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Former Biden Secretary Jen Psaki Forced To Edit Book Over False Claim About Biden


Former Biden White House Secretary turned MSNBC host Jen Psaki has announced she will edit reprints of her new book after making after claiming Biden never looked at his watch during a 2021 ceremony for U.S. service members who were killed in action during the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Psaki’s claims in her book are not accurate, according to Axios.

Axios previously reported and published a photo of Biden looking down at his watch while attending the ceremony.

Firsthand accounts also reported Biden looking down at his watch.

Psaki’s publisher will now edit the portion of her book that reads, “The president looked at his watch only after the ceremony had ended” with the accurate information.

Here is what Fox News reported:

MSNBC host Jen Psaki said she will alter future reprints of her book after being called out for downplaying President Biden looking at his watch during a 2021 ceremony for U.S. service members who were killed in Afghanistan.

Psaki, who was Biden’s White House press secretary before joining MSNBC, initially claimed in her new book, “Say More,” that Biden never looked at his watch “during the ceremony.” But a report by Axios noted that Psaki’s version contradicted pictures and Gold Star families’ firsthand accounts.

Psaki, who initially declined comment, changed her tune after online backlash and told Axios “the detail in a few lines of the book about the exact number of times he looked at his watch will be removed in future reprints and the eBook.”

The soon-to-be removed version of Psaki’s book claimed “the president looked at his watch only after the ceremony had ended,” and the MSNBC star insisted Biden’s critics misrepresented the facts to make Biden appear insensitive. However, Gold Star families have long said they saw Biden check his watch multiple times during the dignified transfer ceremony.

Per Axios:

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki claims in her new book that President Biden never looked at his watch during the ceremony for soldiers killed during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 — contradicting news photos and firsthand accounts of Gold Star families.

In TV ads and social media posts, Donald Trump and his allies repeatedly have used images of Biden checking his watch during the ceremony to try to undermine the president’s brand as an empathetic leader.
Psaki’s book is the latest instance of current and former Biden administration officials downplaying or misrepresenting controversial episodes from the Afghanistan withdrawal ahead of the 2024 election.

In her new book “Say More,” Psaki writes that “the president looked at his watch only after the ceremony had ended. Moments later, he and the First Lady headed toward their car.”

Psaki, now a star anchor at MSNBC who has described herself as a journalist, writes that Biden’s critics were engaged in “misinformation” and used the image to make “him appear insensitive, concerned only about how much time had passed.”



 

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