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Press Conference: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - April 11, 2024

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Karine Jean-Pierre

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Hey. Good afternoon, everyone. 1

Question

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Good afternoon. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Oh, thank you -- Thursday afternoon. [Laughter] 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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So, a couple of things, and then we'll go into the Q&A. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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I -- do I -- I sound like I -- do I sound like I have an echo? 5

Question

Positive
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Yes. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Can we -- can we fix the sound? Does that sound -- does that sound better? 7

Question

Slightly Positive
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Yeah. 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Okay. All right. Great. 9

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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So, from Buffalo -- from Buffalo and Kansas City to Uvalde and Monterey Park, we have seen the epidemic of gun violence tearing apart communities nationwide, leaving empty seats at dining room tables across the country. 10

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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The President and the Vice President have spent countless hours with families who have lost loved ones to this senseless violence, and they all say the same thing: Do something. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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These same families and other survivors of gun violence turned their pain into purpose. They organized, demanded action, and marched for their lives. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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And thanks to their collective efforts, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the most significant gun safety law in nearly 30 years. 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
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Today, we are building on that progress and announcing a new rule that saves lives by requiring background checks for all gun dealers engaged in the business of firearm -- firearms dealing, including for guns sold at gun shows and online. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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This new rule implements the only significant expansion of background check requirements since then-Senator Biden helped shepherd the Brady Bill over the finish line in 1993. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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Today's new action furthers the Biden-Harris administration's historic efforts to stop the illegal flow of guns and hold those who supply firearms used in crime accountable. But there is still much work to be done. 16

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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President Biden and Vice President Harris continue to call on Congress to enact universal background checks and finish the job. 17

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
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Now, as you all have reported, overnight Russia launched another lon- -- loun- -- large round of aerial assaults against Ukraine's energy grid, as Vladimir Putin continue[s] to try to break the spirit -- the spirit of the Ukrainian people and plunge them into darkness. 18

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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Russia struck the largest power plant in Kyiv Oblast, as well as power facilities in five other regions across Ukraine. 19

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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As President Zele- -- Zelenskyy said in the recent days, Ukraine needs more air defenses and interceptors to protect its people and critical infrastructure against Russian missiles and Ir- -- Iranian-supplied drones. 20

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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We need the House of Republic- -- House of Rep- -- Representatives -- Republicans specifically, obviously, but the House of Repre- -- Representatives -- to take urgent action to pass the bipartisan national security supplemental bill so we can send Ukraine more air defenses. 21

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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And let me correct myself. It's actually the House of Representatives. We need Speaker -- the Speaker to put that bill on -- on the floor because we know we would get overwhelming support on -- from Republicans and Democrats, obviously. So, we need to see that bill put on the floor that was passed overwhelmingly in the Senate. 22

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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The strikes in Ukraine over the past 24 hours are another terrible reminder that Ukraine's need is critical. 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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And now, turning over to Gaza, I wanted to provide an update on our efforts to do all we can to increase the amount of humanitarian assistance reaching Gaza and ease the humanitarian suffering. 24

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
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As you know, when President Biden last spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu just last week, he was clear that Israel must announce and implement a series of specific, concrete, measurable steps to address humanitarian suffering. 25

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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The past few days have shown some pra- -- some promise. Israel made the commitment to open the Ashdod Port for the direct delivery of assistance into Gaza, to open a new crossing for a new route for assistance to reach North Gaza, and to significantly increase deliveries from Jordan directly into Gaza. 26

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
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And over the past few days, over 1,000 trucks loaded with humanitarian aid have gotten into Gaza and with over 300 trucks going into Gaza yesterday -- just yesterday alone. 27

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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That's good progress, but it's still not enough. And we hope to see the progress continue and accelerate. 28

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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This afternoon, President Biden will welcome President Marcos of the Philippines to the White House for his second meeting at the White House in as many years. I know the National Security Advisor -- Nat- -- Jake Sullivan spoke to this on Monday, but I will reiterate what he laid out as well, which is that the President later will host the first-ever trilateral leaders' summit between the United States, Japan, and Philippines. 29

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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During President Biden's meeting with President Marcos, the two presidents will mark the unprecedented strength of the alliance between the United States and the Philippines. The leaders will discuss initiatives to enhance economic and energy security, bolster maritime cooperation, invest in critical infrastructure, and deepen people-to-people ties. And President Biden will reinforce the ironclad U.S. alliance commitments to the Philippines. 30

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Following the meeting, the President will host the historic trilateral leaders' summit. As -- as leading maritime democracies, the United States, Japan, and the Philippines share a joint vision for the future of the Indo-Pacific. And with this -- with this leader-level trilateral, we are -- we are taking our cooperation to new heights. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Our national security advisors met in Tokyo last June to initiate our trilateral cooperation, and officials from across our three governments have met on topics as varied as economic security and maritime cooperation. 32

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Today, the leaders will announce new initiatives to accelerate and surge high-quality infrastructure investments in the Philippines, enhance energy -- energy security, deepen maritime cooperation, and strengthen partnerships on technology and cybersecurity. 33

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Our three countries embark on this new era of trilateral cooperation as trusted equal partners, guided by shared values and an unwavering commitment to a free, open, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific. 34

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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With that, Darlene, it's good to see you. 35

Question

Very Positive
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Good to see you too. Thank you. To jump off of what you were saying in your topper about Gaza, the USAID Administrator, Samantha Power, has said that she accepts as credible reports that famine is already underway in Northern Gaza. Does the President and the White House share that assessment? And if so, you know, you were talking about the progress -- 36

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Yeah. 37

Question

Slightly Positive
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-- is good, but more needs to be done. 38

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Exactly. 39

Question

Unknown
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What more can be done? 40

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Exactly. The progress is good. More needs to be done. I talked about the commitment that Israel had -- the Prime Minister gave to the -- to the President just last week, and we talked ab- -- I talked about the port, and I talked about the new border crossings in Northern Gaza. We need to see that open up, that move forward. 41

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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But we've seen some progress -- right? -- the opening of more routes and also more trucks. As I just laid out, we've seen more than 1,000 trucks in the last three days. 42

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:07:08-00:07:25 (17 sec)
Look, specifically to Samantha Power and her comments, our an- -- understanding is that the latest reporting from the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification indicates that the famine is imminent in Gaza. And that's why we're trying to do everything that we can to uptick, obviously, the humanitarian aid. 43

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:07:25-00:07:44 (19 sec)
We know how dire the situation is in Gaza. So, we are certainly deeply concerned about these reports. And so, we've been working around the clock -- around the clock to get more of that aid into Gaza. And so, we're going to continue to do this. We're going to continue to push Israel to increase the flow that is getting into Gaza. 44

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:07:44-00:08:00 (16 sec)
And like I said, we -- I've laid out their commitments. There are two other ways that we want to see their commitment continue, which is that port that I just mentioned at the top and just moments ago, and -- and so, also those -- the routes -- the routes in -- in Northern Gaza. 45

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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So, there is more work to be done. But, again, a thousand trucks over the last three days is an improvement. It's good promise. We need to see more. 46

Question

Very Negative
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Second, was there any reaction from the President to O.J. Simpson's death? Do you know if they ever crossed paths? 47

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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So -- 48

Question

Unknown
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If so, how? When? 49

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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So, I'll say this. Our thoughts are with -- with his families during this difficult time -- obviously, with his family and loved ones. And I'll say this -- I know that they have asked for some privacy, and so we're going to respect that. I'll just leave it there. 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 51

Question

Negative
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Thanks. Iran is threatening a significant attack against Israel. With all of the U.S. assets in the region, will the U.S. provide assistance in thwarting this attack? How is the U.S. preparing to respond? 52

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:08:43-00:09:02 (19 sec)
So, look, you heard from the President directly yesterday. He mentioned this at the top of his press conference and laid out our concerns, certainly, about these threats that are being made. And he made very clear as well that America's support for Israel's security is ironclad, especially against these threats against -- that's coming from Iran and their proxies. 53

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:09:02-00:09:12 (10 sec)
And so, the President made that clear as well when he spoke to [DEL: President :DEL] [Prime Minister] Netanyahu just last week. As I mentioned moments ago, I want to be really careful. I'm not going to get into operational procedures from here. 54

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Beyond that, we've made ourselves very, very clear. The President made himself very clear just yesterday. And so, just don't have anything else to add beyond that. 55

Question

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But we certainly have done joint strikes against Iranian proxies in the recent weeks and months. Should we be braced for joint strikes against -- in response to an Iranian strike against Israel? 56

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:09:30-00:09:51 (21 sec)
I -- I want to be super mindful. I don't want to get into hypotheticals here. What we have made very clear -- obviously, we've seen the threats coming from Iran. And so, we have made ourselves very clear where we stand in supporting Israel's security. That is ironclad. Does no- -- that does not change. I'm just not going to get into -- into details about our operational procedures from here. 57

Question

Very Positive
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Just one more on this. General Kurilla is in the Middle East. He's making a stop in Israel. He's reportedly there to help, you know, coordinate with Israel ahead of this expected attack. What does that coordination look like? What does -- what does that mean exactly? 58

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I will refer you to CENTCOM. 59

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead, Jeff. 60

Question

Unknown
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Karine, just to follow up on that topic. 61

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:10:07-00:10:07 ( sec)
Yeah. 62

Question

Negative
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Has Iran been in touch via intermediaries with Washington to indicate that when it responds to Israel's attack on -- on its embassy -- on its Syrian Embassy that it will not escalate? 63

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:10:20-00:10:33 (14 sec)
So, obviously, we don't want this conflict to spread. We've been very clear about that. And we've been very clear that in -- you know, to Iran that we're not involved in the Damascus strike. Right? We've been also very clear. 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:10:33-00:10:50 (17 sec)
I'm not going to get into public back-and-forth. We communicated to Iran that the U.S. had no involvement in the strike, as I just mentioned, that happened in Damascus. And we warned Iran not to use this attack as a pretext to escalate further in the region or attack U.S. facilities or person- -- personnel. 65

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:10:50-00:10:57 (6 sec)
I'm going to be super mindful not to -- to speak beyond that from here or elaborate further. But we've been very clear. 66

Question

Unknown
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Can you say whether Iran has responded to your or the U.S.'s indications? 67

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I'm just not going to get into public back-and-forth from here. 68

Question

Unknown
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And following up on something that the President said yesterday with regard to Julian Assange. He indicated that the U.S. is considering a deal. To what extent does the White House and the President weigh in with DOJ on this, considering that it's a DOJ-led run -- or a DOJ-led issue? 69

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:22-00:11:29 (7 sec)
So, from here, from the podium, I'm not going to go beyond what the President said. I'm going to refer you to the Department of Justice. I'm just going to be super mindful from the podium from here. 70

Question

Unknown
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But he weighed in. 71

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:30-00:11:38 (8 sec)
I know. I'm -- I'm going to be super mindful from the podium. I'm just not going to go beyond what the President -- the President sa- -- shared yesterday. I would refer you to the Department of Justice. 72

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 73

Question

Unknown
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I have questions on two topics, Karine. First on abortion. Vice President Harris is going to Arizona tomorrow to talk about the need for abortion access in the state. I know the President's own views on this topic have been evolving over the recent decades. Should we expect him to be talking in public about this issue? 74

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:56-00:12:05 (8 sec)
So -- so, want to be super mindful. Tomorrow's event is a -- is a campaign event. So, going to let the campaign speak to the Vice President's engagement. 75

Question

Unknown
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Is tomorrow a campaign event? I thought it became official. 76

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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From what I understand, it's a campaign event. 77

Question

Slightly Positive
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Okay. 78

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:12:10-00:12:17 (7 sec)
So, I would refer you to her team, at least -- at the le- -- at the least. But from my understanding, it's a campaign event. So, I'll leave that there. 79

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:12:17-00:12:34 (17 sec)
But, you know, the President spoke to this. He was shouted a question about -- about what occurred in Arizona, how devastating and how wrong the decision to go back to 1864 to make it more difficult for women -- millions of women. 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:12:34-00:12:40 (6 sec)
And, you know, he -- he talked about that. So, I certainly will -- will refer you to his comments. 81

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:12:40-00:12:54 (14 sec)
The President has consistently been very clear about where he stands. He stands for women's rights. He stands for women to be able to make decisions about their bodies, right? He -- he stands for reproductive freedom. He put a statement out right after Arizona made their decision. 82

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:12:54-00:13:11 (17 sec)
So, he's been very -- you know, very steadfast and out front on this. You're going to hear from the Vice President. So, you'll hear directly from her. We've been really clear. And all of this -- what we're seeing right now in states -- we have 21 states that have some se- -- that have extreme bans -- 21 states across the country. 83

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:13:11-00:13:25 (14 sec)
And a lot of -- and that has been caused by the chaos that we have seen from the overturning of Roe v. Wade. And that's because, obviously, of the Dobbs decision. It was a -- it was a constitutional right for almost 50 years, and that has been taken away from women. 84

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:13:25-00:13:34 (9 sec)
And so, it's caused chaos. And we're going to continue to call that out. We should be fighting for women's rights, women's freedom, Americans' freedom. And that's not what -- that's not where Republicans are. 85

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:13:34-00:13:50 (16 sec)
I know other colleagues have questions. But I also just want to ask about the State Dinner, because regulators in the Biden administration have sued both Amazon and Apple alleging anticompetitive behavior that has caused public harm. So, why were executives from those companies invited to the dinner last? 86

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:13:50-00:14:15 (25 sec)
Look, when it comes to the State Dinner, we invite an array of folks to come in. And -- and obviously, you know, it's -- it's an important night of -- especially when another country comes, it shows bipartisanship. It shows the strength of that alliance that the U.S. has with that particular country. The -- the list varies, you know, and it -- we -- it's always -- it's always different types of people that come to -- to the -- 87

Question

Very Positive
00:14:15-00:14:16 (1 sec)
But the Justice Department said, just -- 88

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:14:16-00:14:16 ( sec)
Yeah. 89

Question

Unknown
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-- less than a month ago, that Apple uses its control -- 90

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Yeah. 91

Question

Slightly Negative
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-- over the iPhone to engage in a broad, sustained, and illegal course of conduct -- 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Yeah. 93

Question

Somewhat Positive
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-- saying that that lawsuit should send a strong signal to other companies. 94

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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And -- 95

Question

Unknown
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So, what signal is the White House sending? 96

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:14:29-00:14:32 (3 sec)
I hear your question. That's the Department of Justice to decide. I do not -- 97

Question

Unknown
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But the White House choose -- 98

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:32-00:14:33 (1 sec)
Oh, I -- 99

Question

Leans Positive
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-- who to invite to the dinner. 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:14:34-00:14:45 (11 sec)
No, I -- no, I'm not saying that the DOJ invited -- invited people to the White House state dinner. That's not what I'm saying. I'm saying DOJ moved forward with that particular case -- that particular lega- -- legal action. I can't speak to that. 101

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:14:45-00:15:02 (16 sec)
We always invite an array of -- of people. We bring people from all corners of different industries here to the White House. That's what we do. And I just don't have anything else further to share. And we -- you know, I think it's important that -- that we do that, but I can't speak to a DOJ legal case. They took -- 102

Question

Unknown
00:15:02-00:15:05 (3 sec)
So, the President doesn't think that those companies did -- 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:05-00:15:05 (1 sec)
I -- I -- 104

Question

Negative
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-- anything wrong? 105

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:15:06-00:15:14 (8 sec)
That is a legal action being taken by the Department of Justice. I can't speak to that. They have their reasons of moving forward on that. I -- I can't speak to that. 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:15:14-00:15:25 (11 sec)
We invite a -- a diverse group of people when it comes to events -- not just state dinners -- when it comes to events here -- from even different sides of the -- of the aisle. That's what -- that's what this President has done. 107

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:15:25-00:15:29 (4 sec)
I -- I can't speak to what DOJ -- and their legal action. I just can't speak to that from here. 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 109

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:15:29-00:15:44 (14 sec)
Thank you, Karine. Picking up on abortion. When the President was asked yesterday what his message was to the people of Arizona in light of the ruling, he said, "Elect me." So, can you elaborate on what -- 110

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:15:44-00:15:44 ( sec)
Yeah. 111

Question

Unknown
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-- he meant by that? What can he do for those people? 112

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:15:46-00:15:52 (6 sec)
So, a couple of things. I -- I'm going to be careful because obviously he was talking about 2024. I mean, look -- 113

Question

Unknown
00:15:52-00:15:56 (4 sec)
Actually, he was talking about the 20th century, as I recall. 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:15:56-00:15:57 (1 sec)
Mm-hmm. Yeah, okay. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:15:57-00:16:21 (23 sec)
So, this extreme abortion ban, as we know, that we see was made possible because of the Supreme Court. And we know what the last previous President said. He said that, you know, he would -- he would make sure that Roe v. Wade was no longer constitutional law, and he made that happen and -- which has led to -- to chaos -- to chaos across the board. 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:16:21-00:16:27 (6 sec)
And so, I want to be careful for -- for, you know, talking about an upcoming election, so I'm not going to speak to that from here. 117

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:16:27-00:16:47 (20 sec)
But we have seen what's happened in last almost two years since Roe v. Wade has been overturned. We've seen women having to be turned away from emergency rooms, not being given lifesaving -- lifesaving needs that they -- they have to get in order to -- for their lives to be protected. That's been turned away. 118

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:16:47-00:17:02 (15 sec)
And so, what this President has done is he's taken executive actions -- as I've talked about, we've talked about. He's created a task force. He has done and taken action to do everything that he can from the executive branch to protect women, but we need more to be done. We need more to be done. 119

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:17:02-00:17:19 (17 sec)
And so, you know, we have to get Congress to act to make Roe v. Wade the law of the land. And so, that is where we are right now. But this is -- this is -- chaos was started by the overturning of Roe v. Wade. And we've seen where extreme Republican elected officials have been on this issue. We've seen that. 120

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:17:19-00:17:27 (8 sec)
And so, that is something that we're going to continue to make very clear to Americans, but I'm not going to speak to the upcoming election from here. 121

Question

Very Negative
00:17:27-00:17:41 (14 sec)
Okay. And also, on an interview that the President recently did, he said, "I think what he's doing is a mistake. I don't agree with his approach," talking about Netanyahu. Can you clarify: What is the mistake? 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:17:41-00:18:11 (30 sec)
So, we've talked about how the President spoke to President -- Prime Minister Netanyahu just last week; they had a 30-minute conversation. It was direct. They have known each other for some time. They have spoken over more than a dozen times since October 7th -- the tragic, tragic attack that we've seen from Hamas, a terrorist organization. And they said October 7th -- they said October 7th would be something that they want to see over and over again. So, they've had those conversations. 123

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:18:11-00:18:22 (11 sec)
Look, the President has been very clear. I started out this briefing talking about how humanitarian aid has increased, and that's because of conversation -- the conversation that the President had with the Prime Minister. That's important. 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:18:22-00:18:41 (18 sec)
We need to make sure that civilians are protected. We need to make sure that humanitarian aid workers are protected. The President has said that. That is what our focus is going to continue to be, as well as making sure that this hostage deal gets done -- working around the clock to get that completed so we can get hostages home to their loved ones. 125

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:18:41-00:18:47 (7 sec)
The President has always been very honest and direct with -- with leaders, including the Prime Minister. 126

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:18:47-00:18:59 (11 sec)
So, does -- just one more quick one. Does the President believe Netanyahu's approach, as you sort of just laid out there, is to blame for the famine that we are now seeing in Gaza? 127

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:18:59-00:19:20 (21 sec)
What I will say is I -- that is not what the President is saying. The President has been very clear that more needs to be done to pro- -- to protect innocent civilians. More work needs to be done to make sure that humanitarian aid workers -- who are doing incredible work, who are being incredibly brave -- are protected. And so, that is what we're speaking to. 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:19:20-00:19:45 (25 sec)
And, unfortunately, we've seen more than 200 of humanitarian aid workers die, and that is something we do not want to continue to see. That's why the President had this conversation with the Prime Minister last week -- a 30-minute direct conversation with the Prime Minister on what needs to be done to continue to protect innocent -- innocent civilians. That's why we're having conversation about that Rafah operations. Right? 129

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:19:45-00:19:54 (9 sec)
And our two sides are committed to -- con- -- moving forward with those conversations. They've been pr- -- they -- we've seen some progress. We're going to continue to have those conversations. 130

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:19:54-00:20:07 (13 sec)
And Israel has made commitments. The Prime Minister kept -- is -- has made a commitment to the President. We've seen an uptick of trucks -- more than a thousand over the last three days. That commitment is continuing. We want to see more. That's good progress. 131

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:20:07-00:20:08 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Justin. 132

Question

Positive
00:20:08-00:20:20 (12 sec)
Thanks, Karine. I also wanted to ask about the Univision interview. The President said that he was "examining" ways to potentially shut down the border. It's a phrase that can mean lots of different things to -- 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:20:20-00:20:20 (1 sec)
Yeah. 134

Question

Unknown
00:20:20-00:20:26 (6 sec)
-- lots of different people, so I'm wondering if you could maybe explain what the President means when he talks about shutting -- 135

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:20:26-00:20:47 (21 sec)
So, I think the bottom line with all of this, and I've said this many times: The -- the number-one way to really deal with what's happening at the border is -- is to move forward with the bipartisan agreement proposal that came forward out of the Senate and that obviously was rejected by Republicans because of what the former President told Republicans. 136

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:20:47-00:20:56 (9 sec)
That's what we want to see. That's how we deal with the broken system -- the immigration system obviously being broken for decades now -- and dealing with the challenges at the border. 137

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:20:56-00:21:06 (10 sec)
We're always going to look at executive actions. We are, and we have been. But really -- really, truly to move forward, we have to make sure that we get this proposal done. 138

Question

Unknown
00:21:06-00:21:11 (4 sec)
I -- I understand that your preference is obviously for that legislation to -- 139

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:21:11-00:21:11 ( sec)
Yeah. 140

Question

Unknown
00:21:11-00:21:18 (7 sec)
-- Frankenstein back to life -- [laughter] -- but since the President himself said that you guys are looking at those executive actions, can you talk -- 141

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:18-00:21:19 (1 sec)
So -- 142

Question

Negative
00:21:19-00:21:29 (11 sec)
Is it -- is the, sort of, universe here just trying to restrict asylum claims? Is it changing processing times? Or is it as extr- -- you know -- 143

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:29-00:21:29 ( sec)
So -- 144

Question

Slightly Positive
00:21:29-00:21:34 (5 sec)
-- President Trump, when he talked about it, talked about le- -- ending legal travel or legal trade across the border. 145

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:34-00:21:45 (10 sec)
I think what -- here's what I can say. We evaluate all options. Right? We do. We evaluate all options as it -- as it regar- -- as it relates to executive actions. We just have not made a decision on this yet. 146

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:21:45-00:21:52 (7 sec)
But we believe, the President believes it's important to evaluate those options to see what's at our disposable -- our disposal to move forward. 147

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:21:52-00:22:19 (26 sec)
And we haven't made a decision. But what we will continue to do is -- because there is a proposal out there that is bipartisan, that is -- would deal with what -- the challenges that we're seeing at the border, we think it's important. It was supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the -- the Border Patrol unions. It is a bipartisan, again, proposal that we think would be tough and fair. We want to see Congress move forward with it. And -- and so, we're going to continue to call for that. 148

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:22:19-00:22:27 (8 sec)
But as -- as it relates to what we're looking at, we're always looking at options. I just don't have anything. We're always going to evaluate our options. I just don't have anything to share. We d- -- haven't made a decision. 149

Question

Unknown
00:22:27-00:22:31 (4 sec)
And really quickly. The trilateral today is open to the press, but the -- 150

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:22:31-00:22:31 ( sec)
Yeah. 151

Question

Unknown
00:22:31-00:22:43 (11 sec)
-- bilateral beforehand is not. I was wondering, first, of course, to request that it be possible that we get in there. But if not, if you could walk through why the White House decided -- because normally those meetings are -- 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:43-00:22:43 (1 sec)
Yeah, no -- 153

Question

Unknown
00:22:43-00:22:44 (1 sec)
-- open. 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:22:44-00:22:58 (14 sec)
-- it's a meeting between -- obviously, between the two countries. I think it's important to note it shows the strength of the U.S. alliance and how important it is for these two countries to -- to speak with one another and have this meeting. 155

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:58-00:23:13 (15 sec)
Look, I will say this. Their schedules, the -- both schedules were -- were, you know, the President and the Philippines leader have a very packed schedule. And so, we weren't able to make it into -- open that to the press. 156

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:13-00:23:25 (12 sec)
But what is important is there is going to be a trilat, which is a historic meeting that's happening later today. And you'll have an opportunity -- obviously, that is open to the press. And you'll have an opportunity there to see the three leaders together. 157

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:23:25-00:23:26 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 158

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:23:26-00:23:35 (9 sec)
Two quick ones. First, following up on Weijia. In the White House's view, who is to blame for the famine or imminent famine that we're witnessing right now in Gaza? 159

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:23:35-00:23:53 (19 sec)
Here's our focus. And -- and I -- I get the -- the question. And -- and, you know -- and the humanitarian situation in Gaza, obviously, is dire. And that is why the President is doing everything that he can to get more humanitarian aid in. And that's what our focus is going to be. 160

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:23:53-00:23:54 ( sec)
Was it a mistake -- 161

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:23:54-00:23:54 (1 sec)
Our focus -- 162

Question

Leans Negative
00:23:54-00:24:03 (9 sec)
Was it a mistake not to push Benjamin Naten- -- Netanyahu sooner to open Ashdod and Erez crossing, which would have allowed the prevention of what Samantha Power agrees is famine in Northern Gaza right now? 163

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:03-00:24:14 (11 sec)
But here's the thing. For -- every time the President has spoken to the Prime Minister, there's -- part of that conversation has been to do more on humanitarian aid. 164

Question

Unknown
00:24:14-00:24:15 (1 sec)
So, why did it change now? 165

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:15-00:24:19 (4 sec)
It didn't change. It is a -- it was a continued -- it was the conversation that -- that -- 166

Question

Unknown
00:24:19-00:24:21 (2 sec)
Why did Netanyahu respond differently now? 167

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:21-00:24:23 (2 sec)
That's a c- -- that's a conversation with -- for the Prime Minister. 168

Question

Unknown
00:24:23-00:24:25 (2 sec)
It wasn't the potential that the U.S. would change policy -- 169

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:25-00:24:25 ( sec)
It -- 170

Question

Unknown
00:24:25-00:24:26 (1 sec)
-- as the President said? 171

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:26-00:24:36 (10 sec)
That is -- that is a c- -- that is a question for the Prime Minister. But what I want to make sure that is very clear here is that we have seen a thousand trucks go -- go into Gaza over the last three days. That is important. 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:36-00:24:51 (15 sec)
They have -- the Prime Minister made commitments. They are upholding their commitments. We want to see more. We've seen good progress. And what we're seeing in Gaza -- obviously, we have said over, over again that the situation -- the humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire. 173

Question

Very Positive
00:24:51-00:24:59 (8 sec)
Can you help me -- last question. Can you help me understand one thing? Yesterday, the President made very clear that the U.S.'s commitment to Israel is, in his words -- he said it twice -- 174

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:24:59-00:24:59 ( sec)
Yeah. 175

Question

Unknown
00:24:59-00:25:01 (2 sec)
-- "ironclad." 176

Question

Very Negative
00:25:01-00:25:17 (16 sec)
How can the U.S.'s commitment to Israel be, quote, "ironclad" when, in the statement released on behalf of the White House last week after his conversation with Benjamin Netanyahu, he said that the U.S. would reassess its policy as it relates to Israel given the way it prosecutes the war in Gaza? 177

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:17-00:25:18 (1 sec)
So, the Pre- -- 178

Question

Unknown
00:25:18-00:25:20 (2 sec)
How can it be ironclad and be reassessed? 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:25:20-00:25:37 (17 sec)
Look, this is an important relationship that we have with Israel. It is a -- they are our friends. And we have always said that we are committed to make sure that Israel's security, especially against these threats that we're hearing from Iran, that they are protected. 180

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:25:37-00:25:44 (7 sec)
And we -- and that is ironclad. We've always been consistent there. And we're going to continue to be very clear about that. 181

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:25:44-00:26:04 (20 sec)
The President made sure to put that at the top of his press conference because he wanted to continue that message, continue the message of making sure that America -- we support Israel's security, especially against these threats that we're hearing from Iran and, also, their -- their proxies. And so, that hasn't changed. That hasn't changed. 182

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:26:04-00:26:05 (1 sec)
Thank you, Karine. 183

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:26:05-00:26:06 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 184

Question

Leans Negative
00:26:06-00:26:22 (17 sec)
Just another on Israel. House Republicans are expected to bring up this resolution that's critical of the President's work with Netanyahu. They say in the resolution they oppose efforts to place one-sided pressure on Israel with respect to Gaza, including calls for an immediate ceasefire. 185

Question

Unknown
00:26:22-00:26:26 (4 sec)
Does the White House have any view on the resolution? Is this constructive? 186

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:26:26-00:26:46 (20 sec)
So, we believe the entire premise of -- of the resolution is -- is certainly flawed -- is flawed, as -- as it -- as it claim of one-sided pressure against Israel, which this administration has supported militarily, diplomatically, and in -- in myriad of other ways, both since October 7th and from our first day in office. 187

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:26:46-00:26:49 (4 sec)
So, we oppose it. And we call on members to vote against it. 188

Question

Unknown
00:26:49-00:26:51 (1 sec)
And just one more. 189

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:26:51-00:26:51 ( sec)
Yeah. 190

Question

Unknown
00:26:51-00:27:03 (12 sec)
The steelworkers union David McCall -- leader -- David McCall, was at the dinner last night. You know, he obviously opposes this -- this deal with Nippon Steel. Was -- was he invited because of this pending deal? Was it -- 191

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:27:03-00:27:03 (1 sec)
No. 192

Question

Very Positive
00:27:03-00:27:05 (2 sec)
-- an opportunity to allow him to speak to Japanese leadership? 193

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:27:05-00:27:07 (2 sec)
I wouldn't make that connection. I wouldn't make that connection. 194

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:27:07-00:27:07 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 195

Question

Slightly Positive
00:27:07-00:27:18 (10 sec)
Thank you, Karine. I just want to clarify one of your earlier answers. Did the administration send a direct warning to Iran not to attack Israel? 196

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:27:18-00:27:27 (9 sec)
We've been very clear. I've -- I've -- we've been -- I mean, you heard from the President -- right? -- and laid out our commitment to Israel and make sure Israel's security -- that continues. 197

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:27:27-00:27:31 (4 sec)
And so, we've had those conversations. I'm just not going to go into back-and-forth publicly. 198

Question

Very Positive
00:27:31-00:27:53 (22 sec)
Well, the reason that I think it's important to know is because you -- you just shared earlier that, you know, the U.S. was quick to tell Iran directly that we had nothing to do with the strike in Damascus. The President hasn't minced words on his feelings about Netanyahu. But we haven't gotten a very clear answer on whether it was communicated directly to Iran, "Don't attack our ally." 199

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:27:53-00:28:08 (15 sec)
I just said we communicated to Iran. I just said that. I said we're not going to go into b- -- public back-and-forth on this. But I said we communicated to Iran and we said had no involvement. That's what I said -- right? -- on the strike in Damascus and warned Iran. We warned Iran. 200

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:28:08-00:28:11 (2 sec)
So, I said that at the top and I'll say -- 201

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:28:11-00:28:12 (1 sec)
That was my only question. Thank you. 202

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:28:12-00:28:12 (1 sec)
Okay. 203

Question

Unknown
00:28:12-00:28:14 (1 sec)
On the issue of inflation. 204

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:28:14-00:28:14 ( sec)
Yeah. 205

Question

Unknown
00:28:14-00:28:46 (32 sec)
There was a report in Politico on Tuesday that the former Chief of Staff, Ron Klain, was teeing off on the President's, you know, talking about bridges all the time when he's out on the campaign trail and not talking enough about the prices that people are paying. We didn't get any statement today on the PPI index. You know, why -- why aren't we hearing more from the White House about the issues that people are facing at grocery stores and paying rent? 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:28:46-00:29:04 (18 sec)
I mean, the State of the Union, the President made very clear about what -- he understands what the Americans are facing. And he's talked at almost every -- every event that he's had -- crisscrossing the country after the State of the Union -- about lowering costs, how important it is, and how there's more work to do. You hear that. 207

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:29:04-00:29:18 (14 sec)
In New Hampshire and North Carolina, he spoke about his work to lower healthcare costs. In La- -- Las Vegas, he discussed his plan to build and renovate -- renovate 2 million homes to lower housing costs. In Madison, he announced his student debt re- -- relief plan. 208

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:29:18-00:29:25 (6 sec)
He also spoke with Senator Sanders just last week about his progress lowering costs for prescription drugs and inhalers. 209

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:29:25-00:29:43 (19 sec)
This week, he spoke about plans to lower costs for childcare, home healthcare, eldercare. He talks about lowering costs almost every event. I just laid out the events that he did in March and in early April about how he's making sure that -- the number-one economic concerns that American have are lowering costs. 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:29:43-00:30:01 (17 sec)
And just like Ron -- Ron said this. He said that the President has been -- he believes -- he believes in what the President has been doing in crisscrossing the country and talking about the state of the Union and talking about how we're going to continue to cut costs for Americans and making sure that we do not give big tax giveaways to corporations. 211

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:30:01-00:30:15 (14 sec)
That's what Republicans are talking about. They put out their -- their budget, and their budget is to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. That's what they want to do. And we're doing the opposite. We're trying to protect that and lower costs for Americans. 212

Question

Negative
00:30:15-00:30:22 (7 sec)
Is it at all inappropriate for the President to be commenting on what the Fed might or might not do with interest rate cuts? 213

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:30:22-00:30:40 (18 sec)
So, look, the President, unlast -- unlike the last one, has been very clear about giving the Fed the space to make independent decisions about how they're going to move forward on their monetary decisions. The President has always been very clear about that, and he'll continue to do so. 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:30:40-00:30:53 (13 sec)
And in his comment yesterday, he was also clear. He said, "We don't know what the Fed is going to do." And he was simply reflecting on public interpretation of recent datas, but he also said, "We do not know what the Fed is going to do." 215

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:30:53-00:31:02 (9 sec)
And we've always given them the space to make those decisions -- those monetary decision independently and make sure that, again, they have the space to do that. 216

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:02-00:31:03 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 217

Question

Very Positive
00:31:03-00:31:16 (13 sec)
There's been some discrepancies between what Israel is saying in terms of the number of trucks getting into Gaza that are full of aid versus some other aid groups, including the United Nations. So, how is the White House exactly measuring what "good progress" is? 218

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:31:16-00:31:33 (17 sec)
So, look, I -- I'm not going to get into the nitty-gitty -- -gritty here. I will leave it up to -- up to -- up to -- up to them to speak to what they're seeing. But we believe -- I mean, we're talking about a thousand trucks in over three days. That matters -- a thousand trucks. 219

Question

Positive
00:31:33-00:31:44 (11 sec)
But a lot of the U.N. folks are saying that some of those trucks are not completely full. There are trucks that are half full that are being counted. So, what are the measurements here in terms of what is effective aid delivery? 220

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:31:44-00:31:57 (14 sec)
I think when we are hearing more than a thousand trucks and we're seeing that -- we're -- I just said 300 trucks just yesterday -- that matters. There's more -- there's more access being allowed. The trucks are being allowed to come in. That matters. 221

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:31:57-00:32:06 (8 sec)
And so, look, that's what -- that's what we are -- we're continuing to see. We believe that Israel is keeping their promise. 222

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:32:06-00:32:12 (6 sec)
There's more work to be done. Right? We need to see the ports open. We need to -- we need to see that as well. 223

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:32:12-00:32:14 (2 sec)
But we're seeing progress here. 224

Question

Unknown
00:32:14-00:32:14 ( sec)
And in -- 225

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:32:14-00:32:14 (1 sec)
We're seeing progress. 226

Question

Unknown
00:32:14-00