White House Refuses to Apologize for Calling Japan 'Xenophobic'

By Mike Fishmore | May 11, 2024

Broader case

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to apologize after President Biden called US ally Japan "xenophobic." 
 

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When asked about Biden's comment at a fundraiser, Jean-Pierre said the president was making a broader case about immigration being central to America's identity and strength. 
 

China stalling

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“Think about it,” Biden said. “Why is China stalling so bad economically? Why is Japan having trouble? Why is Russia?”