White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was mocked on social media after accidentally calling Russia pipeline “Nordstrom 1.
Jean-Pierre’s mistake happened during Monday’s press conference on the shutdown of Nord Stream 1 – the main gas pipeline from Russia to Europe.
“What we see Russia doing, we were very clear about it, they use energy, they use energy as a weapon,” Jean-Pierre told reporters on Monday. “One of the things that was out there… they shut down the Nordstrom 1 pipeline.”
A video clip of the moment quickly went viral on social media, and many poked fun at the blunder, pointing out that “Nordstrom” was an upscale department store, not a pipeline.
Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted the clip with the caption: This wasn’t a slip of the tongue. Biden gave it to Putin as a gift from Nordstrom.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has been mocked on social media after accidentally dubbing the Russian pipeline “Nordstrom 1.”
A video clip quickly circulated on Twitter, with many poking fun at the mistake by pointing out that Nordstrom was an upscale department store and not a pipeline
Fox Radio host Jimmy Failla also tweeted about the press secretary’s slip: “I’m not sure which is worse that Karine Jean Pierre just called it the NORDSTROM pipeline or that Biden yelled at his TV, ‘No, it’s Bloomingdales’.”
Others joked about other department stores, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s, being attacked.
“If they attack Old Navy I prepare – you can have my cargo shorts if you pry them out of my cold dead hands!” one person tweeted.
‘What will become of this world?’ said another user. “Will the Chinese follow suit and close Saks Fifth Avenue?”
Radio host Chris Stigall tweeted: “Don’t look now. Russia attacks Nordstrom. Watch out for Macy’s!’
“Maybe Europe could just get its power cheaper from Nordstrom Rack?” another user suggested.
US Senator Ted Cruz tweeted the clip with the caption: That wasn’t a slip of the tongue. Biden gave it to Putin as a gift from Nordstroms’
Senator Ted Cruz mocked Karine Jean-Pierre’s mistake about the Nord Stream 1 pipeline shortly after urging the spokeswoman to visit the border. She said she visited back in 2018
Fox Radio host Jimmy Failla wrote: “I’m not sure which is worse that Karine Jean Pierre just called it The NORDSTROM Pipeline or that Biden yelled at his TV ‘No, it’s Bloomingdales’.
“Maybe Europe could just get its power cheaper from Nordstrom Rack?” one user suggested
Some joked that other department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Macy’s were being attacked
The mistake comes after Senator Ted Cruz invited her to visit the southern border after saying last week that migrants would not “walk” into the country.
Jean-Pierre, a former national spokeswoman for MoveOn, said she had already been to the border — and then slammed Cruz by tying him to the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
“So I was on the edge, I went in 2018. I stood in front of facilities where the Trump administration was separating families and snatching babies from their mothers’ arms,” she said.
She was responding to a question at Tuesday’s White House press briefing about Cruz’s invitation on his podcast to visit the border to see for himself how migrants travel from Mexico to the United States
Reading from a prepared notebook, she continued, “Some of these kids have still not been reunited with their friends. And so I’ll say one thing, I certainly don’t need speeches or invitations from Republicans on the border or border politics,” she fumed.
“And I’m certainly not going to take advice on the limit from someone who voted against securing record funding for the Department of Homeland Security. And as people send out invitations, I’ll take this opportunity to invite him or anyone next time to vote for record funding for DHS, as President Biden has requested,” she concluded.
Her stance has been strengthened by her past border trip — an issue President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris themselves stumbled upon early in administration.
The backlash at Cruz came after her own comments Monday in an exchange with Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy, where she said migrants are not going across the border.
Doocy had asked Jean-Pierre if unvaccinated migrants can come and stay in the US, while Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is barred from playing in the US due to his unvaccinated status.
Jean-Pierre’s mistake happened during Monday’s press conference on the shutdown of Nord Stream 1 – the main gas pipeline from Russia to Europe
Tucker mocked Karine Jean-Pierre on his show after calling the Nord Stream pipeline the “Nordstrom” pipeline: “Nordstrom 1, alongside Dillard’s 2 and Sears 3 and the whole aging mall community of Eastern European natural gas pipelines.”
Doocy had pleaded with her Jean-Pierre that unvaccinated migrants can come and stay in the US, while Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is barred from playing in the US due to his unvaccinated status.
“It’s not that simple,” said Jean-Pierre. “It’s not just about people crossing the border on foot. we have a plan It’s not like turning on the light. This will require a process. We’re fixing a broken system that was actually left behind by the last government.’
“The US government also does not comment on individual traveler medical information,” she added.
The unvaccinated Djokovic will not take part in the US Open.
Cruz and Jean-Pierre have tangled in the past.
She previously posted in 2018 that a Cruz employee “lobbied for a murderous dictator” — Laurent Gbagbo of Ivory Coast.
On Sunday, Cruz stalked President Biden and Jean-Pierre for their attacks on MAGA “extremists” and Biden’s own comment that it was almost “semi-fascist.”
“Joe Biden and his publicist Karine Jean-Pierre have crossed a threshold: They are attacking the American people and willfully demonizing half the country. It’s dangerous, dishonest and wrong,” he tweeted, “demonizing voters.”