Psaki answered Biden actually did make a border trip – driving through El Paso back in 2008.Also predictably attempted to blame border crisis on Donald Trump.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had another sparring match with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, this time defending Joe Biden’s decision not to visit the southern border, despite basically all hell breaking loose and thousands of migrants pouring in illegally.
During a press briefing Friday, Doocy quizzed Psaki on why Biden claimed during a CNN Town Hall Thursday that he’d been down to the border “before,” later admitting, “I guess I should go down.”
“Why did President Biden say he has been to the border,” Doocy asked.
Psaki answered that Biden did actually make a border trip – driving through El Paso back in 2008.
“As you may have seen, there has been reporting that he did drive through the border when he was on the campaign trail in 2008 and he is certainly familiar with the fact, and it stuck with him, the fact that in El Paso, the border goes right through the center of town,” she responded.
“But, the most important thing everyone should know and understand is that the president has worked on these issues throughout his entire career and is well-versed in every aspect of our immigration system, including the border – that includes when he was Vice President.”
She then attempted to blame the border crisis on President Donald Trump, saying, “[Biden] does not need a visit to the border to know what a mess was left by the last administration.”
Unfazed, Doocy continued his line of questioning, next asking, “Does that count as a visit? He said, ‘I’ve been there before’ — you’re saying he drove by for a few minutes — does that count?”
“What do you — what is the root cause?” Psaki stumbled during her resopnse.
“He said, ‘I guess I should go down.’ So does he think that he needs a photo op?” Doocy repeated.
“Okay, I’ll answer it for you,” Psaki answered. “People come from Central America and Mexico to go to the border. The president has been to those countries 10 times to talk about border issues.”
Doocy then asked if Biden thinks a mere “photo op” will do anything to solve the crisis.
“The president does not believe a photo op is the same as solutions,” Psaki replied.
Check out the full press briefing: