Fox News host Chris Wallace went after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki for the administration’s continued downplaying of the crisis raging on the U.S. southern border.
From the Post Millennial:
Wallace rolls a clip of Biden saying regarding allowing the media to come to border facilities, “This is being set up, and you [the media] will have full access to everything once we get this thing moving.”
A reporter then asked, “Just to be clear, how soon will that be, Mr. President?” “I don’t know,” replied Biden.
Wallace immediately followed up by pointing out that “the only way we know bad conditions are for some 5000 minors in these border control facilities is because of these pictures that members of Congress have released on their own.”
Wallace then again took aim at Psaki for Biden’s policy of not letting the press cover conditions at the border:
He then asked once more “Why not allow reporters and camera crews in on a pool basis, safely, to take pictures and show people what’s happening in those border facilities right now?”
Replied Psaki, “Chris, the President is committed to that. I’m committed to that. Sec. Mayorkas [of the DHS] is committed to that,” and then went on to use the pandemic as an excuse.
Psaki seemingly had no answer to the line of questioning from Wallace, only offering that the administration wanted to have “a different approach from the last administration.”
While the approach has certainly been different, the results have resulted in a crisis.
Although the administration has downplayed the severity of the situation, they have not been forthcoming with the kind of access that would allow the country to judge for themselves.
That reality led to a group of 19 Senators touring the border, with Sen. Ted Cruz deploying the conditions and sending urging the president to immediately grant the press access so the American people can judge the situation for themselves.
“This past Thursday and Friday, eighteen of my Senate colleagues and I visited the border and witnessed firsthand the staggering public health and humanitarian crisis caused by your policies,” Cruz wrote in a letter to President Biden after the trip. “We understand the heartbreaking tragedy unfolding at the border because we were there. We saw it. But the American people are unable to see it because you remain intent on keeping the media from shining a light on your administration’s failures.”
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