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Press Conference: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - April 9, 2024

  • Jake Sullivan
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  • Karine Jean-Pierre
    Person
  • Question
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Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:00:00-00:01:00 (60 sec)
Good afternoon, everybody. 1

Question

Positive
00:01:00-00:01:01 (1 sec)
Good afternoon. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:01:01-00:01:03 (2 sec)
Oh, okay. Well, thank you. [Laughter] 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:01:03-00:01:07 (4 sec)
So, I want to start by addressing some devastating and alarming news from the Arizona Supreme Court. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:01:07-00:01:15 (9 sec)
With today's decision, millions of Arizonians will soon face an even more extreme and dangerous abortion ban than they did before. This Arizona law, which was initially enacted in 1864, more than 150 years ago, fails to protect women even when their health is at risk or in horrific cases of rape or incest. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:01:15-00:01:19 (4 sec)
There are now 21 extreme state abortion bans in effect across the country. One third of all women of reproductive age now live in a state with an abortion ban. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:01:19-00:01:22 (2 sec)
And all of these bans, including the one upheld today that was upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court, are a direct result of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. 7

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:01:22-00:01:27 (5 sec)
When the President's predecessor handicapped [handpicked] three Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, it paved the way for the chaos and confusion we're seeing play out across the country today. 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:01:27-00:01:38 (11 sec)
President Biden and Vice President Harris will continue to stand with the vast majority of Americans who support a woman's right to choose. And they will continue to fight to protect reproductive rights and call on Congress to pass a law restoring the protections of Roe v. Wade for women in every state. 9

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:01:38-00:02:00 (22 sec)
On the topic of healthcare, you just heard from the President earlier today. He marked Care Workers Recognition Month by joining care workers, union members, and advocates to highlight his administration's work to make care more affordable for American families, support family caregivers, boost compensation and job quality for care workers, and expand care options. 10

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:02:00-00:02:31 (30 sec)
Through the first-ever care EO signed by President Biden just last year, as well as through the American Rescue Plan and the CHIPS and Science Act, the Bipartisan-Har- -- the Bi- -- pardon me -- the Biden-Harris administration is marking transformational investment in childcare, homecare, paid family and medical leave, and tax cuts for workers and families. And the President's plan would pay for these investments in working families by making billionaires and the biggest corporations pay their fair share. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:02:31-00:02:47 (16 sec)
That is in sharp contrast with congressional Republicans, who released a budget that would make devastating cuts in funding for childcare, Head Start, Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare -- all to pay for massive tax cuts for billionaires and big corporations. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:02:47-00:02:55 (8 sec)
Care workers play an essential role in our economy, and President Biden will never stop fighting for them. 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:02:55-00:03:02 (7 sec)
Finally, today, the President spoke with UConn Coach Dan Hurley and congratulated him on last night's championship. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:03:02-00:03:21 (19 sec)
The UConn Huskies had an incredible year, which culminated in a series of dominant performances in the NCAA tournament. UConn is the first team to win back-to-back championships in the men's bracket since the University of Florida accomplished this feat in 2006 and 2007. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:03:21-00:03:35 (14 sec)
We also congratulated Coach Dawn Staley and the University of South Carolina on their undefeated season and national championship. The women's tournament featured fantastic games and generated record ratings. 16

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:03:35-00:03:43 (9 sec)
It was really a March Madness to remember. We congratulate the University of South Carolina, UConn, and the atle- -- athletes on their victories. 17

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:03:43-00:03:54 (11 sec)
With that, as you can see, we have the National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, who is here to speak about the Ja- -- Japanese -- the Japan state visit that's happening starting today and also talk about the developments around the world. 18

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:03:54-00:03:55 ( sec)
Jake. 19

Jake Sullivan

Somewhat Positive
00:03:55-00:03:55 (1 sec)
Thank you. 20

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:03:55-00:04:00 (5 sec)
I know you're, like, much taller than me. 21

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:04:00-00:04:02 (1 sec)
Thanks, Karine. 22

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:04:02-00:04:14 (12 sec)
Thank you, Karine. And thanks, everybody. I've got some opening comments on the Japan state visit and -- and a couple of other topics, and then I'd be happy to take your questions. 23

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:04:14-00:04:23 (9 sec)
Starting this evening, the President and First Lady will welcome Prime Minister Kishida and Mrs. Kishida to the White House for an official visit and state dinner. 24

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:04:23-00:04:39 (16 sec)
From the very outset of the Biden administration, we have focused on reinvesting in and reinvigorating our alliances. And nowhere has the strength and vibrancy of that strategy been on display more than in the Indo-Pacific and especially with Japan. 25

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:04:39-00:04:59 (20 sec)
The two leaders, President Biden and Prime Minister Kishida, have met nearly a dozen times over the past three years, in Tokyo and Washington and in cities around the world. And this official state visit will build on the immense progress between our two nations that we've made towards creating a safer and more secure Indo-Pacific as well as mutual prosperity for our peoples. 26

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:04:59-00:05:20 (21 sec)
Over the course of the visit, the President and the Prime Minister will highlight the high ambition of our alliance -- yes, in the defense and technology space but also across the board -- deepening our partnerships on space, technology, economic investment, fighting climate change, coordinating global diplomacy, and strengthening our people-to-people ties. 27

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:05:20-00:05:24 (5 sec)
I'll briefly touch on some of what you can expect the two leaders to announce. 28

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:05:24-00:05:37 (12 sec)
They will announce measures to enhance our defense and security cooperation to enable greater coordination and integration of our forces and ensure that they are optimally postured and linked to other like-minded partners. 29

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:05:37-00:05:43 (6 sec)
There will be major deliverables on space, as we lead the way on space exploration and returning to the Moon. 30

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:05:43-00:06:02 (19 sec)
There will be announcements of significant research partnerships between our leading institutions on critical and emerging technologies, such as AI, quantum, semiconductors, and clean energy. All of this will strengthen our economic ties and economic security as we announce significant commercial deals as part of the state visit. 31

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:06:02-00:06:27 (25 sec)
Japan is one of the largest providers of economic assistance and budget support to Ukraine, one of the largest investors in development and infrastructure in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. And this visit will highlight Japan's continued role in global diplomacy and development and the coordination that the U.S. and Japan have together with significant deliverables on global assistance and investment both inside and outside the Indo-Pacific. 32

Jake Sullivan

Somewhat Positive
00:06:27-00:06:37 (11 sec)
And we'll also announce new initiatives to further foster -- foster our cultural connections and promote ties between current changemakers and future generations of leaders. 33

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:06:37-00:06:52 (15 sec)
Following the important visit that Prime Minister Kishida is initiating this evening and that will carry through tomorrow, President Biden will welcome President Marcos of the Philippines to the White House on Thursday for his second bilateral meeting at the White House in as many years. 34

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:06:52-00:07:01 (9 sec)
President Biden will also host the first-ever trilateral leaders' summit between the United States, Japan, and the Philippines. 35

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:07:01-00:07:16 (15 sec)
The U.S., Japan, and the Philippines are three closely aligned maritime democracies with increasingly convergent strategic objectives and interests. Just this past week, our three countries and Australia held joint naval drills in the South China Sea. 36

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:07:16-00:07:31 (14 sec)
When I met with my Japanese and Filipino counterparts in Tokyo last June, we agreed to enhance our nations' trilateral partnership. And this week is a culmination of months of effort since that meeting in Tokyo last June. 37

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:07:31-00:07:43 (12 sec)
The three leaders will announce new initiatives to enhance energy security, economic and maritime cooperation, partnerships on technology and cybersecurity, and joint investments in critical infrastructure. 38

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:07:43-00:07:58 (15 sec)
And with this first-ever leaders trilateral, we're continuing to deepen our cooperation with our closest partners to ensure what we've talked about many times from this podium and elsewhere: a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific. 39

Jake Sullivan

Leans Positive
00:07:58-00:08:19 (22 sec)
Over the past three years, the President has achieved historic breakthroughs across the region -- across the Indo-Pacific. He's launched AUKUS; elevated the Quad; brought the U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral to new heights; upgraded relations with ASEAN, Vietnam, and Indonesia; and hosted two Pacific Island summits and one ASEAN summit here at the White House. 40

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:08:19-00:08:33 (14 sec)
And we look forward to adding another momentous chapter to this story with both the state visit that Prime Minister Kishida has embarked upon and this historic trilateral meeting among the U.S., Japan, and the Philippines. 41

Jake Sullivan

Neutral
00:08:33-00:08:39 (7 sec)
I also want to take a moment before going to your questions to address the events of April 5th in Quito, Ecuador. 42

Jake Sullivan

Very Negative
00:08:39-00:08:52 (13 sec)
We condemn this violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, including the use of force against embassy officials. We've reviewed the security camera footage from the Mexican embassy and believe these actions were wrong. 43

Jake Sullivan

Leans Positive
00:08:52-00:09:06 (13 sec)
The Ecuadorian government disregarded its obligations under international law as a host state to respect the inviolability of diplomatic missions and jeopardized the foundation of basic diplomatic norms and relationships. 44

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:09:06-00:09:20 (15 sec)
We've asked Ecuador to work with Mexico to find a resolution to this diplomatic dispute. And to that end, we welcome the Organization of American States Permanent Council meeting this week to help reach a peaceful, diplomatic solution. 45

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:09:20-00:09:42 (22 sec)
Finally, let me say something on an important issue that's moving through the House this week: reauthorization of 702 of FISA. The administration strongly supports the bipartisan bill, whose text is now with the Rules Committee, to reauthorize this essential intelligence authority and other FISA provisions before they would expire on April 19th. 46

Jake Sullivan

Very Negative
00:09:42-00:10:19 (37 sec)
If we lost 702, we would lose vital insight into precisely the threats Americans expect us in government to identify and counter: terrorist threats to the homeland; fentanyl supply chains bringing deadly drugs into American communities; hostile governments' recruitment of spies in our midst; transnational repression by authoritarian regimes; penetrations of our critical infrastructure; adversaries' attempts to illicitly acquire sensitive dual-use and military commodities and technology; ransomware attacks against major American companies and nonprofits; Russian war crimes; and more. 47

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:10:19-00:10:36 (16 sec)
So, to protect the American people, we need to maintain this vital collection authority, while strengthening its protective guardrails with the most robust set of reforms ever included in leger- -- legislation to reauthorize Section 702. And this bill does that. 48

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Negative
00:10:36-00:10:49 (13 sec)
For these same reasons, the administration strongly opposes the amendment we anticipate being offered that would rebuild a wall around, and thus block access to, already lawfully collected information in the possession of the U.S. government. 49

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:10:49-00:11:02 (13 sec)
The amendment, if it looks like what we've seen before, would prohibit U.S. officials from reviewing critical information that the intelligence community has already lawfully collected, with only exceptions that are exceedingly narrow and unworkable in practice. 50

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:11:02-00:11:19 (17 sec)
Our intelligence, defense, and public safety communities are united: The extensive harms of this proposal simply cannot be mitigated. And so, the administration strongly opposes the amendment. But we strongly support the underlying bipartisan bill, whose text is now with the Rules Committee. 51

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:11:19-00:11:23 (4 sec)
With that, I would be happy to take your questions. 52

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:11:23-00:11:23 ( sec)
Yeah. 53

Question

Very Negative
00:11:23-00:11:34 (11 sec)
Thank you. The White House is still reserving judgment on the IDF report on the killing of -- of the World Central Kitchen aid workers. Why? Why is this review taking so long? 54

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:11:34-00:11:53 (18 sec)
Well, first, that report just came out last week. And what I have done is asked an interagency team of experts who actually have knowledge of the humanitarian, operational, oth- -- other elements of this to look at the circumstances, to look at the findings of the report, and then to come up with some judgments as a result of that. 55

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:11:53-00:12:02 (9 sec)
This isn't a formal process. It's an informal review. And as we gain some judgments from that, we'll be prepared to share them with you. But that process is underway now. 56

Question

Unknown
00:12:02-00:12:03 (1 sec)
How long does -- is it going to take? 57

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:12:03-00:12:05 (2 sec)
I can't tell you exactly how long it's going to take. 58

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:12:05-00:12:05 (1 sec)
Yeah. 59

Question

Slightly Negative
00:12:05-00:12:17 (12 sec)
Jake, could you update us where -- where things stand on the latest hostage negotiations? Is any real progress being made? I think Hamas rejected the latest proposal. Are both sides making the kind of concessions that are going to be necessary? 60

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:12:17-00:12:41 (24 sec)
As you know, Bill Burns was in Cairo on Sunday. There was a marathon session that went late into the night among the United States, Israel, Qatar, and Egypt. Qatar and Egypt, of course, were communicating with Hamas through this process. And we have seen Israel take some steps forward in terms of what they're putting on the table. And, of course, we've seen the public statements from Hamas that have been, shall we say, less than encouraging. 61

Jake Sullivan

Somewhat Positive
00:12:41-00:12:53 (12 sec)
But I spoke with the Prime Minister of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed, this morning. He does not yet have an answer from Hamas. I pressed him to try to secure an answer from them as soon as possible. And when we have more to report on that front, we will report it to you. 62

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:12:53-00:12:54 (1 sec)
Yeah. 63

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:12:54-00:12:55 (1 sec)
Thank you, Jake. 64

Question

Neutral
00:12:55-00:13:06 (12 sec)
Two things. Prime Minister Netanyahu says he has a date for the Rafah operation. Will the administration take any action or restrict military support for Israel if Netanyahu moves forward on Rafah? 65

Jake Sullivan

Neutral
00:13:06-00:13:12 (5 sec)
If he has a date, he hasn't shared it with us. So, I've seen his public comments, but I have nothing more on that front. 66

Jake Sullivan

Negative
00:13:12-00:13:34 (22 sec)
I'm not going to comment on hypotheticals, but I will state here what I stated the last time I stood at this podium, which is that the United States does not believe that a massive ground invasion of Rafah -- where 1.3 or more million people are sheltering, having been pushed out of other parts of Gaza that are now destroyed, into the area where humanitarian assistance comes in -- this is not the best way forward. 67

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:13:34-00:13:56 (23 sec)
There are better ways to go after Hamas in Rafah. We presented those ways to our Israeli counterparts in a session we held last week. There have been ongoing technical talks between our teams since then, and I anticipate we'll have another opportunity at senior levels to engage them in Rafah and that conversation will stay ongoing. And then we will make determinations about how we proceed based on how those conversations unfold. 68

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:13:56-00:13:57 (1 sec)
Yeah. 69

Question

Unknown
00:13:57-00:14:14 (17 sec)
To follow up on that, Jake. If the U.S. is not even being looped in on the date for when this military operation is set to take place, why do you think the U.S. has any influence in those upcoming meetings to change Israel's strategy? 70

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:14:14-00:14:27 (13 sec)
First of all, when you talk about "looped in," the Prime Minister makes public statements. He also talks to us in private about aspects of operations, about their thinking with respect to Rafah, in some considerable detail. 71

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:14:27-00:14:34 (7 sec)
I sat in the Situation Room not long ago on a secured video conference that went on for hours going into specifics on this. 72

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:14:34-00:15:06 (33 sec)
So, I can't speak to every public comment he makes. What I can tell you is that we have open channels of communication with the Israelis on these issues. They understand our position. And we have been very clear about our deep and abiding concerns about a Rafah operation and our belief that there are better ways to deal with the strategic threat Hamas poses than some of the ideas that have been put forward. And our further belief that any kind of plan to protect civilians in a serious way in Rafah, that's something we have yet to see be presented to us. 73

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:15:06-00:15:13 (7 sec)
And so, our concerns continue. And now we will have to wait and see what happens. And the United States will respond accordingly. 74

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:15:13-00:15:13 ( sec)
Yeah. 75

Question

Unknown
00:15:13-00:15:26 (13 sec)
There's a report out today that the Israeli government plans to purchase 40,000 tents ahead of its invasion of Rafah. Has the U.S. seen any sort of an evacuation plan, particularly one involving those tents? 76

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:15:26-00:15:49 (23 sec)
As I said just in the answer to the last question, I have not yet seen a credible and executable plan to move people that has the -- any level of detail about how you not only house, feed, and provide medicine for those innocent civilians but also how you deal with things like sanitation, water, and other basic services. We have not seen that yet. 77

Question

Unknown
00:15:49-00:15:50 ( sec)
Do you think -- 78

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:15:50-00:15:50 ( sec)
Yeah. 79

Question

Unknown
00:15:50-00:15:53 (4 sec)
-- 40,000 tents would be sufficient? Would more be needed? 80

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:15:53-00:16:09 (16 sec)
I'm not going to stand at the podium and substitute for the judgment of humanitarian experts who could speak to what precisely on the shelter front, as well as on all of these other fronts I just described, would be sufficient. So, I just can't react in real time to news reports like that. 81

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:16:09-00:16:09 ( sec)
Yeah. 82

Question

Positive
00:16:09-00:16:38 (28 sec)
On -- on the Japan visit tomorrow. The President has said to U.S. Steel workers, "I have your back. I mean it." What is his message to the Prime Minister tomorrow about the potential acquisition of U.S. Steel? How strongly will the President convey his opposition? And will there be any specific things that the President will either urge the Prime Minister to do or will say steps that he's willing to take to prevent -- prevent an acquisition? 83

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:16:38-00:16:55 (17 sec)
You guys all know Joe Biden. You've seen Joe Biden. He's been very clear that he's going to stand up for American workers, he's going to defend their interests. He's also been very clear that he is going to make sure that the U.S.-Japan alliance is the strongest it's ever been. He's going to accomplish both of those things. 84

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:16:55-00:17:03 (8 sec)
That's what he has set out to do as President. That's what he'll continue to do. And I -- I won't comment further on the -- the specifics of diplomatic conversations between the two leaders. 85

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:17:03-00:17:03 ( sec)
Yeah. 86

Question

Very Positive
00:17:03-00:17:23 (20 sec)
Jake, can you give us a better understanding -- what is the U.S.'s assessment of the troop withdrawal we've seen by the Israelis recently from Gaza? Is this in response to pressure from the United States? Was there any commitment made to the U.S. there, or is this a way of trying to advance negotiations with Hamas? And do you view this as a change in the way Israel is prosecuting its war there? 87

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:17:23-00:17:31 (9 sec)
You'll have to speak with the Israelis about the purpose or motive behind their particular operational moves. I'm not going to characterize that from the podium. What I will say -- 88

Question

Slightly Negative
00:17:31-00:17:37 (5 sec)
So, you don't think -- there has been no private commitment made to you that "we will remove troops" based on the conversation you had or after months of pressure -- 89

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:17:37-00:17:37 ( sec)
I'm -- 90

Question

Positive
00:17:37-00:17:38 (1 sec)
-- to help -- 91

Jake Sullivan

Negative
00:17:38-00:17:57 (20 sec)
As you might expect, I'm also not going to get into private diplomatic conversations between the President and the Prime Minister. But what I will say is that a reduction in the intensity and scope of military operations does create a greater opening for the movement of humanitarian goods around Gaza at a critical moment when there is a real humanitarian crisis there. 92

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:17:57-00:18:12 (14 sec)
So, we welcome the opportunity to move more trucks in and then move more trucks around Gaza so that the innocent people, innocent civilians there can get the food, water, medicine, and other essentials that they need for their -- 93

Question

Very Positive
00:18:12-00:18:35 (24 sec)
You also welcomed Erez and Ashdod -- the announcement that was made by the Prime Minister -- or by the Israelis last week. Neither of them have opened now approaching a week since then. Are you satisfied with this timetable? We were told that the U.S. -- from your colleague, John Kirby -- needed to see action within hours or days. It's now days, but certainly well beyond hours. Are you satisfied by the pace of this? And what commitments has the U.S. been made about how soon that will occur? 94

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:18:35-00:18:55 (19 sec)
Well, just to take the -- the opening point of your question, which is that we welcome these steps. What we actually said very clearly from the first minute was: Israel has made public statements; now we need to see them follow through with action and that action needs to be specific, concrete, and measurable. 95

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:18:55-00:19:08 (13 sec)
And that goes for the opening of a crossing into northern Gaza from Israel. It goes for the opening of Ashdod port. When it comes to those two things, we will watch to see what unfolds over the next few days. 96

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:19:08-00:19:24 (16 sec)
What John Kirby was talking about in terms of hours was a step change in the willingness of the Israeli government to take action to get more aid into Gaza. And if you look at the last two days, there has been a substantial increase in the amount of aid going into Gaza. That's good. It is not good enough. 97

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:19:24-00:19:31 (7 sec)
We would like to see more action following through on what the Prime Minister has announced publicly, and we'd like to see that over the course of the next few days. 98

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:19:31-00:19:31 ( sec)
Thank you. 99

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:19:31-00:19:31 ( sec)
Yeah. 100

Question

Positive
00:19:31-00:19:43 (12 sec)
Thank you, Jake. CNN has reported that the U.S. is bracing for a retaliatory attack by Iran in the Middle East. What can you tell us about your current assessment, whether that's inevitable and what the U.S. is doing to safeguard its assets there? 101

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:19:43-00:20:09 (26 sec)
So, we are watching public statements by Iranian officials, public reports of Iranian plans to potentially take retaliatory action. And we have made clear that as the President said to the Prime Minister and as was read out in his call that America's support for Israel's security is ironclad and America's support for Israel's defense against threats from Iran and its proxies is ironclad. 102

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:20:09-00:20:11 (2 sec)
And I'm not going to speak to operational details beyond that. 103

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:20:11-00:20:11 ( sec)
Yeah. 104

Question

Positive
00:20:11-00:20:23 (12 sec)
And on Ukraine. Speaker Johnson has said that he will pursue what he described as "innovations" to the Senate package. Has the White House has been briefed on what those innovations are and whether the President could support any of them? 105

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:20:23-00:20:46 (23 sec)
We -- our teams -- between the White House and Speaker Johnson's teams as well as with the other leaders in both the House and the Senate -- have had ongoing discussions about how we get a bipartisan -- a bill that is supported on a bipartisan basis passed by 70 votes in the Senate. We believe it could be passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in the House, actually on to the floor and voted upon. 106

Jake Sullivan

Neutral
00:20:46-00:20:50 (4 sec)
And I'm not going to speak to the specifics of those conversations because I don't want to negotiate from the podium. 107

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:20:50-00:20:51 ( sec)
Yeah. 108

Question

Negative
00:20:51-00:21:10 (19 sec)
Thanks, Jake. Just on Russia. Russian investigators said today they're opening a probe into the financing of terrorism that they say involves Western countries, specifically including funds received by the firm Burisma, by which Hunter Biden was employed. What's your comment on that? Is that just a political ploy or what -- how do you view that? 109

Jake Sullivan

Very Negative
00:21:10-00:21:24 (14 sec)
I mean, it's nonsense. Russia knows that it was ISIS who committed the attack in Moscow. We know it was ISIS who committed the attack in Moscow. We warned Russia of an impending terrorist attack in Moscow. And all of the rest of this is noise. 110

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:21:24-00:21:25 ( sec)
Yeah. 111

Question

Unknown
00:21:25-00:21:36 (12 sec)
And just very briefly -- very briefly, if I may. Yesterday, David Cameron, the British Foreign Secretary, met with Donald Trump. What's your -- what's your view on that? Is the President concerned to see him meeting a potential election rival? 112

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:21:36-00:21:41 (5 sec)
I'm not going to speak to campaign-related issues -- Hatch Act. So, I'll plead that and move on. 113

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:21:41-00:21:41 ( sec)
Yeah. 114

Question

Slightly Positive
00:21:41-00:21:55 (13 sec)
Thank you. So, you are saying that changes from Israel are good, but not good enough. So, to pursue more changes, are you going to do something besides talking to them? 115

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:21:55-00:22:13 (18 sec)
Well, what the President said on Friday is that our policy will be determined by the actions that we see unfold. We've seen them take some actions. We would like to see more actions. And as Secretary Blinken said last week, if Israel doesn't continue to sustain and make further changes, then our policy will change. And I won't go beyond that today. 116

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:22:13-00:22:23 (11 sec)
We're going to continue to watch. We've seen positive steps. We have welcomed those positive steps, and we have said that we need to see more steps, particularly the follow-through on the things that they have committed to publicly. 117

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:22:23-00:22:24 ( sec)
Yeah. 118

Question

Very Positive
00:22:24-00:22:53 (29 sec)
Thank you, Jake. Two questions, quick. Regarding the defense industry cooperation and joint production of defense equipment between the United States and Japan, do you think South Korea and the United States and Japan will be joined in this industry cooperation as they -- to strengthen their power in the Indo-Pacific region? 119

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:22:53-00:23:10 (17 sec)
Look, I believe -- I don't necessarily like to use the word "synergies" very often, but I do believe that there are synergies on a trilateral basis in terms of our technological, industrial, economic capacity, as well as our security and military cooperation. And we want to build on that. 120

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:23:10-00:23:19 (10 sec)
For tomorrow, what we are announcing will be bilateral measures in this space. And then, of course, we would be open in the future to discussing things more broadly. 121

Question

Neutral
00:23:19-00:23:35 (15 sec)
And one more. Japan is approaching North Korea for a summit, but North Korea says it is not interested because there is no context for the summit. What is the United States' position on Japan's push for the summit with North Korea? 122

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:23:35-00:23:51 (16 sec)
I'll -- speaking from the United States' perspective, we believe that principled diplomacy is a good thing. It's a necessary component of an overall strategy to confront the North Korean threat. We ourselves have indicated we're prepared to engage in diplomacy with North Korea. 123

Jake Sullivan

Leans Negative
00:23:51-00:24:09 (18 sec)
Of course, the North Koreans have not shown any interest in that. They have only tried to move down the track of further development of their weapons -- their missile and nuclear programs. And so, we, the United States, have pulled closer together with our allies to enhance our capacity and posture in the Indo-Pacific, and we'll continue to do that. 124

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:24:09-00:24:10 ( sec)
Yeah. 125

Question

Leans Positive
00:24:10-00:24:21 (11 sec)
Thanks. Jake, you were scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia before you were recently injured. First, how are you doing? And, second, is there a rescheduling of that meeting with the Crown Prince back on the books? 126

Jake Sullivan

Somewhat Negative
00:24:21-00:24:26 (5 sec)
Cracking your rib is very painful. Maybe not as -- maybe not as painful as answering your questions. [Laughter] 127

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:24:26-00:24:30 (4 sec)
But I -- I kind of rushed the timing on that joke, which I prepared for. [Laughter] So, yeah. 128

Jake Sullivan

Very Negative
00:24:30-00:24:40 (10 sec)
No, it actually -- it -- it hurts a lot. Some of you may have cracked your ribs at some point. There's not a lot you can do about it other than just rest. 129

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:24:40-00:24:43 (3 sec)
And, yes, I intend to go to Saudi Arabia at some point soon. 130

Question

Unknown
00:24:43-00:24:45 (1 sec)
What happened to you? 131

Question

Unknown
00:24:45-00:24:47 (2 sec)
But nothing -- nothing is scheduled yet? 132

Question

Unknown
00:24:47-00:24:48 (1 sec)
What happened, Jake? 133

Question

Unknown
00:24:48-00:24:49 (1 sec)
Jake, can I follow up? 134

Question

Unknown
00:24:49-00:24:50 (1 sec)
You've got to tell us, man. 135

Question

Positive
00:24:50-00:25:06 (16 sec)
Just to follow up, you mentioned bilateral deliverables for the Prime Minister tomorrow. But can you also touch on some of the more regional stuff? There are also plans for an integrated air and defense missile system with Japan, Australia. For example, if you can speak about that -- how Japan can support AUKUS. 136

Question

Slightly Positive
00:25:06-00:25:11 (5 sec)
And also, any plans for trilateral joint naval patrols between U.S., Japan, and the Philippines. Anything you can share? 137

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:25:11-00:25:23 (11 sec)
Well, first of all, on the naval patrols, we just saw trilateral, pr- -- plus Australia -- a new form of quadrilateral joint naval patrols last week. So, you can expect to see more of that in the future. 138

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:25:23-00:25:42 (20 sec)
With respect to AUKUS, there was an AUKUS defense ministerial yesterday with a statement that came out of it that indicated what we've been saying for quite some time, which is that, under Pillar 2 of AUKUS, which is the advanced technology pillar, we're prepared to work with additional partners beyond the three of us where they can bring capabilities. 139

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:25:42-00:25:51 (9 sec)
And Japan is one of the countries that could very well bring capabilities to that. So, we will explore partnership with Japan under the -- under Pillar 2 of AUKUS, as well as other partners. 140

Question

Positive
00:25:51-00:26:13 (22 sec)
So, is -- is -- the approach, broadly, I mean, if we look at this, it's kind of like what you guys have been trying to do in the Middle East against Iran, this joint -- this integrated missile air defense system. So, is the President's ultimate vision, ultimately, an air and also naval network of alliances against Iran in the Middle East and then China in the Indo-Pacific? Is that's where he's going? 141

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:26:13-00:26:25 (12 sec)
That is not how I would characterize it. The President has said that his alliances are not designed against, they're designed for. They're designed for a free and open Indo-Pacific, for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. 142

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:26:25-00:26:46 (21 sec)
And, frankly, the American alliance system has helped bring peace and stability to the Indo-Pacific for decades. And now, we need to update and upgrade that alliance network for the modern age. And that includes also reaching out to partners who are not traditional treaty allies of the United States, who have a key role to play in ensuring that the Indo-Pacific remains free, open, prosperous, and secure. 143

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:26:46-00:26:50 (4 sec)
So, that's how we're looking at things across the region. 144

Jake Sullivan

Somewhat Positive
00:26:50-00:27:08 (18 sec)
And, by the way, it goes way beyond security. It's economics, it's technology, it's infrastructure development, and it's diplomacy. And that's all going to be on display in the meeting with the Prime Minister, and it's all going to be on display in the trilateral meeting among President Marcos, Prime Minister Kishida, and President Biden. 145

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:27:08-00:27:08 ( sec)
Yeah. 146

Question

Unknown
00:27:08-00:27:08 ( sec)
Just really quick on Gaza -- 147

Question

Unknown
00:27:08-00:27:09 ( sec)
Xi Jinping -- 148

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:27:09-00:27:10 (2 sec)
-- please, Jake, if I may. Tomorrow is -- 149

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:27:10-00:27:12 (1 sec)
I think -- I think -- 150

Question

Very Positive
00:27:12-00:27:22 (11 sec)
-- the end of Ramadan. The President originally said that the goal was a ceasefire before Ramadan. Tomorrow is the end of Ramadan. What does that say about the President's ability to bring about peace? 151

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:27:22-00:27:47 (25 sec)
Well, I think it says more about the fact that you have a party, Hamas, who is holding innocent people that it took hostage a long time ago. Doesn't get a lot of attention, unfortunately, in the commentary, and I've said that from the podium before. And there could be a ceasefire in place today that would extend for several weeks to be built upon longer if Hamas would be prepared to release some of those people. 152

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:27:47-00:27:57 (10 sec)
So, let's train the attention where it belongs, which is that the world should say at this moment to Hamas, "It's time. Let's go. Let's get that ceasefire." 153

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:27:57-00:28:04 (6 sec)
We're ready. I believe Israel is ready. And I think Hamas should step up to the table and be prepared to do so as well. 154

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:28:04-00:28:04 (1 sec)
Yeah. 155

Question

Very Negative
00:28:04-00:28:20 (15 sec)
Xi Jinping met earlier today with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. I wondered what you made of that meeting. And just -- is the U.S. seeing any evidence that China may offer some type of direct military aid to Russia in the war with Ukraine? 156

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:28:20-00:28:34 (14 sec)
We have not seen any evidence that they'll provide direct military aid to Russia, but we have expressed our concerns about inputs to Russia's defense industrial base -- something Secretary Blinken spoke about, I think, quite effectively in Europe last week. 157

Jake Sullivan

Neutral
00:28:34-00:28:38 (4 sec)
I can't comment on the meeting or characterize it yet because I actually haven't had a chance to get a readout. 158

Question

Unknown
00:28:38-00:28:38 ( sec)
Jake -- 159

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:28:38-00:28:39 ( sec)
Yeah. 160

Question

Unknown
00:28:39-00:28:49 (10 sec)
Jake, just to -- to follow up on Danny's question -- a policy question, not a political question. With Cameron at Mar-a-Lago, is this something that the administration knew about in advance? 161

Question

Positive
00:28:49-00:28:57 (8 sec)
And is it helpful to have the former President potentially weighing in more on Ukraine and meeting in -- meeting with foreign leaders? 162

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:28:57-00:29:03 (6 sec)
So, I -- I'll take the first of that as a factual question. Yes, we knew it -- about it in advance. And beyond that, I'm not going to comment on it. 163

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:29:03-00:29:03 (1 sec)
Yeah. 164

Question

Slightly Positive
00:29:03-00:29:18 (15 sec)
Just wanted to follow up on the AUKUS question, because we heard a lot from the Australian Prime Minister yesterday about how it wasn't an invitation for Japan to join that alliance. Is that something that the U.S. envisions happening someday and is any part of this discussion this week part of moving toward that goal? 165

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:29:18-00:29:19 (1 sec)
On AUKUS? 166

Question

Unknown
00:29:19-00:29:19 ( sec)
On AUKUS. 167

Jake Sullivan

Somewhat Positive
00:29:19-00:29:34 (15 sec)
Yeah. So, what the statement said was that we're engaging in discussions with a range of partners, and then it went on to say that Japan could be a critical contributor to this. You will see, when they speak tomorrow, an indication that that's the direction we're moving in. 168

Jake Sullivan

Neutral
00:29:34-00:29:40 (5 sec)
And I'll leave the precise terms of that announcement to the President and the Prime Minister to make so I don't front-run them. 169

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:29:40-00:29:40 (1 sec)
Yeah. 170

Question

Very Positive
00:29:40-00:29:55 (15 sec)
Hey, Jake. Thanks. On the meeting with J- -- Japan tomorrow, is the President going to discuss the high-speed rail in Texas? And how does he square support for that with opposing the Nippon Steel merger or acquisition of U.S. Steel? 171

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:29:55-00:29:59 (4 sec)
I can't tell you, standing here today, whether the high-speed rail issue will come up tomorrow or not. 172

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:29:59-00:29:59 ( sec)
Yeah. 173

Question

Very Negative
00:29:59-00:30:15 (16 sec)
One more, if I could, on BRICS. One more, if I could, on BRICS, Jake. Iran, Egypt, UAE, and Ethiopia have joined BRICS now, with Saudi Arabia considering it. How worried is the President that -- that he's been degraded on the world stage in terms of -- of the leadership? 174

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:30:15-00:30:20 (5 sec)
Well, if you look at what's happened with NATO, we've made NATO larger than ever. 175

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:30:20-00:30:25 (5 sec)
If you look at what's just happening this week: a historic trilateral with the U.S., Japan, and the Philippines. 176

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:30:25-00:30:34 (9 sec)
If you look across the Indo-Pacific at how we've upgraded our relations not just with traditional allies, but with the likes of Vietnam, Indonesia, ASEAN as a whole. 177

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:30:34-00:30:45 (11 sec)
If you look at the fact that, next month, the President will welcome the President of Kenya for a state visit here -- a historic moment -- one of the few times that a president has welcomed an African leader. 178

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:30:45-00:31:15 (30 sec)
If you look at the fact that twice he's hosted all of the leaders of the Pacific Islands; that he's hosted all of the leaders of Africa at a summit in the United States; that the United States has increased its investments in the infrastructure -- physical, digital, energy infrastructure -- in the Americas, in Africa, and Southeast Asia and beyond; the partnership between the U.S. and India -- a country in BRICS -- has gone to new heights with an engagement across technology and so many ot- -- and security and so many other dimensions. 179

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:31:15-00:31:23 (8 sec)
I think if you look at the U.S. role and standing and its relationships across the key regions of the world, we fe- -- we feel very good about where we are. 180

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:31:23-00:31:24 ( sec)
Yeah. 181

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:31:24-00:31:56 (32 sec)
All right. So, Jake, really quick. I just need an update on immigration and the funding for Haiti. The immigration piece. Is there going to be some kind of temporary movement to allow Haitians as they are dealing with war, the assassination of the president? Democracy is pretty much gone. They're in tyranny from coordinated militia there. Will there be a temporary change in status for immigration to the United States so they can seek asylum here instead of seeking asylum there? 182

Question

Unknown
00:31:56-00:32:03 (7 sec)
And what's going on with the funding that the White House proposed and that Republicans are kind of holding up when it comes to Haiti? 183

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:32:03-00:32:23 (20 sec)
We are consulting with the Congress to try to unlock that funding, because it is critical to get a multinational security force led by the Kenyans on the ground in Haiti as soon as possible to help bring about stability and calm so that we can alleviate the suffering of innocent people in Haiti, as you were referring to. 184

Jake Sullivan

Leans Positive
00:32:23-00:32:41 (17 sec)
And then the United States has a very forward-leaning policy relative to Haitians being able to access programs to come to the United States. We will continue that as we go forward. It's a historic level of access for people who would be fleeing violence or otherwise seeking to deal with their circumstances in Haiti by coming here. 185

Question

Unknown
00:32:41-00:32:42 (1 sec)
But if -- but just -- 186

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:32:42-00:32:43 (1 sec)
And that's going to be our -- 187

Question

Unknown
00:32:43-00:33:12 (29 sec)
Just to -- a follow-up, though. But if everything is so broken down in Haiti and a militia is basically controlling everything, how can people genuinely go to file for asylum and really make it happen and -- and come here versus just getting on a boat or going some kind of way to get here? I mean, it's -- wouldn't -- isn't that harder in a war-torn or militia-torn country to do that there versus just coming here? 188

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:33:12-00:33:31 (20 sec)
I'm not sure I entirely understand the question. But the root of all of this, of people's ability to operate freely in their country or choose where they're going to go from there country, is security and stability. And the United States is leading a global effort to try to help restore stability and calm to Haiti through a multinational force. 189

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:33:31-00:33:42 (11 sec)
And we need the funding to do that, and I thank you for raising that, because we would like support on a bipartisan basis from the Congress to unlock that funding, which is currently being held. And we're pressing for that on a daily basis. 190

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:33:42-00:33:43 (1 sec)
I'll take one more question. 191

Jake Sullivan

Slightly Positive
00:33:43-00:33:43 ( sec)
Yeah. 192

Question

Slightly Positive
00:33:43-00:34:03 (19 sec)
Thank you, Jake. The French Foreign Minister said that France is contemplating imposing sanctions on Israel in order to speed up humanitarian aid. Turkey, as well, which is a close ally of yours, imposed restriction on -- on trade and goods with Israel. At what stage the administration will consider similar meas- -- measures? 193

Question

Leans Positive
00:34:03-00:34:10 (7 sec)
And, also, do you still believe that Israel is not in violation of the Geneva Convention or international humanitarian law? 194

Jake Sullivan

Somewhat Negative
00:34:10-00:34:33 (23 sec)
So, I will say -- sound a bit like a broken record to your first question, which is repeating what the President said, repeating what Secretary Blinken said: Our policy going forward is going to be determined by whether we see sustained follow-through on specific concrete and measurable steps to provide access, provide deconfliction, take other measures to alleviate the suffering of people in Gaza. 195

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:34:33-00:34:41 (7 sec)
And if Israel's policy doesn't change on a sustained basis, in that way, our policy will change. And I can't go beyond that. 196

Note

Unknown
00:34:41-00:34:41 ( sec)
[Crosstalk] 197

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:34:41-00:34:45 (4 sec)
Sorry -- all right, fine. One more. Yeah, go ahead. 198

Question

Positive
00:34:45-00:34:53 (8 sec)
So, back to North Korea. If Prime Minister Kishida decided to meet Kim Jong Un, does the U.S. support of such a meeting under any concerns? 199

Jake Sullivan

Very Positive
00:34:53-00:35:14 (21 sec)
So, again, I can't speak to a hypothetical of what may happen or may not happen. I've only just made the point: On a principled, sustained basis, the United States has supported diplomacy with North Korea, as long as it fits into a broader approach that is well coordinated with us, with South Korea. And we should continue to work in that direction. 200

Jake Sullivan

Unknown
00:35:14-00:35:18 (4 sec)
And I can't speak to any particular meeting, because I don't know the specifics of it. 201

Jake Sullivan

Positive
00:35:18-00:35:20 (2 sec)
Thanks, guys. 202

Note

Unknown
00:35:20-00:35:20 ( sec)
[Crosstalk] 203

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:35:20-00:35:22 (2 sec)
Thank you so much, Jake. 204

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:35:22-00:35:41 (19 sec)
We have about 10 minutes or so. I think -- I think some of you are tracking that the -- the hostage families -- or the families of the hostages are going to be speaking at the Sticks. And we want to give you all an opportunity to ask questions -- at, like, three o'clock. 205

Question

Unknown
00:35:41-00:35:44 (3 sec)
Did they just meet with the Vice President? 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:35:44-00:35:55 (11 sec)
I bel- -- I believe so. Yes, they did -- just met with the Vice President. I shouldn't say I believe so. Yes, they just met with the -- or they're meeting -- or I'm not sure where they are in that process. 207

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:35:55-00:36:01 (6 sec)
So, don't have too much time. But, Joshua, it's always good to see you go. Go ahead. 208

Question

Positive
00:36:01-00:36:10 (8 sec)
Good to see you. Two quick -- following up on Arizona. Other than calling for a national law, is there anything else the administration plans to do in response? 209

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:36:10-00:36:41 (32 sec)
I mean, I think we've been very vocal here, right? We've been very straightforward. We've been -- I don't know how -- how more vocal and -- and leaning into where we stand on this, which is with the majority of Americans. We believe and have been very clear -- the President, the Vice President, this administration -- that we have to make sure that there is a -- when it comes to repr- -- reproductive freedom, that it is available to -- to all, to women -- you know, millions of women right now who are put in a incredibly difficult situation. 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:36:41-00:36:52 (11 sec)
We -- you -- you all have written about the stories. You've all heard the stories about what women have to go to now because of these restrictive -- extreme, restrictive bills that we have seen -- laws that we have seen across the country. 211

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:36:52-00:36:59 (7 sec)
So, we're going to keep the issue of reproductive freemo -- freedom at the forefront. That's what we're going to do. We're going to continue to call it out. 212

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:36:59-00:37:19 (20 sec)
It is causing chaos, what we saw this former President do in making sure that there were Supreme Court justices that he appointed to the -- obviously, to the Supreme Court that overturned Roe v. Wade because of the Dobbs decision. And, you know, it's -- it's created some -- some awful stories, some chaos, as I just mentioned. 213

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:37:19-00:37:27 (8 sec)
And so, we're going to continue to put that out at the forefront. We believe that women's lives are at stake across the country, and we're just not going to stop speaking out. 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:37:27-00:37:36 (8 sec)
And, obviously, we're going to ask Congress to legislate and make Roe v. Wade the -- the law of the land. And that's something that we're going to continue to do. 215

Question

Slightly Negative
00:37:36-00:37:45 (9 sec)
And th- -- and then, inflation is at 3.2 percent. It's higher than it was in January. Are there any concerns that the disinflation we saw last year is starting to stall out? 216

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:37:45-00:37:58 (13 sec)
So, look, I'm going to say that this is a president that -- that is doing everything that we can to fight inflation -- right? -- to build an economy from the bottom up, middle out. And we've been pretty consistent about that. 217

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:37:58-00:38:09 (10 sec)
And over -- what we have seen over the past several months is that inflation is down two thirds and core inflation is at the lowest since it -- since May of 2021. That matters. 218

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:38:09-00:38:28 (19 sec)
Wages are rising faster than prices over the last year. Since the pandemic, we've seen 15 million jobs created because of the policies that this President has put forward -- some -- some really historic -- bipartisan, even -- legislation that's come into law to help create those -- those millions of jobs. Unemployment is at under 4 percent. 219

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:38:28-00:38:41 (13 sec)
Is there more work to be done? Absolutely. We're going to continue to do everything that we can to lower -- lower cost. We're going to take on -- continue to take on Big Pharma, for example. We're going to continue to lower housing costs, which we know really hurts families. 220

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:38:41-00:38:50 (9 sec)
And you hear talk -- talk about, you know, junk fees, getting rid of junk fees and the gouging that we're seeing from corporations. That's also very important. 221

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:38:50-00:39:05 (15 sec)
Congress -- congressional Republicans want to do the opposite. They want to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, cutting taxes for the wealthy and big corporations. That's not where this -- the President is. You heard him talk about it in depth during the State of the Union, and we're going to continue to fight for Americans. 222

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative