“You’re less transparent than Trump!” Chris Wallace pounds Jen Psaki for refusing entry to the border
“You are less transparent than the Trump administration!” Fox News’ Chris Wallace beats Jen Psaki for refusing to admit reporters to southern border detention centers
- Fox News’ Chris Wallace accused President Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki of having transparency over Donald Trump’s administration
- “When it comes to granting reporters access to border security facilities, you are less transparent than the Trump administration,” Wallace said.
- Psaki deviated while continuing to refuse to provide a timeline for when the administration would allow reporters to enter the border facilities
- Instead, she blamed former President Donald Trump for the growing crisis
- Wallace is one of the hosts on the right-wing network who is critical of Trump
Chris Wallace accused the Joe Biden administration of being “ less transparent ” than Donald Trump when he on Sunday hammered White House press secretary Jen Psaki for refusing to allow media access to storage facilities at the border.
“ At this point, you are less transparent than the Trump administration about allowing access to border security facilities for reporters, ” the host of Fox News Sunday said in an interview with Psaki Sunday morning.
Wallace is one of the hosts on the right-wing network who is critical of Trump’s tenure.
Psaki turned away, instead accusing former President Trump of the growing border crisis and reaffirming the government’s “ commitment ” to transparency to the press and public in the detention centers.
“The Trump administration sent children away from the border, sent them back on the treacherous journey, or snatched children from their parents’ arms,” Psaki told Wallace. “We don’t.”
She added, “We are committed to allowing cameras in the border security facilities, absolutely.”
When Wallace pushed Psaki when that access would be granted, she reiterated that they are “ committed ” to transparency, but did not present a timeline.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace (left) told Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki (right) on Sunday: ‘You are less transparent than the Trump administration at this point in terms of granting reporters access to border security facilities.’
Psaki turned away, claiming Biden is committed to ‘transparency’ and will allow media in border facilities – but she did not provide a timeline
Journalists and camera crews have been denied access to detention and border security facilities where thousands of migrants, including unaccompanied minors, are held under unacceptable conditions.
Some members of Congress who have visited the facilities have released disturbing images of overcrowding and inhumane living situations.
“We absolutely agree that these are not places for children and our focus is on solutions and moving them as soon as possible,” said Psaki. ‘We also ensure that we process children faster at the border.’
Biden faces a growing crisis at the border – although his government refuses to call the station a ‘crisis’, only calling it a ‘problem’.
Specifically, the government is blaming Trump and is now insisting that this wave is ‘cyclical’ and claiming that the massive migration traffic at the southern border is typical.
Wallace didn’t accept that deflection either, claiming they were trying to “ play with percentages. ”
President Biden said at his first press conference on Thursday, “I don’t know,” when asked when reporters would be allowed to tour and capture footage of the facilities.
On the wave of illegal immigration across the border, Mr Biden said this: ‘Nothing has changed, it happens every year’. But your own Homeland Security Minister Alejandro Mayorkas says, “We are on track to meet more people on the southwest border than in the past 20 years.” So who is wrong, the DHS secretary or the president? Wallace posed.
Psaki ignored the question and instead pointed to the percentage increase in the number of migrants during Trump’s last month compared to Biden’s first two months.
In fact, there was an increase of about 31% in the number of people coming to the border during the closing months of the Trump administration. There has been an increase of about 29% since President Biden took office, ”she said.
‘The border remains closed. It’s not open, ”Psaki insisted.
Wallace was unhappy with that response.
‘You know, you can play with percentages, but in absolute numbers these are record numbers. There are now 18,000 unaccompanied minors in US custody. New records are being set, 500-800 a day, ”he said.