President Joe Biden doesn’t base his “global decisions,” or his decisions as commander-in-chief and a world leader, on political considerations, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declared Friday.
At a press event, Psaki was asked if Pres. Biden understands that he has to demonstrate, for both domestic and worldwide “political consumption,” that he has fulfilled his promise that the U.S. will respond to Russian cyberattacks.
“The president doesn’t make his global decisions, or his decisions as commander-in-chief or a leader in the global community, based on politics,” Psaki answered, claiming that Biden’s decisions are based solely on the interests of the American people and their national security.
Reporter: “Nobody really would expect you to preview what the United States might do as a retaliatory cyberattack on Russia.
“But, does the president understand that, assuming Russia would not acknowledge such an attack, does he understand that, for political consumption – domestic political consumption, perhaps worldwide political consumption – that we have to make some kind of show of it and we have to point out that we have responded and that the United States has responded, that the president has fulfilled what he said he would do?”
Pres. Sec. Psaki: “I would say the president doesn’t make his global decisions, or his decisions as commander-in-chief or a leader in the global community, based on politics. He makes on what is in the interest of our national security and the interest of the American people.
“And certainly, I know you alluded to this, but I don’t think any one expects him or us to preview our punches. He reserves that option, has been clear about that, and we are probably not going to preview that in advance.”