Psaki abruptly switches topics from China to looting in briefing exchange
Added 12-03-21 06:18:02pm EST - “White House press secretary Jen Psaki abruptly changed the subject Friday when asked about President Biden's lack of pressure on China to be transparent about the origins of COVID-19.” - Nypost.com
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki abruptly changed the subject Friday when asked about President Joe Biden’s lack of pressure on China to be transparent about the origins of COVID-19 —instead offering an update on a recent spate of organized looting in California.
“It’s been more than two weeks since President Biden had a call with [Chinese President] Xi [Jinping],” Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy began during the regular briefing, “and on that call, we know that he did not press him to help with the COVID origins investigation because you said that Xi just understands he’s supposed to be transparent.
“I don’t believe that’s exactly what I said,” Psaki responded. “I believe what I said is that we have pressed for this repeatedly, we will continue to and we’ll continue to do that at a range of levels. I don’t unfortunately have any updates on the participation or willingness of the Chinese to add and provide additional data.”
At that point, Psaki turned to Biden administration efforts to address smash-and-grab looting by large groups of people, which has particularly impacted Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“Can I provide one other update to you since you asked me about crime yesterday and had a little more information for you?” she asked.
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