Psaki: Biden didn’t push Xi on COVID since China already knows he wants answers

Psaki: Biden didn’t push Xi on COVID since China already knows he wants answers


WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday claimed President Biden didn’t ask Chinese President Xi Jinping about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic that’s killed 766,000 Americans because Xi already knows he wants transparency on that topic.

“The president’s push for the Chinese to be — participate more, provide more transparent data and information, we’ve never held back on that front. We’ve argued for it publicly. We’ve argued for it at every level. And the president did talk in his meeting about the importance of transparency, which is — this is exactly an example of,” Psaki said at a press briefing.

Still, Biden on Monday raised more than a dozen other topics with Xi during a 3 1/2-hour virtual summit

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