White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki struggled Friday to answer questions about her ethical standards after a report surfaced that she was negotiating a massive deal with NBC News.
Psaki was first quizzed by CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe about the reports of a media deal being negotiated with NBC/MSNBC.
“Well, you can’t get rid of me just yet, Ed,” Psaki quipped. “I don’t have to confirm anything about my length of public service or planned service or anything about the consideration of next plans.”
Psaki, who spent the last week quarantining at home after testing positive for coronavirus, said she was “very happy” to return to the White House podium.
“Believe it or not, I missed you all very much,” she said.
Repeating she was unable to confirm reports of a media deal, she said she would remain focused on speaking on behalf of the president and answering “tough” questions from reporters.
“I hope to meet my own bar of treating everyone fairly and fairly,” she told reporters.
NBC reporter Kristen Welker asked Psaki if it was ethical to continue her job even when she’s dealing with a media company (ironically, the same media company that employs Welker as a White House reporter).
“I have always gone above and beyond the strict ethical and legal requirements of the Biden administration, and I take that very seriously,” Psaki replied, repeating that she received “rigorous ethics advice” while serving in the White House.
“I hope that all of you — I’ve been working with you for a while — will judge me by my record and how I treat you all, both in the briefing room and otherwise,” she said.
She claimed she “tried her best” to answer questions from a number of reporters.
“I try to answer questions from everyone,” she said.
But Welker followed suit by asking her future colleague again about the ethics of the situation.
“How can you continue to be an effective briefing agent when you actually plan to join a media outlet?” she asked.
Psaki reiterated that she has “nothing to announce” about her future career, stressing that if and when she decides to leave the White House, she would spend time with her family.
“Whenever I leave the White House, I can promise you that the first thing I will do is sleep and spend time with my three and six year olds, who are my most important audience of all,” she replied.
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