White Home press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned she’ll miss Peter Doocy, the White Home correspondent for Fox News, after she steps down following her final briefing from the rostrum on Friday.
“I’ll,” Psaki responded Thursday to a query about Doocy at an occasion hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.
“I believe we’ve got an excellent skilled relationship and I perceive that he’s coming there to ask questions every single day which might be vital to report and the outlet he works for, and I respect that, and we’ve got wholesome debates and discussions,” Psaki mentioned.
Psaki added this “doesn’t imply I agree together with his line of questioning on most days,” however she mentioned she nonetheless answered Doocy’s questions.
Doocy appeared to share the sentiment final week when Psaki introduced her departure.
“Sorry to see you go,” Doocy mentioned when Psaki known as on him.
“Are you?” Psaki replied.
“Sure, and also you’ve all the time been sport,” Doocy replied, thanking Psaki for her service.
The pair have repeatedly clashed, most just lately over a question by Doocy on the absence of a mask requirement in the White House briefing room.
“Effectively, Peter, I’m not a health care provider, you’re not a health care provider — that I’m conscious of …. OK, not a health care provider,” Psaki mentioned. “Nor does he play one on TV — most days.”
This wasn’t the primary time the adversarial relationship attracted consideration. Throughout an interview with the “Pod Save America” podcast, the press secretary was asked if Doocy was “a stupid son of a bitch,” as President Joe Biden was caught muttering on a sizzling mic in January.
“He works for a community that gives folks with questions that ― nothing private to any particular person, together with Peter Doocy ― however may make anybody sound like a silly son of a bitch,” Psaki replied.
This prompted a response from Fox Information.
“His questions are his personal, he’s a terrific reporter and we’re extraordinarily happy with his work,” a spokesperson mentioned.
Psaki, after her closing press briefing, will probably be changed by her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, who will make history as the first Black woman and first openly gay person in the role.