Jen Psaki continues to come out on the losing end of her battles with Fox News.
This latest back and forth got ugly quick.
And Jen Psaki walked right into a trap when she answered this question from Fox News.
During Monday’s briefing, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki about the administration’s support for enhanced unemployment benefits paying people more money to stay home than go back to work.
This question became more important after last Friday’s jobs report which showed just 266,000 jobs created in April when all the experts predicted a blockbuster report of up to one million new jobs.
“How does the White House know that people aren’t just choosing not to apply for jobs because the extra unemployment benefits are so good?” Doocy asked Psaki.
Psaki tried to deflect the question claiming Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen dismissed the idea of Americans making more money on unemployment than at their jobs.
“Well, first, let me say that we have looked at the data, and secretary Yellen referred to this, or, talked about this, on Friday – we don’t see much evidence that the extra unemployment insurance is a major driver in people not rejoining the workforce,” Psaki responded.
But then Psaki blundered into a rhetorical dead end claiming schools being closed played a bigger impact on Americans not going back to work.
“Child care has an impact. Schools reopening has an impact,” Psaki added. “But there is also the need to pay a livable, working wage. And that’s one of the reasons the President will talk about that this afternoon.”
Schools are closed because Biden’s close allies that run the teachers union are keeping them closed.
Union bosses want remote learning to continue so they are keeping their members from returning to the classroom.
Biden has refused to pull rank and lean on the teachers union to reopen schools and the CDC even let the teachers union help write the guidelines on reopening schools.
Critics contend these guidelines were overly cautious to provide the teachers union cover to keep schools closed.
Psaki tried to dismiss the premise of Doocy’s question that Biden’s policies helped depress job growth, but Psaki ended up making the point another way.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.