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Psaki swats down Fox reporter for his “misunderstanding” of how real diplomacy works

Psaki swats down Fox reporter for his “misunderstanding” of how real diplomacy works

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By now, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki knows what to expect when she calls on Fox’s Peter Doocy during her briefings. The right-wing reporter isn’t interested in real news and instead spends his questions fishing for some kind of headline that his network can run to bash Biden or credit Trump in some way. Time and again, Psaki proves more than capable of dismantling his bad faith queries.

Today, Doocy was up to his usual behavior. He asked Psaki about the possibility of an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 virus, an idea that has been gaining increasing attention. Over the weekend, Dr. Fauci stated that he isn’t convinced that this coronavirus occurred naturally, fueling speculation that it may have escaped from a Chinese virology lab as some have long theorized. Since it’s still just speculation at this time, the White House is wisely avoiding a race to conclusions — a wisdom which Doocy clearly doesn’t share.

“With 589,920 dead Americans, at what point does President Biden say: ‘We don’t want to wait for the WHO, we don’t know what they’re doing, this needs to be an American-led effort to get to the bottom of what happened?'” asked Doocy, apparently laboring under the misconception that Biden can simply snap his fingers and discover what actually happened in China.

“Well first of all, we need access to the underlying data and information in order to have that investigation,” explained Psaki.

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“But he talks all the time about how he’s known President Xi for a long time so why can’t he just call and ask him for that information?” asked Doocy. The assumption that the Chinese autocrat would simply offer up such information free of guile, especially if there’s a chance the Chinese government did have something to do with the origin of the virus, is so naive as to be absurd.

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“I think you’re misunderstanding how this process actually works,” said Psaki. “An international investigation, led by the World Health Organization is something that we’ve actually been pressing for for several months, in coordination with a range of partners around the world. We need that data. We need that information from the Chinese government. What we can’t do—and what I would caution anyone doing—is leaping ahead of an actual international process. We don’t have enough data and information to jump to a conclusion at this point.”

“So is there any amount of casualties from COVID in this country that would make you want to not wait for an international effort and just do it as…” asked Doocy, ignoring Psaki’s considerate response to his question in order to ram home his narrative that the Biden administration is apathetic to American deaths.

“Well, I have to say I think the family members of the loved ones whose lives have been lost deserve accurate information. Data. Not the jumping to a conclusion without having information necessary to conclude what the origins are,” said Psaki. “What we do share, everyone in this country, is a desire to know how this started, where it started, and prevent it from ever happening again. That’s something we all share.”

Psaki’s answer was perfect. We shouldn’t be rushing to conclusions and using international cooperation is the only way we are ever going to the truth. Doocy and the rest of Fox land might prefer a president who substitutes random tweets for actual diplomacy but this is how things are done when adults are in the White House.

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