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Jen Psaki says she’ll miss Fox News’ Peter Doocy ahead of final White House briefing

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she would miss Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy after he left after his last briefing from the podium on Friday.

“I will,” Psaki replied Thursday when asked about Doocy at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

“I think we have a very good professional relationship and I understand that he comes in every day to ask important questions to report and the outlet he works for, and I respect that, and we have debates and healthy discussions,” PSAki said. .

PSAki added that it “doesn’t mean I agree with her line of questioning most of the time,” but she said she always answered Doocy’s questions.

Doocy seemed to share the sentiment last week when Psaki announced his departure.

“Sorry to see you go,” Doocy said when Psaki called him.

“Are you?” psaki replied

“Yeah, and you’ve always been a good player,” replied Doocy, thanking Psaki for his serve.

The two have clashed on several occasions, most recently over a question from Doocy about the lack of a mask requirement in the White House briefing room.

“Well, Peter, I’m not a doctor, you’re not a doctor – which I know….OK, not a doctor,” Psaki said. “He doesn’t play it on TV either – most days.”

It was not the first time that the adversarial relationship had attracted attention. During an interview with the ‘Pod Save America’ podcast, the publicist was asked if Doocy was ‘a stupid son of a bitch’ as ​​President Joe Biden was caught mumbling into a microphone hot in January.

“He works for a network that provides people with questions that – nothing personal to any individual, including Peter Doocy – but could make anyone look like a stupid son of a bitch,” Psaki replied.

This prompted a response from Fox News.

“His questions are his, he is a wonderful journalist and we are extremely proud of his work,” a spokesperson said.

PSAKI, after her final press briefing, will be replaced by her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, who will go down in history as the first black woman and first openly gay person in the role.

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