White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre showed her displeasure on Tuesday when confronted about President Joe Biden’s cognitive health.
On Sunday, Biden raised eyebrows when he told a crowd in Las Vegas that he spoke with François Mitterrand after winning the presidency. But that’s impossible because Mitterrand, the former French president, died almost 30 years ago in 1996. The White House later edited the official transcript of Biden’s speech to show the president meant to say “Macron,” a reference to the current president of France, Emmanuel Macron.
At the press briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre how this latest incident fits with the narrative that Biden is mentally healthy.
“How is President Biden ever gonna convince the three-quarters of voters who are worried about his physical and mental health that he is OK even though in Las Vegas he recently told a story about talking to a French president who died in 1996?” Doocy asked.
The question clearly angered Jean-Pierre.
“I’m not even gonna go down that rabbit hole with you, sir,” she responded, trying to move on to a different reporter.
“Why? What is the rabbit hole?” Doocy followed up. “He said he talked to Mitterrand.”
Jean-Pierre incoherently responded, “You saw the president in Vegas, in California. You’ve seen the president in South Carolina, you saw him in Michigan. I’ll just leave it there.”
And with that, Jean-Pierre cut off Doocy and refused to allow him any further questions.
Perhaps Jean-Pierre’s fuse was shorter on Tuesday because of the question that Doocy asked just prior to confronting her about the Mitterrand incident. In that query, Doocy dismantled the Biden administration’s narrative that congressional Republicans bear responsibility for the border crisis.
“You guys talk a lot about how the border wouldn’t be such a big deal if Congress would’ve just passed your immigration bill on Day 1. Who was in charge of Congress on Day 1?” he asked.
If Jean-Pierre had answered the question honestly, she would have had to admit that Democrats controlled Congress for the first two years of Biden’s presidency. Unfortunately, she didn’t take that route but instead continued to blame Republicans.
“So the Democrats who were charge the first two years — no responsibility?” Doocy follow up.
“I’m not saying that Democrats have not been in control the first two years. … I’m saying House Republicans have gotten in the way — they have!” Jean-Pierre responded.
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