The White House is spinning President Joe Biden’s dig at two centrist Democratic senators by contending he was instead offering commentary on TV political punditry.
Biden complained on Tuesday that his legislative agenda was being blocked in Congress because of the narrow Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, including “two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends.”
But White House press secretary Jen Psaki insisted that Biden’s remarks, interpreted as a veiled swipe at Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, were actually about simplified made-for-TV political discussions.
“TV isn’t always made for complex conversations about policymaking,” she told reporters Wednesday. “He considers them both friends, he considers him both good working partners, and he also believes that in democracy, we don’t have to see eye to eye on every detail of every single issue