King said on "CBS Mornings" that "there's a lot of incoming" at the White House these days, given a recent spate of negative headlines at home and away for the Biden administration. After Psaki spoke of President Joe Biden's Tuesday address before the United Nations General Assembly as forward-looking, King added that Biden couldn't "ignore what has happened before."
"We’re still getting hammered for how the withdrawal from Afghanistan happened," King said. "Everybody knows, many people believe it was time. It’s just the way that it was done … That’s not a good look. You look at what’s happening with immigration. You look at France now saying that they’ve been betrayed by the United States. So I get that we have to look forward. But what are we doing to justify or explain what appears to be very bad behavior on our part?"
"We don't see it that way," Psaki said, before saying the dust-up with France regarded Australia seeking the superior nuclear submarine technology of the United States. "They're displeased about that, but we have a long-abiding friendship with them that's going to endure."
While King stated the overall Afghanistan departure, she didn't explicitly cite the recent botched U.S. drone strike that killed 10 civilians and no ISIS-K terrorists. Biden has called for a full probe into the fatal accident.
Psaki was touched on the "dysfunctional" U.S. relationship with China, as defined by United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, a term the spokeswoman also denied.
"We do see the relationship through the prism of competition. China is a competitor, but it's not a country we want to have conflict with," Psaki said.
CBS followed after most of the media in showing concern over new border photos of agents on horseback seeking Haitian migrants. Psaki said the images were "horrific" and many outlets marked the border agents as using "whips," but the department told Fox News Digital they were simply using horse reins and weren't entitled to use that kind of force.
Biden intends to “reaffirm our commitment to working with one of our oldest and closest partners on a range of challenges that the global community is facing,” Psaki told reporters on Monday.
French government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on BFM TV over the weekend that Biden had demanded the call.
“What’s at stake in this crisis is the strategy” in the Pacific, “which is more important than the commercial considerations,” Attal said.
Australia intends to drop a previous deal to buy French-made diesel-powered submarines after agreeing to buy U.S. nuclear-powered submarines. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the French submarines wouldn’t meet his country’s future security needs.