White House press secretary Jen Psaki got here below fireplace Tuesday for what one main Republican lawmaker known as her “disgraceful remark” in regards to the US Space Force.
Psaki was requested by a reporter throughout her every day press briefing whether or not President Biden had selected the way forward for the most recent department of the navy, established by former President Donald Trump when he signed the 2020 Nationwide Protection Authorization Act.
Psaki appeared unprepared for the query and responded by seemingly likening it to repeated inquiries from reporters final month about whether or not Biden deliberate to vary the colour scheme of Air Force One.
“Wow! Space Force — it’s the aircraft of right this moment,” Psaki mentioned.
“It’s an attention-grabbing query. I’m comfortable to examine with our Space Force level of contact. I’m unsure who that’s. I’ll discover out and see if now we have any replace on that.”
US Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the highest GOP member of the House Armed Companies Committee, known as on Psaki to “instantly apologize to the women and men of the Space Force for this disgraceful remark.”
“It’s regarding to see the Biden administration’s press secretary blatantly diminish a complete department of our navy because the punchline of a joke, which I’m positive China would discover humorous,” Rogers instructed Politico.
“The Space Force was handed with close to unanimous help in Congress, the identical sort of ‘unity’ President Biden is supposedly working in direction of.”
US Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.), a founding member of the House Space Force Caucus, additionally blasted Psaki’s remarks.
“That is simply one other instance of the Biden administration not taking China significantly whereas demeaning the unbelievable work of Space Force personnel,” Waltz instructed Politico.
Psaki later tweeted, apparently in response to the uproar, “We stay up for the persevering with work of Space Force and invite the members of the staff to come back go to us within the briefing room anytime to share an replace on their vital work.”