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Psaki finally calls border situation a ‘crisis’, but corrects to call it a ‘challenge’

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After weeks of referring to the situation along the southern border as a “challenge” and providing answers unsatisfactory to many, White House press secretary Jen Psaki called it a “crisis”. Although, she later corrected herself to call it a “challenge”.

This is the first time a senior Biden administration official has called it a “crisis,” albeit accidentally.

During Thursday’s daily press briefing, Psaki and CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe were having a back-and-forth over talks between the United States and Mexico about shipments of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, as well as about Mexico helping stem the flow of migrants. It should be noted that the U.S. plans to ship doses to Canada, too.

RELATED: Report: Biden quietly telling Mexico to curb surge of migrants

O’Keefe asked if the U.S. had set “expectations” for the vaccine agreement linked to its southern neighbor’s collaboration in tackling the problems along their shared border.

“There have been expectations set outside of, unrelated to any vaccine doses or requests for them, that they would be partners in dealing with the crisis on the border,” Psaki replied. “There have been requests, unrelated, for doses of these vaccines. Every relationship has multiple layers of conversation that are happening at the same time.”

MORE ON THE BORDER: Biden’s message to migrants: ‘Don’t come over’

Later in the briefing, Real Clear Politics’ Philip Wegmann asked about her use of the word “crisis”. Psaki quickly responded, cutting him off, to clarify it as “challenges on the border.”

Wegmann then inquired if that “crisis” language reflected any changes in the administration’s view of the the border situation, to which she replied: “Nope.”

MORE ON THE BORDER: Arizona AG: Biden ‘incentivizing’ migrants ‘to break the law and come here’

Notably, Psaki has been pressed previously about hers and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas‘s refusal to call the situation a “crisis”.

RELATED: Biden admin refuses to call border situation a ‘crisis’

RELATED: Graham: ‘It’s time for Mayorkas to change course or change jobs’

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EXCLUSIVE: Sara Carter goes on multi-agency anti-human smuggling sting operation at border

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Kevin McCarthy vowed to take action at the border, potentially starting with holding congressional hearings at the border. Such an action would force Democrats to actually visit the border and see it for themselves. The White House, however, called the border visit by Republican lawmakers a “political stunt.”

Sara Carter joined human smuggling sting operation along the border with multiple agencies and local law enforcement. Carter joined officials on an exclusive ride-a-long with agents where she was told about the immense increase in human trafficking.

One agent explains that the federal government is completely ignoring the crisis at the border. Carter tells Fox News’ Sean Hannity that when she was in Mexico City just last week, officials there told her the crisis was hard to contain because migrants are coming from all over the world and passing through Mexico in hopes of crossing the border into the United States.

WATCH: Sara Carter exclusive interview 

 

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