During the G7 press conference on Sunday, President Biden called on reporters who appeared to be on a preapproved list as he repeatedly said he would “get in trouble” with his staff if he failed to read off the list.
Joe Biden: “I’m going to get in trouble with staff” if I don’t call from pre-approved list of reporters pic.twitter.com/9pzBLZ9l0s
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 13, 2021
At the end of the press conference, Biden decided to call on a reporter whose name did not appear to be on the list, warning that he would now “get in trouble” with his staff. After the reporter asked what should have been an easy-to-answer question, Biden told the reporter, “give me a break.”
“You have often said repeatedly that ‘America is back,’” the reporter said. “At the same time, you’ve kept in play some Trump-era steel and aluminum sanctions. And I wanted to ask you: When you’re having these conversations with European allies who are very concerned about these sanctions, how do you justify that? And what are your plans for — ”
“A hundred and twenty days,” the 145-days-in-office president replied while doing his best Batman impersonation. “Give me a break. Need time.”
Joe Biden tells a reporter “I’m gonna get in trouble with my staff,” then says he’s been in office for 120 days.
It’s been 145 days. pic.twitter.com/slPkuGhI5v
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) June 13, 2021
The incident comes the month after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted on a podcast that Biden is told to not answer questions.
“He takes questions nearly every day he’s out from the press,” Psaki said in May. “That is not something we recommend. In fact, a lot of times, we say, ‘Don’t take questions.’ But he’s going to do what he wants to do because he’s the president of the United States.”
During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) defended Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) comments that seemed to equate the United States and Israel with terrorist organizations, which caused other Democrats to release a statement condemning Omar’s comments.
Referring to a tweet AOC made claiming Omar’s comments were mischaracterized, Bash asked, “First question is, what exactly did your fellow Democrats mischaracterize? And are you saying that they are to blame for some threats against her?”
“I believe that her comments were absolutely mischaracterized. She was very clearly speaking about the ICC investigations, which name these four actors in two suits,” AOC said, referring to Omar’s controversial comment on five different actors. “And they name them in context of events that happened in Afghanistan with the United States and the Taliban, and in Palestine with Hamas and the government of Israel.”
“And we know that these very intense news cycles, which, by the way, started, this whole hubbub started with right-wing news outlets taking what she said out of context,” AOC claimed. “And when we feed into that, it adds legitimacy to a lot of this kind of right-wing vitriol. It absolutely kind of increases that target. And as someone who has experienced that, it’s very difficult to communicate the scale and how dangerous that is.”
In a tweet last week, Omar wrote, “We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban.”
A group of a dozen Jewish Democrats released a statement condemning Omar’s comments.
“The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups,” the group said. “We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defended her colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) decision to equate the United States to terrorist groups on Thursday, making use of her United States Constitutionally-enshrined right to freedom of speech, which the terrorist groups Omar listed are adamantly against.
“Freedom of speech doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress,” Tlaib said, displaying the extent of protection the First Amendment provides to speech for all people in the United States, regardless of their religion. “The benefit of the doubt doesn’t exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.”
Freedom of speech doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. The benefit of the doubt doesn't exist for Muslim women in Congress. House Democratic leadership should be ashamed of its relentless, exclusive tone policing of Congresswomen of color.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) June 10, 2021
The fantasy world described by Tlaib was a result of backlash to Omar apparently equating countries promoting peace to terrorist organizations with the opposite goal.
“We must have the same level of accountability and justice for all victims of crimes against humanity. We have seen unthinkable atrocities committed by the U.S., Hamas, Israel, Afghanistan, and the Taliban,” Omar wrote in a tweet.
Omar’s decision to equate terrorist organizations to the countries they victimize sparked backlash from a group of a dozen Jewish Democrats this week.
“The United States and Israel are imperfect and, like all democracies, at times deserving of critique, but false equivalencies give cover to terrorist groups,” the group said in a statement. “We urge Congresswoman Omar to clarify her words placing the U.S. and Israel in the same category as Hamas and the Taliban.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged a question from a reporter on why Russian cyberattacks on U.S. companies have increased under the Biden administration, while suggesting it is not the responsibility of the government to protect against foreign cyberattacks.
“On the JBS hack, these hackers based in Russia have disrupted American gas supplies and American meat supplies,” Doocy said. “Why do you think that these ransomware attacks have been rising since President Biden took office?”
“Well, first, I would say these are private sector entities who have a responsibility to put in place measures to protect their own cybersecurity,” Psaki responded, suggesting that the cyberattack on JBS, the world’s largest meat supplier, is not relevant to the United States government. “As it relates to why criminal actors are taking actions against private sector entities, I don’t think I’m the right one to speak to that.”
“So, a total coincidence?” Doocy asked
“I think you could certainly go track down those cyber criminals in Russia and have a good chat with them,” Psaki responded.
After NBC's Peter Alexander pressed Jen Psaki on why have we seen two massive cyber attacks on a gas pipeline and now meatpacking since Biden took office, Fox's Peter Doocy gives it a shot and wonders why are these happening now.
Psaki blames the corporations for getting hacked. pic.twitter.com/KugJ8inTzU
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 2, 2021
The attack on JBS, which supplies nearly one-quarter of the United States’ beef and one-fifth of its pork, comes the month after a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline led to fuel shortages across the east coast. Since Americans need food to not die, many disagree with Psaki’s suggestion that the U.S. government does not have a role in protecting food suppliers from foreign cyberattacks – and virtually everyone disagrees with Psaki’s creative idea that reporters should “track down those cyber criminals in Russia.”
The chief editor of China’s state-run Global Times, Hu Xijin, said that China needs to prepare for nuclear war with the United States after the U.S. ordered a 90-day investigation into whether COVID-19 was released by the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“Given the intensifying U.S. strategic containment of China, I would like to remind once again that we have many urgent tasks, but one of the most important is to keep rapidly increasing the number of nuclear warheads and strategic missiles like the Dongfeng 41 with extremely long-range and high survival capabilities,” Hu Xijin wrote in a post on Chinese social media platform Weibo and translated by human rights activist Jennifer Zeng. “This is the cornerstone of China’s strategic resilience against the United States.”
“We must be prepared for a high-intensity showdown between the US and China, at which point a large number of DF-41 and JL-2 and JL-3 will be the backbone of our strategic will,” Hu continued. “Our nuclear missiles must be so numerous that the U.S. elite will tremble at the thought of military confrontation with China at that time.”
“On such a basis, we can calmly and actively manage our differences with the U.S. and avoid all kinds of gunfire,” Hu added. “As U.S. hostility toward China continues to burn, we need to use our strength and the unbearable risks they would face if they took the risk to force them to remain calm.”
Last month, China reportedly refused to engage in negotiations with the United States to reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons. Reuters reported, “China is resisting bilateral talks with the United States on nuclear weapons, the U.S. disarmament ambassador told a U.N. conference on Tuesday, as Washington seeks to advance efforts to reduce nuclear arms stockpiles.”
“Despite the [People Republic of China]’s dramatic build-up of its nuclear arsenal, unfortunately it continues to resist discussing nuclear risk reduction bilaterally with the United States,” U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood said. “To date Beijing has not been willing to engage meaningfully or establish expert discussions similar to those we have with Russia. We sincerely hope that will change.”