Fox News's Peter Doocy first introduced the subject during Wednesday's White House briefing, asking Psaki, "What else are you guys not telling the president?"
"Of course he was aware of the French being upset," Psaki responded. "I know John Kerry quite well. He, of course, was aware of the president of the French being displeased about the deal with the Australians."
Psaki added that Kerry also talks frequently to the French as part of his role as the climate envoy," is "someone who also served as secretary of state," and "is someone I alone traveled to France with him 25 times." Psaki was a State Department spokeswoman late in the Obama administration.
"He of course conveyed to the president, what his reading was, of what they were specifically unhappy about and how to help address it," she continued.
Doocy pushed ahead, though, asserting that "this president's first love is foreign policy" and again asking, "Why doesn't he know about these things in real time?"
"Of course he knew about the French being displeased," Psaki echoed. "I would encourage you to ask John Kerry specifically about the context of his comments. The president and the former secretary are also good friends. He relies on his counsel, as he does as many members of his national security team, but that certainly is not what he was intending to convey."
You can see Wednesday's entire briefing below.
During a Monday interview with BFMTV, Kerry tried to smooth over the international controversy after France said it was blindsided by the Biden administration's trilateral agreement between the U.S., U.K, and Australia over the deal of submarine technology so much so that it urged French President Emmanuel Macron to momentarily remove his ambassador to the U.S. out from the country.
"[Biden] asked me. He said, ‘What’s the situation?' And I explained- he had not been aware of that. He literally had not been aware of what had transpired," Kerry said towards the end of the interview. "And I don’t want to go into the details of it, but suffice it to say that the president, my president, is very committed to strengthening the relationship and making sure that this is a small event of the past and moving on to the much more important future."