White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki mocked Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy on Monday after he pressed her to address the “green jobs” promised by Joe Biden.
Doocy asked her a tough question, and she couldn’t answer it.
In one of the many executive orders he signed on his first day in office, Joe Biden cancelled the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline. TC Energy Corp., the Canadian company that owns the pipeline, estimates that 1,000 people will be immediately out of work following the order, as those jobs had already been filled. The company also estimated that 10,400 jobs would be created throughout the entirety of the pipeline’s construction.
Doocy asked Psaki when workers who lost job opportunities due to the executive order could expect to receive a “green job” replacement.
“When is it that the Biden administration is going to let the thousands of fossil fuel industry workers – whether its pipeline workers or construction workers who are either out of work or will soon be out of work because of Biden’s EO – when it is and where it is that they can go for their green jobs?” Doocy asked.
He referenced Biden’s pledge to create “high paying union jobs” through investments in green energy infrastructure projects, Fox News reports.
“Where is it that they can go for their green job?” he asked. “That is something the administration has promised and there is now a gap so I’m just curious when that happens, when those people can count on that?” he added.
To no surprise, Psaki refused to answer the question, instead requesting more evidence be presented.
“Well, I’d certainly welcome you to present your data of all the thousands and thousands of people who won’t be getting green jobs,” Psaki said. “Maybe next time you can present that.”
“But, you said that they would be getting green jobs, so I’m just asking when that happens,” Doocy replied.
A prominent union leader and Biden ally AFL-CIO president Richard Trumk blasted the decision in a Sunday interview, saying Biden should have announced where and when he would replace those jobs.
“I wish he hadn’t done that on the first day, because the Laborers International was right. It did and will cost us jobs in the process,” Trumka said,
“I wish he had paired that more carefully with the thing that he did second by saying, ‘here’s where we’re creating jobs,’” he added, saying he believes Biden knows this was “a mistake.”
Psaki pushed the criticism aside, giving a vague promise that Biden would announce a plan sometime in the future, per the New York Post.
“He has every plan to share more details on that plan in the weeks ahead,” she said when asked how Biden would support those left jobless.