White House press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back against claims that President Joe Biden is acting Trump-like.
"There have been a number of issues in the last several weeks in which advocates, allies of the president, are describing him as Trump-like," a reporter told Psaki during a press conference Thursday.
"What's the president's reaction, and does he accept that in some areas of policy, he is in agreement with the former president?" the reporter asked.
Psaki asked the reporter for specific examples of who was referring to Biden as "Trump-like."
"I could find you quotes ... depending on the issue, whether they are immigration advocates or folks ... who sort of watch Afghanistan. ... And it's actually, just in some ways, a factual thing," the reporter responded.
He pointed to a French foreign minister who said Biden reminded him of former President Donald Trump during negotiations over a defense deal with Australia.
"This brutal, unilateral, and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr. Trump used to do," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told a French radio station earlier in September. "I am angry and bitter. This isn't done between allies."
"The president worked with key partners, Australia and the United Kingdom, to come to an agreement that would help provide security in an important part of the world, in the Indo-Pacific," Psaki answered.
Title 42 is an additional area where Biden is supposedly similar to Trump in policy, the reporter added. Title 42 is an emergency regulation that allows for the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent people from coming to the United States if “there is serious danger of the introduction of [a communicable] disease into the United States.”
Psaki responded by saying that Title 42 is a "public health requirement" necessary "because we're in the middle of a pandemic, which, by the way, we would have made progress on had the former president actually addressed the pandemic and not suggested people inject bleach. ... I think people would be pretty hard-pressed to argue that the president has taken any aspect of the former president's playbook and used it as a model of his own."
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