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Biden throwing Psaki under the bus on schools goal not fatal to her credibility — yet

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House February 16, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Washington Examiner, February 2021

Experts say President Biden undercutting White House press secretary Jen Psaki this week on school reopenings does not put her credibility at risk — yet.

But less than a month into Biden’s term, it’s merely the latest misstep in what is becoming an awkward dance between the pair as the administration tries to marry, divorce, and explain away the mixed messages being broadcast by its two most public voices.

For Northeastern University political science professor Costas Panagopoulos, “communication glitches” between a president and their White House press secretary are neither new nor uncommon.

“Especially for new administrations,” Panagopoulos told the Washington Examiner. “As an isolated instance, this is unlikely to cause much damage, but repeated disjunctures of this sort could be harmful” to Psaki’s trust level among reporters, he added.

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