Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy on Friday continued to burnish his reputation as the only ‘mainstream’ media reporter willing to ask the Biden regime legitimately tough questions and hold them accountable.
Doocy pressed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on a report that the Biden administration has announced it will build a section of border wall near Yuma, Ariz., despite Joe Biden’s pledge during his 2020 campaign that he would “not another foot” would be constructed.
“So, we are not — we’re not finishing the wall. We are cleaning up the mess the prior administration left behind in their — in their failed attempt to build a wall,” said Jean-Pierre in response to Doocy’s initial question.
Left unexplained was that former President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a wall, which he repeatedly promised during his 2016 campaign, were routinely stymied even by some Republicans, though he eventually overcame the opposition and build nearly 450 miles of wall.
“Biden, when he was a candidate, said, ‘There will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration.’ So, what changed?” he asked.
“We are not finishing the wall,” Jean-Pierre replied.
“By finishing the wall, is this-” Doocy tried again a short time later, only for Jean-Pierre to interrupt: “We are not finishing the wall.”
But Doocy wasn’t done.
“By filling in” a segment, he continued, “is this — is this racist? Because in 2019, when the former guy was proposing a wall, you said that it was his ‘racist’ wall. So how is this any different? I’m just having a hard time understanding how is this any different.”
“I’m not even sure how you get to your first question to this question that you just asked me. I will say this: A border wall-” she attempted, which led Doocy to interrupt her: “But what’s the difference?”
“I’m answering your question,” Jean-Pierre replied testily. “A border wall is ineffective use of taxpayer dollars. So, it’s ineffective of taxpayer dollars — dollars that actually went to the military that the last administration, the prior president, took from the military, which took away from schools, which took away from military bases. That’s what that money that he pulled away from to build this wall that he wanted — that is ineffective, by the way, which I just said.”
The money Trump ‘took’ from the Pentagon was not earmarked for any specific purpose by Congress, which is why he was constitutionally permitted to reallocate it to border wall construction under the guise of national security.
“Just recently, CBP reported that new bollard fencing along the southwest border was breached 3,272 times between fiscal year of 2019 and 2021, requiring $2.6 million in repairs. It’s ineffective,” Jean-Pierre claimed again. “We are not finishing a wall; we are cleaning up the mess that the last administration made.”
“If walls work in that part of Arizona,” the Fox News correspondent asked earlier in the exchange, “is this — the administration trying to get migrants to cross somewhere else, like in Texas? What — what is the point?”
Some see a political motive behind the construction of the Arizona section.
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, noted that U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, a Democrat, is in a tough reelection battle and the new border wall segment could be to “help one of their own” win reelection.
Fox News reports:
Department of Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas announced Thursday that he had approved construction to close several gaps in the border wall in the Yuma sector that have become highly-trafficked spots for border-crossers. Mayorkas said the gaps were a safety risk for migrants due to the proximity to the Morelos Dam.
Kelly for months has been advocating for approval to close those gaps, and celebrated the announcement in a statement Thursday, taking credit for finally being able to “secure a commitment from the administration to get this done,” according to his office.
Judd told Fox News that he would not be shocked to discover that the decision was motivated by politics, calling the announcement “nothing but smoke and mirrors.”
“The Administration knows that border security is one of the biggest issues in Arizona, so an announcement like this especially at this time makes sense to try to help one of their own. But if people will do the proper research they will find that filling in the gaps with the current situation in that particular area does not help improve border security,” he said.