I think it’s fair to say that no one gets under White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s skin quite like Fox News’ Peter Doocy. This time Psaki thought she would ‘circle back’ on crime when Doocy pressed her about China.
Doocy brought up the continuing investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and asked Psaki whether or not President Xi had made any effort to assist — or to provide transparency as to what the Chinese Communist government new about the virus and when they knew it — in the weeks since Biden’s virtual summit with him.
“We know [Biden] did not press [Chinese President Xi Jinping] to help w/the Covid origins investigations b/c you said that Xi just understands he’s supposed to be transparent, so in the 2+ wks since, has he helped & been transparent yet?”
“I don’t believe that’s exactly what I said,” Psaki pushed back, adding, “I believe what I said is we have pressed for this repeatedly, we will continue to, and we’ll continue to do that at a range of levels. I don’t, unfortunately, have any updates on the participation or willingness of the Chinese to add and provide additional data.”
Psaki then pivoted to a question Doocy had asked a day earlier about rampant organized retail theft and whether the administration believed that was ultimately the result of the pandemic.
“My question was about Xi. It wasn’t about that,” Doocy protested.
“Well, you asked me…about crime yesterday, so I…was going to give you a little extra information. I followed up for you!” Psaki replied.
Psaki went on to say that the Justice Department and the FBI had been coordinating with local law enforcement in an effort to curtail the dramatic uptick in “smash and grab” style robberies.
Doocy thanked her for the update, promising to include it in the day’s coverage, and Psaki replied, “I look forward to seeing it on Fox later today.” Psaki clearly thought she would insinuate that Doocy would not report plans to hire more police. She was so wrong.
“It’s on Fox right now,” Doocy said, pointing to one of the cameras in the briefing room.
Psaki’s face tenses up every time Doocy speaks. Her disdain for the reporter is so visibly obvious that it’s comical. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.