White House press secretary Jen Psaki, responding to studies of alleged nepotism within the Biden White House, stated on Monday that the Biden administration has greater ethics requirements than every other presidential administration ever.
“Let me say first that we have the highest ethical standards of any administration in history,” Psaki stated, talking in Trumpian superlative. “A number of ethics officials have conveyed that and we’re proud of that. We’ve also staffed up at an unprecedented pace and this is the most diverse administration in American history. So we certainly expect that everyone will abide by those high ethics standards. It applies in how we operate it also applies in how hiring is done.”
Psaki – whose sister was appointed a senior adviser within the Department of Health and Human Services in March, Fox News reported earlier this month – was not requested a follow-up query on the subject.
Psaki did acknowledge that her sister was employed by the administration in a tweet final week, saying that Stephanie Psaki “is more qualified than I am to be here.”
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks in the course of the day by day briefing on the White House in Washington, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Other Biden officers whose members of the family received gigs with the administration embrace National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, whose spouse, brother and sister-in-law all work for the Justice Department, State Department, and Department of Health and Human Services, respectively.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s spouse Evan Ryan is the White House Cabinet Secretary.
Chief of Staff Ron Klain’s spouse Monica Medina is the president’s nominee for assistant secretary of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Science Affairs.
Biden Senior Adviser Anita Dunn’s husband Bob Bauer is a co-chair of the president’s fee that is investigating court-packing.
In many instances these members of the family of essentially the most senior administration officers have vital expertise, together with time within the Obama administration for some. But for others that’s not essentially the case, in line with critics.
Walter Shaub, former President Barack Obama’s director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, slammed the truth that J.J. Ricchetti received employed as a particular assistant within the workplace of legislative affairs regardless of having much less expertise than others who have been employed with the identical title.
“Let’s play a game. See if you can guess which one of these special assistants at the treasury department has a daddy who’s one of the top aides to the president. See if you can guess the economic background of this privileged white boy,” Schaub tweeted.
J.J.’s father Steve Ricchetti is a counselor to the president.
Two different Ricchetti siblings have administration gigs too: Daniel Ricchetti is a senior adviser within the workplace of the beneath secretary of State for arms management and worldwide safety, and Shannon Ricchetti is deputy affiliate director on the workplace of the White House social secretary.
Deputy Chief of Staff Bruce Reed’s daughter Julia Reed was just lately employed as Biden’s day scheduler, in line with Politico, which has additionally reported the hiring of different youngsters of Biden officers.
White House spokesman Andrew Bates stated in a press release earlier this month that “there is nothing wrong with hiring people who have strong credentials and qualifications and happen to be relatives of other staffers.”
But many have been extremely essential of the administration nonetheless.
“EVEN THE F-ING HEAD OF PRESIDENTIAL PERSONNEL, WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE KEEPING THEM HONEST, HAS A CHILD WHO’S A RECENT COLLEGE GRAD WORKING IN THE ADMINISTRATION. AND THE SPOUSE OF THE WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD,” Schaub stated in a tweet.
Schaub was referencing Sarah Donilon, who’s the daughter of Office of Presidential Personnel Director Cathy Russell.
Fox News‘ Pat Ward, Evie Fordham, Houston Keene and Cameron Cawthorne contributed to this report.