Jen Psaki Dances Around Questions About Biden’s Visits To The Border
White House press secretary Jen Psaki could not come up with an answer to the question as to whether President Joe Biden has ever visited the southern border to see firsthand what is needed to address the immigration crisis.
During her daily press briefing, Wednesday Psaki was asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy if the president had “ever been to the southern border” during his nearly 50 years in public office.
“I will have to look back in my history books and check the times he’s been to the southern border,” Psaki said.
“We have been looking all morning,” Doocy said, “and we have not found any record of him visiting the border as president, vice president, senator, or even as a concerned citizen.”
Doocy further added “This is a president who makes a point when there are disasters in this country, like a wildfire or hurricane, to go and see for himself firsthand what the needs are of the local community so he can have an informed POV to make policy. Why doesn’t he go down to Del Rio, Texas, to see what’s going on?”
Doocy was speaking about the incredible surge of illegal immigration in recent days in Del Rio, where over 10,000 migrants who crossed into Texas illegally are awaiting processing at the International Bridge.
“Well, first of all, Peter, I think the situation at the border is the result of a broken system,” Psaki replied. “And the president certainly relies on his experience. So whether it was the work he did to address root causes as vice president, his efforts when he was in the Senate to support comprehensive immigration reform. …He uses all of his experiences to inform how he governs, how he approaches challenges.”
“Has Joe Biden ever been to the border? It’s a question that needs to be answered by the president, who is presiding over the most disastrous border crisis in decades,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement following the press briefing.