‘No it's Bloomingdales’: Karine Jean-Pierre mocked for calling Russian Nord Stream 1 pipeline 'Nordstrom'

The slip of tongue incident came during Tuesday’s press briefing where President Biden’s chief spokeswoman accused Russia of shutting down Nord Stream 1

‘No it's Bloomingdales’: Karine Jean-Pierre mocked for calling Russian Nord Stream 1 pipeline 'Nordstrom'
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a daily press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on July 30, 2021 in Washington, DC (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
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White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre received social media scorn on Tuesday, September 6, after she accidentally called Russia’s Nord Stream 1 pipeline 'Nordstrom', a departmental store.

The slip of tongue incident came during Tuesday’s press briefing where President Biden’s chief spokeswoman accused Russia of shutting down Nord Stream 1, the main pipeline which supplies natural gas from Russia to Europe. "What we see Russia is doing, we've been very clear about this, they're using energy, they're weaponizing energy," Jean-Pierre told reporters. "One of the things that have been out there … they shut down the pipeline of Nordstrom 1."

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Senator Ted Cruz, who never leaves a chance to dig at Jean-Pierre, immediately took to his Twitter handle and shared the clip of Karine’s blunder with a caption of "This was not a slip of the tongue. Biden gave it to Putin as a gift from Nordstrom's." It doesn’t take long for the clip to surface on the internet like a forest fire and leave Joe Biden's press secretary being the butt of the joke.

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Fox Radio host Jimmy Failla also mocked Jean-Pierre while tweeting, “Not sure what’s worse, that Karine Jean Pierre just called it The NORDSTROM Pipeline, or that Biden yelled at his TV, 'no dummy it’s Bloomingdales'"


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“Don’t look now,” tweeted radio host Chris Stigall. “Russia is attacking Nordstrom. Look out Macy’s!” "If they attack Old Navy, I'm gearing up - you can have my cargo shorts when you pry them from my cold dead hands!" one person tweeted. "What is this world coming to?" another user said. "Will the Chinese follow suit by shutting down Saks Fifth Avenue?"

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During the briefing, Jean-Pierre was responding to a Kremlin official, who claimed that Western sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine were to blame for cuts in Moscow’s supply of natural gas to Europe. The ‘Nordstorm’ gaffe came after Senator Ted Cruz invited Jean to visit the southern border after she said migrants weren't "walking" into the country. Responding to Cruz’s invitation, Jean said she had already been to the border – then slammed Cruz by tying him to the Trump administration's immigration policies. "So I've been to the border, I went in 2018. I stood outside facilities where the Trump administration was separating families, tearing babies out of their mother's arms," she said.

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On Sunday, while targeting President Biden and Jean-Pierre for their attacks on MAGA extremists, Cruz took to his Twitter and wrote, "Joe Biden and his press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre have crossed a threshold: They're attacking the American people and they're deliberately demonizing half of the country. It's dangerous, dishonest, and wrong."

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