WH press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre called out for saying Biden has visited border

Joe Biden has not visited the border at all since his time as president

Published: December 1, 2022 9:19am

Updated: December 1, 2022 12:03pm

Twitter users and elected officials called out White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for incorrectly saying President Joe Biden visiting the border.

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy brought up the border Wednesday during a press briefing where he asked Jean-Pierre when the president would be visiting the southern border. 

"We know the president’s never been down to the border. The possible next speaker says that he wants [Biden] to go with him. So, is he going to?" Doocy asked.

"He’s been there. He’s been to the border. And since he took office," Jean-Pierre answered. 

Doocy asked a follow-up question about when specifically Biden visited the border, but the press secretary ignored his question and moved on, according to Fox News.

Many twitter users including Texas GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw correct Jean-Pierre, noting that Biden has not visited the border at all during his time as president.

"Narrator: President Biden has not been to the border," Crenshaw tweeted.

Former California Senate candidate James Bradley also called the press secretary out on this statement. 

"Karine Jean-Pierre FACT CHECK: Joe Biden has NOT been to the southern border HE OPENED since he has been president," Bradley tweeted.

According to Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy the only time Biden has conceivably “been to the border” was during a very brief 2008 drive-by when he landed at El Paso airport and rode in a motorcade to the suburb of Las Cruces, with the route hugging the U.S.-Mexico border for a few minutes. 

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