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Jen Psaki Will Reportedly Trade White House Podium for MSNBC Gig

Sophie Mann
April 1, 2022

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will reportedly depart her official administration job this spring and join MSNBC, according to a report from Axios.

Psaki has been rumored to be in discussions with corporate media outlets for months. Her White House departure is also no surprise; the mother of two always expressed a desire to stick with her current role for about a year before pursuing other options.

Axios reports that Psaki has been in close contact with the White House counsel’s office about her imminent departure and has not signed any contracts that would put her in messy ethics territory. Though, sources say that Psaki has shared her plans to join MSNBC with some senior White House officials – the deal is reportedly close to being finalized.

The plan, according to the outlet, is for Psaki to host a show for MSNC on NBUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock. She will also contribute as a voice on MSNBC’s cable lineup of network shows. 

Psaki Humiliates Biden With Her Excuse For His Latest Gaffe: Just Something He Saw on Television

Randy DeSoto, The Western Journal
Published March 18, 2022

White House press secretary Jen Psaki gave a rather disconcerting answer when asked why President Joe Biden had suddenly decided to call Russian President Vladimir Putin a war criminal.

After Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed Congress on Wednesday via video, Biden announced new U.S. military assistance that would be going to the besieged nation.

Following his announcement, Fox News White House correspondent Jacqui Heinrich asked Biden if Putin is a war criminal, given everything the president has seen. Zelenskyy’s presentation to Congress had included a powerful video highlighting the devastation of the war.

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Biden first responded, “No.”

He then continued making his way through the room, but soon thereafter returned to the journalist, asked for clarification and answered, “Oh, I think he is a war criminal.”

Later in the day, Psaki was asked during a news briefing what accounted for the change. The administration had previously said only that Putin was under investigation for potential war crimes.

Psaki replied that it was the news coverage Biden watched on TV that informed his answer.

“The president’s remarks speak for themselves,” she said. “He was speaking from his heart and speaking from what he’s seen on television, which is barbaric actions by a brutal dictator through his invasion of a foreign country.”

“There is a legal process that continues to … be underway at the State Department. That’s a process that they would have any updates on,” the press secretary said.

Later in the briefing, a reporter circled back to the issue, noting that Biden had declined to call Putin a war criminal during the first three weeks of the conflict.

“As you note, there is an ongoing … formal process before you can use this term. So something must have changed for the president to feel like he can take this additional step today. What? What else is he seeing?” she asked.

Psaki again referenced media coverage of the invasion.

“The president was answering a direct question that was asked and responding to what he has seen on television,” she said.

“We have all seen barbaric acts, horrific acts by a foreign dictator in a country that is threatening and taking the lives of civilians, impacting hospitals, women who are pregnant, journalists, others,” Psaki continued. “I think he was answering a direct question.”

Biden likely isn’t watching Fox News, so our foreign policy is being informed by what commentators on MSNBC and CNN are saying? God help us.

Doesn’t the commander in chief have a multibillion-dollar intelligence apparatus to provide him with the most accurate information available?

Conservative commentator Ed Morrissey offered an interesting theory as to why Psaki walked back Biden’s remarks about Putin, and it centers on Iran.

Moscow responded forcefully Wednesday to Biden’s war criminal characterization, calling it “unacceptable and unforgivable” rhetoric, the BBC reported.

Morrissey wrote that Psaki’s official “walk-back at the White House of it being just Biden’s personal view looks like a retreat in the face of Russian complaints. And that might be precisely what it is, because Biden’s still relying on Russia to accommodate Biden’s desperate ambition to re-enter the Iran [nuclear] deal.”

Russia is playing a central role in the talks currently underway in Vienna.

“Rather than recognize the insanity of that foreign policy, Biden and his White House have decided that it makes more sense to accommodate Putin and walk back the obvious,” Morrissey wrote.

We already went through all of this during the Obama administration, with the U.S. bending over backward to accommodate Russia and Iran. Both interpreted America’s conduct as weakness and pressed forward with their mal-behavior, including Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 and Iran’s ongoing support of terrorism.

You would think that Biden and his team — primarily made up of Obama alums like Psaki — would have learned their lesson, but apparently they have not.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

‘Hunter Doesn’t Work in the Government’ – Psaki Refuses to Answer Questions on Hunter Biden’s Laptop From Hell

Cristina Laila
March 17th, 2022

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday dodged two questions about Hunter Biden’s laptop after the New York Times confirmed the “laptop from hell” is in fact real.

The New York Times finally admitted that Hunter Biden’s laptop is real.

In October 2020, The New York Post dropped an “October surprise” on Biden’s presidential campaign and released emails from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop.

Recall, Jen Psaki previously fled the lectern as a reporter asked her about prior tweets calling the Hunter Biden laptop story ‘Russian disinformation.’

Two White House reporters confronted Psaki about Hunter Biden’s laptop on Thursday and her previous claims it was ‘Russian disinformation.’

Psaki looked visibly irritated and refused to answer any questions.

“The president previously said that the [Hunter Biden laptop scandal]…was a bunch of garbage and that it was a Russian plant. Does he stand by that assessment?” a reporter asked.

Psaki dodged and replied, “[Hunter] doesn’t work for the government.”

A reporter for the Daily Mail followed up with a second question on Hunter Biden’s laptop from hell and Psaki deferred the reporter to the Justice Department.

Psaki refuses to apologize for her brazen lies about Hunter Biden’s laptop.

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Jen Psaki Reveals Fascinating Details About Secret Letter Donald Trump Left for Joe Biden in White House

Michael Austin, The Western Journal
February 22nd, 2022

Although the White House transition from Donald Trump to Joe Biden in January 2021 didn’t exactly follow tradition, there was a bit of a passing of the torch from the 45th to the 46th president.

Trump left a letter for Biden, and during an interview on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki shared some details about it from behind the scenes.

According to Psaki, she was the one who first informed Biden he had been left a letter from his predecessor.

“On my first day before I did my first briefing, I was in the Oval Office talking with him about the briefing and anything he wanted me to convey or what I expected or whatever. And I said, ‘You know, I think you’re going to be asked about the letter that the former president left you,’ and he said, ‘Oh, did he leave me a letter?’” she told actor Rob Lowe on his “Literally! With Rob Lowe” podcast.

“And I was like, am I telling him he was left a letter? I don’t know, OK?” Psaki said. “So I said, ‘I think so. I think, I think that’s what happened.’

“So he kind of looked around for the letter and read the letter while I was sitting there, which was just kind of a remarkable moment.”

According to Mediaite, Biden has not shared any details regarding the letter’s contents except to say that they were “generous.”

Psaki said she doesn’t know what was in the letter but nevertheless recalled it very clearly as one of her “early memories” in the White House.

“He didn’t read it out loud. He read it to himself,” she said of Biden. “And he is such a classy guy, whether people agree with his politics or not, that he didn’t even convey it to us in that moment of what the letter said, he kind of read the letter, consumed it himself.”

That’s not all.

Psaki also told Lowe that the former president’s handwriting was “lovely” and his letter was “very long.”

It’s possible that the letter was not nice, eloquent or even well-wishing.

But if so, it seems unlikely the Biden administration would have kept the letter a secret.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Joe Biden ‘Open’ To Changing Name of ‘Build Back Better’ In Bid to Jumpstart Failed Legislation

Jon Dougherty
February 11, 2022

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that it may be time to rebrand the failed “Build Back Better” legislation by, among other things, renaming it, adding that President Joe Biden appears to be “open” to the idea.

“Sure,” she responded when asked if a name change was a possibility during her daily press conference.

The $1.8 trillion legislation, which the administration pushed for months last year, died after the president himself failed to convince two members of his own party to sign off on it. And while Manchin has signaled that he is open to discussing aspects of the measure, he recently declared the bill “dead” as a package.

While Manchin opposed the legislation from the outset, he nevertheless remained open to discussing it until December, when reports said he angrily denounced the legislation and the administration after Biden and Democratic leaders began attacking him when he would not hop on board.

Politico reported:

White House staff had given Manchin a heads-up on Thursday that the president was soon to put out a statement accepting a delay in the Build Back Better Act and that it was going to mention the West Virginia senator by name. Manchin objected, asking that either his name be left out or that he not be alone because his family had already been the target of abuse and he didn’t want to be singled out.

But the statement went out anyway, and contained only Manchin’s name. The senator then snapped at White House aides and told them that he was done negotiating. The West Wing interpreted that as meaning that current talks were done but could pick up again next year.

But Manchin meant that he was totally walking away — which he said publicly a few days later on Fox News Sunday, in a move that blindsided and outraged the White House.

The senator appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and dropped the bombshell that he would not support the Build Back Better plan.

“I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation, I just can’t. I tried everything humanly possible, I can’t get there” he said to host Bret Baier who was on after former host Chris Wallace stepped away from the show last week.

“You’re done – this is a no,” the host said.

“This is a no, on this legislation,” the senator said. “I have tried everything I know to do.”

“This is a no on this legislation. I have tried everything I know to do. And the President has worked diligently. He’s been wonderful to work with. He knows I’ve had concerns and the problems I’ve had and, you know, the thing that we should all be directing our attention towards the variant, a Covid that we have coming back at us in so many different aspects in different ways, it’s affecting our lives again,” he said.

Asked about the legislation again last week by a reporter, Manchin snapped: “What Build Back Better bill? It’s dead.”

In a column posted to the American Enterprise Institute website, senior fellow Marc A. Thiessen put the onus for the bill’s failure directly on Biden’s refusal to consider any Republican negotiating points, preferring to try and go it alone with just a thin Democrat majority in the Senate:

In June, after Republicans and Democrats reached agreement on an infrastructure framework, Biden threatened to veto the deal if Congress did not first pass his massive Democrat-only Build Back Better social spending bill. Then, he issued an extraordinary eight-paragraph statement walking back his veto threat, promising not to link the two bills. Then he broke his word and urged members of his own party to take the infrastructure bill hostage as leverage to pass Build Back Better. 

Biden blames Republicans for his failure to pass Build Back Better. But what killed that bill was his failure to compromise with Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and other like-minded Democratic lawmakers. Manchin explained the reason he decided to oppose the bill is that “it hasn’t shrunk.” Biden won’t compromise with his own party’s moderates, much less Republicans.

Trump Narrative Redux? Biden Admin Claims Anyone Questioning Ukraine Strategy is Spreading Russian Disinfo

Jon Dougherty
February 6, 2022

OPINION: This article may contain commentary which reflects the author’s opinion.


For all of his four years in office, former President Donald Trump faced false allegations that he was a pawn of Russian President Vladimir Putin and that his 2016 campaign ‘colluded’ with Moscow to ‘steal the election’ from then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Those allegations were ultimately proven to be unfounded following a number of congressional investigations and one by former special counsel Robert Mueller. But Democrats continued the accusations anyway and to this day, some of them still insist that they are true, sans evidence.

Now, it appears as though the Biden administration is reviving the ‘Russia’ narrative as a means of pushing back on critics of his policies regarding Ukraine, which is essentially under siege by around 100,000 Russian troops, most of which have been positioned along the country’s periphery for weeks.

According to Fox News, criticism of Biden’s strategy is being labeled “Russian talking points” and “misinformation” by  White House and administration officials:

White House press secretary Jen Psaki and State Department spokesperson Ned Price have squashed inquiries into government sources and alternative narratives surrounding the conflict in Ukraine. The White House has repeatedly warned that a Russian invasion of the country is imminent, citing troops stationed on the Russian-Ukrainian border and alleged plans to launch a false flag operation to justify an annex.

Price was pressed by a reporter Thursday on the evidence behind U.S. officials’ belief that Russia intended to release an elaborate propaganda video on Ukraine in order to justify beginning a war. 

The Pentagon said it had intelligence that Russia was planning to “stage a fake attack” in order to embolden support for a war with Ukraine. Associated Press reporter Matt Lee, who covers the State Department, pressed Price for evidence to back up the allegation and said it could be “Alex Jones territory.”

“If you want to find solace in information that the Russian government is putting out, that is for you to do,” Price replied.

Earlier in the week, Psaki took a shot at Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), essentially accusing him of consuming “Russian disinformation” and “parroting” Kremlin talking points.

Her remarks came after the state’s junior senator called on President Biden to suspend support for Ukraine to eventually become a member of NATO and instead shift his focus to confronting China as Beijing continues to push into the Indo-Pacific region.

“Well, if you are just digesting Russian misinformation and parroting Russian talking points, you are not aligned with a long-standing bipartisan American values, which is to stand up for the sovereignty of countries like Ukraine,” Psaki responded to a reporter who asked her to make a statement regarding Hawley’s remarks.

“But others have their right to choose their own alliances and also to stand against very clearly the efforts or attempts or potential attempts by any country to invade and take territory of another country,” Psaki added. “That applies to Sen. Hawley, but it also applies to others who may be parroting the talking points of Russian propaganda leaders.”

On Thursday, Psaki was asked by a reporter if the administration had plans to release evidence of the U.S. military’s role in the death of civilians in Syria as a result of a counterterrorism airstrike, claiming that the correspondent was relying on disinformation put out by ISIS.

“Skeptical of the U.S. military’s assessment when they went and took out the leader of ISIS, that they are not providing accurate information, and ISIS is providing accurate information?” Psaki asked.

Robert Gates, a former defense secretary under the Obama-Biden administration who spent 30 years with the CIA, has criticized the current president as someone who has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”

He essentially doubled down on that claim, made in a 2014 memoir, during an interview last year with “60 Minutes” following Biden’s disastrous pullout from Afghanistan.

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The White House Throws Fauci ‘Under the Bus’: Jen Psaki Claims the Biden Administration Has ‘Not Been Pro-Lockdown’

Kyle Becker
February 4, 2022

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was confronted with a new Johns Hopkins comprehensive study that shows “lockdowns” were a complete failure worldwide.

When asked about the irrefutable evidence that the lockdowns caused massive damage, but delivered no tangible benefits, Psaki went into full spin-mode.

“We’ve not been pro-lockdown — most of the lockdowns actually happened under the previous President,” Psaki claimed. This is directly contrary to the policies advocated by Biden advisers, particularly Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The study in question is a thorough review done by Johns Hopkins university. It is damning.

“What does the evidence tell us about the effects of lockdowns on mortality?” We provide a firm answer to this question: The evidence fails to confirm that lockdowns have a significant effect in reducing COVID-19 mortality. The effect is little to none.
The use of lockdowns is a unique feature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns have not been used to such a large extent during any of the pandemics of the past century.

However, lockdowns during the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic have had devastating effects. They have contributed to reducing economic activity, raising unemployment, reducing schooling, causing political unrest, contributing to domestic violence, and undermining liberal democracy. These costs to society must be compared to the benefits of lockdowns, which our meta-analysis has shown are marginal at best. Such a standard benefit-cost calculation leads to a strong conclusion: lockdowns should be rejected out of hand as a pandemic policy instrument.

That’s as blunt a refutation of lockdowns from an academic institution as it gets.

Obviously, Jen Psaki’s lie about the White House never being ‘pro-lockdown’ is at direct odds with numerous statements given by Biden’s chief Covid adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci.

In April 2021, Fauci was asked about states like Florida and Texas, which lifted their lockdowns and did not see a subsequent rise in cases.

“I’m not really quite sure,” he said. “It could be they’re doing things outdoors.”

Fauci added in his MSNBC interview that it may take weeks to see any effects from re-opening the state on the number of COVID cases.

“I hope they continue to tick down. If they do, that would be great but there’s always the concern when you pull back on methods — particularly on things like indoor dining and bars that are crowded — you could see a delay and then all of a sudden tick right back up,” Fauci said.

“We’ve been fooled before by situations where people begin to open back up. Nothing happens and then all of a sudden several weeks later things explode on you, so we’ve got to be careful we don’t prematurely judge that,” he added.

Texas and Florida became two of the biggest targets of criticism for lockdown and mask advocates. Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have consistently defied Fauci’s advice and also taken stands against COVID passports. The benefits to citizens were much-improved economic outcomes, as well as a much better quality of life — leading to millions fleeing there from blue states.

While Donald Trump did turn to Fauci as one of his key advisers, he was a frequent critic of lockdowns and mandates. Jen Psaki can dodge the actual “science” all she wants, but she’s only throwing her own Covid advisers under the bus.

White House Press Secretary Slips and Says Who She’s Really Reporting To and It’s Not Biden

Joe Hoft
January 22, 2022

For more than a year Americans have wondered who is running the country.  We know it’s not Joe Biden so who is it?

We asked in January 2021 before his inauguration, who was running the Biden gang?

We had indications that perhaps it was Obama that was running this nightmare of a Presidency.  It’s not Biden, that’s for sure.  And it does make sense.  With Biden, Obama can do all the things he wanted to do to this country and yet not take the blame for the reaction to these destructive policies.  Afghanistan is an example of this.

Obama shared the following:

Pelosi slipped and labeled the failed policy mislabeled ‘Build Back Better’ an Obama program.

Now Twitchy reported today on White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki slipping and claiming she reports to Obama.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was on “The View” yesterday where co-host Ana Navarro got her to circle back to the matter of President Biden saying there’s a possibility the November midterm elections won’t be legitimate.

During the same interview, Psaki moved the needle on some Freudian slip detectors:

So right now bets are that Obama is running the country, despite this being totally illegal.  But since Obama and Biden never respected the law or the US Constitution, this is the best bet on who’s [failing at] running this country. 

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Psaki Explodes When Asked About Biden Comparing Political Opponents to Traitors, Segregationists

Martin Walsh
January 13, 2022

OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author’s opinion

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was visibly irked on Wednesday afternoon when asked about Joe Biden comparing his political opponents to traitors and segregationists.

A report asked Psaki: “Senator Romney today basically said, I’ll use the exact quote, that the speech yesterday that the president gave was quote, ‘Going down the same track and road taken by President Trump,’ in casting a doubt on the reliability of American elections. Does the White House have a response to that?”

“With all due respect to Senator Romney, I think that anyone would note that there’s a night-and-day difference between fomenting an insurrection based on lies totally debunked by 80 judges, including Trump-appointed ones, and election authorities across the country and making objective, true statements, which is what the president made yesterday about the effects of a nationwide, coordinated effort to undermine the Constitutional right to vote,” she claimed.

“I know there has been a lot of claim of the offensive nature of the speech yesterday, which is hilarious on many levels given how many sat silently over the past four years for the former president,” Psaki went on. “But I would note that in our view and the president’s view what is far more offensive is the effort to suppress people’s basic right to exercise who they want to support and who they want to elect.”

“That’s not a partisan thing,” she said. “And that’s why he gave such a strong speech.”

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Biden traveled to Georgia on Tuesday and drew immediate pushback from many — including Democrats — over his inflammatory remarks about voting in America.

His comments were even criticized by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), who admitted that Biden took it too far when he compared his political opponents to traitors and segregationists.

CNN host Jake Tapper asked Durbin during an interview: “Are there not legitimate reasons that a senator, a Democratic senator, might be concerned that changing the filibuster rule will set a horrible precedent that Republicans will exploit to do something like pass a nationwide abortion ban or something like that, without saying that Kyrsten Sinema or Joe Manchin are like Bull Connor or Jefferson Davis?”

Durbin dodged by claiming Democrats should eliminate the Senate filibuster — which requires 60 votes in the Senate to pass legislation — in order to pass their leftist voting package.

Tapper held Durbin’s feet to the fire and asked: “But you’re comparing, or Biden is comparing, and you’re not criticizing, the idea of a legislator reducing the number of days for early voting from 15 to 10 or wanting voters to present a photo ID before they vote, you’re comparing that to Bull Connor, who literally set dogs upon civil rights protestors. George Wallace, who said segregation today, segregation forever, I’m paraphrasing, or Jefferson Davis, the president of the traitorous confederacy. I mean, isn’t that a little stark?”

Durbin finally admitted Biden’s took his rhetoric too far.

“It is stark. And I will concede that point,” Durbin agreed. “But don’t overlook the reality that in 20 different states governed and led by Republicans in legislature and in governorship, and each and every one of them, they are taking step by weary step to make sure that fewer Americans vote.”