Fox News’ Peter Doocy questioned the White House press secretary about a video showing children being thrown over the border wall but Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged the question on Thursday, and instead shifted attention to the reporter’s motivation for asking the question.
“On immigration, has the White House considered beefing up border security now that there is video of a three-year-old and a five-year-old being thrown over the wall in New Mexico?” Doocy asked Psaki.
Psaki said that the administration has “spoken out about our concerns” regarding what the smugglers are doing.
“Yes, but they still got close enough — as you guys are talking about addressing root causes in the region — for a smuggler to throw them over a wall into the desert,” Doocy said. “And I’m just curious what the White House is doing to stop that from happening?
“And are you concerned more about the kids’ safety or are you concerned about kids getting in?” Psaki asked. “Or tell me more about your concern here.”
“Kids’ safety is, as you just mentioned, the main concern,” Doocy responded.
“Well, of course it is, which is why I’m often surprised by some of the line of questioning here,” Psaki responded. “But I will say that our concern and our focus is on sending a clear message to smuggler — to the region that this is not the time to come. You should not send your kids on this treacherous journey. That these smugglers are preying on vulnerabilities in these communities, there’s a lot of issues and steps we need to take to address root causes. So, of course, our concern is for the safety of these kids. These Border Patrol agents who save these kids deserve our thanks and our gratitude for ensuring their safety.”
Fox’s Peter Doocy repeatedly presses Jen Psaki about what the administration will do on border security in light of the horrifying video of toddlers being tossed over a wall and left in the desert by smugglers.
Psaki declines to say they’ll do more, just smugglers are bad. pic.twitter.com/VpfZ3bQQmW
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 1, 2021