Deputy Press Sec. Walks Back Biden’s ‘Garbage’ Comments: ‘Perfectly Comfortable’ With DOJ ‘Settling’ With Illegal Immigrants

[Image: Fox News' Peter Doocy -- C-SPAN video screenshot. Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre -- CBSN video screenshot. Joe Biden CBSN video screenshot. The Freedom Times compilation].

The Biden administration is in talks to offer immigrant families that were separated during the Trump administration around $450,000 a person in compensation, according to people familiar with the matter, as several agencies work to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who say the government subjected them to lasting psychological trauma, according to the Wall Street Journal.

When pressed by Fox News’ Peter Doocy over the report, 78-year-old Joe Biden claimed it was “garbage” and “not true”.

Biden claims the report from the Wall Street Journal is “garbage”:

Following Biden’s remarks, Peter Doocy asked Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday about Biden calling reports that the administration will give $450k to illegal immigrants “garbage”.

The deputy press secretary walked backed Biden’s comments, saying, “If it saves taxpayers dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration’s use of zero tolerance and family separation behind us, the president is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the U.S. government.” [Emphasis added].

… What the president was reacting to was the dollar figure. … DOJ made clear to the plaintiffs that the reported figures are higher than anywhere the settlement could land,” she said. Video Below

Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre’s remarks:

On Friday, Peter Doocy wondered “Why give taxpayer money to people who broke federal law to get here?”

Karine Jean-Pierre replied in part, “You like this question, Peter”.

Meanwhile, House GOP lawmakers want answers:

(Related: Rep. Jordan On Biden Admin Considering Paying Millions To Illegal Immigrant Families: “One Of The Many Stupid Policies From This Administration”)

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