White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has had an adversarial relationship with the press corps — many alleging she only reads prepared statements and avoids calling on reports known to ask pointed or difficult questions.
Jean-Pierre’s working relationship with Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy has been especially tense. Today a frustrated Jean-Pierre “lashed out” at Doocy, according to Fox News.
Doocy’s question regarded the border crisis. The Biden administration continues to advocate for open borders as southern states report being overrun by millions of immigrants and several northern states and cities are struggling to meet needs.
The White House affirms that the southern border is secure and that Republicans have used immigrants as political pawns and immigration issues as talking points.
On Thursday, Doocy asked Jean-Pierre to categorize what is happening at the border. He asked: “So, what do you call it here at the White House when 10,000 people illegally cross the border in a single day?
Jean-Pierre attempted a familiar dodge of the question: “So, what do you call it, Peter, when [the] GOP put forth a—”
Not wanting the Press Secretary to avoid a direct answer, Doocy cut Jean-Pierre off, saying, “Wait—”
Jean-Pierre spoke over Doocy, “No, no, no, no, no you can’t—”
Doocy complained, “You’re answering my question with a question.”
Jean-Pierre replied, “I’m answering — OK, we’re going to move on,” after which the two started talking over each other.
“Karine, please,” Doocy pleaded.
“No, no, no, we’re moving on,” she declared once again before gesturing to another reporter. “In the back.”
Doocy tried one last time: “You said you were stopping the flow at the border. 10,000 migrants—”
Jean-Pierre cut Doocy off, saying, “Peter, I tried to answer the question, and you stopped me.” The press secretary then turned to another reporter, saying, “Let’s go.”
Multiple sources report a spike in illegal crossings this month. Many argue that secret Biden administration processing quotas, plans to drop off immigrants in red states across America (without first contacting state or local authorities), providing free identification cards to immigrants, and fast-tracking immigrants’ work permit applications contribute to the problem.
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