A new Twitter Q&A released by President Joe Biden’s Press Secretary has resulted in outrage, following her avoidance of answering questions about the #loveisnottourism movement.
Just days after holding her first press conference, Joe Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki has received an outpouring of disapproval regarding a recent Q&A she released on Twitter.
The Press Secretary Tweeted:
“Last week I asked you for your questions and you delivered. Answered a bunch here – and looking forward to doing this again soon. SPOILER: Revealing @POTUS‘ favorite ice cream.”
Attached to the Tweet was a video of Psaki answering questions asked of the Biden Administration, in which she discussed her tone, unemployment benefits, the White House cat, Biden’s favourite flavour of ice cream, and his planned protections of DACA.
However, the video was largely drowned out by the absence of Psaki’s avoidance of the outpouring of messages regarding the #loveisnottourism movement, which seeks to reunite binational families and loved ones who are separated due to COVID-19 restrictions.
According to the movement’s website, the hashtag #loveisnottourism is about “family reunification and the future of thousands of couples and families all around the world.”
The site goes on to say that “we, as international partners and families, urge governments of all states to implement humanitarian exemptions. Allow the unbureaucratic and safe reunion of partners in binational relationships as well as excluded family members.”
Press Secretary Psaki’s tweet was flooded with inquiries and upset regarding the movement, particularly among those who have been separated from their families themselves, and didn’t get a response from Psaki in the Q&A video.
Some responses on Twitter included:
“So after thousands of tweets from binational couples… you still managed to ignore us… #loveisnotourism what do we have to do to get any information from you???”
“Wow, thousands asked you regarding family reunification but instead cats & icecream are the selections. What a disgrace as we wait worried that we will lose access to our loved ones. #LoveIsNotTourism“
It remains unclear precisely what the Biden Administration seeks to do regarding those who have been separated from loved ones due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.