Watch the full White House briefing with Press Secretary Jen Psaki


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds the Biden Administration’s first press briefing. She discusses the 15 executive orders President Biden signed today as well as his belief that addressing the country’s problems directly is necessary to brig the country together. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO:

President Joe Biden’s press secretary verbally slapped two of ex-President Donald Trump’s cherished policies, calling his would-be Mexican border wall a waste of billions of dollars, and saying his Muslim-focused travel ban was based on religious bias.

Jen Psaki, in her first White House briefing, coolly made those digs at Trump’s policies as she went through a slew of executive actions that Biden signed within hours of being sworn in as president.

One of those orders repealed Trump’s ban on travel from a number of nations whose residents are primarily Muslims.

Psaki called the policy the “Muslim ban,” saying it was “rooted in religious animus and xenophobia.”

In another order, Biden halted federal funding and construction of the southern border wall, whose erection Trump falsely claimed would be paid for by Mexico.

Psaki also tartly said Biden terminated “the so-called national emergency used to wastefully divert billions [of dollars] for wall construction.”

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