Psaki Breaks with AOC, Lightfoot on Smash-and-Grab Robberies: ‘We Don’t Agree’
PSAKI: "Well, we don’t agree. And I think our actions and the work that we have had in working with the Justice Department, the FBI and federal law enforcement show that we take — we have seen some of these extremely disturbing videos showing retail thefts in both the major retailers, as well as state and local leaders like Governor Newsom have identified this as a serious concern. We agree. That is the reason why we have sent additional support from the FBI providing additional assistance. It's one of the reasons why we've also been — the President and members of our administration have been longtime advocates for supporting and funding the COPS program, something where the President proposed almost $300 million in additional assistance through his budget from what it was last year, while we have also provided money to get — provided financial assistance to get money to hire 50 more police officers through the COPS program that the president has championed in places like San Francisco and additional 20 officers in Los Angeles. So, I think his record speaks for itself. We are going to continue to advocate for supporting programs like the COPS program, ensuring that our law enforcement are good partners as we are working to address these retail thefts across the country."