McEnany rips Psaki for not holding daily briefings during Afghanistan crisis

Jen Psaki promised us a daily White House press briefing,” McEnany said Thursday. “There isn’t one today. There wasn’t one Monday. When the going gets tough, the daily press briefing that she promised goes out the window.

What Americans were left with, McEnany noted, was a Pentagon press briefing. And still, 彼女は言いました, Press Secretary John Kirby couldn’t answer some of the most pressing questions. When asked how many American citizens were trapped in Afghanistan, Kirby admitted, “知りません。”

And I don’t know how many Americans are in Afghanistan,” 彼 前記 水曜日. “That’s a question put to the State Department, not the Department of Defense. We don’t have that kind of granularity.

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彼の “best guess,” Kirby said Wednesday, is there is between 5,000 そして 10,000 Americans near Kabul.

McEnany called Kirby’s referral a dereliction of duty.

When you are a press secretary at any entity, you anticipate whatever the questions will be,” McEnany said. “One of the most obvious questions is how many Americans are on the ground. He didn’t take up the time to pick up the phone and call Secretary of State Antony Blinken and get that number for us when you are the one place we are getting information from today, when there are nearly 15,000 American hostages on the ground?”

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And the Pentagon spokesperson could not pick up the phone and Jen Psaki won’t go to the podium to give us these very basic answers we deserve,” 彼女は続けた.

Biden has only granted nine sit-down interviews in his first seven months in office, a number far below that of his predecessors Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, who held 50 interviews and 113 interviews, それぞれ, at this time in their presidency.

Biden’s interview this week with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was panned as dismissive about the tragedy in Afghanistan, such as the moment he knocked on wood and saidno one’s being killed right now.

“だが, look – but no one’s being killed right now, God forgive me if I’m wrong about that, but no one’s being killed right now,” バイデン 前記.

Biden was also knocked for claiming his advisers never told him it would be wise to keep some U.S. forces on the ground, despite evidence to the contrary.

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