Deadpan Jen Psaki Mows Down Newsmax Reporter Over 'Secret Memo' Question
In an increasingly distinctive style, White House press secretary Jen Psaki cleverly interrupted a meandering attack question from Newsmax on Monday on a mysterious memo about President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan.
John Gizzi, a reporter from the right-wing outlet, asked Psaki about a "private memo" "circulated in the business community and to some Republican senators" that Biden's $ 2 trillion plan was actually costing $ 3 trillion.
"Someone went through it, or claimed to have been through it, and added it up and $ 1 trillion more than [what] the president put on the price tag," added Gizzi in an obvious effort to clear up his question.
A dead psaki replied, "Sounds mysterious - the memo, the secret memo."
She said the details of the plan were clearly detailed. "So I would encourage you to take out your calculators and charge them up and see how they compare to the secret memo," added Psaki.
John Gizzi is John Gizzi-ing during the press conference at the White House pic.twitter.com/PSG25TDFF9
- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 5, 2021
Psaki drew a similar goodbye to Fox News' Peter Doocy last month, who claimed his network was struck off the list of news outlets Biden wanted to call at his first press conference. Doocy later admitted that he had no idea whether Fox was on such a list or not.
Last week, to a question from Fox Business correspondent Edward Lawrence, Psaki replied that the government would not change its "tone" if it criticized Republicans' efforts to make it difficult for Americans to vote.
In the latest abolition, a fan known on Twitter as Psaki "really has mastered the art of maintaining calm professionalism while asking silly questions on their heads".
She really has mastered the art of maintaining calm professionalism while asking silly questions on their heads.
- Melissa Allaneous (@ MAllaneous) April 5, 2021
Yes! The best part is that it's not mean or scornful. She really has the vibe of a third grade teacher. As you would expect 8 year olds to say crazy things, it's not personal. You just redirect them to the task at hand and continue.
- By Thomas (@Von__Thom) April 5, 2021
He was just bombed by Psaki. Take out your calculator for the secret memo. She is the best
- Alex Ryan (@eatlikeal) April 5, 2021
I absolutely love her shadow ???
- Eric Janson - Here Right Matters (@ zyegor1) April 5, 2021
A daily slam dunk competition will be held for the next 4 years I see ... ???
- Chameleon1 (@ MsPiggy02) April 5, 2021
Jen puts another on the mat.
- Shawn (@Login_Prompt) April 5, 2021
Wow i love the job she does. If there was a better choice, I damn sure don't know who it would be based on the past few months.
- Harrison Lansing (@HarrisonLansing) April 5, 2021
I'm madly in love with Jen Psaki!
-? Foxxita? #Vote ??? 2020 ??? (@ Foxxita) April 5, 2021
"The contents of the secret memo can only be revealed within the cone of silence" pic.twitter.com/diUrmNmi66
- Tom Conklin (@tjconkster) April 5, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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