Fox News host Chris Wallace ripped off White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday for media access to border fortifications. The Biden administration is “less transparent than the Trump administration”.
It was part of a tense exchange between the two of them during an interview on Fox News Sunday.
Wallace said “the only way we know how bad conditions are at the border” is through photos taken and published by Republican and Democratic members of Congress.
“These children are now living in these conditions. You are not living in these conditions indefinitely when the President says everything will be fixed, ”Wallace said.
He also pushed back on Psaki’s insistence during White House press conferences that visits must be made safely because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Psaki said the president was “absolutely committed” to providing access to the media.
“When?” Wallace asked.
“We want to enable access to the border guards. We are aware of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic, ”she said. “We want to protect these children, protect the staff, but we are absolutely committed to transparency and media access to the border guards.”
However, Wallace urged the lack of access and how long minors are held, which is against the law, saying the Biden White House is “less transparent than the Trump administration.”
She said former President Donald Trump “turned children away at the border” and sent them back on an “insidious journey” or “ripped children out of their parents’ arms”.
“We don’t do that,” said Psaki.
“I would also say that we are committed to solutions. Because of this, I have found that we have reopened or reopened three facilities with nearly 7,000 beds so that these children can be processed more quickly out of the Border Patrol facilities, ”she continued.
“We absolutely agree that these are not places for children. We are focused on finding solutions and implementing them as soon as possible,” said Psaki.
Wallace also challenged Psaki with claims that the “border will remain closed” and that the government is rejecting the “majority of adults”.
“You can play with percentages, but in absolute terms these are record numbers. There are currently 18,000 unaccompanied minors in US custody. New records are being set, 500 to 800 a day, ”he said.
Psaki replied, “Our aim is to take a different approach than the last administration. We will not send children under the age of 18, children under 18, back on this treacherous journey. ”
She added that just because thousands of children are being held in health and social care facilities, “it does not mean that they will be allowed to stay in the United States, but that their cases will be decided.”