This week marks the debut of new White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Jean-Pierre worked with former White House press secretary Jen Psaki before the latter left the White House for a job with MSNBC. Psaki, ahead of her departure, praised and congratulated Jean-Pierre, saying she’d do an excellent job.
Thus far, Jean-Pierre’s performance as the press secretary has left a lot to be desired. One of the biggest challenges she continues to struggle with is simply answering questions that are asked of her.
On Monday, Fox News reporter Peter Doocey asked Jean-Pierre about the dismantling of the Disinformation Governance Board. Jean-Pierre did not provide a clear answer.
Just this past Wednesday, a repeated version of this materialized, albeit with different questions asked.
Jean-Pierre on Pro-Abortion Violence and the Stock Market
Once again, the new White House press secretary found herself taking a question from Doocey.
This time, Doocey asked Jean-Pierre whether the White House believes that violence from pro-abortion protesters does a disservice to the administration’s “pro-choice” stance.
To this end, the press secretary argued that the standard for what’s deemed as violence or intimidation looks “one-sided.” However, just like on Monday, what Jean-Pierre said did not directly answer Doocey’s question.
Later, the White House press secretary was asked about the condition of the US stock market, which is presently doing horribly.
Jean-Pierre went on to explain that the highs and lows of the stock market aren’t something the White House “[keeps] an eye on” from day to day.
Sadly, as everyday Americans witness the declines of their 401ks, they don’t have the luxury of simply ignoring problems with the stock market. At the rate things are going, many Americans will lose money put aside for retirement, with no real hope of ever getting it back.
Only Up From Here?
At this time, Jean-Pierre’s first week as the White House press secretary has been widely branded as horrific. Conservatives have deemed her as unqualified for the job, largely owing to how much she appears to rely upon her briefing book during press conferences.
For many Americans, it’s hard to imagine these media briefings getting much worse. Some folks have even suggested that once Jean-Pierre has some time to settle in as the White House press secretary, her job performance may improve.
In the meantime, it’s not looking good. The messaging from the White House is doing little to actually bring assurance to Americans during troubling times.