A Fox News reporter was injured while reporting in Ukraine, with the media company demanding a response from the White House.
Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich, 32, grilled White House press secretary Jen Psaki, 43, after a fellow reporter was injured during the war in Russia.
Benjamin Hall, 39, was injured while covering the war outside kyiv amid an intensified assault by Russian forces, correspondents said on Monday.
“The president said in February that the United States would respond forcefully if Americans were targeted in Ukraine,” Heinrich said, adding, “A colleague of mine was injured today.” We are still waiting to find out if he is okay. So what will that answer look like? »
Psaki pointed to the economic sanctions Biden and his American allies have imposed on Russia, as well as all the aid the United States has given to Ukraine.
“I think you’ve seen the president run the world by taking — by putting consequences in place,” she said, adding, “But in terms of the next steps or what the next consequence would be, I don’t ‘have nothing to plan for you at the moment.’
And Psaki declined to answer when asked by Heinrich what Biden’s “red line” would be for more action.
“So I would say right now we’ve been barely on the sidelines. We’ve been leading this effort around the world to respond to every step and every escalating step that President Putin and the Russians are taking” , said PSAKI.
Biden vowed in mid-February to respond “forcefully” if Americans in Ukraine were targeted. This was before Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.
“We are not looking for a direct confrontation with Russia, although I have been clear if Russia targets Americans in Ukraine, we will respond forcefully,” Biden said at the time.
Fox News correspondent Benjamin Hall was seriously injured Monday while covering the war in Ukraine
Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden’s actions against Russia after being asked by Fox News about Benjamin Hall’s injury
PSAki said the administration is keeping Hall in their thoughts.
“Your colleague, Benjamin Hall – I know there are no final reports yet or we would wait for your news agency to confirm them – but our thoughts, the thoughts of the president, the thoughts of our administration are with him, his family and all of you at Fox News too,” Psaki said.
Throughout his Monday press conference, Psaki declined to offer what would be a “red line” for a stronger US response, including if Putin used chemical weapons in Ukraine. The White House has consistently declined to list any specific Russian action that would trigger an expedited response.
“We don’t like red lines here, so I’m not going to use that wording,” Psaki said.
She noted that the administration was trying not to escalate the conflict.
“For any president, you have to weigh how you can lead the world, how you can say very clearly that the actions are horrible, that they are not acceptable, that they are not aligned with global standards, while thinking also to our own national security interests. And starting World War III is certainly not in our national security interests. Putting American troops on the ground in Ukraine to fight a war with Russia is not in our national security interest,” she said.
Hall, an American journalist, was reportedly injured on Monday but few details were available on his condition.
She shared partially masked footage of Hall’s press identification from the US Senate and House of Representatives.
Fox News reporter John Roberts said on-air: ‘This is news we hate to pass on to you, but that’s obviously what happens sometimes in the midst of conflict.’
“A Fox News reporter was injured while gathering information outside Kyiv, very few details, but teams on the ground are working as hard as they can to try to gather more information.
Ukraine’s Attorney General Irina Venediktova shared an image showing Hall’s press ID
Fox News reporter John Roberts said live: ‘It’s news we hate to pass on to you, but that’s obviously what happens sometimes in the midst of conflict’
Fox News chief executive Suzanne Scott said in a memo to staff that there were few details available about Benjamin Hall’s condition.
Benjamin Hall joined Fox News in 2015 and is currently a State Department correspondent based in Washington, DC; he is a longtime war correspondent who has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and other countries
Hall posted a photo of the kyiv skyline on his Instagram account on Sunday. He was one of the first journalists on the ground when the conflict unfolded
“A reminder of course that this is in a war zone, that information changes very quickly. We are working as hard as we can to get the best possible information and get all the details about what happened.
He added: “The safety of our Fox team is of course of the utmost importance and our highest priority.”
According to his FoxNews.com biography, Hall joined the network in 2015 and is currently a State Department correspondent based in Washington, DC. He is a longtime war correspondent who has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and other countries. .
Hall’s injury comes a day after American journalist Brent Renaud was killed in the Ukrainian town of Irpin.
Fox News said few details were available about Hall’s condition.
“We have a minimal level of detail at this time, but Ben is hospitalized and our teams on the ground are working to gather additional information as the situation rapidly evolves,” Fox News chief executive Suzanne Scott said in a statement. a note to staff.
“The safety of our entire team of journalists in Ukraine and the surrounding regions is our top priority and of the utmost importance,” Scott added. “This is a stark reminder for all journalists who put their lives on the line every day to report from a war zone.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price said he was heartbroken by the report and the department stood ready to help.
“I am heartbroken by reports that my colleague, a State Department correspondent, was injured in Ukraine today. Our hearts go out to him, his family, and all of his colleagues and we wish him a full recovery. We are ready to help in any way we can,” he wrote on Twitter.
At a Monday afternoon news conference, Defense Ministry press secretary John Kirby confirmed that Hall had been injured in Ukraine and was being treated in a hospital.
Fox News producer Sean Langille in a tweet praised his injured colleague for doing a “phenomenal job” covering the war and offered his prayers for a speedy recovery.
Bill Melugin, a Fox News correspondent based in Los Angeles, also tweeted about Hall saying he was “injured today while gathering information outside Kyiv.” He is hospitalized at the moment and we do not have further details at this time.
During her tenure with the network, Hall covered several foreign conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Somalia.
More recently, he covered the Russian invasion of Ukraine live, including anchoring prime-time specials from Lviv, Ukraine.
Hall studied at Duke University and received a BA from the American University of Richmond in London and a postgraduate degree in television journalism from the University of the Arts, London. Hall has dual American and British citizenship.