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"Our policy will not focus on achieving a grand bargain, nor will it rely on strategic patience," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, apparently referring to the strategies pursued by former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, respectively. "Our policy calls for a calibrated, practical approach that is open to and willing to explore diplomacy with the DPRK and to make practical progress that increases the security of the United States, our allies and deployed forces." Your browser does not support this video U.S.
Jen Psaki made a stunning admission in a patently flippant way last week during a conversation with CNN's David Axelrod. The White House press secretary openly admitted that President Biden's handlers often tell him they prefer he not speak to reporters outside of controlled settings.
"He takes questions nearly every day he's out [with] the press,"her former CNN and Obama administration colleague and friend Axelrod on "The Axe Files" podcast.
"A lot of times, we say, 'Don't take questions,'" she continued. "But he's going to do what he wants to do because he's the president of the United States."
Again at home in Delaware, Biden's weekends are mostly a mystery
President Joe Biden is again spending the weekend in Delaware, but just how he spends his days of leisure are shrouded in mystery. © Provided by Washington Examiner The White House has so far released very little information about what he does on Saturdays and Sundays, providing the public with scant details about whom he spends time or speaks to. When he arrived at his Wilmington residence Friday afternoon, it marked his seventh trip home as president as the country returns to some semblance of normal amid the coronavirus pandemic and a day after he cleared his 100th in office.
Think about that for a moment, and ask yourself this: Isn't it amazing, almost disturbing, that the leader of the free world, a man who received, is being told when he's allowed to speak to reporters outside of the desired controlled environment?
For giggles, picture former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany saying it's "not something we recommend" regarding President Trump taking impromptu questions from reporters, which he did more often than any of his predecessors by a country mile. Then imagine the reaction of, say, Jim Acosta or any other journalist upon hearing it. Smelling salts and/or a defibrillator come to mind.
That is why, of course, the president only calls from a pre-determined list of reporters who rarely challenge him. Hostility toward the previous president has been replaced with hospitality toward the current one.
White House defends CDC outreach to teachers union in developing school guidelines
The White House on Tuesday downplayed criticism from conservatives that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sought input from a top teachers union in developing its school reopening guidelines."It's actually longstanding best practice for the CDC to engage with organizations, groups that are going to be impacted by guidance and recommendations issued by the agency," press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement. "It doesn't"It's actually longstanding best practice for the CDC to engage with organizations, groups that are going to be impacted by guidance and recommendations issued by the agency," press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
Anfound that two-thirds of media coverage of Biden has focused on his policy agenda, while nearly three-quarters of Trump coverage in his first 100 days focused on... Trump himself, specifically framed around his ability to lead. Biden's positive coverage is also double that of Trump, with Biden receiving just 32 percent negative coverage.
And when the president does take questions, his answers are often misleading or outright wrong, particularly duringin more than 100 days.
, when Biden says, "we're sending back the vast majority of families who are coming" to the border, "vast majority" apparently is defined as just 13 percent of families being turned away, according to Axios.
Or when the president says, "The idea that I'm going to say, which I would never do, if an unaccompanied child ends up at the border, we're just going to let them starve to death and stay on the other side, no previous administrations did either, except Trump," that's a lie, as there's zero evidence to support.
Biden wants the nation to 'return to normal.' Will the White House follow?
Like countless other employers, the White House is grappling with how and when to resume to in-person work, as more and more Americans get vaccinated.As the president this week set an ambitious goal to get 70 percent of Americans vaccinated by July Fourth and “return to normal,” 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is starting to open up. How much, however, remains unclear, in part because White House officials are reluctant to say.
As it pertains to the border, this is by far the least transparent, least forthcoming administration we have seen from Bush 43 to Obama to Trump. Those administrations didn't impose media blackouts that would have never been accepted by the press during the previous administration. Unfortunately for those who advocate for transparency and holding the powerful accountable, the loudest voices during the Trump era are quietly accepting Biden's media blackout.
The Psaki-Axelrod interview also perfectly underscores the revolving door that drives the public crazy about the media.
Here we have Psaki, formerly of the Obama-Biden administration, talking to David Axelrod, formerly of the Obama-Biden administration.
Obama leaves office, so both Psaki and Axelrod go to work for CNN, as do multiple other former Obama officials.
When Biden takes the White House, Psaki departs CNN to go back in government as the president's press secretary. She proceeds to do an interview with Axelrod, which was really more of a chat between old friends. Psaki then reveals that the president is being told not to speak to the press, and Axelrod doesn't challenge her whatsoever. We saw the same revolving door between media and government under Trump as well and Obama before him. Such is "media" in 2021.
White House reporters fawn over 'professional, pleasant, lovely' Jen Psaki
White House reporters fawn over and admit to "rooting for" press secretary Jen Psaki in a feature profile that raises familiar questions about bias in the media. Reporters from ABC News and the New York Times gave Psaki a glowing review in a Wednesday article for the Washingtonian, with ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jon Karl dubbing her “one of the most well-qualified press secretaries we’ve ever had." “She takes questions from everybody. She doesn’t get rattled. She doesn’t lose her cool," Karl said.
Here's why it matters: You can be sure that President Xi of China and President Putin of Russia and other adversaries, from Iran to North Korea, are taking note that the U.S. president has a team around him who seems to have no confidence in his ability to speak outside of scripted remarks and extensive note cards.
If there was ever a time when a president and his administration needed to be scrutinized, this is certainly it, given the trillions upon trillions of dollars in new spending being proposed on top of the trillions over budget we're already spending.
$1.9 trillion in "COVID relief" that entailsgoing toward anything pertaining to COVID.
$2.3 trillion toward "infrastructure" withaddressing fixing our roads and bridges.
$1.8 trillion for an "that invests in universal preschool.
All of this sounds nice until considering how $6 trillion in additional spending will be paid for.
As Margaret Thatcher once said, "The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money."
As for accountability, if you'd like to hear the president take questions on transforming the country in ways we've never witnessed with unprecedented government spending - all while not working with the opposition party to get it passed - be prepared to be very patient. Because as we've seen and heard from Biden's press secretary, that's something his team strongly recommends against.
Joe Concha is a media and politics columnist for The Hill.
White House says American Jobs Plan will address cybersecurity amid pipeline disruption .
As a major U.S. pipeline company works to bring its services back online following a ransomware attack, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday that President Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure and jobs plan would highlight cybersecurity for critical infrastructure. “I think it’s clear that cybersecurity, ensuring private sector companies are hardening their cybersecurity, ensuring it’s an across-the-government effort, is a priority to the president, and this will be linked now to our proposal for how specific grants should be distributed,” Psaki said during a White House press briefing that featured multiple questions abo