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The problem with Joe Biden’s going to the United Nations to promise a “new era of relentless diplomacy” is that while he says that, he keeps showing our allies that he has no intention whatsoever of pursuing anything of the kind.
The Biden administration already has made it perfectly clear — clear above all to our allies — that this president and his team are hopelessly incapable of even partially liberating foreign policy from the day-to-day demands of domestic politics, which heave from one half-articulated priority to another, lurching from crisis to crisis.
Biden’s notional goal — building a free-world alliance to contain Beijing — is the right one, but it already is obvious that the Biden administration does not have what it takes to turn that rhetoric into strategy.
For more than a decade, Washington has been enjoying the perks of leadership without doing the work of leadership. That is not a situation that is going to last forever.
The Biden administration is planning to raise the refugee admissions target to 125,000 for fiscal year 2022, a target level that he set during his 2020 campaign.
“A robust refugee admissions program is critical to U.S. foreign policy interests and national security objectives, and is a reflection of core American values,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement on Monday.
Price noted that a report to Congress recommends the 125,000 admissions target for fiscal year 2022. The new fiscal year will start Oct. 1.
“The Department of State, together with the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS), transmitted the President’s Report to Congress on the proposed Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2022 to the Committees on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Next, together with DHS and HHS, the Secretary will consult with Congress about the President’s proposed Presidential Determination on Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2022,” Price said.
“The Report to Congress recommends an increase in the refugee admissions target from 62,500 in Fiscal Year 2021 to 125,000 in Fiscal Year 2022 to address needs generated by humanitarian crises around the globe,” he noted.
Earlier this year when Biden boosted the cap up to 62,500, he noted that the number would not be reached.
The new report places the number of arrivals projected for fiscal year 2021 at 12,500.
The report notes that the administration aims to focus on Central Americans, Afghans facing risk due to their connection with America, LGBTQI+ individuals, and several other categories.
“In FY 2022, the Administration plans to increase the USRAP [U.S. Refugee Admissions Program] target with a particular focus on several key populations and programs: expanded resettlement of Central Americans; enhanced access to the USRAP for Afghans at risk due to their affiliation with the United States; increased resettlement of LGBTQI+ refugees; priority access for at-risk Uyghurs, Hong Kong refugees, and Burmese dissidents; and resettlement of Burmese Rohingya.”
After a dismal week for the Biden administration on several fronts, the New York Times published a “puff piece” profile on White House press secretary Jen Psaki, which repeatedly praised her as “straightforward” and “professional,” Fox News reported Sunday.
The Times piece, which was published on Friday, is titled “Bully Pulpit No More: Jen Psaki’s Turn at the Lectern” and details her rise to “political fame” and her journey to becoming an “unlikely cultural force.” The piece was also published in the Boston Globe over the weekend.
Journalist Michael M. Grynbaum wrote:
But a cult of Psaki has proliferated online, where clips of her restrained, if occasionally withering exchanges with reporters have established this once obscure political strategist as an unlikely cultural force. Her retorts earn “yas queen” praise from liberals, while conservatives jeer her attempts at spin, particularly over the past month, when the confluence of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, extreme weather and coronavirus confusion meant the questions were more pointed and the answers more scrutinized.
He also wrote about how Psaki is always “crisp and precise in her answers, even if she does not always respond directly to a reporter’s questions…”:
…Ms. Psaki, in her speaking style, is a contrast to Mr. Biden and his circuitous folksiness. In interviews, Washington correspondents often used the word ‘professional’ — high praise in D.C. — to describe interactions with her, deeming her straightforward, detail-dense briefings a relief after an era when Mr. Trump’s press secretaries repeatedly insulted, denigrated and frequently ignored journalists,” he wrote.
Former White House deputy press secretary Eric Schultz complimented the Times piece and said it captures how “Jen is restoring dignity” to the role of press secretary.
this piece captures how Jen is restoring dignity to the @PressSec role.
one upshot not included: all of the young, aspiring politicos who can now see that if you work hard, tell the truth, and are good to everyone around you, you can rise to highest levelshttps://t.co/MrrGWCoByZ
— Eric Schultz (@EricSchultz) September 20, 2021
“This piece captures how Jen is restoring dignity to the @PressSec role. one upshot not included: all of the young, aspiring politicos who can now see that if you work hard, tell the truth, and are good to everyone around you, you can rise to highest levels,” Schultz tweeted on Monday.
Others were not as keen on the piece. Spectator contributor and podcast host Stephen Miller sarcastically noted the odd timing of the piece’s publication.
Jen Psaki goes missing the day the Pentagon announces the Biden admin drones 7 kids, France recalls it’s ambassador, 12,000 people are being stored under a bridge in Texas and the FDA just rejected Biden booster plan.. but we have another glowing puff profile. Great work everyone https://t.co/3t9i1jcVhq
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) September 17, 2021
“Jen Psaki goes missing the day the Pentagon announces the Biden admin drones 7 kids, France recalls it’s ambassador, 12,000 people are being stored under a bridge in Texas and the FDA just rejected Biden booster plan.. but we have another glowing puff profile. Great work everyone,” he said.
As Miller’s tweet listed, the Pentagon did admit to killing children and civilians in a Kabul drone strike, France did recall its ambassador, damning footage showed thousands of migrants huddled under a bridge, and a government advisory board rejected President Joe Biden’s plan to provide boosters to most Americans.
Psaki reportedly did not respond to a request for comment from the Times.
“She was also not present on Friday to respond to Biden’s ongoing setbacks,” according to the report.
“People are losing their lives” because of the Biden administration’s rationing of monoclonal antibody treatment for those infected with COVID-19, Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) said on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak.
Breitbart News reported that the Biden administration reduced its distribution of lifesaving coronavirus antibody treatment to Florida, citing “equitable distribution,” sending the Sunshine State less than half of its standard weekly supply.
Pollak asked, “Speaking of partisanship … the Biden administration has started cutting off Regeneron to several southern states, and they’re doing this — they say — to ensure equity and equitable distribution of this life-saving monoclonal antibody to the rest of America, but if the need is greatest in the southern states, why would they restrict it?”
He continued, “Some people are saying it’s because [the Biden administration is] punishing the southern states involved — most of which are governed by Republicans — they’re punishing them for not doing the vaccine mandates, the mask mandates, and they want to use this as a way to force people to take the vaccine. What’s your take on this Regeneron rationing by the Biden administration?”
Murphy replied, “I believe it’s tragic, I was on a call the other day … with our Doctors Caucus with those folks who are in charge of all of this, and we voiced very strong concerns about what was going on with this, because all of the Democrats love the word ‘equity.’ We’re talking about equity, and we’re talking about — literally — the loss of lives that is happening because they are trying to, in my opinion, punish some states.”
Regeneron’s monoclonal antibody treatment should be sent “where the folks need it the most,” Murphy stated. “Otherwise, literally, people are losing their lives because of this.”
Murphy added, “There’s this massive surge [of COVID19 infections], because the Delta variant. … I’ve been in our ICUs, I understand it. … We should be nimble enough to be able to react accordingly and to get product where it needs to be. We don’t look at a forest fire and just put water equitably on certain areas that don’t need it if the areas are not on fire. We treat what needs to be treated. That’s the way this should be done.”
Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 should be apportioned to states and localities based on need, Murphy maintained.
“Who needs this the most?” Murphy remarked. “Where are the most lives at risk? [We should be] apportioning things accordingly, and the fact they want to put equity — where everybody gets their three scoops of bread — is nonsense. It’s an excuse, and don’t tell me it’s not meant to punish certain governors and certain states, because that’s what is being done. It’s being done point blank.”
He concluded, “If the reverse were in effect — and Massachusetts needed more, or California or New York — by all means, the portions would be changed, and this is costing people’s lives because there are literally lines for people and people can’t get in to get Regeneron, which is truly in so many cases a life-saving treatment.”
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