Psaki says she regrets comment about sending out Covid tests to every American: ‘I had just reached my limit’


Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she had reached her “limit” on questions about Covid testing when she previously asked, “Should we just send one to every American?” in response to a reporter’s question .

In December last year, Ms Psaki was repeatedly asked about the availability of Covid tests in the US, leading to her finally responding in a tone that some saw as sarcastic or derisive.

Almost two weeks later, the government bought 500 million tests to send to Americans.

On Thursday, Ms Psaki attended an event organized by the Christian Science Monitor, Answering questions about her time as President Joe Biden’s first press secretary. Ms Psaki will leave the job on Friday, taking over from Deputy White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

“When I was asked about testing, and the truth is, if you look back at the log, which no one will tell me, I had said about 9,000 words about what we had done for testing – expanding markets, deploying eight Testing, funding and implementation,” Ms Psaki said Thursday.

“And I think it was around the ninth or tenth version of the question that I think I just hit my limit. And you know we’re all human, but it’s your job to control that urge and always provide information, context, all the details, even if people in the room sometimes seem like their eyes can roll back in their heads because they kind of bored with the same question,” she added.

“That was a good lesson for me. And a good memory. Now I’m going to say, just to get context, I’ve been asked why wouldn’t we send tests to every American? We still haven’t done that. And if we did, I’d still say it would have been a waste of taxpayers’ money and people wouldn’t have used it. They would have thrown her out. But I didn’t provide the context and the tone wasn’t right at that moment. And I wish I could go back and do that,” Ms. Psaki said.

It has previously been reported that Ms Psaki will join MSNBC after leaving the White House. Psaki says she regrets comment about sending out Covid tests to every American: ‘I had just reached my limit’

Bobby Allyn

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