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On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration would have done better in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic had it not been for former President Donald Trump.
Psaki made her comments during the daily briefing at the White House.
Psaki is asked why Biden is so similar to Trump. Psaki is NOT satisfied with the question. pic.twitter.com/7CqKuNdDW9
– The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) September 30, 2021
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Psaki: “We would have made progress if the former president had actually addressed the pandemic”
When asked by a reporter for comments in the media and some foreign officials that Biden was “Trump-like” in key policy areas, “Unity President” press secretary Psaki did not hesitate to cast a shadow over Trump.
“Because we are in the middle of a pandemic which, by the way, we would have made progress if the former president had actually brought up the pandemic and not suggested people inject bleach,” said Psaki, lying about a debunked claim.
“So I think we’re in a different place,” she concluded. “I look forward to more examples. I think it would be hard for people to argue that the president used any aspect of the former president’s playbook as a model of his own. “
When asked about @POTUS acting “Trump-like” on #Afghanistan, #China, #Cuba, #France and # Title42, @PressSec replied that people would be “pretty hard pressed” to say that he used the previous president’s playbook as his own. pic.twitter.com/J1SNR336Qv
– Steve Herman (@ W7VOA) September 30, 2021
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Psaki rejects similarities
Before attempting to blame Trump, Psaki described what she believed were real differences between Biden’s and Trump’s policies.
Psaki was asked why Biden maintained a Trump policy like Title 42 and ended up pulling US troops out of Afghanistan as well, a long-stated goal of his predecessor.
“Look. I could take any of them – on Afghanistan, the former president struck a deal without the Afghan government that we announced yesterday from the military that demoralized the Afghan security forces and the Afghan government,” said Psaki.
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The press secretary added: “Where he also released 5,000 Taliban fighters to Afghanistan.”
Psaki said ending the war the way Biden did is different from what Trump would have done.
“I would say the president took a very different approach when the former president did not end the war – something that the American people strongly support,” said Psaki.
She added, “A priority for an open exit from the war in Afghanistan leaves room for us to spend more time talking to each other.”
Regarding Title 42, which allows border patrols to force most migrants out of the US due to the pandemic, Psaki told the reporter, “Title 42 is a public health requirement.”
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