Another reporter gets under Psaki’s skin, causing her to reply in choppy tones

A reporter appeared to tease White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday during questioning about the Biden administration’s response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The exchange came amid President Joe Biden’s pledge that US troops would not interfere in the war, nor sign a no-fly zone that could lead to war with Russia.

The reporter seemed to incur Psaki’s wrath when he asked if the United States would just “just watch it get worse.”

“Can you give us a sense of a timeline or triggering event that would lead to this change in policy regarding Russian oil and forthcoming decisions? is this coming up Or is there something that – you know, is there an event – ​​an outside event that you’re waiting for?” the reporter called.

“I wouldn’t say Kelly, it’s an outside event. I think our ongoing concern is — you know, everyone wants to hold President Putin and the Russian leadership accountable. Everyone supports the efforts that the President — President Biden has led the entire world — took to impose crippling financial sanctions and they have had a tremendous impact,” Psaki replied.

“But what we’re also thinking about is not taking any steps that would have the impact of an increase in energy prices, an increase in oil prices, and an increase in gas prices on the American public.” And we also make sure to do things in a way that is united with our partners around the world,” she added.

“Can you talk about how the President has hardened, if you will, hardened?” the reporter said.

“He has pledged not to deploy American troops to any military position in Ukraine. You have outlined all the steps that the US and its allies are taking. But he is also watching what is happening, as are many Americans who are concerned about the atrocities taking place, the loss of life and the civilians affected. Is the US just watching things get worse? Should we all be prepared for that?” he asked.

This question seemed to anger the press secretary.

“I would just argue that we hardly ‘watch’. We have — we have provided $1 billion in military and security assistance, including a range of defense weapons, which we have expedited delivery to the Ukrainian leadership and military,” she replied

“We were the largest provider of economic and humanitarian aid. We have gathered the world to stand up against President Putin. We don’t “observe”; The President leads the world in responding to this,” she argued.

“However, he will not send US military men and women to Ukraine’s front lines to fight against Russia. That never changed — it was never his plan, never his policy, and he has no intention of doing that,” she said. Another reporter gets under Psaki’s skin, causing her to reply in choppy tones

Jake Nichol

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