. He officially ended Trump's zero-tolerance policy last month and took executive action to reform the national immigration system, including creating a task force to reunite families affected by the policy.
Ann O'Leary Defends Neera Tanden Amid Speculation She Could Become New OMB Nominee
Governor Gavin Newsom's former chief of staff continues to back fellow Democrat Neera Tanden for OMB director, despite speculation she'll be tapped to replace her.Ann O'Leary has been outspoken in backing Tanden, a fellow Hillary Clinton campaign alumna, even though there has been speculation that she could be tapped by the White House as a leading fallback option for OMB director should Tanden fail to garner enough votes.
Despite this, McCain also brought up reactions fromin Texas.
"This is not okay, never has been okay, never will be okay — no matter the administration or party," Representative(D-N.Y.) tweeted.
Psaki reiterated in response that the administration's decision was a matter of safety for migrant kids and said "it's going to take some time" before an ideal solution could be found for them.
Psaki also said data the Trump administration failed to collect has made it increasingly difficult for the Biden administration to reunite children with their families. She repeated that Biden's actions were primarily taken in the name of safety.
"We're absolutely not doing what the former president did and what, frankly, the current president and the current vice president objected to, which is ripping kids from the arms of their parents," Psaki said. "That is not the policy of this administration and not something we would do."
Newsweek reached out to HSS and the White House for comment on the status of the Texas facility but did not hear back before publication.
White House signals support for replacing decades-long authorizations for military force .
The White House hopes this will help end the “forever wars.” Some critics aren’t so sure replacing the laws will.Several past presidential administrations have relied on two authorizations for the use of military force — known as AUMFs — to carry out military operations from Iraq to Afghanistan to Somalia to Syria. The 2001 version greenlit the fight against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan after 9/11, and the 2002 iteration gave Bush Congress’s blessing to invade Iraq — a measure then-Senator Biden voted for.