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State Department's Psaki: Obama Doesn't Give Himself Enough Credit

By    |   Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:30 PM

State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said Thursday President Obama "doesn’t give himself enough credit" for his foreign policy successes – a declaration that met with snickers from reporters.

The sarcastic exchange, seen in a video posted on Mediaite, started off with Psaki's earnest recounting of “comprehensive negotiations with Iran” and in Ukraine where "we've been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process and supporting the government and supporting their efforts moving forward."

But Associated Press reporter Matt Lee incredulously repeated Psaki's claim about President Obama not getting enough credit for his work around the world, asking, "How much credit would you give him?"

A flustered Psaki replied, "Well, I think what I'm — I would give him more than he has given himself. That's what I just said."

"What, like, 200 percent credit?" Lee pressed, laughing, while another reporter piped up, asking, "Credit for what? I'm sorry, credit for what?"

Lee followed up, saying, "For what, yes, exactly? That's the point."

Pressed for more specifics, Psaki added, "For engagement initiatives like Iran, what we've done on Ukraine, efforts to dive in and engage around the world."

"I mean, Russia has still annexed Crimea," another reporter countered. "I mean, Iran — there's ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that you’re talking?"

Psaki answered, "We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves. And the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that."

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