White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed on Wednesday that President Joe Biden calling out Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) this week was “not” a criticism of them.
“I hear all the folks on TV saying, ‘Why doesn’t Biden get this done?’” Biden said on Tuesday. “Well, because Biden only has a majority of effectively four votes in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends. But we’re not giving up.”
Psaki was repeatedly pressed about the remarks, including the following interaction:
REPORTER: And then, on the President’s comments yesterday, he seemed to call out Manchin and Sinema for — he said, voting “more with…Republicans” than Democrats. But ProPublica actually found that they’ve so far voted with Biden 100 percent of time on major votes. And so can you explain where those comments came from and why he felt the need to call out members of