Psaki Mocked for Promises to ‘Circle Back’ on Tough Questions

Psaki Mocked for Promises to ‘Circle Back’ on Tough Questions

February 2, 2021

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday addressed growing social media mockery of her constant  promises to “circle back” on tough questions.

“I often note I’m going to circle back. I hate to disappoint conservative Twitter but I’m going to circle back on a number of things as we often do directly,” she said, before following up on questions from last week on Hurricane Maria relief funds, the extended White House fence, and FEMA requesting troops.

Last week, several media outlets noted Psaki’s repeated promises to “circle back” with reporters on questions for which she had no answers. A montage from Grabien garnered over 47,000 views on YouTube and received wide circulation on social media platforms like Twitter. Other organizations like the NRA used her briefing habit to joke about gun ownership.

“Twitter’s had a little fun with me because I say, I’m going to circle back. I’m going to circle back,” she admitted in an interview with National Public Radio on Saturday. “Now, I will say, and my very hardworking team can confirm, I’m obsessed with circling back with reporters, and not just saying it, but after the briefing getting back to them. That is sort of a tic I have that I’ve got to work on.”

Answering questions truthfully is something she’ll have to work on too.

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