Jen Psaki and her most controversial White House statements
Jennifer Rene Psaki is an American political adviser who is currently the White House press secretary.
The spokesperson for the White House since early 2021 is 42 years old and since her entry she has offered to restore normality, respect and cordiality to a press room which for the past four years has been the scene of tensions, reproaches and even insults to journalists of former President Donald Trump and his representatives.
Psaki has served as White House communications director for the last two years of Obama’s tenure and, since November 2020, has been appointed by President Joe Biden himself as White House press secretary.
After her appointment was announced, Psaki said via Twitter that she was “honored to be working for Biden again.”
Honored to work again for @Joe Biden, a man I worked for during the Obama-Biden administration as he helped lead the economic recovery, rebuilt our relationships with our partners (which turns out to be good practice) and injected empathy and humanity in almost every meeting I attended.
– Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) November 29, 2020
During nearly a year in office, the spokesperson gave controversial opinions on topical issues in the country. Here are some of his most relevant interventions:
In October, Psaki ended a question from a Newsmax reporter about paternity leave from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. The reporter asked if “wouldn’t it be safe for the secretary to get on her bike, so to speak, and get back to work?”
To which Psaki replied that the secretary was working remotely during the birth of her children.
“Is he in the department now, every day?” Robinson questioned.
“I think you are referring here to the question of whether men, fathers and women should have paternity and maternity leave,” Psaki added. “The answer is absolutely yes. In our opinion, this is the policy of this administration, this is what we are asking for in law to make it a reality for women, men and fathers across the country.”
Men and abortion
In September, the White House spokeswoman responded to a reporter questioning President Joe Biden’s position on abortion amid controversy over Texas’ anti-abortion law.
The reporter from Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), a network of Catholic channels, asked at a press conference why the president supports voluntary termination of pregnancy if he is a Catholic.
“He thinks it’s a woman’s right, it’s a woman’s body and it’s his choice,” Psaki replied, to which the reporter replied with another question: “Who thinks then that he should watch over the unborn child? ”
Psaki claimed that Biden believed it was up to the woman and her doctor to make this decision. “I know you have never faced this choice and have never been pregnant, but for women to face this choice is an incredibly difficult thing and the President believes their rights should be respected.” , he firmly concluded.
More political analysis
Psaki recently said she had learned her lesson and would refrain from political analysis on the podium after being accused earlier this month of violating the Hatch Act.
Psaki made the comments after a reporter asked him during his daily press briefing whether President Biden was “surprised” by the proximity of the Virginia governor’s race between Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, former governor of Virginia, and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.
âI learned my lesson,â Psaki replied. “I’m not going to do politics from here or political analysis. I can confirm that the president is coming to Arlington this afternoon and it is also my hometown.”
“I’ve learned my lesson, I’m not going to do politics out of here or political analysis,” Jen Psaki, WH press secretary, said when asked about the race to the top. VA governor post at the briefing earlier.
Seems to allude to this Hatch Act claim: https://t.co/HHnFdsuuFo
– Courtney BublÃ© (@courtneybuble) October 26, 2021