White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Monday dismissed talk of a personal spat between President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin, insisting the president sees the West Virginia Democrat as “a longtime friend.”
“I’m not going to relitigate the tick-tock of yesterday from here today,” Ms. Psaki said. “I will say that from the president’s viewpoint … he’s worked with Mr. Manchin over the course of decades. They share fundamental values. They’re longtime friends. That has not changed.”
Mr. Manchin sent shockwaves through Washington Sunday after he announced that he would not vote for the president’s $2 trillion climate and spending bill that was passed by the House earlier this year.
Mr. Manchin hit back Monday morning saying the White House staff miscalculated by trying to pressure him into supporting the president’s agenda. He accused the White House of putting out “some things that were absolutely inexcusable.”
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