Psaki Grilled Over Massive Spike In Crime

Written By BlabberBuzz | Sunday, 23 January 2022 12:00
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki answered a question from reporters on Thursday regarding spiking crime by summarizing it as an issue intended for local leaders to solve. She continued that President Joe Biden couldn't possibly stay privy regarding all the day-to-day actions of law enforcement.

Jacqui Heinrich of Fox News pushed Psaki further on how high of a priority the President regards crime as an issue in major U.S. cities.

Heinrich prefaced her question by declaring the relevancy of President Biden's meeting with the Conference of Mayors on Friday. It'd be taking place amidst a pair of high-profile deaths: Michelle Go in New York City was forced onto the subway tracks last Saturday, while Brianna Kupfer was murdered by an alleged career criminal in a Los Angeles store last Thursday.

The suspect Shawn Laval Smith was out on $1000 bail for a previous misdemeanor.

Psaki continued that she was on Fox News, Heinrich's network, on Thursday, the day after President Biden's most recent press conference.

Heinrich followed up by asking regarding the White House's views on crime:

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"You reiterated the President's position that he wants to fund police and make clear that crime is something that this White House takes seriously, but you guys have not weighed in on the actions from these prosecutors. So why hasn't the administration weighed in on some of these new policies from DAs who are downgrading certain crimes or refusing to prosecute certain crimes, given that it could undermine some of these broader efforts that your White House is making to show that it takes crime seriously?"

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Psaki replied, "Well, one, there's a law enforcement component, justice component of the federal government. Right? The President has been crystal clear, I think, in almost every time he's spoken about this, that he believes that more needs to be done by local leaders. We're going to support funding to ensure they have that. Whether it's local cops programs or other programs to support surge response teams, as we're seeing different kinds of crime in different parts of the country. And that will continue to be what he advocates for."

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"But I wouldn't expect he's going to comment on, or engage in every local law enforcement action," the Press Secretary summed.

On Tuesday, New York City mayor Eric Adams confessed he felt endangered taking the subway in comments made after the death of Michelle Go. Earlier this month, NYC's new District Attorney Alvin Bragg faced backlash for his sweeping policy changes in how crimes are prosecuted.

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