White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made an outlandish claim, and the White House has quietly made efforts this week to correct her dumb remarks.
Jean-Pierre made a bold and untrue claim that President Biden has taken more questions from the press than former Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama and George W. Bush combined.
Yes, that's the claim she made. Yes, it's clearly not true. Yes, the White House is humiliated.
"Without alerting the public to the changes, the White House corrected the official transcript of Jean-Pierre's gaggle with reporters aboard Air Force One to read 'question-and-answer sessions' rather than 'questions,' despite her making the claim four times," reported Fox News.
"The topic was brought up during the gaggle when a reporter asked Jean-Pierre whether the administration had decided Biden would hold a press conference during his trip to Ireland this week, prompting her to share data she promised a day earlier she would share when questioned on the president's lack of availability to the press," reported Fox.
"The informal and informative Q&A that the President Biden engages in the — in with the press corps is more than — more than the last three Presidents… If you think about the informal questions and the formal questions," Jean-Pierre said.
"And I told — I mentioned to all of you yesterday that we actually had some — some data to share," Jean-Pierre continued. "It’s more than Presidents Trump; it’s more than Obama — Obama — combined."
Jean-Pierre then faced questions from reporters on her statement that Biden had taken more questions than Trump and Obama, who had a combined 12 years in office prior to his presidency.
"We're happy to share that. I’m just letting you know," Jean-Pierre responded.
The reporter then tried to help Jean-Pierre out by asking if she meant "minutes spoken" by Biden.
"It’s questions. I just said questions," Jean-Pierre doubled down.
The reporter again made an effort to clarify that she did, in fact, mean "number of questions" Biden has answered, to which Jean-Pierre repeated two more times that it was.
Sigh. This administration continues to fumble through. It's time for a change.