The White House communications team is in total shambles, but that’s nothing new.
Over and over, the ladies responsible for Joe Biden’s messaging fail to deliver and often create a compounding scandal for the already scandal-prone president.
Catching COVID didn’t help the harrowing situation either and White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre – once again – is struggling to keep reporters off her back.
During Thursday’s White House press briefing, Jean-Pierre battled with reporters who questioned the origin of Biden’s COVID infection. She was adamant that is was unimportant how President Joe Biden contracted COVID-19 — a historic lack of transparency about a sitting President’s medical condition probably since FDR.
“I don’t think that matters,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday. “I think what matters is we are prepared for this moment.”
“We knew this was going to happen,” she added later. “The moment we’re in right now is what matters.”
Reporter: "Where exactly was the president infected?"
Karine Jean-Pierre: "I don't think that matters."pic.twitter.com/AJeAPvlM3Y
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) July 21, 2022
Biden was found to have the virus Thursday as part of his normal testing cadence after last being negative on Tuesday. When asked whether he had symptoms, he complained of a “running nose,” “dry cough,” and being a “little tired,” according to Jean-Pierre. Understanding the cause of Biden’s infection should dictate the contact tracing process.
White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said he did not “know” how Biden got the virus and that a sample had been dispatched for sequencing to determine what variant he has.
One reporter pushed the issue and challenged Jean-Pierre on the unprecedented lack of transparency associated with Biden’s COVID infection.
The reporter noted that Jean-Pierre nor Dr. Jha were charged with treating Joe Biden, and he wanted to know why the president’s physician was being shielded from questioning.
Jean-Pierre grew enraged when the reporter claimed this was a “lack of transparency not seen in 50 years,” to which the press sec “wholeheartedly disagreed.”
Karine Jean-Pierre was NOT happy when National Journal's George Condon said "shield[ing] him from questions would be the least transparency of any WH in 50 years on a presidential illness."
KJP: "Wow. I wholeheartedly disagree…We are doing this very differently" from Trump pic.twitter.com/zrkbHQQQYV
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 21, 2022
Many thought former White House press secretary Jen Psaki was smug, snide, and opaque in her willingness to divulge key information about the administration’s agenda — but this broad really takes the cake!
How many more days until this administration vacates the White House and thus the American consciousness for good?
Author: Elizabeth Tierney