It’s almost not even fair at this point. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has years of experience in expertly dueling with Washington Beltway media types. In just one month on the job for President Joe Biden she has distinguished herself when conducting the almost daily press briefings she has re-instituted. If she has an answer to a reporter’s question, she’ll deliver it from the podium of the James Brady Briefing Room. If not, she promises to “circle back” with a response.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy, assigned to the White House beat upon Biden’s election, is not quite so seasoned, which was demonstrated again Tuesday when he challenged Psaki about the president’s southern border immigration policies. Just two weeks ago Psaki called out Doocy for an ill-crafted inquiry about the Keystone pipeline.
Tuesday, reading from the notes that he no doubt spent the entire morning preparing, Doocy – son of “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy – asked the press secretary to explain how President Biden’s current policies regarding migrant children are any different than the children-in-cages approach of twice-impeached former president Donald Trump.
Psaki’s response: “One, there is a pandemic going on. I’m sure you’re not suggesting that we have children right next to each other in ways that are not COVID-safe, are you?” The best Doocy could do was to repeat the same question without at all adding to the discourse, saying, “I’m suggesting that Kamala Harris said that this facility — putting people in this facility was a human rights abuse committed by the United States government. And Joe Biden said, ‘Under Trump, there have been horrifying scenes at the border of kids being kept in cages.’ Now, it’s not under Trump, it’s under Biden.”
The shut down quick. “This is not kids being kept in cages. This is a facility that was opened, that will follow the same standards of other HHS facilities. It is never our intention to replicate the immigration policies of the past administration. We are in a circumstance where we are not going to expel unaccompanied minors at the border. That would be inhumane.”