WH defends Biden’s ‘great MAGA king’ comment, says president not afraid to call out ‘extreme positions’

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Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Biden on Thursday by calling his predecessor, former President Donald Trump, a “great MAGA king.”

During her daily press briefing, Jacqui Heinrich of Fox News asked PSAki if the president’s comments were unifying.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Friday, March 4, 2022.
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“Well, I’d say the president isn’t afraid to call out what he sees as extreme positions that don’t align with the position of the American people,” Psaki replied.

“And whether it supports a tax plan that will raise taxes on 75 million Americans earning less than $100,000 a year, or whether it supports efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade, something that two-thirds of Americans in a Fox News poll, may I add, backed up, and there are countless examples from there.

“The president thinks there’s still work we can do together,” she continued. “Bipartisan innovation is a good example of that. But again, he’s not going to step back and stand aside while people push for extreme positions that aren’t in the interest or supported. by the vast majority of the American people.”

President Biden walks to Marine One before leaving the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 11, 2022 as he travels to Illinois.
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President Biden walks to Marine One before leaving the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC on May 11, 2022 as he travels to Illinois.
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President Biden unveiled his “great MAGA King” nickname for Trump on Wednesday at an event last week.

“Under my predecessor – the great King MAGA – the deficit grew every year he was president,” he told the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers conference in Chicago. “The first year of my presidency, the first year, I reduced the deficit.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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