PSAKI SNAPS AT REPORTER AFTER ASKED ABOUT BIDEN’S POSITION ON BEIJING OLYMPICS

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki bit back at a reporter on Friday after asked whether President Biden would make a decision whether the US will participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Games. The inquiry comes after the president previously weighed in on the political issues surrounding Georgia voting laws and Major League Baseball—an issue that has now resulted in the MLB All-Star game being moved out of Atlanta.

“The president had voiced his support for MLB making a decision about the All-Star Game in Georgia,” the reporter said. “I’m wondering, when can we expect a final determination from the President about the United States participating in the Beijing Olympics, given that he said the Chinese President doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body?”

“Well, I think the US Olympic Committee would play a big role in—” Psaki deflected.

“But he’s weighed in on Major League Baseball here in United States,” the reporter responded.

“He actually didn’t,” Psaki claimed. “I think, I don’t know if you heard the, the answer, the question and the answer that happened a few minutes ago where we addressed this, and I answered the question. And I gave you a little more context, but maybe you weren’t paying attention to that part.”

Biden did weigh in on the MLB situation, responding to a question from ESPN this week on whether he would support the league moving out of the Southern state.

“I think today’s professional athletes are acting incredibly responsibly,” Biden said. “I would strongly support them doing that.”

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Psaki’s response drew heavy criticism.

“This is an absolutely fair question, and Psaki dodging the question by attacking [the reporter] is the exact kind of nonsense that people went after Trump’s press secretaries for,” one commentator wrote online. “Biden willingly went down this rabbit hole with MLB, so the Olympics being in China is a fair question.”

“Jen Psaki’s refusal to answer tells us all we need to know about this White House’s priorities,” another commented.

The full transcript reads:

REPORTER: Thank you. I’ll follow up. And then, you know, the President had voiced his support for MLB making a decision about the All-Star Game in Georgia. I’m wondering, when can we expect a final determination from the President about the United States participating in the Beijing Olympics, given that he said the Chinese President doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body?

JEN PSAKI, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Well, I think the U.S. Olympic Committee would play a big role in —

PSAKI: But he’s weighed in on Major League Baseball here in United States.

PSAKI: He actually didn’t — I think — I don’t know if you heard the — the answer — the question and the answer that happened a few minutes ago where we addressed this, and I answered the question. So — and I gave you a little more context, but maybe you weren’t paying attention to that part.

Psaki has received a substantial amount of criticism since taking up the position of press secretary at the White House, often refusing to field questions, noting that she will “get back to” the journalist.

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