Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy confronted White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre with a pointed inquiry regarding President Joe Biden’s handling of Hurricane Idalia.
Observers noted President Biden’s active involvement in the disaster response, even going so far as to express trust in Florida Gov. Ronald DeSantis, setting aside political differences. Doocy’s interrogation aimed to discern the disparity between Biden’s “robust” reaction to Hurricane Idalia and his underwhelming response to the Maui wildfires.
“Did you guys realize that the initial Hawaii wildfire response was not that good, or is it just easier for people to get help from the White House when the president is not on vacation?” Doocy asked, referencing Biden’s recent trips to Rehoboth Beach and Lake Tahoe. This bold question left several reporters, including NBC News’ Peter Alexander and the Wall Street Journal’s Annie Linskey, visibly taken aback.
“So, the premise of your question and the way you posed your question, I disagree, just for the record,” Jean-Pierre said.
Jean-Pierre then directed Doocy to consult with Hawaiian officials. She emphasized that these officials, including the state’s Democratic governor and U.S. senators, would vouch for Biden’s swift action concerning the Maui wildfires.
“If you were to do your reporting and speak to the governor of Hawaii, the senators of Hawaii, the folks on the ground, they would say that the president reacted in record time when it came to dealing with the wildfires, when it came to dealing and making sure that they got everything that they need on the federal level to deal with what was going on on the ground,” she said.
“So, your question is wrong — it’s flawed in many, many ways,” she declared.
Jean-Pierre, however, refrained from advising Doocy to engage with Maui’s local populace. A significant portion of these residents expressed dissatisfaction with Biden, perceiving his response as inadequate.
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