Psaki abruptly switches topics from China to looting in briefing exchange

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki abruptly changed the subject on Friday when asked about President Joe Biden’s lack of pressure on China to be transparent about the origins of COVID-19 — rather than the recent one in California. Offered an update about the looting organized.

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It’s been more than two weeks since the call with President Biden [Chinese President] Xi [Jinping], Granthshala News White House correspondent Peter Ducey began during the regular briefing, “and on that call, we know he didn’t pressure him to help with the COVID original investigation because you said Xi just understood that they should be transparent.

“So in more than two weeks, has he helped and been transparent?” Doosy asked.


Saki replied, “I can’t believe that’s exactly what I said.” “I believe what I said is that we have pushed for this over and over again, we will continue to do this and we will continue to do this at many levels. Unfortunately I don’t have additional data to add and provide. There is no update on the participation or willingness of the Chinese to do so.”

At the time, Psaki turned to the Biden administration’s efforts to address looting and looting by large groups of people, which have particularly affected Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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“Can I provide you with another update because you asked me about the crime yesterday and you had some more information?” He asked.

“About crime?” Doosy replied. “My question was about Xi.”

“Oh, well, you asked me a question about the crime yesterday, so I was going to give you a little extra information,” Saki told correspondent Kajol. “I followed for you, Peter.”

In the early months of the Biden administration, Psaki became notorious for telling reporters that she would “circle back” with him on questions to which she did not have an immediate response, but it was rare for her to volunteer a follow-up piece of information. , especially about a controversial and unrelated topic.

During Friday’s press briefing, Granthshala News White House correspondent Peter Ducey asked about Joe Biden’s talks with China.

“I should have added yesterday,” she explained, “but I later learned that the Department of Justice, the FBI, and federal law enforcement have been in contact with jurisdictions where we have seen this high-level retail theft. In Los Angeles, we’ve seen a multitude of robberies. The FBI is aiding a multi-jurisdictional task force led by the LA Police Department.

“I’ll also note that on top of that, the Justice Department announced last week that San Francisco, where several high-profile retail thefts have occurred, will be getting money to hire 50 more police officers. through the COPS program Which the President has defended. This has come as part of about $100 million in similar grants across the country.”

“Thanks for that,” replied Doosy. “We will include this in our coverage.”

“I look forward to seeing it on Granthshala later today,” joked Psaki.

“It’s on Granthshala right now, I guess,” replied Ducey, pointing to the camera that was broadcasting the exchange live.

“Okay,” said Saki. “I bet it is.”

In August US spy agencies assessed that it was “plausible” that COVID-19, which has killed more than 777,000 Americans, leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which specializes in the study of coronaviruses.

Last month, Biden turned and walked away after hearing a question from The Post about pressuring China to be transparent on the origins of the virus.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki
Psaki was asked if Biden was pressuring China about the origins of COVID-19.

Biden rarely pushes for transparency from China, and it is unclear whether he has said anything on the subject since a written statement to him was issued in August.

“The world deserves answers, and I will not rest until we receive them,” the statement said. “Responsible nations do not shirk such responsibilities to the rest of the world. The pandemic does not respect international borders, and we should all better understand how COVID-19 came about to prevent further pandemics.”

China has refused to cooperate with an independent investigation led by the World Health Organization, which led a cursory and widely panned preliminary review that was controlled by China and found the virus emerged naturally . The Global Health Organization is trying to conduct a more in-depth second study.

Democrats have widely downplayed China’s role in the pandemic and rebuked former President Donald Trump for what he called the “China virus”. Saki said in March that “calling COVID the ‘Wuhan virus’ or other things leads to perceptions of the Asian American community that are wrong. [and] Inappropriate.”

Xi Jinping, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and President of China.
Biden’s most recent phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping came more than two weeks ago.
Xinhua/Sipa USA

Psaki said in August that Biden does not support Trump’s demand that China pay $10 trillion to allow the virus to spread by hiding early data about the outbreak.

Document published by The Intercept in September revealed that US health officials indirectly funded “gain of function” research in the Wuhan lab that sought to better understand the virus by manipulating them – including modifying three bat coronaviruses isolated from COVID-19 And finding that they became much more contagious among “humanized” mice. Human-type receptors were added to them.

Biden called the Xi summit despite reports that his son, Hunter Biden, still holds a 10 percent stake in a Chinese investment firm controlled by state owned entities, The company, BHR Partners, was formed 12 days after Hunter joined his father’s Air Force Two for a 2013 visit to Beijing. Less than a week after the Biden-Xi summit, a lawyer for Hunter Biden told the New York Times that First Son had finally split from the company, but did not provide any further details.


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