During her first press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki ensured reporters that they will be dedicated to communicating the Biden-Harris administration policies to the media and to the American people. It was time for left-leaning reporters to ask Biden’s team the tough questions they’ve promised after four years of heated exchanges and screaming accusations with the Trump Administration, including Kayleigh McEnany, Sarah Sanders, and Sean Spicer. Instead, reporters threw softball questions and politely complimented her. This is only the beginning of mainstream media dropping its guard and giving the Biden administration a pass after four years of tormenting former President Trump and his team.
“Do you see yourself as promoting the interests of the President or are you there to provide us the unvarnished truth so we can share that with the American people?” This was the first question asked at Psaki’s press briefing from the AP.
Jen Psaki was the White House Communications Director during the Obama era and a former CNN contributor. Other reporters chimed in about the “battle for truth,” and complimented the Secretary, saying they will be combatting disinformation in many ways that led to the Capitol Riot. Trump can never stay out of a reporter’s mouth.
Psaki outlined the executive orders President Biden signed on day one in office, including a rollback of former President Trump’s policies, restoring some of former President Obama’s programs, and revoking the presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL Pipeline. She said that he will also be having his first foreign leader call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and that there will be early calls with partners and allies, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.
When asked about the impeachment trial regarding former President Trump, Psaki did not say whether or not Congress is set on impeaching him. She dodged the question twice at the briefing, making the assumption that the Senate would ‘multi-task.’
“We are confident that, just like the American people can, the Senate can also multi-task and they can do their constitutional duty while continuing to conduct the business of the American people,” Psaki said. “He’s going to leave the mechanics to Congress on how to moves forward with impeachment. Having talked to him today, his focus is not on politics. It is on getting to work and solving the problems for the American people,” Psaki said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who led the House twice in rushing to impeach Trump, has not transmitted a single article of impeachment needed to trigger a Senate trial. While some argue that this is to avoid distracting from President Biden’s early legislative agenda, others pointed out the proof that the ‘boot Trump’ movement was just another political ploy.
At the end of Psaki’s press briefing, all of the reporters thanked her and left quietly without argument. The difference between how the press speaks with Psaki and McEnany is day and night. That just verifies the narrative.