Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, is being questioned about President Joe Biden’s rationale behind characterizing Japan as “xenophobic.”

A reporter noted than while aboard Air Force one, “The president last night described Japan as xenophobic along with China and Russia. Was that intentional? And does the president want to apologize to Japan?” he asked.

Jean-Pierre responded, “I think the broader case that he was trying to make, which I think most leaders and allies across the globe understand, is he was trying — he was saying that when it comes to who we are as a nation, we are a nation of immigrants. That is in our DNA.”

“It makes us better, we are stronger for it, because of the fact in our DNA we are a nation of immigrants,” she added.