Psaki chafes at abortion question ahead of Biden meeting with pope

Psaki chafes at abortion question ahead of Biden meeting with pope
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki clashed with a reporter after he asked her whether President Joe Biden would speak with Pope Francis about his position on abortion when the two meet in Rome on Friday.

“You asked me most often, if not every time, about abortion,” Psaki told EWTN Global Catholic Network reporter Owen Jensen.

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“Is there a problem with that?” Jensen snapped.

“You can ask anything you want," Psaki replied.

Psaki went on to preview that Biden's audience with the pope would likely be a "warm" one since the country's second Catholic president has talked with him three times before.

"The president's faith is, as you all know, quite personal to him," she said. "It absolutely has personal significance to him, in addition to being an opportunity to discuss the range of issues, poverty, combating the climate crisis, and ending the COVID-19 pandemic."

Psaki ripped Jensen last month over another abortion question, contending he had "never faced those choices" nor had he "ever been pregnant."

"For women out there who have faced those choices, this is an incredibly difficult thing. The president believes that right should be respected," she said at the time.

Biden is scheduled to fly to Italy on Thursday for the G-20 summit before traveling to Scotland for the United Nations climate gathering. His second trip abroad had been framed as a deadline for negotiations over Democrats' roughly $2 trillion social welfare and climate package.

There was "some flexibility" with Biden's schedule on Thursday, but he would not postpone his itinerary entirely, according to Psaki.

Psaki was also pressed Wednesday on whether a federal paid leave program would still be included in the partisan spending package. The president last week indicated his initial 12-week proposal had been whittled down to four weeks.

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"It's still under discussion," Psaki said. "The president wants paid leave to be in this package."

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