White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki handled a Conservative reporter similar to how former President Donald Trump handled Jim Acosta.
Psaki bristled at a question from Eternal World Television Network correspondent Owen Jensen, verbally rebuking before repeatedly ignoring him.
“Jen, why does President Biden believe pro-life taxpayers, Catholics among them, should have to fund Title 10 clinics that advise women on how to get an abortion?” Jensen tried asking Psaki.
The press secretary remonstrated, saying, “Sir. We don’t …” when the frustrated EWTN reporter exclaimed, “You’re going down the row, and you’re giving these people five and six questions. I get one, don’t I?” He opined that other reporters in the back row deserved to get at least one question during a briefing.
Psaki, trying hard to be Trumpian, said, “I think if you could sit here and be respectful,” before Jensen responded — Acosta-like — by interjecting, “You give them five to six questions!”
They spoke over each other until another reporter interrupted to ask a question.
“I think he’s the next question,” a relieved Psaki informed Jensen, telling the other reporter, “Go ahead.”
Jensen continued with the end of his question that drew a Trumpian response from the Democratic administration spokeswoman.
“You’re being very disrespectful,” Psaki admonished Jensen.
Another reporter asked if Biden would try to pressure Mexico’s president to join the international effort to economically hobble Russia. She answered another question from the same reporter about White House support for raising interest rates. She gave that same reporter a third question about Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., bad-mouthing electric vehicle tax credits being a signal of continued opposition to Build Back Better.
“I would say that Senator Manchin remains a friend of the President’s and someone we will continue to work with and look forward to continuing engagements with,” Psaki replied.
Jensen tried again to ask his question. “So, again, my question: Why does President Biden believe pro-life taxpayers, Catholics among them,” began Jensen before another reporter interrupted.
“Okay, so, earlier you were asked about the economic …” the reporter talked over Jensen as he continued his question, “should fund Title 10 clinics that advise women on having an abortion?
The other reporter continued speaking, saying, “you were asked about economic and humanitarian assistance aid amount.” The question was referring to U.S. aid to Ukraine.
There was no rebuke of the reporter who interrupted Jensen. In fact, Psaki told the other reporter it was a good question. The press secretary gave a detailed answer and let the same reporter ask two more questions, which both received answers.
Psaki answered questions about student loan forgiveness, $33 billion further aid to Ukraine, COVID-19 funding, quad summit with India, China and Taiwan, Moldova and the G-20 meeting. She ignored further Jensen attempts to get an answer to his question.
A Resist The Mainstream request for comment from Psaki about why she would not answer his question was not immediately returned.
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