Jen Psaki used phrase 'crisis on the border,' then walked it back moments later

The US is currently facing a surge of migrants along its southern border.

Published: March 18, 2021 11:05pm

Updated: March 18, 2021 11:56pm

As America faces a surge of migrants along its southern border, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki used the phrase "crisis on the border" on Thursday when answering a reporter's question, but walked the comment back when another reporter pointed out that she had used the term.

A reporter pressed Psaki about whether the move to send vaccines to Mexico had "any strings attached," related to expectations for Mexico to help address the situation at America's southern border. 

"There have been expectations set outside of, unrelated to, any vaccine doses or requests for them, that they would be partners in dealing with the crisis on the border," Psaki said.

When a different reporter later noted that Psaki had used the term "crisis on the border," she appeared to edit her phraseology to "challenges on the border," and indicated that her use of "crisis on the border" did not reflect any change in the administration's view of the situation.

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