President Joe Biden appears to have hired a replacement.
According to MediaBuzz’s Howard Kurtz, White House press secretary Jen Psaki appears to be the “deputy president” of the Biden administration, Fox News reported.
Kurtz made the remarks during a recent appearance on Fox News Channel’s America Reports.
“It seems to me also that Jen Psaki has kind of become the deputy president,” Kurtz said.
Kurtz was specifically referring to the approach taken by the Biden administration toward press briefings. Typically, Biden comes out and makes some remarks, but rarely takes any questions from reporters. Psaki then comes out and takes care of that aspect of the job.
“She is the face of the administration, her remarks coming less than an hour after President Biden gave a speech on the economy, again not taking questions from reporters as he does not most days,” Kurtz continued.
Kurtz noted that Psaki “is very good at not making news when she doesn’t want to,” referring to the way that she tends to give vague non-answers to direct questions.
Psaki and Biden have both become the center of much criticism for this approach. Some of the widest criticism came after an incident this week regarding the reopening of America’s schools.
Doctor Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a public statement on Wednesday that science indicates that it is OK to reopen schools without teachers first being vaccinated. “There is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated,” Walensky said. “Vaccinations of teachers is not a prerequisite for safely reopening schools.”
This, of course, put a lot of pressure on the Biden administration, which is not in favor of reopening schools, instead choosing to side with the teacher unions that want schools to stay closed. Psaki handled the situation by suggesting that Walensky did not make these remarks in her official capacity as head of the CDC.
“I saw the comments of Dr. Walensky, but I will say that even she would say, if she were standing here — she’s welcome to come anytime, but she’s in Atlanta — that they have not released their official guidance yet from the CDC on the vaccination of teachers and what would be needed to ensure the safe reopening of schools,” Psaki said. “And so, we’d certainly defer to that, which we hope to see soon.”
America is certainly growing frustrated with this approach to press briefings. It’s time for reporters to step up and start holding the Biden administration accountable.