Not exactly in those words, but it’s obvious what White House press secretary Jen Psaki is saying in this statement, issued after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., decided he could not in good conscience support the Biden Build Back Better bill.
This is a good strategy. Senators love it when you call them liars. And when they find out that the charm offensive directed at them, which included a visit to President Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, was just BS.
Psaki may have just pushed Manchin into finally becoming a Republican, a party where he would be welcomed rather than vilified.
According to the statement she issued:
Senator Manchin’s comments this morning on FOX are at odds with his discussions this week with the President, with White House staff, and with his own public utterances. Weeks ago, Senator Manchin committed to the President, at his home in Wilmington, to support the Build Back Better framework that the President then subsequently announced. Senator Manchin pledged repeatedly to negotiate on finalizing that framework “in good faith.”
On Tuesday of this week, Senator Manchin came to the White House and submitted—to the President, in person, directly—a written outline for a Build Back Better bill that was the same size and scope as the President’s framework, and covered many of the same priorities. While that framework was missing key priorities, we believed it could lead to a compromise acceptable to all. Senator Manchin promised to continue conversations in the days ahead, and to work with us to reach that common ground. If his comments on FOX and written statement indicate an end to that effort, they represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the President and the Senator’s colleagues in the House and Senate . . .
Just as Senator Manchin reversed his position on Build Back Better this morning, we will continue to press him to see if he will reverse his position yet again, to honor his prior commitments and be true to his word.