White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was pressed Wednesday for a response to the United Kingdom’s decision to ban puberty blockers for minors despite President Biden’s claim that American lawmakers pushing such bans were “hysterical” and “prejudiced.”
Biden made the comments on June 8 during a joint press conference at the White House with U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, the first person of color elected British prime minister, and declared his administration was “not relenting” when it came to making sure LGBTQ Americans were “protected.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a daily news briefing at the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on June 14, 2023, in Washington, DC.
“I didn’t see those comments, so I can’t respond to that directly. And I’m just not going to go beyond what the president said in those conversations,” Jean-Pierre responded.
Wegmann also asked if the Biden administration intended to withhold Medicare funds or other federal healthcare dollars from states passing similar laws, but she said she didn’t “have anything to add to that.”
President Joe Biden listens to a question during a bilateral press conference with United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, not pictured, inside the East Room of the White House in Washington, on Thursday, June 8, 2023. (Tom Brenner for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
The Associated Press contributed to this report.