‘I’m just asking’ Peter Doocy backs Psaki into a corner

Fox News’ Peter Doocy has once again pressed White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki into a corner over questions involving migrants and Russia.

“Why is it that large numbers of single adult men are being released into the United States just hours after being apprehended at the southern border?” Doocy asked.

“Well I’m not sure the specifics of what you’re referring to, Peter. What I can tell you in terms of what our policy is and how we’re approaching the border is that we continue to be under Title 42, migrants who cannot be expelled under Title 42 are placed into immigration proceedings and one of those avenues could be placement in an alternative detention program in the interior of the United States,” Psaki said, reading from her notes and not really answering Doocy’s question.

But Doocy pressed further.

“You mentioned…they’re supposed to check in at a local ICE office, but we know that just between large and August…DHS says more than 47,000…migrants that were given notices to report did not show up. So, why let them into the U.S. unsupervised in the first place?” he asked.

“Well again, we have stringent protocols and processes that we implement here that includes expelling individuals who come in under Title 42, and includes that those who do not show up are subject to the repercussions of that,” she responded, once again dancing around Doocy’s larger question.

Undeterred by Psaki’s lack of direct answers, Doocy continued, switching subjects from immigration to Russia and Vladimir Putin.

“Biden met with President Putin in-person in June…He said…’It’s clearly not in anybody’s interested…for us to be in a situation where we’re in a new Cold war, & I truly believe…he understands that.’ Has the President changed his opinion about what Putin thinks?”

“How… are you suggesting we’re in a new Cold War?” Psaki responds, misunderstanding the question entirely.

“I’m just asking. It seems like President thought in June that things were going to be good & right now, things are not looking good.” Doocy followed up.

“I don’t actually think that’s at all what the President said….There was work that we could do together.” Psaki replied.

“There’s a…report…suggesting…the Ukrainian govt is upset the U.S. pulled citizens side of Ukraine before many other countries did &…a source close to the Ukrainian president thinks those Americans are safer in Kiev than in Los Angeles. What do you make of that?” Doocy inquired.

“Well we’re always going to make decisions that are in the security interests of the people who are serving as diplomats around the world, and we have assessments that are made by the State Department,” she said, ignoring the dig about Los Angeles entirely.

Finally, Doocy quizzed Psaki on Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s choice to tweet “#IStandWithUkraine” and whether or not anything is actually getting done.

“I will have to say…unlike the last administration, we don’t think Twitter is the only means of engaging or negotiating…” Psaki snarked.

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