It was only a matter of time before President Joe Biden was caught by the press without a sheet of paper containing his talking points, which is exactly what happened over the weekend as the president was approached by reporters as he enjoyed a round of golf.
According to the Washington Examiner, after wrapping up his first presidential golf outing at Wilmington Country Club in Delaware, reporters asked about the situation at the southern U.S. border as well as if he was considering a cap on refugees. In Biden’s response, he used the term “crisis” to describe what’s currently happening.
What did he say?
The influx of illegal immigrants — especially unaccompanied minors — has plagued Biden’s White House for the past two months as record numbers of migrants continue to pour across the border, with each month setting new records.
Equally alarming to many is the fact that the Biden administration doesn’t seem to be interested in making the drastic changes needed to get a handle on the situation, even going to great measures to avoid calling the influx a “crisis.” But on Sunday, Biden slipped up in his reply to a reporter.
“The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people, and we couldn’t do two things at once. And now we’re going to increase the numbers,” Biden replied.
Members of Biden’s administration have continually chosen to refer to the situation as a “challenge” or other kinder descriptions presumably so as to not admit that the situation is as out of control as it currently is.
Jen Psaki today: There is no border “crisis.”
Joe Biden this weekend: There is a border “crisis.”
— Cassandra (@CassyWearsHeels) April 19, 2021
White House swoops in
On Monday, it wasn’t a surprise to see that White House press secretary Jen Psaki was quick to walk back Biden’s “crisis” description during the daily White House press briefing.
“The president does not feel children coming to our border, seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships, and other dire circumstances, is a crisis,” Psaki said.
“He does feel that the crisis in Central America, the direct circumstances that people are fleeing from, that that is a situation we need to spend our time, our effort on, and we need to address it if we are going to prevent more of an influx of migrants from coming in years to come,” she added.
Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki claims Biden does not view border influx as a “crisis” after he called it a “crisis” pic.twitter.com/SjmBUxZrTq
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 19, 2021
Biden and Harris have still not committed to a date and time when they will visit the southern U.S. border to get a first-hand look at how bad the crisis has become, leaving doubt in the minds of many that the Biden administration isn’t taking the situation nearly as seriously as they should.