White House press secretary Jen Psaki was put on the spot today after uproar has ensued over a report that President Joe Biden pressured Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani to create the “perception” that the Taliban weren’t winning, “whether it’s true or not,” in a July 23 phone call just three weeks before the group took over.
Psaki was asked at her daily press briefing, “Was the president in any way pushing a false narrative in that call with the Afghan president?”
“I think it’s pretty clear,” Psaki stated in her response, covering for Biden, and then insisted, “I am not going to go into the details of a private conversation…”
Psaki then attempted to shift the conversation and said, “What we saw over the course of the last few months is a collapse of leadership and that was happening even before Ghani left the country.”
“What the president has conveyed repeatedly privately and publicly is that you need to stand up and lead your country,” Psaki added.
REPORTER: "Was the president in any way pushing a false narrative in that call?"— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) September 1, 2021
PSAKI: "I am not going to go into the details of a private conversation…" pic.twitter.com/4lJPX6QXT6
As the New York Post reported, some GOP lawmakers expressed outrage over details of the call, even calling for Biden’s resignation.
“The result of Biden’s LIES was 13 brave Americans losing their lives,” Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson wrote on Twitter. “HE NEEDS TO RESIGN!”
“Yet more evidence that Joe Biden is totally disconnected from the real world,” tweeted Georgia Rep. Jody Hice. “’Changing perception’ is political spin, not a national security strategy.”
The phone call has also drawn comparisons to the one that eventually led to the impeachment of former President Donald Trump, which Psaki took a different stance on, as also reported on by the New York Post.
In 2019, she called on the White House to release the transcript of Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky — who coincidentally met with President Biden on Wednesday.
“It is not just the call transcript. The whistleblower complaint would likely have more details. We need both. And not just the call,” Psaki said in a tweet on Sept. 24, 2019, the day the White House released that transcript.
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