Jen Psaki responds to resignation rumours
President Joe Biden delivered remarks this morning hailing another successful jobs reports that sees employment return to pre-pandemic levels and unemployment to drop to a level not seen since 1969.
While inflation remains a huge concern to Americans, Mr Biden has also ordered the release of up 1 million barrels of oil per day from the strategic petroleum reserve for the next six months in a bid to control prices that have spiked since the US and its allies imposed strict sanctions on Russia after it began its war on Ukraine.
Answering questions from reporters on Thursday, Mr Biden said Russian president Vladimir Putin “seems to be self-isolated and there’s some indication that he has fired or put under house arrest some of his advisers”.
Meanwhile, new reports say that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will leave her post this spring to take up a job at MSNBC. It had long been speculated that Ms Psaki would be leaving the administration soon after more than a year in the role.
At Friday’s press briefing Ms Psaki refused to comment on her plans, other than to say she that if she left she would spend time with her children and would sleep.
Pressed on if she could do be an effective briefer with plans to join a media outlet Ms Psaki said she is abiding by all ethics rules and legal requirements.
Some Democrat unease at end to Title 42
Following the news of an end date for Title 42, the Trump era immigration order brought in during the early days of the pandemic to stop the spread of Covid-19 at the border, more Democrats have come out against the decision by the CDC.
Senator Joe Manchin reiterated what he said earlier this week, that immigration reform should happen first.
“Until we have comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform that commits to securing our borders and providing a pathway to citizenship for qualified immigrants, Title 42 must stay in place,” he said.
Arizona senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are also unhappy.
Ms Sinema said: “Today’s decision to announce an end to Title 42 despite not yet having a comprehensive plan ready shows a lack of understanding about the crisis at our border.”
Said Mr Kelly: “This is the wrong decision. It’s unacceptable.”
Oliver O’Connell1 April 2022 21:20
Covid-19 asylum limits at US-Mexico border to end May 23
The Centers for Disease Control announced Friday that it is ending a policy that limited asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The use of public health powers had been widely criticized by Democrats and immigration advocates as an excuse for the United States to shirk its obligations to provide haven to people fleeing persecution. The policy went into effect under President Donald Trump in March 2020. Since then, migrants trying to enter the U.S. have been turned away more than 1.7 million times.
The policy, known as the Title 42 authority, named for a 1944 public health law to prevent communicable disease, will end on paper April 1, but it will not take effect until May 23, to allow border officials time to prepare.
Oliver O’Connell1 April 2022 21:10
Biden departs for Delaware
The president has departed the White House to spend the weekend in Wilmington, Delaware. He greeted guests and staffers on the South Lawn before leaving in Marine One.
Oliver O’Connell1 April 2022 21:00
Psaki rejects resignation rumours
White House press secretary Jen Psaki rejects resignation rumours at press briefing
Oliver O’Connell1 April 2022 20:43
Ms Psaki is asked about if she is leaving the White House for MSNBC.
“Well, you can’t get rid of me yet, Ed. I have nothing to confirm about my length of public service…”
“I have nothing to confirm…about next plans,” she adds.
“My focus every day continues to be answering your questions on behalf of the president.”
“I’ve complied with all ethics requirements,” Ms Psaki adds concerning any future employment. “I have always gone over and above the stringent ethical requirements of the Biden administration.”
Pressed further — by Kristen Welker of NBC — she is asked how she can continue to be an effective briefer if she does in fact have plans to join a media outlet.
Ms Psaki reiterates she has nothing to announce, but acknowledges having talked to White House counsel about potential next steps and emphasises she is complying with ethical standards.
Oliver O’Connell1 April 2022 20:25
Speaking about the decision by the CDC to end Title 42 at the southern border on 23 April, Ms Psaki says of the three week wait: “It was always going to be important to have an implementation period and the timeline reflects that.”
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