Psaki: Biden Was Aware of French Being Upset

During Wednesday’s press briefing, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that President Joe Biden had been aware of France’s anger over the Australian’s submarine deal with the United States and the UK, indicating that a previous statement made by Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry was not correct. In an interview with French BFMTV that aired Monday, Kerry said, “He [Biden] literally had not been aware of what had transpired.” “Of course, he was aware of the French being upset,” Psaki responded to a question about Kerry’s comment. “I know John Kerry quite well. He, of course, was aware—the President—of the French being displeased about the deal with the Australians. John Kerry also speaks regularly to the French as a part of his role as the Climate Envoy. He’s someone who also served as Secretary of State.” A spokesperson for Kerry said that in speaking about Biden being unaware, he …

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