White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre lashed out at Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy over a query on immigration Thursday afternoon, in the end refusing to reply.
The heated change got here throughout Thursday’s White House press briefing wherein Doocy confronted Jean-Pierre over the U.S.-Mexico border seeing 10,000 unlawful crossings in a single day this week.
“So, what do you call it here at the White House when 10,000 people illegally cross the border in a single day?” Doocy requested.
“So, what do you call it, Peter, when [the] GOP put forth a – wait, no, no, no, no, no you can’t,” Jean-Pierre stated, speaking over Doocy as he tried to qualify the query.
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“You’re answering my question with a question,” Doocy responded.
“I’m answering – OK, we’re going to move on,” Jean-Pierre stated because the pair begin speaking over each other.
“Karine, please,” Doocy stated.
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“No, no, no, we’re moving on,” she declared as soon as once more earlier than gesturing to a different reporter. “In the back.”
“You said you were stopping the flow at the border. 10,000 migrants …” Doocy stated earlier than being lower off once more.
“Peter, I tried to answer the question, and you stopped me,” Jean-Pierre stated earlier than turning to the opposite reporter as soon as once more. “Let’s go.”
Jean-Pierre then moved on with the briefing and Doocy was not allowed additional questions.
Illegal crossings have been spiking at the U.S.-Mexico border all through September. Fox News obtained drone footage of a bunch of greater than 2,000 migrants crossing collectively close to Eagle Pass, Texas, one of many largest single teams ever recorded.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) information reported by NBC News, border officers encountered greater than 7,500 migrants on Sunday alone, together with 1,800 in Rio Grande Valley, Texas; 1,600 in Del Rio, Texas; 1,500 in Tucson, Arizona; and greater than 1,000 in El Paso, Texas.
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That quantity rose to greater than 10,000 later within the week, in accordance with the CBP.
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Sources advised Fox News there have been roughly 20,000 migrants in federal custody as of final month. Border Patrol has launched anyplace from 100 to 200 migrants per day on to U.S. streets shortly after they cross the border, in accordance with NBC News.
Fox News’ Bill Melugin contributed to this report.