WATCH: Biden won't be addressing the GameStop controversy, Press Sec Psaki states

"I know it's a big story," Psaki said, "but our focus and our big story is getting the American people back to work."


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the recent GameStop controversy during a press conference on Friday.

"I know it's a big story," Psaki said, "but our focus and our big story is getting the American people back to work."

A reporter asked Psaki "Do you anticipate President Biden to address the GameStop controversy when he meets with his economic team later this morning?"

Psaki answered "No. Do you anticipate him addressing it publicly you mean?"

"Just talking about it with his economic team," the reporter said.

"Well, the focus of the meeting is about the recovery plan and the status of the economic recovery," Psaki said, "about obviously the data we saw yesterday, but I'm sure they'll cover a range of topics at that meeting. But that's not the focus."

"It's a big story," the reporter said.

"I know it's a big story," Psaki replied, "but our focus and our big story is getting the American people back to work."

Naturally, people responded quickly on Twitter, pointing out that jobs have actually been lost in the past nine days, most notably with the axing of the Keystone Pipeline project.

"They aren't getting people back to work," one Twitter user quipped. "Did any reporters challenge her on that? Our current government 'by executive order' has already killed over 11,000 jobs."

There were also many comments on how Psaki completely deflected the question:

One Twitter account summarized their thoughts about Psaki's handling of the question surmising that it was akin to the reporter saying, "Apologies if you answered this already."

And positing that Psaki's reply was along the lines of: "It is a big story, I know people want answers and we won’t answer it. Now lick my pale ginger feet and don't ask me this again"

Critics remain angry and disturbed over what has started to be called a "Wall Street double standard" by the media, as independent investors are accused of "destabilizing" and "manipulating" the market for engaging in the same tactics big investors and the hedge funds they manage routinely engage in.


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