We all know that Press Secretary Jen Psaki can never hope to measure up to her predecessor, Kayleigh McEnany. While McEnany handled reporters and answered questions professionally, Psaki gets nasty when asked questions she doesn’t want to answer.
Last week, Iran had accused Israel of attacking one of their key nuclear facilities. Now, a reporter said, “foreign minister ministers are vowing revenge against Israel for its alleged attack on its nuclear facilities. Israel’s not denied this.”
“How concerned is the White House—is the president, that the actions of an ally potentially may be derailing efforts by the White House to get Iran back into compliance under the GCP audit?” the reporter asked.
“Well, I think I answered a version of this question earlier, but let me try again,” said Psaki. “Again, we’ve seen the reports. We don’t have anything more to speak to as it relates to the causes or who is responsible.”
“Our focus is, of course, on the diplomatic path forward. We’ve not been given any indication that attendance at the discussions that will proceed on Wednesday has changed. So that’s where our focus is,” Psaki said in a non-answer.
“But is there concern that the actions of an ally are derailing—?” the reporter pressed.
The press secretary then interrupted, “I think I’ve answered your question. Did you have another one?
“I didn’t think it was an answer,” the reporter began before Psaki cut her off.
“Okay, I’m sorry to hear that. I’ve answered it a couple times,” said the press secretary.
Since it was clear that the press secretary did not want to answer the question, the reporter asked again about immigration. “Concerning the militarization of the borders in Central America, agreements that have been secured—is the White House concerned, given the record number of children that have been making this track, that they are at greater risk given the fact that these are soldiers and not daycare workers?”
“Well, I think the objective is to deter the journey,” Psaki said. “And so that’s why our discussions with these countries involved increasing law enforcement capacity at the border.”
“Is there worry, though, about this increased militarization—” the reporter pressed.
“I didn’t call it that. Those are your words, not mine,” Psaki interrupted.
“We worked with them to increase law enforcement at the border to deter the travel, which is a treacherous journey where many lose their lives,” the press secretary said before moving on.