Psaki explodes on Fox News reporter, struggles to answer simple questions about refugee cap

White House press secretary Jen Psaki seemed to crack under the pressure of holding up the Biden White House’s spin on flip-flopping immigration policies when pressed on whether an apparent change of heart from the administration had anything to do with the radicals on Capitol Hill.

When confronted by a Fox News reporter about supposed changes to the cap on the number of refugees allowed into the country in the coming months, Psaki grew impatient when her canned responses failed to thwart scrutiny over what seemed to be the administration caving to the demands of the progressive “squad.”

On Monday, Fox News Channel White House correspondent Kristin Fisher pinpointed the confusion shared by many Americans after the Biden White House seemed to change the cap on refugees following the criticism.

On Friday, ABC News reported the Biden administration would be keeping in place a Trump-era cap of 15,000 refugees admitted into the country for the current fiscal year, despite previously vowing to increase the number to 62,500.

This earned President Joe Biden a sharp rebuke from some of the de facto ideological leaders of the new far-left Democratic Party, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.

“Completely and utterly unacceptable,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Friday. “Biden promised to welcome immigrants, and people voted for him based on that promise. Upholding the xenophobic and racist policies of the Trump admin, incl the historically low + plummeted refugee cap, is flat out wrong.

“Keep your promise.”

“As a refugee, I know finding a home is a matter of life or death for children around the world,” Omar tweeted. “It is shameful that @POTUS is reneging on a key promise to welcome refugees, moments after @RepSchakowsky @RepJayapal, myself and others called on him to increase the refugee cap.”

In a letter Friday, Omar also led a group of House Democrats in blasting the Biden administration’s decision, and called the Trump-era policy “unacceptably draconian and discriminatory.”

And so, later that day, Psaki released a statement clearing up “confusion” regarding the cap and said Biden really meant he’d be increasing the total number after May 15.

Confusion there certainly was, which is precisely what Fisher was trying to point out in her questions to Psaki, and she was far from the first reporter that day to pose such questions.

“I’m still just a little bit confused about what changed between 1:00 p.m. on Friday and around 4:30 p.m. on Friday to go from, ‘We’re not raising the refugee cap to, we are raising it by May 15th.’ What – what changed in those three and a half hours?” Fisher asked.

Psaki fell back on the stance she’d crafted Friday afternoon, which was that the Biden administration hadn’t actually flip-flopped and never had any plans to actually keep the cap at 15,000 (despite the original directive to keep the cap at 15,000 for the 2021 fiscal year.)

She went in circles, hammering hard with what seemed a memorized and recited line that the administration had always planned to “change the policies of the past administration” — which means something, absolutely, but in no way provides clarity on the White House’s apparent changing stance once they became the target of the “squad’s” ire.

And so it was when Fisher pressed Psaki on the blowback from Capitol Hill that the press secretary seemed to lose it.

The reporter clarified she was asking if the adjustment “had nothing to do with the pushback from some Democrats on Capitol Hill,” but Psaki’s hot refusal to comment on the inter-party criticism indicated far more discomfort than she likely would have preferred to convey.

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