The White House insisted Thursday that it is “continuing to fight” for the nomination of Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Office of Mangement and Budget.
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For the fourth straight day, the White House batted off questions about Tanden’s path to confirmation after at least one key Democrat and multiple Republicans came out against her.
Asked if Tanden’s series of anti-Republican tweets and statements meet Biden’s demand that all members of his administration treat people with dignity and respect, Psaki responded that “She would be joining an administration where, as we’ve noted in here, there’s an expectation of a high bar of civility and engagement. We certainly expect she would meet that bar.”
Psaki also said she expects the phone call between Biden and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman regarding the intelligence report on journalist Jamal Khashoggi to happen “soon.”
The report examines what role the king’s son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, may have played in the brutal killing of the U.S. -based journalist.
Psaki would not preview the call between Biden and King Salman, but she said a “range of actions are on the table” to respond to the murder of Khashoggi.
The press secretary was also asked about Biden’s planned trip to Texas on Friday to tour the damage caused by the severe winter storms.
She said the president did not invite members of Congress from either party to travel with him, adding that “he doesn’t view the crisis as a Democratic or Republican issue.”