Despite long being known as a thorn in Donald Trump’s side, Fox News host Chris Wallace appeared to change course this week when he challenged a member of the Biden administration on the White House’s handling of the ongoing crisis at the U.S.–Mexico border.
According to the New York Post, Wallace took Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki to task on live TV during this week’s episode of Fox News Sunday, marking a change from the Fox host’s typically soft treatment of the Democratic president and his team.
“We want to provide access”
Speaking Sunday, Wallace called out the Biden administration for preventing journalists from having access to the southern border.
According to the New York Post, Wallace said we only “know how bad conditions are” there thanks to photographs that have been taken and released by members of Congress — not because of the press.
In response, Psaki said President Joe Biden is “absolutely committed to transparency and providing access to media,” as Fox News reported.
Wallace reportedly hit back with the question on everyone’s minds: “When?”
“We want to provide access into the border patrol facilities,” the press secretary said, according to Fox. “We are mindful of the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic. We want to keep these kids safe, keep the staff safe, but we are absolutely committed to transparency and providing access to media to the border patrol facilities.”
“A different approach”
But Wallace still wasn’t satisfied. At one point, the Fox host even remarked that the Biden White House is “being less transparent than the Trump administration,” a comment that didn’t sit well with Psaki, who then tried to save face.
“The Trump administration was turning away kids at the border and sending them back on the treacherous journey, or they were ripping kids from the arms of their parents. We’re not doing that,” she said, according to Fox.
“We are committed to allowing cameras into the border patrol facilities, absolutely,” she added.
According to the New York Post, Psaki declared that the Biden administration’s “objective is to take a different approach from the last administration.”
If that “different approach” was meant to involve holding more than 18,000 migrant children in U.S. custody, then it looks like President Biden has already accomplished at least one goal.