White House press secretary Jen Psaki was noticeably less patient during a press briefing in which she snapped at one reporter for a question on COVID.
When the reporter dared to ask Psaki about President Joe Biden’s handling – or not – of the COVID virus, she rewarded him with a snarky response and then demanded he let her finish her comments as he tried to press and clarify his question.
“So, the idea though to mass distribute tests to homes before Christmas and New Year’s — that idea was not adopted. How can President Biden shut down the virus if he’s, you know, not being briefed on these ideas?” he asked Psaki. “I mean, that’s my question. So, I’m wondering: Who were the advisors, and was President Biden briefed on this idea at the time?”
“Well, I think I just answered your question, which — you may not have been listening. Maybe you were waiting to read your next question, which is fine. But I just answered your question,” the press secretary fired back, shutting down his attempt to clarify.
— Megan Marzzacco (@MeganMarzzacco) January 18, 2022
“But you didn’t, though, he shot back, noting she did not address which advisors or whether Biden was briefed.
“Let me finish. Let me finish, Steven,” Psaki interrupted. “Steven, I’m finishing.”
“What I said to you just a minute ago is that we did not have the capacity at the moment. We had a very constructive meeting with this group. We agreed in the need to expand our testing capacity. That’s why we quadrupled the size of our testing capacity and why the President had already used the Defense Production Act to invest $3 billion. But the market did not have the capacity at that moment to do what we’re doing tomorrow,” she continued.
“Yes, I hear what you’re saying, but that’s not the question I asked. The question I asked was: Which — which —,” the reporter said in another attempt before being cut off again.
“Do you have another question? I think I’ve answered your question,” Psaki huffed.
“— which advisors? And was President Biden briefed at the time?” the reporter finished.
“Again, I’ve answered your question. If you have another one, I’m happy to answer it,” Psaki said. “Otherwise, I’m going to move on to the next person.”
“Okay. Well, I’m disappointed I didn’t get answers there, but I’ll move on to another one,” he replied, to which Psaki said, “Great.”
The exchange sparked plenty of criticism on Twitter:
What is the media’s breaking point? How much longer will they tolerate being publicly lied to & patronized for wanting answers. After all, we all see it. How can they continue to show their faces after being berated by Psaki so often is beyond me? They have no self respect.
— me (@AJFKDemocrat) January 18, 2022
The press puts up with it. So afraid of never getting called in again if they call her out on her rude, bitchy, arrogant behavior.
— Jody (@joann1508) January 18, 2022
Dumb, dishonest, and rude is no way for @PressSec to go through life.
— Taro Tsujimoto (@RCannon74) January 18, 2022
She didn’t answer the question.
— Connie McLou (@ConnieMcLou) January 18, 2022
If your response is ‘I think I’ve answered your question’ and the questioner is still asking, it is a clue that you did NOT, in fact, answer the question. Saying it repeatedly indicates that you don’t want to answer the question.
— NDencodarlin (@dencodarlin01) January 18, 2022
The leftist media lost it if Kayleigh so much as looked at them sideways.
— Angus T. Kirk (@angusparvo) January 18, 2022
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