Fox News host Chris Wallace, a former White House correspondent, praised White House press secretary Jen Psaki, calling her “one of the best press secretaries ever.”
Wallace gave the complement on Friday following an intense back-and-forth between his colleague, Peter Doocy, and Psaki regarding President Biden visiting the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Honestly, as somebody who’s spent six years in the White House, my immediate reaction was, ‘Those are two people at the top of their game,'” Wallace said in a clip highlighted by Mediaite.
“I think that [Doocy] has become the Sam Donaldson of this White House press corps … and Jen Psaki, I think, is one of the best press secretaries ever,” he added, referencing former ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Sam Donaldson, who was known for his aggressive question of former President Reagan.
“I don’t know that anything was particularly accomplished, but they both gave and got pretty good,” Wallace added.
Wallace, who worked as chief White House correspondent for NBC News, added that the flattering comparison between Doocy and Donaldson was a “very grudging compliment,” as he had been a White House correspondent at the same time as Donaldson.
Wallace’s remarks appeared to catch the attention of former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who shared a link to the Fox News host’s comments.
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.@FoxNews Chris Wallace Calls Psaki ‘One of the Best Press Secretaries Ever,’ https://t.co/4lTY62uQBi via @mediaite
– Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) October 23, 2021