White House backtracks on Biden's comments and insists there's NOT a 'crisis' at the border: Aides claim president was referring to 'the dire circumstances' in Central America in another U-turn | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: DENY X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

White House backtracks on Biden's comments and insists there's NOT a 'crisis' at the border: Aides claim president was referring to 'the dire circumstances' in Central America in another U-turn

The White House is walking back President Joe Biden's use of the word 'crisis,' which is how the president referred to the influx of migrants at the border during a chat with reporters Saturday.

'The president does not feel that children coming to our border, seeking refuge from violence, economic hardships and other dire circumstances is a crisis,' White House press secretary Jen Psaki said at Monday's briefing. 'He does feel the crisis in Central America, the dire circumstances that many are fleeing from, that that is a situation we need to spend our time, our effort on, and we need to address it if we're going to prevent more of an influx of migrants coming in years to come.'

An unnamed White House official used nearly identical language earlier Monday in a CNN report.

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