White House press secretary Jen Psaki repeatedly declined to offer additional comment on West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin at Monday's press briefing.
Psaki released a lengthy statement Sunday denouncing Manchin's intention to vote against President Joe Biden's Build Back Better social spending bill. She repeatedly pointed back to that statement on Monday when asked by reporters to offer more information about Manchin's conversations with the White House.
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"I think our statement yesterday made pretty clear what we feel was the factual depiction of events that happen," she said in one such exchange. "I'm just not going to assess or give you an update on specifics from here."
Despite Manchin's apparent flip on Biden, Psaki claimed that Biden still views Manchin as a "friend" and that he plans to continue working with him to pass the spending bill. She also claimed that the White House would "welcome" any Republican senators back to the negotiating table on the legislation.
On Monday, Manchin blamed White House staff for the breakdown in negotiations.
“They drove some things, and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable," Manchin told the Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval podcast. “They know what it is, and that’s it.”
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You can watch Monday's briefing in its entirety below.