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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.

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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’

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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