- Jen Psaki and Peter Doocy had a tense exchange of views on Biden’s first press conference.
- Doocy maintained that he was skipping Fox News, while Psaki said she calls him frequently.
- Biden and Doocy have had controversial interactions in the past.
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday closed Fox News reporter Peter Doocy’s complaints that President Joe Biden did not visit him during the president’s first press conference.
In a back and forth exchange With Psaki, Doocy said that Biden generally had a “list” of reporters to call and said that Fox News was the only network in the five-channel press group that was never included on the list.
“I am curious to know if that is the official policy of the administration,” he said.
Psaki gave several quick smiles, but he didn’t seem amused.
“We are here having a conversation, right?” Psaki replied. “And do I answer questions from you every time I come into the meeting room? Has the president answered questions from you since you took office, yes or no?”
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Doocy said that Biden sometimes answers his questions at the White House, but complained that it only happens after he “yelled” at the president.
“The president has been very generous with his time with Fox,” he said. “I’m just curious about this ‘list’ they give you. [Fox is] the only member of the five-network group who was never on it dates back to when he resumed in-person events in Wilmington during the campaign. “
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Psaki said he frequently answers questions from Doocy during White House press conferences and even confirmed an upcoming appearance on Fox News.
“I would say that I am always happy to have this conversation with you, even about the amazing socks you are wearing today, and to have a conversation with you even when we disagree,” he said. “The President has answered your questions and I am looking forward to doing ‘Fox News Sunday’ this Sunday for the third time in recent months.”
On Thursday, Biden answered questions from 10 reporters, but did not interact with Doocy.
That same day, Doocy saying he had a lot to ask Biden, from the economy to COVID-19.
“I mentioned last night that I had a folder full of questions,” he said, flipping through pieces of paper. “I think some people were joking, I wasn’t joking.”
Throughout the 2020 campaign and during the first weeks of the Biden administration, Doocy has had contentious exchanges with the president, often asking about topics such as immigration or the president’s son, Hunter Biden.