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Jen Psaki Asked About Ethics After NBC Deal Report

White House press secretary Jen Psaki struggled to answer questions about her ethical standards on Friday after a report surfaced that she was negotiating a massive contract with NBC News.

Psaki was first questioned by CBS reporter Ed O’Keefe about reports of a brokered media deal with NBC/MSNBC.

“Well, you can’t get rid of me yet, Ed,” joked PSAKI. “I have nothing to confirm on my length of public service, or expected service, or anything on consideration of next plans.”

PSAKI, who spent the past week quarantined at home after testing positive for the coronavirus, said she was “very happy” to be back on the podium at the White House.

“Believe it or not, I’ve missed you all very much,” she said.

She repeated that she was unable to confirm reports of a deal with the media and said she would continue to focus on speaking on behalf of the president and answering “difficult” questions from the public. journalists.

“I hope I achieve my own goal of treating everyone fairly and being fair,” she told reporters.

NBC reporter Kristen Welker asked Psaki if it was ethical to continue her work even while negotiating with a news outlet (ironically, the same outlet employing Welker as a White House reporter).

“I have always exceeded the strict ethical and legal requirements of the Biden administration and I take that very seriously,” Psaki replied, repeating that she had followed “rigorous ethical advice” while serving in the House. White.

“I hope all of you – I’ve worked with you for some time – will judge me on my record and how I treat you all in the briefing room and elsewhere,” she said.

She said she “did her best” to answer questions from a range of reporters.

“I try to answer everyone’s questions at all levels,” she said.

But Welker went on to question his future colleague again about the ethics of the situation.

“How can you continue to be an effective briefer if you are actually considering joining a media outlet? ” she asked.

PSAki repeated that she had “nothing to announce” about her future career, stressing that she would spend time with her family if and when she decided to leave the White House.

“No matter what time I leave the White House, I can promise you that the first thing I’m going to do is sleep and spend time with my three- and six-year-old children, who are my biggest audience. important,” she said. answered.


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