White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki raised eyebrows on Tuesday when she responded to a question from a small business owner about what the Biden administration was doing to their small business during the pandemic by saying in part that Biden tapped a woman to lead the Small Business Administration.
Psaki made the remark in a video that was posted to the official White House Twitter account in which she read the following question and gave the following response:
QUESTION: What is President Biden doing for my small business?
PSAKI: First and foremost, he nominated a woman to lead the Small Business Administration who formerly worked there. The second thing is he signed an executive order to make it easier for minority-owned small businesses to get access to the funding that they need. And third is that in the American Rescue Plan, there’s currently about $60 billion to help a range of small businesses get access to additional funds.
Psaki’s comments failed to take into account that President Donald Trump had already selected a woman to run the Small Business Administration as Jovita Carranza served as the 26th Administrator of the SBA.
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Full length video clip posted by the White House:
Press Secretary Jen Psaki is back for round two. Watch as she answers your questions on everything from the American Rescue Plan to pineapple on pizza: pic.twitter.com/mGoKhCa7LU
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 16, 2021
Psaki made similar remarks late last month when she was asked about what the Biden administration was doing in response to volatility in the stock market.
“Is the White House concerned about the stock market activity we’re seeing around GameStop and now with some other stocks as well, including the subsidiary — or whatever — the company that was Blockbuster?” a reporter asked. “And have there been any conversations with the SEC about how to proceed?”
“Well, I’m also happy to repeat that we have the first female Treasury Secretary and a team that’s surrounding her,” Psaki responded. “And, often, questions about market we’ll send to them. But our team is, of course — our economic team, including Secretary Yellen and others, are monitoring the situation. It’s a good reminder, though, that the stock market isn’t the only measure of the health of our economy. It doesn’t reflect how working and middle-class families are doing.”
“As you all know from covering this, we’re in the midst of a K-shaped recovery,” she added. “America’s workers are struggling to make ends meet, which is why the President has introduced this urgent package to get immediate relief to families.”
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