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Press Conference: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - August 28, 2023

  • Karine Jean-Pierre
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  • Question
    Person
  • Stephen Benjamin
    Person
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Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:08 (8 sec)
Hello. Welcome back, everybody. Okay. A couple of things. Good afternoon. 1

Question

Positive
00:00:08-00:00:10 (2 sec)
Good afternoon. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:00:10-00:00:21 (10 sec)
This Saturday, our nation marked the six- -- 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, a seminal moment in our history and in our work towards equal opportunity for all Americans. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:00:21-00:00:38 (18 sec)
Sadly, this day of remembrance ended with yet more American communities wounded by an act of gun violence, including communities in Boston, Chicago, and Joppa[towne]. At least one shooting this weekend was reportedly fueled by hate and carried out with two firearms. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:00:38-00:01:01 (22 sec)
On Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida, a white gunman went on a shooting rampage at a store near a historically Black university and killed three Black individuals. Even as we continue to -- to -- we continue searching for answers, we must say clearly and forcefully that white supremacy has no place in America. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:01:01-00:01:30 (30 sec)
As the President said in his statement yesterday, we must refuse to live in a country where Black families going to the store or Black students going to school -- to school live in fear of being gunned down because of the color of their skin. Hate must have no safe harbor. Silence is complicity, and we must not remain silent. And we must continue to do all we can to keep guns out of dangerous hands. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:01:30-00:01:39 (9 sec)
The President and the First Lady are praying for the victims and their families, and this entire administration grieves with the people of Jacksonville. 7

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:01:39-00:01:52 (13 sec)
Earlier today, the President spoke to Governor DeSantis and told him he quickly approved the emergency declaration for Florida. The President also expressed the administration's full commitment and support to Florida. 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:01:52-00:02:12 (19 sec)
At the President's direction, FEMA has deployed two incident management teams to Tallahassee and has one in Atlanta ready to pivot as needed. The President continues to be briefed on the current trajectory of Tropical Storm Idalia, and the team here will continue to update him as the system progresses. 9

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:02:12-00:02:30 (19 sec)
Unfortunately, as you all know, Floridians are no strangers to these types of storms. It's important that people prepare today; get supplies -- so they get food, water; and charge your electronic devices. People should visit Ready.gov for -- for tips on how to prepare. 10

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:02:30-00:02:40 (9 sec)
Lastly, if you are in the storm's path, please listen to your local and state officials for guidance on evacuations or any updates. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:02:40-00:02:58 (18 sec)
As we just announced moments ago, President Biden will travel to Hanoi, Vietnam, on September 10th following his participation in the G20 Summit in New Delhi. While in Hanoi, President Biden will meet with key leaders to discuss ways to deepen the cooperation between the United States and Vietnam. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:02:58-00:03:21 (23 sec)
The leaders will explore opportunities to promote the growth of technology; focused and innovative -- innovation-driven Vietn- -- Vietnamese economy; expand our people-to-people ties through education exchanges and workforce deployment -- development programs, I should say; combat climate change; and increase peace, prosperity, and stability in the region. 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:03:21-00:03:41 (20 sec)
And on Monday, September 11th, the President, the Vice President, First Lady, and Second Gentleman will mark -- all will mark the 22nd anniversary of the terror attacks on September 11th, 2001. The President will travel from Hanoi to Alaska to participate in a memorial ceremony with members of the military and their families. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:03:41-00:04:01 (19 sec)
The Vice President and the Second Gentleman will participate in a commemoration -- commemoration ceremony at the National -- at the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City. And the First Lady will lay a wreath at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial to honor the lives lost on September 11th. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:04:01-00:04:20 (19 sec)
Today, the President and the First Lady visited students at Eliot-Hine Middle School in Washington, D.C., to mark the start of the school year. This visit kicks off a number of back-to-school activities for the First Lady this week, as well as Secretary of Education Cardona will soon hit the road for a back-to-school bus tour. 16

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:04:20-00:04:39 (20 sec)
When President Biden took office less than half than -- less than half of the kindergarten-to-12 students were going to school in person. Thanks to his swift actions and historic investment, every school in America is open safely for in-person instruction. The administration remains committed to supporting schools and the students they serve. 17

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:04:39-00:04:53 (14 sec)
And today, we are joined by the senior advisor and pres- - -- and president -- to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement, Stephen Benjamin, who is here to discuss the President's March on Washington commemoration engagements today. 18

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:04:53-00:04:59 (6 sec)
And the floor is yours, Mayor, if you're ready. [Laughs] This is also his first time in the briefing room, so welcome. 19

Question

Positive
00:04:59-00:04:59 ( sec)
Welcome. 20

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:04:59-00:05:02 (3 sec)
Yeah, come on up. Come on up. 21

Stephen Benjamin

Positive
00:05:02-00:05:04 (3 sec)
That means be nice to me -- [laughter] -- is what it means. 22

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:05:04-00:05:06 (1 sec)
Be nice to him. Yes. 23

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:05:06-00:05:28 (22 sec)
So, today, the President and Vice President Harris will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington. As you may have seen, the Washington Post op-ed penned by the President to commemorate the sacred day and outline how the Biden-Harris administration is working to fulfill Dr. King's dream of redeeming the promissory note of our nation. 24

Stephen Benjamin

Somewhat Positive
00:05:28-00:05:48 (20 sec)
The President and -- and Vice President will meet privately with organizers of the march, community leaders, and members of the King family shortly, in just about a half hour. This meeting will take place exactly 60 [DEL: days :DEL] [years] after the initial Oval Office meeting between President Kennedy and Dr. King on the morning of the original March on Washington. 25

Stephen Benjamin

Slightly Positive
00:05:48-00:05:59 (11 sec)
Later this evening, President Biden will host a reception as well and provide remarks to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. 26

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:05:59-00:06:05 (7 sec)
And I'm happy to take any questions you might have right now. 27

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:06:05-00:06:06 (1 sec)
Go ahead, April. 28

Question

Very Negative
00:06:06-00:06:29 (23 sec)
Sixty years today, 1963 was a pivotal year in civil rights. Medgar Evers was shot and killed in June of '63. The March on Washington in August of '63. Two weeks later, four little girls were killed in a Baptist church. That was 60 years ago. 29

Question

Very Negative
00:06:29-00:06:47 (18 sec)
Today, we are witnessing what's happened in Jacksonville. We've got laws on the books, policies, et cetera. What can this administration do to quell the hate that is on the rise that the FBI has quantified? 30

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:06:47-00:07:10 (23 sec)
Sure. I would say this: The administration has, since day one -- since the President signed his first executive order on making sure that everything we've done is focused on -- on equity in this administration -- and all of his work since then -- including, obviously, another executive order signed on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday to make sure that the -- the sacred right to the franchise is protected. 31

Stephen Benjamin

Unknown
00:07:10-00:07:14 (4 sec)
It is -- it is sacrosanct in everything this administration does. 32

Stephen Benjamin

Unknown
00:07:14-00:07:21 (7 sec)
Obviously, there's a full investigation going on in Jacksonville right now. We're going to let law enforcement authorities do their job. 33

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:07:21-00:07:54 (34 sec)
But everything in this administration is focused on making sure that we try to appeal to the better angels, against, it seems, a rising tide of not only racism -- antisemitism, Islamophobia, violent attacks against our -- our LGBT brothers and sisters, and even significant crimes against our AANHPI community. That's why it's so important that we remain vigilant every single day from all aspects of the administration, a whole-of-government approach, recognizing that that the work -- there's work yet to be done. 34

Stephen Benjamin

Positive
00:07:54-00:08:13 (19 sec)
It's important to note that -- that while we're not where we want to be, we're certainly not where we used to be. The progress that has been made not only in the Biden-Harris administration -- which has had a number of historic firsts, I might add -- but over the last 60 years, this country has come a long way. 35

Stephen Benjamin

Slightly Positive
00:08:13-00:08:26 (13 sec)
And we have to -- I believe people of goodwill have to lean into that progress, but realize that we are on the frontline against a rising tide of a lot of "isms." And we've got to continue to push -- push back together. 36

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:08:26-00:08:32 (6 sec)
That's embedded in the President's piece in the Washington Post. I encourage everyone to lean into it. 37

Question

Unknown
00:08:32-00:08:33 (1 sec)
And a follow-up on that, if I could. 38

Stephen Benjamin

Positive
00:08:33-00:08:34 (1 sec)
Yes, ma'am. 39

Question

Slightly Negative
00:08:34-00:08:54 (21 sec)
There's a lot of racial rhetoric going on in this political campaigning atmosphere. Is there going to be -- or am I making a reach in this question -- will there be a reach across the aisle to say, "Enough is enough, we've got to stop this"? Because a lot of this -- people are saying are stemming from a lot of this rhetoric. 40

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:08:54-00:09:20 (26 sec)
Sure. And I would give a brief response to that. The President has endeavored -- and I watch it in every engagement that I have with him and every engagement he has with the public -- to recognize the fact that he's the president of all of the United States of America. He speaks to people on both sides of the line -- urban, rural, and suburban America. And he speaks, again, in a way that brings people together. That will continue to be his position, as well as the Vice President's position. 41

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:09:20-00:09:30 (10 sec)
But yes, it requires the President, the Vice President, but all of us, again, to lean in and make sure we're working to pull people together and push back against that rhetoric that we do see, April. 42

Stephen Benjamin

Somewhat Positive
00:09:30-00:09:31 (1 sec)
Thank you. 43

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:09:31-00:09:32 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Franco. 44

Question

Very Negative
00:09:32-00:09:46 (14 sec)
Thanks, Mayor. Does the White House see any connection with the changes that the Florida governor has made in teaching about African American history to the kind of violence that we saw in Jacksonville? 45

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:09:46-00:10:13 (26 sec)
The President is -- has been very clear -- again, in the piece he penned this morning and I think probably more so in action -- his actions last month in working to establish the -- the monuments to Emmett Till and Mamie Till -- Mamie Till Mobley, of course, recognizing, commemorating the sad event of his murder but also recognizing the courage of his mother in making sure that she helped light the fuse that set in action significant events of the Civil Rights Movement. 46

Stephen Benjamin

Leans Positive
00:10:13-00:10:24 (11 sec)
That action establishing these monuments in Mississippi and in Illinois was meant to make sure people understand that we cannot rewrite American history. We have to tell the good with the bad, and that is edifying to the soul of this country. 47

Stephen Benjamin

Unknown
00:10:24-00:10:38 (13 sec)
And the President -- since day one, you've heard him talk about his personal reaction to Charlottesville. Redeeming the soul of America is cent- -- central to who Joe Biden is as a man and why he chose to run for president as a -- as a candidate. 48

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:10:38-00:10:49 (12 sec)
So, I don't think it's a stretch to suggest that -- that trying to rewrite American history is not only wrong but it also encourages our children and those among us not to lean in to the -- to the beautiful and also painful past of what our history looks like and encouraging people to move forward together. 49

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:10:49-00:10:52 (2 sec)
Go ahead, Zolan. 50

Question

Very Negative
00:10:52-00:11:05 (14 sec)
Thank you for the question. Looking at the op-ed today, a lot of the achievements that are listed in here obviously resonate but have to do with the economy: lowering unemployment, health insurance, investing in small businesses. 51

Question

Very Positive
00:11:05-00:11:32 (27 sec)
I'm wondering if the administration still believes that those achievements will resonate when you still have hate crimes happening across America; you still have Supreme Court decisions that have obviously led to setbacks on some of the more sweeping proposals by this administration, such as student loan relief or even affirmative action. When many people still feel that their civil liberties are being infringed upon, are -- is the administration confident that some of these economic achievements will really resonate among Black Americans throughout -- 52

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:11:32-00:11:41 (8 sec)
Sure. Well, we certainly hope so. Not -- and not only in the context of electoral politics, but just simply because it's the right thing to do. 53

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:11:41-00:12:07 (26 sec)
The President has been incredibly supportive of and hoping for the pass of the John Lewis Act, encouraging we protect the -- the sacred right to vote, and certainly even the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to make sure, of course, we've led from the front as it relates to federal authorities and chokeholds and the like. But we'd like much more support from Congress in moving these things forward. 54

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:12:07-00:12:27 (20 sec)
It is a difficult environment to move forward some legislation, but every single thing that we can do by executive order the President has been leaning on. There are a lot of challenges that people face. But we certainly believe that part of Dr. King's message, and all the other amazing organizers of the March on Washington, focused on -- on the economy -- on the economy and jobs and -- and freedom. 55

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:12:27-00:12:34 (7 sec)
So, these amazing investments that have been made in -- in Black businesses and minority-owned businesses -- small businesses across this country. 56

Stephen Benjamin

Neutral
00:12:34-00:12:48 (14 sec)
Making sure people have access to healthcare, more people insured now than ever. Thirty-five dollar insulin. Making sure that people don't have to make decisions between poverty and getting the medicine that they need. 57

Stephen Benjamin

Positive
00:12:48-00:12:52 (5 sec)
Clean water. Removing lead pipes from communities all across this country. 58

Stephen Benjamin

Leans Positive
00:12:52-00:13:04 (12 sec)
I do believe that when the rubber hits the road, people will pay more attention to these dramatic investments in their quality of life and -- and listen more closely to these important issues. 59

Stephen Benjamin

Somewhat Positive
00:13:04-00:13:08 (4 sec)
But that's politics. I want to make sure we stay closely to the policies. 60

Question

Unknown
00:13:08-00:13:14 (6 sec)
Quick follow on lead pipes, too. Is the administration still on track to do that in the next decade? 61

Stephen Benjamin

Unknown
00:13:14-00:13:17 (3 sec)
As far -- as far as I understand. 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:13:17-00:13:18 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Jeremy. 63

Question

Leans Positive
00:13:18-00:13:31 (12 sec)
Thank you. Mr. Mayor, the President said yesterday that he will speak to the people of Jacksonville. Does he have any plans to visit the city and to meet with folks? And has he spoken yet with any of the families of the victims of that shooting? 64

Stephen Benjamin

Slightly Positive
00:13:31-00:13:41 (10 sec)
Well, as of right now, the President has spoken to the mayor and to the sheriff. Now, obviously, as Karine mentioned, he had a separate conversation with the governor today. 65

Stephen Benjamin

Unknown
00:13:41-00:13:46 (5 sec)
As of right now, I don't think there are any travel plans. But, obviously, that is always subject to change. 66

Question

Slightly Negative
00:13:46-00:13:51 (4 sec)
Has he reached out to the -- to the families of victims or does he have any plans to speak with them? 67

Stephen Benjamin

Leans Negative
00:13:51-00:13:58 (8 sec)
As far as I know -- I think the -- the victims are only identified as of this morning. So, I don't believe that, but I can't speak to it with any -- any facts. 68

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:13:58-00:13:59 (1 sec)
Toluse. 69

Question

Very Positive
00:13:59-00:14:26 (28 sec)
Thank you. Thank you, Mr. Mayor. Obviously, students are going back to school around this time of year. The President has talked about book bans; a lot of these bans are going into effect. Could you talk about what the White House -- what the administration is doing to address the fact that, as we -- as you talked about earlier, parts of Black history, parts of American history are being impacted by these book bans in various states? 70

Stephen Benjamin

Neutral
00:14:26-00:14:42 (15 sec)
Sure. No, it's a -- it's -- it's so important. And purely if -- if some people -- you know, we come from a world where we know that even two people equally [inaudible] can see the same thing very differently. Rewriting history is not necessarily one of those things. 71

Stephen Benjamin

Slightly Positive
00:14:42-00:14:56 (14 sec)
But if you do see these things philosophically differently, it's important to know, however, that our children, if we're going to compete on a global stage, must at least know their own history. You can't step into a job interview on one of the other continents and the people in that room know more about your history than you do. 72

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:14:56-00:15:12 (17 sec)
And I think -- I think purely as a matter of competition, not -- not equity and common sense -- it's important that children understand, again, the beauty of the greatest democratic nation in the history of the world but also the challenges that brought us to this point. 73

Stephen Benjamin

Very Positive
00:15:12-00:15:22 (10 sec)
So, I do know this is something that the President and Vice President feel very strongly about and will continue to make sure that we make full access to American history available to all of our children. 74

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:22-00:15:24 (2 sec)
Go ahead. Last question. In the back. 75

Question

Very Positive
00:15:24-00:15:41 (17 sec)
Thank you. Mayor Benjamin, I'm hoping I can get your reaction -- both as one of the President's top advisors and also just a Black man living in America -- to former President Trump's supporters comparing his mugshot to that of Dr. King, given the anniversary that we're celebrating here in D.C. this week. 76

Question

Unknown
00:15:41-00:15:46 (5 sec)
I don't know if you've seen that, but there have been a lot of posts on social media. 77

Stephen Benjamin

Positive
00:15:46-00:15:50 (3 sec)
I've not seen that, and I feel better that I haven't seen that. 78

Stephen Benjamin

Somewhat Negative
00:15:50-00:16:28 (38 sec)
The reality is that the sacrifices made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. -- and not just him -- and A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin and Whitney Young and others ought never be minimized. And -- because they not only represent the leaders of the past -- I sat with Clarence Jones this weekend and Ambassador Andrew Young and heard some of these stories firsthand -- but they represent the sacrifices of so many people we don't know -- people who labored in anonymity who gave everything, who marched and cried and died so that this nation might live up to its better angels, might live up to its promise. 79

Stephen Benjamin

Somewhat Positive
00:16:28-00:16:43 (15 sec)
And I think it's so important that as we look backward, that we work to preserve the importance of that legacy because it's going to quickly determine how we look forward and determine what America is going to be like not 60 years ago, but 60 years from now. 80

Stephen Benjamin

Somewhat Positive
00:16:43-00:16:44 (2 sec)
Thank you all so much. 81

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:16:44-00:16:45 (1 sec)
Thank you, Mayor. 82

Question

Unknown
00:16:45-00:16:46 (1 sec)
Come back anytime. 83

Stephen Benjamin

Unknown
00:16:46-00:16:48 (2 sec)
I don't know about that. We'll see. [Laughter] 84

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:16:48-00:16:50 (2 sec)
Please do come back. 85

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:16:50-00:16:54 (4 sec)
Please do come back. Thank you, Mayor. Please do come back. 86

Question

Unknown
00:16:54-00:16:56 (2 sec)
Sooner than 60 years? Let's do that. 87

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:16:56-00:16:57 (1 sec)
Not sure of the connection, but okay. 88

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:16:57-00:16:57 ( sec)
Chris. 89

Question

Very Negative
00:16:57-00:17:14 (17 sec)
Hi, how are you? The President and the First Lady visited a middle school today. Test scores for this age group are the lowest in decades, despite billions of dollars in investment from this administration. Is the White House's approach failing in not improving these test scores? 90

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:17:14-00:17:30 (16 sec)
If anything, look, there's going to be a lot of more work to do. Right? That is understandable that -- that the work doesn't -- doesn't end, you know -- didn't end when the President was able to open up schools, as I mentioned at the top. 91

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:17:30-00:17:47 (17 sec)
Remember, when the President walked in, more than 50 percent of schools were shut down because of COVID, because the last administration didn't have a plan, didn't have a comprehensive plan to deal with COVID and what it was doing to our economy and what it was doing to our kids. 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:17:47-00:17:54 (7 sec)
And because the President put that -- put schools reopening and businesses reopening and making sure that people got shots in arms -- made that a priority -- we were able to open up the schools. 93

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:17:54-00:18:15 (21 sec)
Now, is there more work to do? Absolutely. As we've seen, the pandemic -- COVID has had a devastating effect on our kids. And -- and so, look, the President is committed to -- to making sure that education for all of our children -- regardless if you're in rural America, urban America, all across the communities -- is -- it's a priority and this -- that the students and the kids get what they need. 94

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:18:15-00:18:29 (14 sec)
And it's not just education, right? We talked about mental health, right? We talked about kids making sure that they're getting healthy lunches. Right? That is something that this administration has provided. 95

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:18:29-00:18:39 (10 sec)
And so, we've seen the data. We've seen the numbers. What it means to us is that more work needs to be done. And we're committed and this President and this administration is committed to doing that work. 96

Question

Unknown
00:18:39-00:18:42 (2 sec)
So, what is that next step? 97

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:18:42-00:19:05 (23 sec)
Look, we're going to hear -- as I mentioned, Secretary Cardona is going to go on a bus tour. He's going to go across the country as we're -- as school is opening up. He's going to lay out what the Department of Education is doing to continue to improve our schools to make sure that students get the education and get the rightful- -- rightfully, the education that they deserve. And so, the work continues. 98

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:19:05-00:19:18 (13 sec)
I don't have -- I don't have a 10-step laid out for you, but I can say for sure that this President is committed. And you see that through the Secretary of Education. And, of course, this is something that's incredibly important to the First Lady as well. 99

Question

Slightly Positive
00:19:18-00:19:43 (25 sec)
Also, a new AP poll asked Americans an open-ended question on their thoughts on the President. And the most common response has to do with his age -- how old he is, the oldest president in history. Does the White House have additional plans to demonstrate that he can continue to, you know, do the job at his advanced age and, kind of, allay some of those concerns? 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:19:43-00:20:06 (23 sec)
I mean, look -- look, I appreciate the question. I get the -- I get it often, as you know. And what I would say -- and I've said this many times, and many of my colleagues have said this, the President says this: If you watch him, if you've seen what he's done in the last two years, this is -- the President has had an historic administration in just two years. 101

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:20:06-00:20:29 (23 sec)
If you look at the 13.- -- 13.5 -- more than 13.5 million jobs that he's been able to create; if you look at how he's been able to turn the economy around so that it works for middle-class Americans; if you look at the Inflation Reduction Act and what it's going to do to really help -- to really help Americans as it relates to healthcare, as it relates to utility bills; if you think about the CHIPS and Sci- -- 102

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:20:29-00:20:37 (8 sec)
I mean, this is a president who has done hist- -- who has taken historic actions -- and not just with Democrats on the Hill, but in a bipartisan way. 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:20:37-00:21:01 (24 sec)
I just mentioned the CHIPS and Science Act, the PACT Act. In many ways, this President has been able to do things that is going to change how American families move forward, whether it is economic -- with the economy, whether it's healthcare, whether, you know, it is trying to make sure that they are able to -- to give to their -- you know, do what they can for their family, for their kids. That is important. 104

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:21:01-00:21:10 (9 sec)
And so, that's what we will happily -- happily to discuss as we -- as it relates to age, what the President has been able to do and how he's been able to deliver. 105

Question

Unknown
00:21:10-00:21:21 (11 sec)
And the last question is -- the press pool spotted President walk into the Oval Office with his personal physician, Dr. O'Connor, a few minutes ago. Did -- is there an appointment? Did he have a meeting about a health concern? Did -- 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:21:21-00:21:26 (5 sec)
This is the first time I'm hearing of that. Clearly, I did not see that, so I can't -- I can't speak to that. I just don't know. 107

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:26-00:21:26 ( sec)
Go ahead. 108

Question

Very Positive
00:21:26-00:21:29 (3 sec)
Thank you, Karine. Good to see you. Following up -- 109

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:21:29-00:21:29 (1 sec)
Good to see you. It's been a while. 110

Question

Very Positive
00:21:29-00:21:33 (4 sec)
It has for a lot of us, but good to be here. Still has the new briefing room smell. [Laughter] 111

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:21:33-00:21:36 (3 sec)
Oh, it does. Like a new car. 112

Question

Slightly Positive
00:21:36-00:21:37 ( sec)
Yeah. 113

Question

Very Negative
00:21:37-00:21:51 (14 sec)
In the call he had with the governor of Florida this morning regarding the approaching storm and the shooting in Jacksonville, any chance the President raised his concerns with the governor about the state's new slavery education standards? 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:21:51-00:22:10 (19 sec)
So, they kept it to -- they kept it to what the readout was. Clearly, we always be -- are very careful not to read out private conversation. They talked about -- clearly, about the President offering any assistance that the governor might need as -- as we are talking about the Jacksonville shooting, as you all know, and also the storm, Idalia, that is headed to -- to Florida. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:22:10-00:22:21 (11 sec)
That is, kind of, the -- the -- that is clearly what's on everybody's mind as we see this potential Category 3 storm and as a community is mourning. 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:22:21-00:22:31 (10 sec)
I don't have anything else to read out from that call. But clearly, those are the two, kind of, pertinent things at the moment that they were able to discuss. 117

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:22:31-00:22:45 (14 sec)
And the President wanted to make sure that he -- that not just the governor, but the people of Florida knew and understood that this is the Pres- -- the President, the federal government is -- is with them through their -- through the different -- through the different kind of events that they're dealing with at this time. 118

Question

Unknown
00:22:45-00:22:48 (3 sec)
And if need be, they'll get back on the phone together in the next few days or -- 119

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:48-00:22:49 (1 sec)
If need be. Absolutely. 120

Question

Slightly Positive
00:22:49-00:22:50 (1 sec)
Okay. 121

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:50-00:22:51 (1 sec)
If need be. 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:22:51-00:23:04 (13 sec)
And let's not forget the major declaration the President approved within hours -- right? -- as I -- as I mentioned, as we are now watching this potential Category 3 hurricane that's -- that could hit Florida, which is important. 123

Question

Unknown
00:23:04-00:23:16 (13 sec)
Two others, if I could. Now that we know that he's officially going to Vietnam, it raises a question we've sort of had throughout the year. And that is: Are there still plans to somehow, someday soon, meet with Chinese President Xi? 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:16-00:23:30 (14 sec)
Well, I'm just going to go back to what the President said during his press conference at Camp David very recently; he spoke to this. Don't have anything else to add. He has been very clear that he is looking forward to having that discussion at some point. I just don't have anything to share on this now. 125

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:23:30-00:23:33 (3 sec)
The White House would like to do that this year? 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:23:33-00:23:42 (10 sec)
Just don't -- I'm not going to put a timeline on it. But, you know, they've spoken multiple times in the past two years -- or more than two years of this President's tenure. I just don't have anything else to share. 127

Question

Very Positive
00:23:42-00:23:56 (13 sec)
And the House Speaker, yesterday, said moving towards impeachment now is, quote, "a natural step forward" and would be an opportunity for Congress to "get all the information they need." Those were his words. 128

Question

Very Negative
00:23:56-00:24:06 (10 sec)
What is the White House's response to the apparent march to impeachment by House Republicans? And does it make working with him this fall, on matters of dollars and cents especially, any more difficult? 129

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:24:06-00:24:21 (15 sec)
So, look -- look, Ed, you know, I can't really speak to the House Republicans and what they're focusing on. They can speak to that. You've heard from Speaker McCarthy. Not going to dive into what's in his head or what they're thinking or what they want to do on the other side of Pennsylvania. 130

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:21-00:24:25 (5 sec)
The President is focused on what real Americans care about -- the real priorities that Americans care about. 131

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:25-00:24:47 (21 sec)
I just talked about how the President and the First Lady visited a middle school today. And one of the message that he wanted to make sure that was hi- -- that he highlighted is the importance of every child in America having access to quality education -- public education. And -- and also, let's not forget what's -- what we're celebrating today -- 60 years -- or commemorating today. That's what the President is going to focus on. 132

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:24:47-00:25:12 (25 sec)
Later this week, he's going to focus on lowering healthcare costs, which is something that this administration has worked on the past two years. Response to Maui wildfire. You just asked me about his conversation with the governor of Florida and what they're dealing with -- a very devastating shooting that we saw in -- in the city of Jacksonville and this hurricane that's -- that's about to hit -- potentially hit Florida. Those are the things that the President is going to focus on. 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:25:12-00:25:31 (20 sec)
Look, and you asked me if -- how the President is going to work with Speaker McCarthy. Look, this is a president who wants to work in a bipartisan way. And he has been able to do that, as it relates to historical pieces of legislation. He wants to continue to do that. And he hopes congressional Republicans will continue to join him, or join him on doing that. 134

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:31-00:25:39 (7 sec)
And that's going to be -- that's going to be his focus, instead of, you know, more baseless political stunts. That's what they -- that's what they're focusing on. 135

Question

Very Negative
00:25:39-00:25:55 (17 sec)
Some of the frustration appears to be the inability to get information out of the State Department, the Homeland Security Department, other aspects of the government. Is there any validity to those criticisms, in the view of the White House? Or should the White House be, perhaps, urging departments to cooperate with ongoing investigations? 136

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:25:55-00:26:14 (18 sec)
Look, we always -- we are always -- of course urge -- urge different agencies and departments to -- you know, to -- to work with Congress. Of course, that is something that we will always urge. And -- and I can't speak to -- to -- to that, to what they're complaining about. 137

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:26:14-00:26:30 (16 sec)
What I can speak to is what the President is focused on. And, again, we want to work in a bipartisan way with congressional Republicans. That's what we want to do. We want to get things done for the American people -- issues that actually matter to them, not these political stunts that they're clearly focused on. 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:26:30-00:26:32 (2 sec)
Go ahead, Mary. 139

Question

Very Negative
00:26:32-00:26:45 (14 sec)
Three U.S. Marines were killed in this Osprey crash in Australia during a training exercise. Has the President been briefed on any early read or early information about the potential cause of this? Any sense about whether it was, you know, weather related, mechanical? 140

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:26:45-00:26:55 (9 sec)
So, any specifics to what caused it and what was related to it, I would certainly refer you to the Department of Defense for any specific questions. 141

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:26:55-00:27:07 (12 sec)
Yesterday, the President extended his condolences to the families of the Marines who lost their lives in this horrific, horrific crash, as well as his prayers to those who also suffered injuries. 142

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:27:07-00:27:15 (8 sec)
Any -- any additional information on the specifics of the crash or what -- what caused the crash, I would have to refer you to the Department of Defense. 143

Question

Unknown
00:27:15-00:27:30 (15 sec)
Does the President have any broader concerns that we are seeing, it seems, you know, too many of these aviation incidents, these -- these mishaps in the military? Does he feel there needs to be some sort of reevaluation or reconsideration of -- of training or focus on maintenance? 144

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:27:30-00:27:39 (9 sec)
Look, the President is -- of course is -- when it comes to our military force, he's always going to be concerned. He's always going to want to make sure that they have everything that they need and, of course, that they're safe. 145

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:27:39-00:27:50 (11 sec)
Anything related to this -- I don't want to get ahead of what the Department of Defense might be looking into, what might be causing this. I don't want to get ahead of them. So they would have to answer more specifically on those questions. 146

Question

Unknown
00:27:50-00:27:50 (1 sec)
Just one additional -- 147

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:27:50-00:27:51 ( sec)
Sure. 148

Question

Unknown
00:27:51-00:28:05 (14 sec)
-- question on the House Speaker. He's also said that he's likely to investigate the federal response to the deadly wildfires on Maui, saying he's very concerned about the response. What do you make of that? And does the White House stand by your response and your efforts in the aftermath -- 149

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:05-00:28:06 (1 sec)
So, a couple of things -- 150

Question

Unknown
00:28:06-00:28:07 (1 sec)
-- of this tragedy? Anything you would do differently? 151

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:28:07-00:28:29 (22 sec)
No, I -- I appreciate the question. A couple of things that I want to say. Since the onset of the unprecedented tragedy that we saw in Maui, the President launched a whole-of-government approach -- you've heard me say that; you've heard him say it directly; you also heard the FEMA Administrator say this as well -- an effort to -- to support the residents who were affected by -- the communities. 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:28:29-00:28:37 (8 sec)
Let's not forget, they not only -- they lost so much. They lost historical land. They lost their community. 153

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:28:37-00:28:58 (21 sec)
And -- and also, as soon as the governor in Hawaii, Josh Green -- and he has said this himself -- requested a major disaster declaration, the President signed it. And you've heard from the governor. You've heard from the two senators who have -- who have lifted up and said how quickly this President responded, the federal government responded. So, I would just refer you to -- to their own words. 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:28:58-00:29:15 (17 sec)
Last week, as you all saw -- a week -- a week ago today, the President, the First Lady, they met with survivors. They met with emergency responders and state and local and federal officials. They saw firsthand themselves the overwhelming destruction that caused the wildfires, and it was heartbreaking. 155

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:15-00:29:34 (20 sec)
And so, the -- what I can say here and now, and as the President has said, he is committed to delivering everything that he -- he can to the people of Hawaii -- what they need -- and we will be with them as long as it takes for them to rebuild. The President has been very clear about that. The First Lady, clearly, has supported that. The FEMA Administrator has said that. 156

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:29:34-00:29:47 (13 sec)
I will say this -- what -- what is currently on the ground: The federal government has deployed more than a thousand staff members on the ground, and the -- FEMA has already given nearly $15 million in assistance to families. 157

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:47-00:30:05 (18 sec)
And so, again, we will be there, the federal government will be there, certainly at the direction of the President, as long as it takes for this community to rebuild. And, certainly, our hearts are -- continue to be with -- with the families and the people in Hawaii who have lost so much. 158

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:05-00:30:06 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Steve. 159

Question

Unknown
00:30:06-00:30:10 (4 sec)
Have you got any closer to determining what brought down Prigozhin's plane? 160

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:10-00:30:18 (8 sec)
So, look, a couple of things on -- a couple of things on that. I know that folks have had questions on Prigozhin. 161

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:30:18-00:30:36 (17 sec)
So -- so, we are increasingly confident that Prigozhin died in the plane crash that took place on August 23rd, this past Wednesday. I don't have any new assessment on th- -- on -- for you on this. So, I'll just -- I'll just leave it there. 162

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:30:36-00:30:44 (9 sec)
And, secondly, the President said in Tahoe that he had tentatively decided to recommend everyone get the new vaccine. When is he going to decide finally? 163

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:30:44-00:30:58 (14 sec)
So, as -- I think you've heard from the FDA and CDC, they've made an announcement on the new vaccine. So, certainly, they said that they will have an -- there'll be an updated vaccine September -- mid-September -- 164

Question

Unknown
00:30:58-00:30:58 (1 sec)
I think so. 165

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:58-00:30:59 ( sec)
-- I believe. 166

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:30:59-00:31:13 (14 sec)
So, we know that, as you all know, vaccinations against COVID-19 remains the safest protection for avoiding hospitalization, long-term health outcomes, and death, which is why we are -- we are going to be encouraging Americans to stay up to date on their vaccines. 167

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:13-00:31:21 (9 sec)
I would refer you to [DEL: DHS :DEL] [HHS], as they have -- as you -- I just mentioned, FDA and CDC mentioned that they will have the new vaccines by September -- mid-September. 168

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:21-00:31:23 (2 sec)
Go ahead, Jeremy. 169

Question

Slightly Positive
00:31:23-00:31:31 (8 sec)
Thanks, Karine. We're about a month away from the government running out of money and potentially shutting down. What's the President's plan to avert a government shutdown? 170

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:31:31-00:31:54 (22 sec)
So, look, I'll defer to Congress on -- on on the government shutdown. There should be no reason -- right? -- for Congress to shut down the government. None at all. None. They should fund vital government programs for the American people and these critical needs we've requested emergency funding for. There should be none. And so, that is for Congress to speak to. 171

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:31:54-00:32:23 (29 sec)
And, as you know -- you know, senior administration officials, including the OMB -- OMB Director Shalanda Young and our Legislative Affairs shop -- we have had numerous conversations with members of Congress. We'll continue to do that. And -- and we'll continue to engage with them, and we'll continue to underscore the importance of delivering on these bipartisan priorities that was agreed upon, that the American people want to see. 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:32:23-00:32:28 (5 sec)
And so, look, that is for Congress to answer. There should not be a government shutdown. There shouldn't be. 173

Question

Positive
00:32:28-00:32:36 (7 sec)
Does the President support passing a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded? And does he have any plans to speak with the Speaker about this? 174

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:32:36-00:32:45 (9 sec)
So, look, you know, again, that's something that I'll defer to Congress on the length of potential continuing resolution. Again, there should be no reason for a government shutdown. 175

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:32:45-00:33:09 (24 sec)
I don't have any conversation to -- to read out or to -- to predict for you that the President is going to have with the Speaker. As I mentioned, the OMB -- OMB Director Shalanda Young has been in -- in contact with members of Congress, so has his Legislative Affairs shop. They have been -- have continuous conversations about this, underscoring the importance -- the importance of these vital programs that the American people need. 176

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:33:09-00:33:15 (6 sec)
And so, they should uphold -- uphold this bipartisan commitment. That's what the American people want to see. 177

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:33:15-00:33:37 (22 sec)
And then, as it relates to COVID vaccine funding, the President said that he had signed off on a proposal internally to present Congress with a request for additional funding. Do you have any additional details about the size of that funding request, what it would be used for, and what would the impact be if Congress does not provide that additional funding on Americans and their ability to get that vaccine? 178

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:33:37-00:33:44 (7 sec)
So, I don't have anything new to say or to add to what the President -- what the President said at this time. 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:33:44-00:34:03 (19 sec)
What I can say is that we are prepared for the fall -- as the CDC and FDA mentioned, that we will have vaccines available by mid-September. We are -- we believe we are in the strongest position yet to -- to fight COVID-19. A lot of that is because of this work that this President has done since day one of his administration. 180

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:34:03-00:34:04 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 181

Question

Very Positive
00:34:04-00:34:15 (11 sec)
Thank you, Karine. A couple of weeks ago, some members of Congress -- it was over 50 Republicans and Democrats -- they sent a letter to the administration asking for help with H-1B workers and the backlog. 182

Question

Very Positive
00:34:15-00:34:33 (18 sec)
In light of concerns about Canada recuiting -- recruiting H-1B holders from the United States, I wanted to ask: Does the administration agree with these members of Congress that these workers -- these H-1B workers -- need more flexibility to do things like change jobs, travel abroad, for example? 183

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:34:33-00:34:38 (5 sec)
So, look, as we have said many times before: This is an outdated immigration system. 184

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:34:38-00:34:53 (15 sec)
We've asked Congress to update our woefully outdated immigration system -- we've been very clear on that -- including -- including the temporary visa programs that haven't been updated in more than two decades -- in more than two decades. 185

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:34:53-00:35:06 (13 sec)
And so, under current regulations, as you know, workers on certain temporary visas usually have 60 days to secure new employment, pursue a different visa classification, or make preparations to depart the United -- the United States. 186

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:35:06-00:35:18 (12 sec)
So, Congress needs to do their job and pass legisla- -- legislation updating our immigration laws to reflect the needs of where we are -- where we are currently in this 21st-century economy. 187

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:35:18-00:35:40 (22 sec)
So, look, the President, even on his first day -- as we've said many times before -- he put forth an immigration-reform legislation, because he took this very seriously. He wanted to make sure that we -- we -- that was part of -- part of the -- that was the first piece of legislation that he put forward on day one, because this is such a broken system. 188

Question

Unknown
00:35:40-00:35:46 (6 sec)
They're -- they're asking specifically, though, for executive action. Is the adm- -- is the administration not willing -- 189

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:35:46-00:35:46 ( sec)
We -- 190

Question

Unknown
00:35:46-00:35:46 (1 sec)
-- to go that far? 191

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:35:46-00:36:00 (14 sec)
We are saying that Congress needs to do their job. That's what we're saying. They are -- they -- this has been two decades since this particular visa has been upgraded and updated. And so, it's for Congress to act. That's what they need to do. 192

Question

Unknown
00:36:00-00:36:06 (5 sec)
And can I ask you -- just briefly, can you talk about Thursday, the Philadelphia trip? What's -- what's the plan? 193

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:36:06-00:36:11 (6 sec)
So, I don't have anything to share on Thursday. We'll certainly have more to share in a coming day or two. 194

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:36:11-00:36:12 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 195

Question

Very Positive
00:36:12-00:36:32 (20 sec)
On China, there are a lot of different tension points, but one of them has -- we've been reminded of. And that is the fact that China retains ownership of all the pandas at the zoos in the United States, including the Smithsonian National Zoo. And is there any chance the President is going to ask President Xi to let the pandas stay? 196

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:36:32-00:36:36 (4 sec)
[Laughs] I think the panda is supposed to leave at the end of the year? 197

Question

Unknown
00:36:36-00:36:37 (1 sec)
At the end year. 198

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:36:37-00:36:45 (8 sec)
Okay. So, I don't have anything new to share -- any update to share on -- on the panda's timeline. But as soon as -- if we have anything to share, we certainly will share it. 199

Question

Very Positive
00:36:45-00:36:49 (3 sec)
Would the President share the concern of many Americans who love the pandas? 200

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:36:49-00:36:54 (5 sec)
[Laughs] Look, we all love the panda. I just -- this is not a conversation I've had with the President. [Laughter] I appreciate the question, Kelly O. 201

Question

Unknown
00:36:54-00:36:56 (2 sec)
You didn't see that one coming? 202

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:36:56-00:36:58 (2 sec)
I did not see that one coming. 203

Question

Slightly Positive
00:36:58-00:36:58 (1 sec)
Okay. 204

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:36:58-00:37:02 (4 sec)
Let the record reflect she is grinning and bearing it. 205

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:37:02-00:37:11 (9 sec)
I know my -- my kid loves the panda, as well as so many other Americans across the country who have visited and seen this panda. But I don't have anything to share. 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:37:11-00:37:12 (1 sec)
I've missed you. Welcome back. 207

Question

Very Positive
00:37:12-00:37:13 (1 sec)
Thank you. It's good to be back. 208

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:37:13-00:37:15 (2 sec)
Yeah? How's baby Karine? 209

Question

Positive
00:37:15-00:37:15 ( sec)
[Laughs] She -- she's good. She -- 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:37:15-00:37:16 ( sec)
Or baby KJP. 211

Question

Positive
00:37:16-00:37:18 (2 sec)
-- very nice to her dad. 212

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:37:18-00:37:19 (1 sec)
Oh, during your -- your -- your leave? 213

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:37:19-00:37:21 (3 sec)
Just like adult KJP. [Laughter] 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:37:21-00:37:24 (2 sec)
Oh, that's good. I like -- that's good. Well, okay. 215

Question

Unknown
00:37:24-00:37:26 (3 sec)
I have another question that you probably were not expecting. 216

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:37:26-00:37:26 ( sec)
Okay. 217

Question

Neutral
00:37:26-00:37:29 (2 sec)
Does President Biden want to limit Americans to two beers a week? 218

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:37:29-00:37:30 (1 sec)