White House press secretary Jen Psaki is famous for her battles with reporters, who pepper her with questions about the Biden administration and receive "Psaki bombs" in return.

The term refers to a cocktail involving a shot of wine dropped into a beer and is used both by Psaki's fans and her detractors.

We've highlighted 10 of this year's top Psaki showdowns below.


'The tragedy of the treadmill that's delayed'

In response to an October question about supply chain woes, Psaki appeared to make light of the situation, at least with regard to certain nonessentials.

"It was crystal clear that things were not improving on supply chain," the reporter began. "People couldn't get dishwashers and furniture and treadmills delivered on time, not to mention all sorts of other things. So why is it ... "

Psaki, smiling, interjected, "The tragedy of the treadmill that's delayed."

The jab drew criticism over the Biden administration's attitude toward supply chain issues, which many said shouldn't be a punchline.

'What was the No. 1 cause of death?'

The press secretary often battles with Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy, leading to frequent viral exchanges. In the fall, Doocy pressed Psaki on the necessity of COVID-19 vaccine mandates for police departments given the many other challenges faced by law enforcement.

"There are other problems in the world," Doocy said. "International terror, gang violence, murder, arson, drug dealing. Is there any concern?"

The question was whether or not vaccine mandates were worth it if officers walked off the job.

"What was the No. 1 cause of death among police officers last year, do you know?" Psaki asked, pausing for effect. "COVID-19. So that's something that we're working to address."

'We don't want to elevate conspiracy theories'

Just days into the job, Psaki was questioned about firebrand Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who was about to have her House committee assignments stripped by Democrats.

The oft-conspiratorial Greene generated headlines over social media posts, including liking one calling for the execution of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This prompted inquiries about the White House's thoughts on the situation.

"We don't want to elevate conspiracy theories further in the briefing room, so I'm going to leave it at that," Psaki said.

'I think I answered your question'

Psaki sidestepped a question from New York Post reporter Steven Nelson about the authenticity of Hunter Biden's laptop, which she had initially dismissed as Russian disinformation. Nelson referenced colleague Miranda Devine’s book about the controversy, The Laptop from Hell: Hunter Biden, Big Tech, and the Dirty Secrets the President Tried to Hide.

After listening to the two-part question, she told the reporter she had “neither the time nor interest in exploring or reading” a book on the subject.

But while the press secretary regularly takes follow-up questions, she refused in this case despite Nelson's attempts to engage. "I think I answered your question," she said. "I think we have to move on."

'I'm just going to reject the premise'

Another Psaki-Nelson showdown came when he asked whether the White House would use the power of the bully pulpit to "help cajole teachers" into going back to schools, some of which had been closed for 18 months.

"I'm just going to reject the premise of the question," Psaki responded, before saying Biden wanted to reopen schools in accordance with CDC guidance, which at the time had not been released.

Nelson followed up by asking if Psaki's response boiled down to "a yes with an asterisk."

Psaki sniped back that "you are not" the White House spokesperson and thus could not interpret her words. "But you can ask me another question," she finished.

'That was quite a loaded and inaccurate question'

When the White House launched a new initiative to combat online COVID-19 misinformation, particularly on Facebook, it piqued the interests of reporters itching to learn how that would happen. Psaki informed the news media that there were about a dozen people producing 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media, all of whom were active on Facebook.

“Speaking of misinformation and the announcement from yesterday,” asked a reporter, "for how long has the administration been spying on people’s Facebook profiles, looking for vaccine misinformation?”

Psaki was not amused.

"Well, that was quite a loaded and inaccurate question, which I would refute," she responded. "This is publicly open information, people sharing information online. Just as you are all reporting information on your news stations."

'The former president was suggesting people inject bleach'

As COVID-19 continued killing more than 1,000 people a day 10 months into Biden's first term, a reporter brought up a statement the then-candidate made in 2020.

“When roughly 220,000 Americans had already died of COVID, Joe Biden said about Trump, ‘Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America,'” the reporter said. “Is that still the standard now that more Americans have died under President Biden than President Trump?”

Rather than addressing the question directly, Psaki pointed to Trump's statements about COVID-19.

“Well, I think the fundamental question here is: What are you doing to save lives and protect people?” Psaki responded. “And the former president was suggesting people inject bleach.”

She also referenced allegations that Trump didn't disclose a positive test ahead of the first presidential debate and that he provided "a forum of disinformation" about the disease.

Trump has claimed his comments about injecting disinfectants were meant to be sarcastic.

'I know you like to shout at the end'

Despite Psaki's penchant for smooth deflections and zingers, she does refuse to take questions at times and gets frustrated with shouted inquiries from people she hasn't called on. This leads to tension on both sides, as reporters have complained about the White House taking questions only from the front rows, where major outlets and network news reporters sit.

Newsmax correspondent Emerald Robinson began shouting questions at Psaki when a September briefing ended, prompting a sharp reply from the spokeswoman. Robinson wanted to talk about Biden's polling, but Psaki wanted to talk about Robinson.

"Emerald, I know you like to shout at the end," she said. "Next time, we'll do it during the briefing."

"Well, if you'd call on me," Robinson said as Psaki walked away.

'I don't appreciate the putting words in my mouth'

In February, Psaki again lashed out at a reporter for attempting to interpret her statement.

Politico's Anita Kumar asked if Biden had scheduled a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Psaki said he didn't but that more details would be announced in the future.

“That sounds a lot like the strategy is not to talk to him at this time because you’re talking about speaking to allies and making other calls first,” Kumar said. “Have they requested a call?”

Psaki disagreed.

“I don’t have anything more for you,” she said. “I don’t appreciate the putting words in my mouth. That wasn’t what my effort was. What I was conveying is our strategy here, from the United States, which is to work with our partners and allies and determine what the right time is.”


'He's at work. ... I was on a conference call with him this morning'

Controversy stirred in October when news dropped that Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg took nearly two months of paternity leave unbeknownst to most of the public and amid a supply chain crunch.

A reporter asked if it was time for Buttigieg to head back to the office, citing a poll that found 65% of voters expected him to do just that.

"He's at work," an unsmiling Psaki responded. "Uh, I was on a conference call with him this morning."

She then scolded the reporter for asking the question.

"I think what you're getting at here is this question about whether men, parents, women, should have paternity and maternity leave, and the answer is absolutely yes," Psaki said. "That is the policy of this administration. That is what we're pressing to make law."