White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre today insisted that Joe Biden isn’t “Afraid of anything” when asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy why he’s “Afraid of China.”
Jean-Pierre also brought up Biden’s recent visit to Ukraine in an attempt to back up her assertion. After being called on by Jean-Pierre, Doocy asked, “Why is President Biden afraid of China?”
“The President is not afraid of China,” Jean-Pierre shot back as Doocy interjected “Well.” Jean-Pierre ignored him, however, and asked, “Did you see the President last week when we went to Ukraine, went to Kiev?”
Jean-Pierre continued, “Look, this is not a president that’s afraid of anything. It was a historic trip that many of you said was brave. So clearly, this is a president who is not afraid to go to a war zone. He’s not afraid to go there when there’s no military presence on the ground. So there’s nothing that this president fears.”
Doocy wasn’t convinced as he pointed out, “China flew a spy craft over the U.S., the president didn’t really do anything to China, and according to the FBI director, China may have created something that has killed more than 1.1 million people in this country and President Biden is not punishing them.”
Jean-Pierre collected her thoughts and told Doocy, “So you’re giving me two things here, so let’s take them in part.”
“As we talk about the China surveillance balloon, the president did take that down and he did it in a way that as it was on its path, we collected information from it, we protected our national security information on the ground, and we did it in a way that was smart, effective, and also protected the American people, that’s what the president is always going to put froth, is the safety of the American people,” Jean-Pierre insisted.
Jean-Pierre addressed the “COVID origins” question by telling Doocy that they were still working on collecting “the data” in order to “get to the bottom” of the situation.
DOOCY: “Why is President Biden afraid of China?”
KJP: “The President is not afraid of China. Did you see the President last week when we went to Ukraine?” pic.twitter.com/KJlMhCiMvp
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) March 1, 2023