On Monday, Fisher seemed to suggest that the Biden administration had reversed course on how many refugees the U.S. would admit instead of keeping the Trump administration’s limits on refugees. She asked if it was because Democrats complained about that. But, Fisher didn’t seem to understand what policy is.
“I’m still confused about what changed between 1 p.m. on Friday and around 4:30 p.m. on Friday to go from we’re not raising the refugee cap to we are raising the refugee cap by May 15,” Fisher told Psaki. “What changed in those three and a half hours?”
“We never said we’re not raising the refugee cap,” Psaki said. “In the morning, we said, and it was actually in the information we put out, was once we reach 15,000, we will raise it. That was not accounted for in some of the ways people were digesting the information. And we wanted to be clear and send a message that we are a country that is welcoming refugees. Let’s be clear. We are changing the policies of the last administration.”
“So you’re saying this has nothing to do with the pushback from some Democrats?” Fisher asked.
“I don’t think you’ve ever articulated to me what our change in policy was,” Psaki explained. “What was our change in policy from the morning to the afternoon?”
Fisher then appeared to admit that there was a caveat, meaning that the policy may not have changed.
“That’s a pretty important caveat,” Psaki said. “When we reach 15,000, a subsequent presidential determination could be made.”
“The line said, ‘the admission of up to 15,000 refugees remains justified,’” Fisher insisted. “Do you understand how some people would interpret that?”
“I think we have a responsibility to provide all of the context,” Psaki said. “This was always meant to be a first step.”
“Does this have anything to do with the pushback from Democrats on Capitol Hill?” Fisher asked.
“I don’t think you’ve articulated what our change in policy is,” Psaki said.
“It’s not my job to do that,” Fisher insisted.
“It is if you’re asking a question,” Psaki shot back.
We’re not sure why a Fox News employee would bring up refugees considering that the former guy’s administration was not a welcoming one. This is the Biden administration, and if a refugee is seeking safe harbor, then that’s what that person should get here in the United States.