Jean Pierre responded to Meredith’s question about Biden having a conversation with the mayor with a meandering non-answer. She vaguely touted the president being in touch with mayors nationwide, then immediately pivoted to blame Republicans for not being “serious on this.” Her rambling continued with references to billions of dollars Biden put into the “American Rescue Plan” and his “Safer America Plan.” But if those measures were so effective, why is D.C. now declaring a public emergency over its juvenile crime wave? When Meredith attempted to ask another question on the American Rescue Plan, Jean-Pierre refused to engage. The conversation went something like this, according to a White House transcript: Meredith: I’m sorry. But one follow-up — Jean Pierre: I’m going to keep going. I’m going to keep going. I’m going to keep going. Meredith: — real quick. Jean Pierre: No, I’m going to keep going. [To another reporter] Go ahead. Meredith: But you mentioned — you say it’s the — Jean Pierre: [To another reporter] Go ahead. Meredith: — American Rescue Plan — is working — Jean Pierre: [To another reporter] Go ahead. Meredith: — but if the money is not — Jean Pierre: I’m just going to — Meredith: — but if the money is there — Jean Pierre: I’m just going to keep — Meredith: — but what’s changing? Jean Pierre: [To another reporter] Go ahead. Go ahead. Go ahead. A White House press secretary refusing to answer tough questions like a petulant child does the American public no favors. [firefly_poll] Jean-Pierre seemed completely unwilling to elaborate on the administration’s crime prevention plans or engage in a substantive back-and-forth with a journalist who was simply trying to do his job. If the administration’s policies are working as advertised, Jean Pierre should be able to explain how — so the rest of the country can understand it. If not, the least she can do is her job — which is to level with the American people about it.
Mayor Bowser declares public emergency for DC amid juvenile crime crisis, opioid epidemic https://t.co/Zy8P9aiHpL— Susanna (@KolnerCVS) November 15, 2023
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