White House press secretary has dutifully shifted blame away from President Joe Biden in response to various crises over the past nine months.
Most recently, she sought to point the finger at United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the president’s unwillingness — or inability — to field questions from reporters.
Psaki passes the buck
Her remark came after the White House escorted reporters out of an Oval Office meeting between the two world leaders this week.
While Johnson took the initiative to open up the event to questions from British reporters, Biden walked away as journalists shouted questions in his direction.
MOMENTS AGO: Staff orders news media to leave The White House as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks mid-sentence pic.twitter.com/MXg2m0o1hq
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The embarrassing episode was Johnson’s fault, Pelosi insinuated, because he took questions “without alerting” administration staff first.
During the White House meeting on Tuesday, Johnson was in the middle of remarks to reporters when staffers began ushering members of the press out of the room.
“We will be able to move forward”
Following that interruption, CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe asked Psaki what happened, prompting her to insist that Johnson “called on individuals from his press corps without alerting us to that intention in advance,” vowing that “we will be able to move forward beyond this.”
O’Keefe was present earlier and attempted to pose a question to the president about the current border crisis, receiving a clipped answer as Biden hurried out of the room.
Pelosi’s excuse the following day is the latest evidence being used by Biden’s critics who say he is not mentally fit for the presidency.
It is no secret that many of Biden’s staffers are anxious about his unscripted remarks and interactions with the press. Psaki has even indicated that his aides prefer to limit his exposure to the press and Biden has alluded on multiple occasions that he is being kept on a short leash.
The White House Correspondents’ Association lodged a formal complaint after reporters were shown the door this week, but it remains to be seen whether these frustrations will lead to any measurable changes in the way the Biden administration interacts with the press.