White House press secretary Jen Psaki seemed genuinely offended this week when reporter Peter Doocy of FOX News suggested that Americans are stranded in Afghanistan.
Psaki took issue with the word ‘stranded’ and pushed back.
What’s wrong with that word? It’s true, isn’t it?
FOX News reports:
Psaki claims no Americans ‘stranded’ in Afghanistan in heated exchange
White House press secretary Jen Psaki grew visibly annoyed during the press briefing Monday when she was asked whether President Biden was aware that most of the criticism against the Afghanistan withdrawal was about Americans being “stranded” in Kabul.
“Does the president have a sense that most of the criticism is not of leaving Afghanistan? It’s the way that he has ordered it to happen by pulling the troops before getting these Americans who are now stranded. Does he have a sense of that?” Fox News’ White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked.
Psaki said it was “irresponsible” to say that Americans are stranded in Afghanistan. “I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not. We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home, home.”
Doocy followed up and asked whether “there are no Americans stranded” is the official White House position.
“I’m just calling you out for saying we are stranding Americans in Afghanistan when we have been very clear that we are not leaving Americans who want to return home,” Psaki said. “We are going to bring them home and I think that’s important for the American public to hear and understand.”
Here’s the video:
PSAKI: "I think it's irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not."
DOOCY: "'There are no Americans stranded' is the White House's official position on what's happening in Afghanistan right now?" pic.twitter.com/0FEq5VkO6V
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 23, 2021
People have thoughts about Psaki’s position.
This is a boldfaced lie!
My office literally just received word of a Tennessean STRANDED in Afghanistan. https://t.co/naM8g4OMRP
— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) August 23, 2021
This is just not true.
And it’s a slap in the face to the thousands of Americans who are stranded right now. https://t.co/ngiGfddDqs
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) August 23, 2021
This is a disaster and the White House press secretary won’t even admit it.