People forget that nothing ever goes away on the Internet. A government program will go away before a stupid tweet you made years ago.
Jen Psaki is finding that out now. She is running cover for her boss over a phone call that took place between President Joe Biden and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on July 23. According to the transcript of the call, during the 14 minute discussion, Biden indicated that the Taliban were taking over Afghanistan at a rapid pace. Biden said to Ghani that the “perception around the world” of Afghanistan “is that this is looking like a losing proposition,” and that “there’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture.” In other words, Biden told Ghani to lie.
During a White House press briefing on Wednesday, Psaki was asked to provide more details about the phone call. The White House mouthpiece dodged the question by saying, “Well, I’m not going to get into private diplomatic conversations or leaked transcripts of phone calls.”
The truly bizarre thing here is that she probably doesn’t even realize how hypocritical she was saying that because of her past.
Psaki then tried to divert the subject by saying that the “vast majority” didn’t anticipate that the “Taliban would be able to take over the country as quickly as they did or that the Afghan National Security Forces would fold as quickly as they did.”
And that itself was a lie because in the transcript it also reveals how Ghani told Biden that intelligence reports said that there were 15,000 terrorists on their way to Afghanistan to help the Taliban.
From the transcript:
Mr. President, we are facing a full-scale invasion, composed of Taliban, full Pakistani planning and logistical support, and at least 10-15,000 international terrorists, predominantly Pakistanis thrown into this, so that dimension needs to be taken account of.
Second, what is crucial is, close air support, and if I could make a request, you have been very generous, if your assistance, particularly to our air force be front loaded, because what we need at this moment, there was a very heavily reliance on air power, and we have prioritized that if it could be at all front-loaded, we will greatly appreciate it.
And third, regarding procedure for the rest of the assistance, for instance, military pay is not increased for over a decade. We need to make some gestures to rally everybody together so if you could assign the national security advisor or the Pentagon, anyone you wish to work with us on the details, so our expectations particularly regarding your close air support. There are agreements with the Taliban that we [or “you” this is unclear] are not previously aware of, and because of your air force was extremely cautious in attacking them.
So clearly, Biden and the dozen or more people listening in on the phone call knew that the force of enemy coming was going to be strong. Biden dismissing his pleas could be the reason why Ghani took off and fled the country. It could also be the reason why Biden wanted the military out of there as soon as possible.
.@PressSec on July phone call between President Biden and former Afghan President Ghani: "I'm not going to get into private diplomatic conversations or leaked transcripts of phone calls." pic.twitter.com/GGUR37nPvx
— CSPAN (@cspan) September 1, 2021
Despite the fact that Psaki refused to discuss a “private” phone call between two world leaders, she had a much different stance two years ago over a private phone call involving former President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Psaki, in 2019, tweeted out demands that the White House release the transcript of the private phone call between Trump and Zelensky. Trump told Nancy Pelosi when she said she was going to start an impeachment inquiry that she should wait a day because he was having the full transcript released the next day.
“It is not just the call transcript. The whistleblower complaint would likely have more details. We need both. And not just the call,” said Psaki, who was a CNN analyst at the time.
It is not just the call transcript. The whistleblower complaint would likely have more details. We need both. And not just the call.
— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) September 24, 2019
That phone call, which according to the transcript that was made readily available to the whole world, showed Trump did nothing wrong, ultimately led to Trump’s impeachment by the radical Democrats. Of course, Trump was acquitted in the US Senate after five months of investigations and hearings after practically every rule in the book was broken by Democrats, because there were enough sane people there who knew the entire impeachment by the Democrats was a farce and a travesty of justice.
In fact, the Democrats accused Trump of doing exactly what Vice President Joe Biden did when he spoke with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko. He threatened to withhold much-needed military aid if he didn’t fire the prosecutor who was investigating his son Hunter and the company Hunter worked for, Burisma Holdings.
People were quick to point out what a hypocrite Psaki is.
MDRecordShop, who took to Twitter, hit the nail on head right out of the gate.
Sounds to me like Biden did a quid pro quo with Ghani in July – more military support in exchange for Ghani lying about how well they are doing against Taliban. Impeachment anyone?
— MDRecordShop (@MDRecordShop) September 1, 2021
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) wrote, “Agreed. Release the full transcript of Biden’s call with the Afghanistan President.”
Release the full transcript of Biden’s call with the Afghanistan President. https://t.co/Xm7pS8Igot
— Rep. Lauren Boebert (@RepBoebert) September 2, 2021
Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), who I think will be the next Secretary of State of Georgia, exclaimed, “The same people who demanded ‘transparency’ from Trump are doing whatever they can to shield Biden.
Release the full Biden-Ghani phone call script!
America deserves the truth!”
The same people who demanded "transparency" from Trump are doing whatever they can to shield Biden.
Release the full Biden-Ghani phone call script!
America deserves the truth!https://t.co/YCtnIHoK9s
— Rep. Jody Hice (@CongressmanHice) September 2, 2021
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said, “Democrats: Rules for thee, but not for me.”
Democrats: Rules for thee, but not for me.https://t.co/JPyrf2taXX
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) September 2, 2021
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) tweeted, “Jen Psaki won’t talk about Biden’s phone call because she knows Joe is lying to us.”
Jen Psaki won’t talk about Biden’s phone call because she knows Joe is lying to us.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) September 2, 2021
Republican National Committee co-chairman Tommy Hicks replied, “Hypocrites- the whole lot of ’em.”
Hypocrites- the whole lot of ‘em.https://t.co/MGzbmWItPS
— Tommy Hicks (@TommyHicksGOP) September 2, 2021
Former Trump senior counselor Kellyanne Conway remarked, “Roadmap: Jen Psaki shows the way forward on investigating Biden’s imperfect phone call asking a foreign leader to lie.”
Roadmap: Jen Psaki shows the way forward on investigating Biden's imperfect phone call asking a foreign leader to liehttps://t.co/yq1aejmdeB
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) September 2, 2021
Abigail Marone, press secretary for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), noted, “Psaki says she’s ‘not going to get into… leaked call transcripts.’ Is that the new standard now? Because I seem to remember a different standard just last year.”
Psaki says she’s “not going to get into… leaked call transcripts.”
Is that the new standard now? Because I seem to remember a different standard just last year…
— Abigail Marone (@abigailmarone) September 1, 2021
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Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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