Together with the decline of Afghanistan questions persevering with into Thursday’s White Home press briefing with solely 13 being requested, the Texas abortion regulation gave the liberal media an off-ramp to drop that humanitarian and safety catastrophe as they devoted roughly 29 inquiries to defending the left’s rabid help for homicide. However when it got here to EWTN White Home correspondent Owen Jensen standing up for all times, Press Secretary Jen Psaki couldn’t stand that.
Jensen interjected roughly 10 minutes into Psaki’s Q&A with the actual fact Biden’s abortion views go in opposition to his Catholic religion: “Following up on the Texas regulation, why does the President help abortion when his personal Catholic religion teaches abortion is morally incorrect?”
Psaki has lengthy exhibited testiness towards Jensen, so it wasn’t a shock when she hit again: “Properly, he believes that it’s a lady’s proper, it’s a lady’s physique, and it’s her selection.”
Jensen stayed powerful as he fired off a wonderful follow-up: “Who does he consider then ought to look out for the unborn baby?”
By this level, Psaki couldn’t comprise her annoyance:
He believes that it’s as much as a lady to make these selections and as much as ladies to make these selections along with her physician. I do know you’ve by no means confronted these decisions nor have you ever ever been pregnant, however for ladies on the market who’ve confronted these decisions, that is an extremely troublesome factor. President believes their proper needs to be revered.
How offensive! Psaki must be cancelled for (a) not utilizing the time period “birthing individuals” or “pregnant individuals”; (b) not realizing that, in keeping with her facet of the aisle, males may change into pregnant; and ( c) assuming Jensen’s gender. What a large number!
Jensen tried to sneak in one other query about what would Biden’s “message” be “to pro-life teams who help this regulation,” however Psaki moved on as a result of, in keeping with her, “we’ve to maneuver on” since “you’ve had loads of time as we speak.”
Earlier than this, ABC’s Stephanie Ramos and CBS’s Ed O’Keefe introduced questions from the left on abortion. O’Keefe went first with two questions, one in every of which searching for touch upon “what recommendation would the President give to a lady in Texas…who needs or wants to get an abortion[.]”
Ramos used one in every of her two questions to seek out out what the White Home felt about boycotts of the Lone Star State: “Does the administration have a message for trade and personal companies which have operations in Texas? Like, would the President and the White Home help a boycott of types in opposition to Texas?”
Quick-forward previous the Jensen alternate and CBS Information Radio’s Steven Portnoy floated the thought of U.S. taxpayers (by way of the Biden administration) paying for ladies to obtain free transportation to states outdoors Texas to obtain abortions.
Shifting to Afghanistan, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny sought an replace “on the 100 to 200 People who — Americans who’ve labored within the nation or are nonetheless within the nation.”
Fox’s Jacqui Heinrich additionally went down this route, searching for the variety of U.S. inexperienced card holders and Afghan SIV candidates left behind.
Psaki gave an extended, meandering reply to each questions, however Heinrich waited Psaki out so she may point out a brutal BBC report concerning the Taliban conducting mass killings earlier than questioning Psaki on whether or not “our reliance on the Taliban to maintain their phrase by way of our evacuation is misplaced if we’re going again on issues like” not harming fellow Afghans (click on “broaden”):
PSAKI: I needed to offer you guys an replace on one piece that was requested yesterday, which is how many individuals have come into the nation…[B]etween August seventeenth and August thirty first, of the breakdown of people that have come into the nation, 31,170 — 107, I’m sorry, individuals have arrived in the US as part of Operation Allies Welcome. 4,446 are U.S. residents, 14 p.c of them. 2,785 or 9 p.c are U.S. lawful everlasting residents. 23,876 or 77 p.c…are different Afghans in danger, together with SIV and different visa holders, SIV candidates, P1 and P2 referrals and others…[I]n phrases of how many individuals are within the nation now, there are people who find themselves eligible we could not even know they’re eligible but, proper? It is vitally laborious to outline these numbers. That’s one thing that definitely the State Division in coordination with the Division of Homeland Safety are going to be assessing…[E]verybody who needs to depart Afghanistan and are available to the US won’t be able to…What we need to do is attempt to assess and attempt to do in depth outreach by means of diplomatic channels to see how many individuals there are, what applications they could be eligible for.
HEINRICH: Thanks. After which I needed to get to the Taliban and questions of whether or not it’s conserving its promise for amnesty. There was some reporting from the BBC, some shade from that story: “Because the Taliban got here to energy, one man stated they haven’t stopped killing.” “A number of days in the past,” this individual stated, “they killed 12 members of particular forces in Kandahar…three troopers in Jalalabad as properly.” “The Taliban took them out of their properties and shot them.” Given this sort of reporting that we’re listening to, is it doable that our reliance on the Taliban to maintain their phrase by way of our evacuation is misplaced if we’re going again on issues just like the amnesty promise?
PSAKI: Properly, first, I don’t have any affirmation of these particulars. I’m not questioning the BBC’s reporting, I simply don’t have any affirmation of them from the U.S. authorities. I will surely level you to the Division of Protection and others who might need further particulars. However what I’d notice right here, Jackie, is nobody is saying from the federal authorities, nobody, the President, secretary of protection, nobody from the intelligence neighborhood, that the Taliban are good actors, proper? We’re not saying that. That is likely one of the causes we’re being so clear that we’re not speeding to recognition. We might be watching clearly. We now have a variety of leverage at our disposal, together with entry to the worldwide market and, after all, we might be assessing. It’s, after all, based mostly on how they deal with people within the nation, how they deal with ladies, whether or not they let individuals who need to depart the nation depart. All of these are elements that we are going to be assessing. However I don’t have any affirmation of that particular reporting.
The back-end of the briefing had two wonderful questions as Politico’s Eugene Daniels noted that the Taliban has stated it might be saddling up with China after which an Australian reporter grilled Psaki on Secretary of State Antony Blinken not calling Australia previous to the August 31 deadline (click on “broaden”):
DANIELS: On Afghanistan, the Taliban says China might be their foremost accomplice and type of monetary lifeline. Does that weaken America’s leverage over the group to alter its conduct, particularly given the geographic closeness between China and Afghanistan?
AUSTRALIAN REPORTER: A Taliban spokesman informed an Australia information community that the 41 Australians who died within the conflict in Afghanistan died in useless. Throughout this time, the Australian authorities came upon concerning the withdrawal date change by means of media reporting. We weren’t included on the checklist from Secretary of State Antony Blinken of nations known as on the ultimate day, August 31. Does the Taliban have a degree?
PSAKI: I’m undecided I perceive your query.
AUSTRALIAN REPORTER: We now have sacrificed rather a lot for this alliance, together with the lives of 41 Australians, and we’ve been left seemingly out of the loop throughout this withdrawal course of. There hasn’t been excessive degree of communication with the Australian authorities throughout this time.
AUSTRALIAN REPORTER: [Blinken] listed by means of all these completely different nations that you simply known as on the finish of that, and Australia wasn’t on the checklist.
After all, Psaki punted on each questions.
To see the related transcript from September 2’s briefing (together with an abortion query from The Washington Publish’s Ashley Parker), click on here.