The White House is declining to condemn President Biden’s pick for budget chief over her divisive comments about lawmakers, despite withering criticism from both sides of the aisle — and says the commander in chief thinks she is the “right person” for the job.
Asked about concerns over Neera Tanden’s rhetoric Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called it “an overstatement” to say that there was not a new tone of unity in Washington simply because of her nomination.
Psaki was responding to one of many questions about the nomination of Tanden as chief of the Office of Management and Budget — which became seriously imperiled after Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Mitt Romney (R-Ut.) and Susan Collins (R-Me.) announced they would all oppose her, citing her harsh rhetoric towards lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
“I think the fact that the president nominated her to…be running OMB reflects his view that she’s the right person to be