White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre repeatedly deflected questions from reporters about massive layoffs at technology companies and claimed that the economy under President Joe Biden is unswervingly robust.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed on Wednesday that the company would dismiss some 10,000 employees over the next several months to reduce costs amid the challenging macroeconomic climate. The announcement occurred after Amazon CEO Andy Jassy unveiled a total headcount reduction of 18,000 employees. Jean-Pierre nevertheless began her Wednesday press briefing by claiming that Biden “inherited an economic crisis and turned it into the strongest two years of job growth on record.”
One reporter noted that the commander-in-chief has been “quite optimistic” in his latest statements about the economy and asked whether the Microsoft layoffs are a “matter