US Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre sought to justify President Joe Biden’s latest blunder during a press conference on Thursday. Earlier in the week during a conference the US leader began calling out for Jackie Walorski, an Indiana Congresswoman who died in a car accident in August, seeming to forget that she had passed away.
The White House Press Secretary was asked: “The confusing part is why, if she and the family is top of mind, does the president think that she’s living and in the room?”
Ms Jean-Pierre replied: “I don’t find that confusing.”
She added that Biden had already planned to welcome the congresswoman’s family to the White House for a bill signing on Friday.
“[Ms Walorski] was on top of mind,” Ms Jean-Pierre said.
The reporter replied: “I have John Lennon top of mind just about every day but I’m not looking around for him anywhere.”
It comes after President Biden concluded his speech to the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition & Health before asking: “Jackie are you here? Where’s Jackie?”
Walorski, a Republican, was one of four Congressional co-sponsors of the bill to fund the conference.
She was killed along with two staffers in a car crash in early August.
The lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Republican Senator John Cornyn urged Biden to issue an order to “safeguard our national security and supply chain resiliency on outbound investments to foreign adversaries.”
Congress has been considering legislation that would give the US government sweeping new powers to block billions in U.S. outbound investments into China.
The proposal was removed from bipartisan legislation to subsidize US semiconductor chips manufacturing and research in a bill approved in August.
The lawmakers, including Democrats Bill Pascrell, House Appropriations chair Rosa DeLauro, Senator Bob Casey and Republicans Brian Fitzpatrick and Victoria Spartz, said in a letter to Biden that as negotiations continue, “our national security cannot afford to wait.”