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President Joe Biden had passed away Representative Jackie Walorsky “most importantly” on Wednesday when he sought her out in the audience at an event on hunger in the United States, according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Jean-Pierre answered about 10 questions Wednesday about the president’s mistake during the White House news briefing. Jean-Pierre told reporters 14 times that the president was not confused about whether Walorski was alive and in her room, but that he had her “in mind” because she will be reunited with her family on Friday.
Walorski died in a car accident in August, as the White House noted in a statement at the time.
“The president named congressional champions on this issue and recognized their incredible work,” said Jean-Pierre. “He had already planned to welcome the congresswoman’s family to the White House. On Friday, a bill in her honor will be signed next Friday. So of course she was on her mind. It was the most important thing for the president. .”
Reporters were not satisfied with Jean-Pierre’s response.
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After questions about discussions between the United States and Saudi Arabia and pressuring the White House on how it plans to respond to the alleged sabotage of two natural gas pipelines that feed Europe, reporters returned to the president’s confusion over whether the former congresswoman from Indiana she was still alive.
Yes Walorski, who died in a car accident last monthit was on the president’s mind, another reporter asked, why was he looking for her in the room?
“Again, I think people can understand. I think Americans who, you know, watch the briefing from time to time, maybe right now they understand when someone is that important,” he said again.
Minutes later, a third reporter brought up the president’s slip, prompting Jean-Pierre to give an exasperated “Why one more time?” response.
Jean-Pierre told the reporter, who asked if Biden misread his teleprompter or if i was confusedhe was “jumping to a lot of conclusions”.
“I just answered the question. If I had, if that had been the case, I would have said it,” Jean-Pierre said. “I have clearly said what you have just stated. What I have said is that she was top of her mind and that he is going to see her family in just two days on Friday to honor her, to honor the work of hers, to honor”. , to honor her legacy, so to speak.”
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After explaining why Biden singled out some Republicans on Tuesday and objecting to whether the president is pushing for Congress to pass legislation to address concerns about antitrust issues with Big Tech, Jean-Pierre answered another question about Walorski.
One reporter said the “confusing part” was why Biden thought Walorski was “alive and in the room” if she was “on top.”
“I don’t find that confusing,” he said. “I mean, I think a lot of people can talk, sometimes when you have someone on your mind, they’re on your mind. Exactly that. And also, if you put it in context, it’s not like it happened out of context.”
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The reporter responded that he has “John Lennon on his mind almost every day. But I’m not looking for him.”
“When you sign a bill for John Lennon. Lennon as president, then we can have this conversation,” Jean-Pierre concluded, before answering the next question.