Communications officers at the White House have contradicted President Joe Biden after he referred to a “crisis” at the southern border, according to The Washington Examiner.
White Press Secretary Jen Psaki made her statements Monday after Biden’s weekend comments that caused a stir in the media.
“The president does not feel children coming to our border, seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships, and other dire circumstances, is a crisis,” Psaki said when asked about Biden’s comments.
“He does feel that the crisis in Central America, the direct circumstances that people are fleeing from, that that is a situation we need to spend our time, our effort on, and we need to address it if we are going to prevent more of an influx of migrants from coming in years to come,” she told reporters.
Psaki’s comments came after Biden’s said on Saturday that “We’re gonna increase the numbers,” in reference to the cap on refugees admitted to the United States.
“The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people, and we couldn’t do two things at once. And now we’re going to increase the numbers.”
Administration officials have been careful not to call the goings-on at the southern border a crisis, seeming to believe that avoiding naming the problem will make Americans less frustrated with it.
Biden’s PR gaffe is just the most recent demonstration of his lack of familiarity with the linguistic gymnastics needed to exempt progressives from the same standards applied to conservatives.
Paski has, in fact, addressed the terminology question brushing it away by saying, “I know that we always get into the fun of labels around here, but I would say our focus is on solutions … Clearly, the numbers are enormous. This is a big challenge.”