Psaki Confronted at Briefing Over Media Access at Border: You ‘Promised to Be the Most Truthful and Transparent Administration’
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was questioned at Wednesday’s briefing about a new report on media access at the border.
NBC News reported that the Biden administration is “restricting the information Border Patrol agents and sector chiefs can share with the media” and that Customs and Border Protection Officials are saying they’ve “been told to deny all media requests for ‘ride-alongs’ with agents along the southern land border.”
Fox News White House reporter Kristin Fisher asked Psaki, “Is the White House or DHS instructing border agents to refuse ride-along requests from reporters? Because that’s what a lot of our folks on the ground are hearing.”
Psaki responded, “I think we’ve seen, watching a number of the reports you all do, a number of border patrol officials who are quoted in them, who appear in them, and certainly in the White House we support that.”
Fisher said reporters used to get ride-alongs during the previous administration and added, “You all came in and promised to be the most truthful and transparent administration, and you all oversee the Department of Homeland Security. So if you all wanted to grant access to the press, couldn’t you just tell DHS to do it?”
“We fully support transparency,” Psaki said, before saying further questions should be directed at DHS.
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