During Wednesday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki blamed Americans for President Biden’s failure to keep his promise to “shut down the virus.”
“To the questions from earlier about messaging, what ever happened to President Biden’s promise to shut down the virus?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked. “There’s another variant here. Is the idea that you want people now to kind of wrap their heads around that the President, instead of shutting down the virus, is going to try to help people live amidst the virus and go about their lives but COVID is going to be here?”
“Well, Peter, what’s very important for people to understand and all of you are communicating to the public about what steps they can take to go back to normal or go back to normal life — something everybody wants to do,” Psaki said.
“We’re all sick and tired of this virus, but we need approximately 20 percent of the population or more people than are currently vaccinated to go get vaccinated and go get boosted,” Psaki continued. “What we can do as the federal government is make those vaccines free, make the boosters free, make them available. The President will talk more about what we’re going to do tomorrow. But we need the American people to do more — who are not vaccinated — to help us continue to fight the virus.”
SUPERCUT: Biden repeatedly promised to “shut down the virus.”
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Doocy then asked Psaki about the more than 350,000 Americans that have died from COVID-19 since President Biden’s inauguration day – far more than the number under the previous administration.
“A lot of talk about the first Trump-Biden debate today, but at the second one in 2021, when roughly 220,000 Americans had already died of COVID. Joe Biden said about Trump, ‘Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.’ Is that still the standard now that more Americans have died under President Biden than President Trump?” Doocy asked.
“Well, I think the fundamental question here is: What are you doing to save lives and protect people?” Psaki said before making false claims to attack the Trump administration.
Psaki concluded, “And I think there’s a pretty stark difference between their approaches.”