White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki continued to deflect criticism of Joe Biden’s handling of the border crisis Wednesday; claiming the humanitarian disaster was “exacerbated by the Trump administration” months after he left the White House.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) May 4, 2021
“After four years of an immigration system rooted in destructive and chaotic policies, President Biden is taking the challenge head on,” said Psaki.
“Our administration immediately jumped into action to address the influx of migrants at the border, something that began during and was exacerbated by the Trump administration,” she added.
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CAVING on PIPELINES? Psaki Says White House Will ‘Look at Each Pipeline and Do an Analysis’
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked to comment on the Biden Administration’s view on the Dakota Access Pipeline this week; telling reporters the White House will do an “analysis” on jobs and the environment.
“The fate of the Dakota Access Pipeline: Is it the administration’s belief that the construction of that pipeline should continue?” asked one reporter.
“Our view is that we would look at each pipeline through each individual pipeline separately and do an analysis,” said Psaki.
Reporter: "Is it the administration's belief the construction of the [Dakota] pipeline should continue?"@PressSec: "Our view is that we would look at each pipeline through each individual pipeline separately and do an analysis." https://t.co/01dkz00r6L pic.twitter.com/T2XzrU2497
— The Hill (@thehill) April 9, 2021
At least 21 Republican-led states are suing the Biden Administration for canceling the Keystone Oil Pipeline; a move that will cost countless jobs and raise gas prices as the country re-opens amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
“Cabinet Defendants’ actions … have the possibility of depriving States and local governments of millions of dollars in revenues. Yet, far from providing a reasoned explanation for why they are taking their actions, they have not provided any reason at all,” the suit states.
21 Republican State Attorneys General File Lawsuit Against Biden Over Keystone Pipeline https://t.co/G2Tm9AJbSF
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 18, 2021
“The power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce belongs to Congress – not the President. This is another example of Joe Biden overstepping his constitutional role to the detriment of Montanans,” added Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen.
Joe Biden canceled the pipeline on his first day in the White House.
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EXACTLY: Psaki Says Mexico Increasing Security Patrols to ‘Make Crossing the Border More Difficult’
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki accidentally admitted what most Americans have known for weeks Monday: Mexico and Guatemala are now increasing security to “Make crossing the border more difficult.”
“We understand that there was an agreement with Honduras, Mexico, and Guatemala to place more troops at the border… When were these implements struck?” asked one reporter.
“There have been a series of bilateral discussions,” said Psaki. “There was a commitment to increase border security… I think the objective is to make it more difficult to make the journey and make crossing the borders more difficult.”
.@PressSec on Mexico and Guatemala increasing their border security: "I think the objective is to make it more difficult to make the journey and make crossing the borders more difficult." pic.twitter.com/owHts11cvG
— The Hill (@thehill) April 12, 2021
Vice President Kamala Harris continued to completely ignore the crisis taking place along the US-Mexico border Sunday; instead choosing to post a picture of herself aboard a private plane.
“Brighter days are ahead,” posted the VP.
Brighter days are ahead. pic.twitter.com/UiLhRPON0l
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 11, 2021
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich confirmed over the weekend that Vice President Kamala Harris has failed to respond to his official invitation to tour the humanitarian crisis taking place along the US-Mexico border.
“I guess if you were a philosopher you would say no response is a very loud response because we’ve not received any response,” Brnovich told Fox Business’ Dagen McDowell.
Vice President Kamala Harris was appointed by Joe Biden to oversee the administration’s handling of the border crisis more than 19 days ago but has so-far failed to deliver any major address on the issue.
“Her assigned efforts on immigration, which includes overseeing diplomatic efforts with Northern Triangle countries, fit into a broader trend of the administration delegating substantial foreign policy responsibilities to her. For example, she has held calls with major world leaders like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu,” reports Fox News.
“Since the beginning of the administration and a week after Biden’s announcement, Harris has fielded questions from the media but has yet to hold a formal press conference. Meanwhile, the border crisis captivated the nation’s attention and raised a series of concerns about national security and the stability of the U.S. immigration system as a whole,” adds Fox.
“So this new surge we’re dealing with now started with the last administration, but it’s our responsibility to deal with it humanely and to – and to stop what’s happening,” Biden said last Wednesday.
“And so, this increase has been consequential, but the vice president has agreed – among the multiple other things that I have her leading – and I appreciate it – agreed to lead our diplomatic effort and work with those nations to accept re- – the returnees, and enhance migration enforcement at their borders – at their borders.”
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