The White House press secretary fielded a question about how detained illegal immigrants were being treated to hotel rooms near the border while last month following the Capitol riots, National Guard troops defending Washington D.C. were left in cold parking garages.
QUESTION: So, also your opening up new facilities. One of the options is being reported over the weekend is spending $86 million on hotel--hotel rooms for some migrants and feeding them. How do you square that with the National Guard troops who were sleeping in parking garages and, you know, something got sick from having contaminated food? That's a disparity a lot of people are pointing out, that our National Guard was treated one way and then illegal immigrants are going to be put in hotel rooms.
PSAKI: Well, first, let me say that at the time when we became aware of the conditions National Guard troops were in--in parking garages, as you noted, the president called the head of the National Guard that day and offered his assistance, offered to play any role that he could play, boosting morale, asking for more aid, making sure they had the right--were treated in the way that they deserved for the incredible role they played. So, I know that was some time ago, but that was the reaction he took the time.