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New White House Press Secretary Praised For Her Deft Handling Of Fox News Reporter's Bogus Question

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is being praised on Twitter for her competent but dismissive handling of "gotcha" questions from Fox News' White House correspondent, Peter Doocy—Fox & Friends host Steve Doicy's son.

During a recent press conference, Doocy asked this question:

"President Trump was imposing travel restrictions in March specifically on China. Then-candidate Biden called it 'xenophobic' and 'fear-mongering.' So, now-President Biden is putting travel restrictions on people coming in from other countries. What words would you use to describe this?"

Though President Biden—and many others—cited former President Donald Trump for his xenophobia, it was unrelated to his ban on Chinese travel.

Psaki calmly addressed this discrepancy in her answer.

Psaki dealt with Doocy's loaded question, saying:

"Well, I don't think that's quite a fair articulation. The President has been clear that he felt the Muslim ban was xenophobic; he overturned the Muslim ban."
"He also though has supported, and he himself—even before we did, I should say even before he was inaugurated—steps, travel restrictions in order to keep the American people safe, to ensure that we are getting the pandemic under control, that's been part of his policy."
"But he was critical of the former President for having a policy that was not more comprehensive than travel restrictions, and he conveyed at the time and, more recently, the importance of having a multifaceted approach, mask wearing, vaccine distribution, funding in order to get 100 million shots in the arms of Americans in the first 100 days, not just travel restrictions."



Twitter loved Psaki's calm, fact-based answer.

Of course, she was likely prepared for a question like this from Doocy.

Like his father, Doocy used his position and his questions to paint a negative picture of President Biden to demonstrate his devotion to Donald Trump.




Twitter collectively celebrated seeing a White House Press Secretary who was more interested in facts than spin.



Doocy was also criticized pretty harshly online for his question.



Jen Psaki's professional demeanor behind the White House podium served, for many, as a reminder that a new era has begun in Washington DC.