White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made the comment in response to Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy after Biden Wednesday told Doocy that reports of his administration offering up to $ 450,000 to illegal migrants are “garbage” and “not gonna happen.”
During the Thursday briefing, Doocy asked Jean-Pierre to address a statement from ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero, who said after Biden’s denial that the president “may not have been fully briefed about the actions of his very own Justice Department as it carefully deliberated and considered the crimes committed against thousands of families separated from their children as an intentional governmental policy.”
“If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration’s use of zero tolerance and family separation behind us, the president is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the U.S. government,” Jean-Pierre said, adding that the DOJ “can obviously speak more to that process.”
Jean-Pierre went on to say that Biden’s response to Doocy’s question on Wednesday was in reference to the specific dollar amount the plaintiffs stand to receive. “DOJ made clear to the plaintiffs that the reported figures are higher than anywhere that a settlement can land,” she said.