WATCH: Psaki backtracks on Biden’s claim that states are looking to separate LGBTQ students from others

"...We've seen extreme laws that target LGBTQ families, their kids across the country, and I think what he's saying is we don't know what they're capable of given what they've already done to date," said Psaki.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

During Thursday’s White House press conference, Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed on a statement made by President Biden earlier that day, in which he said that there are states saying that LGBTQ children can’t be in the classroom with other children.

"Now, what happens if you have states changing the law, saying that that that children who are LGBT, who can't be in classrooms with other children, is that is that legit under the way that the decision is written?" Biden said in a Tuesday morning press conference regarding the federal deficit.

"The President said today, 'what happens if states change the law saying that children who are LGBTQ can’t be in classrooms with other children?' What is he talking about?" asked Peter Doocy of Fox News.

"Well, I think, Peter, we've seen extreme laws that target LGBTQ families, their kids across the country, and I think what he's saying is we don't know what they're capable of given what they've already done to date," said Psaki.

Asking more specifically, Doocy pressed: "Which state is trying to segregate LGBTQ children in the classroom?"

"Well, I think we've seen laws that are incredibly discriminatory. That's what the President's referring to and the fact that he doesn't know what additional steps could be taken by extreme wings of the party that would rather divide rather than work on issues that the American people actually are focused on actually impacting them," said Psaki.

Moving on to another question regarding abortion, Doocy asked Psaki about the specific wording Biden had previously used: "Who is the President talking about the judgement to choose to abort a child?"

"Well, the President's view on a woman's right to make choices about our own health care is well known, well documented, well stated.

"He said abort a child," Doocy interjected.

"I understand, Peter, but what I'm telling you is what his position is," said Psaki.

"How can you guys say this is not a political issue, when the president’s statement about this talks about getting pro-choice officials elected?" asked Doocy.

Psaki questioned whether she had said that, to which Doocy said, "Yes, you actually said 'some call it a political issue, it is not…"

"Well, because the vast majority of the public believes that this should not — that this should not be overturned, meaning I meant to say it's not a partisan issue, and I don't think it is. There are many Republican and independent women, men across the country who do not believe the Supreme Court should overturn a woman's right to make choices about her own health care. In fact, only 30 percent in recent polls thought they should so that's what I'm referring to," said Psaki.

The topic of abortion flooded into headlines once again on Monday, after Politico published a leaked draft opinion document from the Supreme Court stating that a majority of the Justices would be voting to overturn Roe v Wade.

The story sparked widespread protests across the US, with fences being placed around the Supreme Court shortly after the story dropped, in anticipation of such protests.


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