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Press Conference: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - August 31, 2023

  • Karine Jean-Pierre
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  • Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
    Person
  • Question
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Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:00:00-00:00:03 (3 sec)
Hello. Good afternoon, everybody. 1

Question

Positive
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Good afternoon. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:04-00:00:18 (15 sec)
Thank you for your patience today. As you saw, the President went to FEMA to thank the workers there -- and their hard work over not just this past couple of days, but these past several weeks. So, thank you for your patience with all of us. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I have a quick intro, and then we'll -- we'll get going. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:21-00:00:35 (15 sec)
As the President said earlier today, the entire administration is committed to supporting all the communities impacted by Idalia, and he has directed a whole-of-government response to ensure those impacted have everything they may need. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:35-00:00:49 (13 sec)
Now, before I turn it over to Homeland Security Advisor Liz Sherwood-Randall, we want to make sure everyone who was impacted continues to listen to the guidance and direction of local officials and first responders. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:00:49-00:01:03 (15 sec)
Do not put your lives at risk by attempting to transverse flooded or damaged areas. FEMA Administrator Criswell, as you all know, is in Florida to survey the damages firsthand and will continue to brief the President and the White House team. 7

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:01:03-00:01:12 (9 sec)
The administration will stand with the impacted communities every step of the way, as we have for the past two years and as long as it takes. 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:01:12-00:01:14 (2 sec)
With that, Liz, thank you for coming back again. 9

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Positive
00:01:14-00:01:15 (1 sec)
Thanks, Karine. 10

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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It's been too long. 11

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:01:16-00:01:18 (3 sec)
Happy to be here. Hello, everyone. 12

Question

Unknown
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Hello. 13

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:01:20-00:01:29 (10 sec)
Good afternoon. The President is intensely focused on extreme weather that has impacted people across the country. And as you know, we're experiencing more of it every day. 14

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Unknown
00:01:29-00:01:45 (16 sec)
He has been receiving regular updates from Administrator Criswell and from me on the latest developments with Hurricane Idalia and also, of course, with the ongoing recovery operations in Hawaii on the island of Maui. 15

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Negative
00:01:45-00:01:59 (14 sec)
He continues to guide the response to both -- to the devastating fires on Maui, as well as to the remnants of Idalia now that it has moved off the coast of North Carolina. 16

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Unknown
00:01:59-00:02:07 (8 sec)
He and Deanne Criswell have been talking daily. He spoke to her this morning before he went over to FEMA headquarters. 17

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Somewhat Negative
00:02:07-00:02:27 (20 sec)
He's also been in regular contact with Governor DeSantis. He spoke to the governor twice today. He spoke to him yesterday as well to check on the circumstances on the ground and today, when he reached him this morning -- let him know that he was approving the governor's overnight request for a major disaster declaration. 18

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:02:27-00:02:49 (22 sec)
He also talked yesterday to Governor Kemp, Governor McMaster, and Governor Cooper and committed the federal government support to each of those states as they responded to and recovered from what we, at the time, did not know would be, relative to some of the early predictions from the National Hurricane Center, a consequential but not a catastrophic hurricane in those states. 19

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:02:49-00:03:05 (15 sec)
Yesterday, he also convened key Cabinet members who are leading the federal recovery and rebuilding efforts on Maui and asked them to report to him on their progress. That is essential to supporting the people of Maui. 20

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Unknown
00:03:05-00:03:22 (17 sec)
He has directed us to do everything that we can to accelerate recovery wherever people are impacted by extreme weather, whether it is in Maui, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, or any of the other communities that have been impacted by extreme weather events since the beginning of his administration. 21

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:03:22-00:03:31 (9 sec)
He is particularly focused whenever we talk about these events on the lives that are torn apart and how we can help people get back on their feet as quickly as possible. 22

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:03:31-00:03:54 (22 sec)
For example, yesterday, when we were briefing him with respect to Maui, he was very focused on the opening of the school year and how the kids of Lahaina don't necessarily have schools they'll be able to attend and what can we do, using federal resources from the Department of Education, to support the local community in finding a way for kids to get back to school this fall. 23

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:03:54-00:04:17 (24 sec)
I also want to thank the brave first responders, the Coast Guard, the search and rescue teams, the local law enforcement personnel, and so many others who, in a moment like yesterday, run toward danger. They're the ones we pre-deploy -- the search and rescue teams, the Coast Guard. They're out there under extremely dangerous circumstances taking personal risk to make it possible to save lives. 24

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:04:17-00:04:33 (15 sec)
I was talking to Admiral Poulin, the deputy of the Coast Guard, when we were over at FEMA just now about the Jayhawk helicopters that fly when a hurricane is still happening in order to be able to rescue people who may need their assistance. 25

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:04:33-00:04:53 (21 sec)
So, as you've heard, he -- the President did just visit FEMA. The reason he went over there was principally to thank the personnel there on the floor of the National Response Coordination Center, who work 24/7 to make sure that we're capable of responding to whatever is happening across the country. He walked the floor and thanked people for what they're doing. 26

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:04:53-00:05:06 (13 sec)
It's incredibly important that we acknowledge this work, because these are really the unsung heroes -- the FEMA folks both here in the headquarters and also those who are out in the field all around the country helping Americans. 27

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:05:06-00:05:16 (10 sec)
He has directed us to ensure that we have a fully coordinated whole-of-government effort to support people in the aftermath of this storm. 28

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Negative
00:05:16-00:05:37 (21 sec)
At his direction, Administrator Fe- -- Criswell flew down to Florida yesterday just as soon as she had completed briefing him both on what was happening in Florida and then during the meeting that he convened on Maui. And she is joining Governor DeSantis today, conducting the initial damage assessments in the state. 29

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Unknown
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As the President just announced when he was over at FEMA, he will fly to Florida on Saturday to visit the areas most impacted by the hurricane. 30

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:05:48-00:06:02 (15 sec)
There are currently approximately 1,500 federal responders on the ground in Florida. This includes over 500 Urban Search and Rescue personnel, who were there ready to save lives and help people get to safety. 31

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Negative
00:06:02-00:06:14 (12 sec)
One of the decisions we took early on was to pre-deploy personnel. That's something we do regularly to make sure that we've got what it takes in a disaster, rather than wait until it happens and then be late to need. 32

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:06:14-00:06:32 (18 sec)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was pre-positioned before this storm to support power restoration. It brought in more than 30 large generators that are pre-staged if needed to support critical infrastructure assets in particular, like hospitals or water treatment plants. 33

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:06:32-00:06:43 (11 sec)
There's also a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure that the electric grid can be maintained for people to have access to power after a storm. 34

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:06:43-00:07:07 (23 sec)
One of the benefits to the citizens of Florida is that during the Obama-Biden administration, we spent more than $200 million on hardening the grid in Florida by putting in stronger power poles and smart meters on those power poles -- something the President referenced yesterday -- which has enabled Florida to recover much more quickly from a series of extreme weather events that they face. 35

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Positive
00:07:07-00:07:22 (15 sec)
I want to also acknowledge the pre-positioning of critical supplies, including more than 1.3 million meals and 1.6 million liters of water in the region, in case that's necessary. It may not all be necessary, but, again, we want to be ready. 36

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Neutral
00:07:22-00:07:46 (25 sec)
The Red Cross is our critical partner in much of this work. They pre-positioned personnel and resources to support sheltering for up to 20,000 survivors. That may not be necessary, but we know that there are thousands of people who are in shelters as of this morning. The evacuation orders have been lif- -- lifted in most places in Florida, and so people may be able to go back to their homes. 37

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:07:46-00:07:54 (8 sec)
We also have approved, through USDA, early issuance of September SNAP benefits to all households that receive those benefits. 38

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Somewhat Positive
00:07:54-00:08:19 (25 sec)
We will be with the citizens of these impacted states as long as it takes. We know that there is some very heavy rain in North Carolina today, lowland flooding. We've asked people to be sure to pay attention to what their local officials are telling them about where it is safe to move, because often people think the hurricane has passed but that doesn't mean that all the storm surge and flooding is over. 39

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Leans Negative
00:08:19-00:08:36 (17 sec)
We won't know the full extent of the damage done for several days. The assessment teams are out in Florida today, as I mentioned. What we do know is that we will stay there as long as it takes to help, in partnership with our state and local counterparts, to get people back on their feet. 40

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Positive
00:08:36-00:08:37 (2 sec)
Now I'm glad to take a few questions. 41

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:08:37-00:08:39 (2 sec)
Okay. Just a couple questions. 42

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:08:39-00:08:40 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 43

Question

Very Negative
00:08:40-00:08:56 (16 sec)
Can you say a few words about the state of the U.S. electrical grid? The outages that we saw with Idalia raise concerns about that. I mean, can you -- have you done an assessment? Do you know what percentage of the electrical grid is in need of upgrades? And how serious of a threat is that? How concerned should Americans be? 44

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Somewhat Negative
00:08:56-00:09:26 (29 sec)
So, we are investing an enormous amount in grid resilience through a number of pieces of legislation that the President has passed. Just this week, from the infrastructure law -- the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law -- the President announced $95 million to assist the state of Hawaii in hardening its grid and making the grid more resilient to the effects of extreme weather and also potentially other threats. And that's the kind of work that has to take place all across the country. 45

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:09:26-00:09:45 (19 sec)
We're looking to invest from similar funds in other states, working in partnership with the private sector, to make sure that we do modernize the grid in a way that both employs clean sources of energy and enables us to sustain power for the American people under all hazardous conditions. 46

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Neutral
00:09:45-00:10:15 (30 sec)
Now, it's inevitable that there will be outages. And indeed, sometimes it's preferable that a utility takes the power off certain parts of the grid in order to prevent fires. And that's a decision that's made by state and local utilities; it's not something we would decide at the federal level. But it's a way of managing for the possibility that you could have a circumstance in which it would be preferable not to have power on the line -- for example, in a circumstance in which you're concerned about the spread of fire in a community. 47

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:10:15-00:10:32 (17 sec)
So, this is an ongoing effort which the President is driving from the White House, in conjunction with the Secretary of Energy and other agencies, to ensure that we have the grid of the future that we need, both to power our clean energy future and also to provide resilient power to the American people. 48

Question

Very Negative
00:10:32-00:10:36 (4 sec)
But can you say how much of the grid is in danger or is at risk or antiquated? 49

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Positive
00:10:36-00:10:38 (2 sec)
I think we should go on to others. Thanks. 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:10:38-00:10:39 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Kayla. 51

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:10:39-00:10:42 (3 sec)
Thank you. President Biden said today that he will be visiting Florida -- 52

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Slightly Positive
00:10:42-00:10:42 ( sec)
Yeah. 53

Question

Unknown
00:10:42-00:10:55 (12 sec)
-- on Saturday. He said that he should have a direct line to Governor DeSantis at this point based on how much they've been speaking. Should we expect the President to be meeting in person with Governor DeSantis? Will they be touring some of the hard-hit areas together? 54

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Negative
00:10:55-00:11:08 (14 sec)
We're just planning the visit, but I will say that every time I've been to Florida with the President, he has met, of course, with Governor DeSantis and traveled the disaster zone, whether it's from last year's hurricane or when the Surfside condominium building collapsed. 55

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Leans Negative
00:11:08-00:11:27 (18 sec)
Often, they'll meet, have a briefing from the emergency responders. It can be in the open, as it was from the hurricane last year. It could be in a briefing room, as it was at Surfside. They are very collegial when we have the work to do together of helping Americans in need, citizens of Florida in need. 56

Question

Unknown
00:11:27-00:11:46 (19 sec)
And you mentioned what the federal government is doing in response to Hurricane Idalia and the assistance that's being provided to some of these states. But NOAA has predicted above-normal hurricane activity for the duration of this hurricane season. So, I'm wondering what other actions are being taken proactively to prepare for that? 57

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Neutral
00:11:46-00:11:57 (12 sec)
Well, I'll tell you that one of the things we're doing proactively if we -- is that we have submitted to Congress a supplemental request that would replenish the Disaster Relief Fund, because that fund has been depleted. 58

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Neutral
00:11:57-00:12:12 (15 sec)
We have requested $12 billion, because we know that every American expects FEMA to be there if they are experiencing a disaster. And we want to be sure that we can fund that support that these communities will need, whether it's hurricanes or wildfires. 59

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:12:12-00:12:25 (12 sec)
We have an extremely intense wildfire situation in a number of Western, Southwestern states right now. And in each of those communities, the expectation is the federal government will come in in support of state and local partners to help people. 60

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:12:25-00:12:28 (3 sec)
All right, last question, Selina. And then we have to wrap up. 61

Question

Very Positive
00:12:28-00:12:36 (8 sec)
What are the biggest concerns on the ground at the moment? And is there any more clarity on just how long that road to recovery will be for those hardest areas? 62

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Positive
00:12:36-00:12:49 (13 sec)
So we're just getting the initial assessments. The President heard from Deanne Criswell when she briefed him on the telephone before we went to FEMA that the greatest concern right now is flooding and the impact on people's homes and businesses of that flooding. 63

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Very Negative
00:12:49-00:13:16 (26 sec)
It currently doesn't look, from aerial surveillance, as if there has been widespread destruction of many buildings. Some homes have been harmed. Some businesses have been harmed. But principally, it looks like it's about flooding in areas that are low lying, where there was storm surge in that bend in Florida -- the Big Bend in Florida. And so that -- that will likely be the area in which we have to invest the most in recovery. 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:13:16-00:13:19 (4 sec)
All right. Liz, thank you so much. 65

Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall

Somewhat Positive
00:13:19-00:13:21 (2 sec)
Thank you, all. 66

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:13:21-00:13:25 (4 sec)
Thank you, thank you. All right, please come back. 67

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:13:25-00:13:29 (3 sec)
All right, just a couple of things at the top, and then we'll get started. 68

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:13:29-00:13:39 (10 sec)
So, as you all know, in March, President Biden signed an executive order directing the Attorney General to move as close to universal background checks as possible within existing law. 69

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:13:39-00:13:56 (17 sec)
Today, as a result of that executive order that the President signed and also the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the Department of Justice is taking lifesaving action to reduce the number of guns sold without background checks and keep guns out of the hands of criminals. 70

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:13:56-00:14:13 (17 sec)
Now, this action that a majority of Americans want to see, a majority of gun owners also want. And it's just common sense. It's just common sense, because we know that background checks are one of the best tools we have to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of criminals. 71

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:14:13-00:14:25 (12 sec)
This administration respects the right of responsible gun owners while also believing Americans have the right to live free from gun violence as well. Those two things can exist. 72

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:14:25-00:14:38 (13 sec)
The President will continue to call on Congress to build upon this step and pass universal background checks, legislation, as well as other commonsense legislation to save lives. 73

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:14:38-00:14:49 (12 sec)
And this administration will continue to do everything it can to combat the epidemic of gun violence that is tear- -- tearing up our families, our communities, and also our country apart. 74

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:14:49-00:15:13 (23 sec)
Now, President Biden -- as you all know if you heard the back-and-forth of the Q&A that he -- he was able to take at FEMA -- that this week he also announced Overdose Awareness Week to focus the nation's attention on the devastation caused by the illicit fentanyl and other illicit drugs and recognize the pe- -- and recognize the people who have lost their lives or a loved one to drug overdose. 75

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:13-00:15:19 (7 sec)
This is an issue that affects red states and blue states. And it's a key pillar of President Biden's Unity Agenda. 76

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:15:19-00:15:27 (8 sec)
That's why today the White House announced more than $450 million in new funding to strengthen treatment for addiction and disrupt drug trafficking. 77

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:15:27-00:15:37 (9 sec)
The Second Gentleman and the Director of Drug Policy [DEL: Officer :DEL] [Office] Dr. Gupta also hosted family members across the country here at the White House today who have lost loved ones due to drug overdose. 78

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:15:37-00:15:54 (17 sec)
Now, the reality is that far too many Americans have lost someone to the overdose epidemic. Every day, and especially today, we want you to know we see you, we grieve with you, and this administration is committed to ensuring that our nation has the resources we need to beat -- to beat this crisis. 79

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:15:54-00:16:06 (12 sec)
And today, as you all saw from the P- -- the PCA -- PCE -- pardon me -- report came out. It showed that further evidence that inflation is easing with monthly inflation at 0.2 percent, the same rate as last month. 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:16:06-00:16:24 (17 sec)
Economists often look at inflation over three months to understand trends. As the chart behind me shows, over the last three months, PCE inflation averaged about 2.1 percent, in line with the pre-pandemic trend that we saw, and core PCE over the last three months also fell to the lowest rate in two and a half years. 81

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:16:24-00:16:36 (12 sec)
Now, our economy and labor market remains strong. Yesterday, we learned the economy grew faster than 2 percent last quarter. And we'll get an update in tomorrow's jobs report. As you all know -- I know some of you track that very closely. 82

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:16:36-00:16:41 (5 sec)
But we know unemployment has been near historic lows and below 4 percent for the longest stretch in 50 years. 83

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:16:41-00:16:46 (5 sec)
With that, William, it's good to see you. It's been a while. 84

Question

Slightly Positive
00:16:46-00:16:58 (12 sec)
It has. Thanks. I have two questions. On disaster relief funding, does the President think that $12 billion is going to be enough or is it possible that he'll go back and have to ask Congress for more? 85

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:16:58-00:17:12 (14 sec)
So, look, $12 billion, as you know, is part of his -- what this -- is in the supplemental fund -- supplemental request. And, you know, Criswell, the Administrator, has been here for the past several days. I think today is the only day that she hasn't been here. 86

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:17:12-00:17:35 (23 sec)
And so, she explained the -- the reasoning behind the $12 billion. It is incredibly important. I do want to make very clear that FEMA will continue to do its job and to -- to -- continue to do the incredible work that they have been doing -- dealing with extreme weather, dealing with these kind of disastrous storms that we've been seeing. 87

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:17:35-00:17:45 (9 sec)
But it's important -- we think and we believe that it's important for Congress to do its job and to really -- to really move forward with the supplemental request. 88

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:17:45-00:17:53 (9 sec)
Look, that is something that FEMA certainly asked for and requested. And we believe that this is needed. You heard directly from the President when he was asked about this just moments ago. 89

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:17:53-00:18:00 (7 sec)
And so, I will leave it there. I'm not going to get ahead of -- of the request that we c- -- that is currently in front of Congress at this time. 90

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:18:00-00:18:02 (2 sec)
What's your second question? 91

Question

Slightly Positive
00:18:02-00:18:17 (15 sec)
Well, picking up with that: You know, the White House also asked Congress today for a short-term funding resolution. Can you elaborate why that's necessary not just for natural disaster response, but on social programs like WIC? 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:18:17-00:18:25 (8 sec)
So it's -- what we -- what we asked for today is basically anomalies. That's what they're called. They're called CR anomalies, just to be very clear about that. 93

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:18:25-00:18:49 (24 sec)
And just to give you a little bit of rundown: On August 10th, we sent Congress a supplemental request for critical emergency funding. As you just asked, William, that includes funding for disaster relief -- the $12 billion, as you've heard from the Administrator, and also from -- from Liz just moments ago -- supporting the people of Ukraine and combating the fentanyl crisis, which is all incredibly important. 94

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:18:49-00:19:04 (15 sec)
Today, OMB sent a technical package to Congress called anomalies to avoid disrupt- -- disruptions to government programs during a continuing resolution. So that included an adjustment to WIC, the supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. 95

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:19:04-00:19:14 (10 sec)
Without this adjustment, states would be forced to implement wait- -- waiting lists, causing women and children to go hungry and pushing vulnerable families into poverty. 96

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:19:14-00:19:27 (14 sec)
So, just for some clarity, this is what Congress should pass. They should pass both the supplemental requests and the technical packages I just laid out with a continuing resolution to prevent a government shutdown. 97

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:19:27-00:19:41 (13 sec)
This is something that Congress can do. They can prevent a government shutdown. They need to prevent a government shutdown. What I just listed out are critical, critical programs that Americans across the country -- American families across the country certainly need. 98

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:19:41-00:19:42 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Selina. 99

Question

Very Negative
00:19:42-00:19:55 (13 sec)
President Biden had campaigned on fully decriminalizing marijuana. Even if the DEA request goes through, marijuana would still be illegal at the federal level. Could you provide some more information on exactly what impact this would have on Americans? 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:19:55-00:20:10 (15 sec)
So, just -- I don't want to get ahead of the process. I was asked this question before. So just so that everybody is clear: The President asked the Secretary of HHS and also the Attorney General to initiate the administrative process to review how marijuana is scheduled, as you just kind of laid out 101

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:20:10-00:20:27 (17 sec)
The administration's process is an independent process -- want to be very clear on that -- that is led by HHS and DOJ. It is going to be very much guided by evidence. And it -- so I'm not going to comment on that. I want to be also clear on -- on that piece. So, I would refer you all to HHS. 102

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:20:27-00:20:52 (26 sec)
As it -- as it -- as we speak to legalization and the legal piece of it, as you're asking me in your -- in part of your question: So, look, the President has always supported the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes -- he's been very clear about that -- where appropriate, consistent with medical and scientific evidence. That is why it is important for this review -- this independent review that is going to be, again, guided by evidence to go -- to go through. 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:20:52-00:21:05 (13 sec)
And so, I'm just not going to get ahead of what HHS is going to -- the decision that they've made or get ahead of eventually what the DOJ is going to move forward with. 104

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:05-00:21:06 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 105

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:21:06-00:21:28 (22 sec)
Thank you. Three months ago, the President struck a deal with Congress that set spending limits, guardrails on federal spending that were supposed to allow negotiators to reach a deal on full-year government spending. Why does the White House believe that -- that the two sides couldn't reach that deal for full-year funding in the last three months now that the White House is suggesting that a continuing resolution will be needed to keep the government open? 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:21:28-00:21:44 (16 sec)
I mean, look, we have said -- this is --let's not forget: This deal that was made -- right? -- in early June was a bipartisan -- a bipartisan decision -- right? -- bi- -- bipartisan deal. And we truly believe, as I have said almost every day this week when I've been asked this question, that Congress can avoid a shutdown, right? 107

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:21:44-00:21:52 (7 sec)
We -- they need to uphold their part of the deal, right? This is what the country wants to see. They want to see us coming together in a bipartisan way. 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:21:52-00:22:06 (14 sec)
And so, there is no reason why this should occur. There's no reason why Congress cannot do their job, as we've been very clear about this. They should keep their word; they should keep their word and do their job. 109

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:22:06-00:22:22 (16 sec)
This is what the American people want to see. We saw that in the midterm election -- the results of that. They want to see us coming together and working on these issues in a bipartisan way, which we were able to do, as you just listed. 110

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:22:22-00:22:37 (15 sec)
So, we must fund vital programs for American people and meet emergency needs. And so, that's what we're talking about. That's what the anoma- -- the ano- -- the anomalies that I just listed out is about. It's a technical process here. 111

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:22:37-00:22:46 (9 sec)
But, look, Congress, again, needs to avoid a government shutdown, and they need to do their job. 112

Question

Unknown
00:22:46-00:23:03 (16 sec)
But what has been the involvement of the White House, the Office of Legislative Affairs, and some of those who are involved in these negotiations more recently to try to work toward that full-year spending deal? 113

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:23:03-00:23:11 (8 sec)
Well, I talked about that the last couple of days. I've talked about -- not even the last couple of days. I've talked about this for the last couple of weeks when I've been asked. 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:11-00:23:30 (19 sec)
And I've -- I've talked about the engagement -- the Hill engagement that this White House has had with the Office -- the OMB director, Shalanda Young, right? And she has led this process along with the Legis- -- Legislative Affairs folks. And we have had multiple conversation and multiple calls with congressional members on the Hill. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:23:30-00:23:46 (16 sec)
But this does not take away their job and their duty and to keep -- to keep their word. We're ask- -- all we're doing is asking them to keep their word, right? We came to an agreement in a bipartisan way. They should keep their word. And they can avoid -- Congress -- "they" being Congress -- can avoid a government shutdown. 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:46-00:24:02 (16 sec)
And yes, we have been talking to them not just for what led to the agreement going into June when we finally had a bipartisan agreement, but also these past several months. And I've been very clear about that right here from this podium --about our engagement with the Hill, which is going to continue. 117

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:02-00:24:04 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 118

Question

Unknown
00:24:04-00:24:34 (31 sec)
Karine, I asked the President about President Xi from China potentially attending or not attending -- we have reports saying that he's not expected to attend the G20 Summit. Does that complicate the plans to try to facilitate a meeting with -- between President Biden and President Xi? Do you now anticipate that that kind of a meeting would more likely take place at the APEC meeting in San Francisco? And have you had any communication with the Chinese government about whether he would be attending that meeting? 119

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:24:34-00:24:45 (11 sec)
So, as it relates to his attendance -- President Xi's attendance to the G20, I would leave that to, you know -- to his spokesperson to answer that question, not for me to answer. 120

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:24:45-00:24:56 (10 sec)
Look, the President has said multiple times that he is looking forward to continuing his engagement and conversation with President Xi. I don't have anything to preview as to when that's going to happen. 121

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:24:56-00:25:11 (15 sec)
But, look, this is, you know -- I'll just let the President's words stand for himself. He spoke about it during his press conference at Camp David. You heard him speak of it just moments ago. He's looking forward to having that conversation, continuing that ongoing engagement. 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:11-00:25:17 (6 sec)
As far as President Xi's participation or attendance, that's just really for his government to speak to. 123

Question

Very Positive
00:25:17-00:25:51 (34 sec)
Just following on from that, Secretary Raimondo had a longish trip there. She was in multiple cities and spoke multiple times. You know, I know you were asked about this "uninvestable" comment, but, like, just looking back, would you -- would you assess the -- the, you know, outcome of her meetings? She said that, you know -- she has spoke about needing to draw a hard line on some of the issues. I mean, do you feel like these visits by Cabinet members have been successful? Or, you know, is -- is the U.S.-Chinese relationship still in -- in trouble? 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:51-00:26:06 (14 sec)
So, I'll say this, and she has been speaking to this these last couple of days. I think she's been doing interviews. I saw her, I believe, just moments ago on -- on MSNBC doing an interview on this. And so, I would certainly -- she had the experience, so I would certainly let her speak to her trip. 125

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:26:06-00:26:21 (16 sec)
But I'll say this: No president has put the United States -- and you've heard us say this many times -- in a stronger position to outcompete China than President Biden. And managing -- and I think she has said this, too, in her interviews: Managing that intense competition requires intense diplomacy. 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:26:21-00:26:31 (10 sec)
That's what you've been seeing from this administration. That's what you've been seeing from these events. And we have never viewed these trips as about deliverables or particular policy outcomes. 127

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:26:31-00:26:45 (14 sec)
We see this as an -- as it being incredibly important to have those in conversations, to make sure we have those diplomatic conversation. And they are going to be intense, and that's okay. That is part of this -- of this process. 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:26:45-00:27:02 (17 sec)
As far as it relates to her trip, I'm going to let the Department of Commerce speak directly to that. She has been very vocal, as I said -- has done a couple of interviews. I know she had a -- a media availability, I believe -- if not yesterday, the day before -- when she was in China. So, certainly would point you to that. 129

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:27:02-00:27:17 (15 sec)
But, again, this is about intense -- intense diplomacy. We understand this. That's what competition requires. That's what it means to manage these types of relationships. We welcome it, and we think it's -- it has been important to move forward in that direction. 130

Question

Unknown
00:27:17-00:27:18 (1 sec)
In the back, Karine? 131

Question

Unknown
00:27:18-00:27:19 (1 sec)
[Inaudible] on China, Karine? 132

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:27:19-00:27:21 (2 sec)
Go ahead. Go ahead, Patsy. 133

Question

Leans Positive
00:27:21-00:27:42 (22 sec)
Thank you, Karine. So, still on China. They just published this new map that includes territories of Taiwan, India, Malaysia, Philippines. We know that the President will be in New Delhi and in Hanoi; the Vice President will be in Jakarta meeting with ASEAN leaders. What can we expect from them on this issue of territorial disputes? And how forward-leaning would they be? 134

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:27:42-00:28:03 (20 sec)
So, a couple of things on -- on his trip in Hanoi. Since day one -- look, the administration, we have focused on rebuilding and investing in our allies and partners -- right? -- throughout the world, and especially within the Indo-Pacific. You saw that most recently with the trilateral that he held at Camp David -- a historic meeting there. 135

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:28:03-00:28:14 (12 sec)
As the United States looks to deepen our ties with the region, Vietnam is going to be a key partner. And so, the deliverables that will be announced as part of this visit will reflect both the breadth and also the depth of that relationship. 136

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:14-00:28:21 (7 sec)
As you know, we try not to get ahead of this President as we -- as these trips are -- are upcoming. 137

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:28:21-00:28:36 (15 sec)
As it relates to the Vice President -- as you just mentioned, she's going to be going to Jakarta. Will be a continuation of her work as well. She has been a partner in this, when it comes to strengthening our partnership with ASEAN nations on maritime security in the South China Sea. 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:28:36-00:28:48 (12 sec)
The Vice President has spoken extensively throughout the Indo-Pacific about the importance of international rules and norms. And you can expect that conversation and that kind of approach to continue on her trip as well. 139

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:28:48-00:28:57 (9 sec)
She has spent significant time working on these issues with leaders from Southeast Asia. You can expect the Vice President to discuss the South China Sea as well. 140

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:28:57-00:29:18 (21 sec)
Throughout her meetings in Jakarta -- a couple of things -- she will reaffirm our support for the freedom of the seas, peaceful resolution of disputes, and adherence of international law, including freedom of navigation. She will advance our work with ASEAN partners to preserve [DEL: martial :DEL] [international] law. And she will make clear, peace and stability in the South China Sea is vital to the entire -- to the entire world. 141

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:18-00:29:31 (13 sec)
Again, I'm not going to get ahead of those -- that specific engagement. But it is consistent, and it is a continuation of what her work has been as she's, clearly, in partnership with this President as we move forward in the Indo-Pacific. 142

Question

Unknown
00:29:31-00:29:37 (6 sec)
But can you specifically say whether the President or the Vice President will discuss specifically about this new Chinese map? 143

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:29:37-00:29:48 (11 sec)
Look, I'm not going to get into -- get ahead of that. I just laid out what we have been working towards -- right? -- deepening that relationship, which is incredibly vital -- that Indo-Pacific relationship. 144

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:48-00:29:58 (10 sec)
So, it's certainly going to be a continuation of that. You know, those trips are upcoming. And so, once we have more to discuss and lay out and read out, we certainly will do that. 145

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:29:58-00:30:10 (12 sec)
But, look, we look forward to these -- these types of diplomatic conversations. And, again, deepening -- deepening those important, critical relationships that the President has been leading on since the beginning of his administration. 146

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:10-00:30:11 ( sec)
Go ahead, Ed. 147

Question

Unknown
00:30:11-00:30:15 (4 sec)
Should we anticipate an on-camera briefing with Jake or someone about the trip beforehand? 148

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:30:15-00:30:17 (1 sec)
Yes, you can anticipate -- 149

Question

Very Positive
00:30:17-00:30:18 (1 sec)
Okay. Good. 150

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:18-00:30:18 ( sec)
As we normal do -- 151

Question

Positive
00:30:18-00:30:18 ( sec)
Yes. 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:18-00:30:20 (2 sec)
-- normally do, Ed. That is a -- that is something that we do ahead of -- 153

Question

Very Positive
00:30:20-00:30:20 ( sec)
Great. 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:20-00:30:22 (2 sec)
-- ahead of the trip. So -- 155

Question

Unknown
00:30:22-00:30:24 (2 sec)
As for something completely different, I have a question -- 156

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:30:24-00:30:24 ( sec)
Okay. 157

Question

Unknown
00:30:24-00:30:25 (1 sec)
-- on immigration. 158

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:30:25-00:30:25 ( sec)
Okay. 159

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:30:25-00:30:31 (6 sec)
It's something that happened here at the White House yesterday. Because the President, justifiably, understandably, was focused on natural disasters. 160

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:30:31-00:30:32 ( sec)
Yeah. 161

Question

Leans Negative
00:30:32-00:30:34 (2 sec)
He talked to the four governors of the states affected by the storm. 162

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:30:34-00:30:35 (1 sec)
Absolutely. Yep. 163

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:30:35-00:30:48 (13 sec)
He met with the Cabinet on that issue. Also had time for a meeting with Bernie Sanders. But when the governor of New York came by to discuss a very urgent matter in the state of New York and across the country in a lot of big cities, he did not meet with her. Why not? 164

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:30:48-00:31:06 (18 sec)
Well, look, as you just stated, there's a lot going on, and his Chief of Staff met -- met -- was part of that meeting. I believe Secretary Mayorkas was part of that meeting. Some of his very high-level senior staff participated in the meeting with the governor, which is, as you said, a very important meeting to have. 165

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:31:06-00:31:16 (10 sec)
He has a -- has a very good relationship with the governor. We've been -- every time we're in New York, the President en- -- practically every time, the President engages with the governors. They have a very good relationship. 166

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:31:16-00:31:37 (21 sec)
Look, the President has a lot on his plate. As you said, this is an important -- important issue as well. But when you have the Chief of Staff, when you have the Secretary of Homeland Security there meeting with the governor, I think that shows how important the President thought this meeting was to make sure he had his top people speaking with her as well. 167

Question

Negative
00:31:37-00:31:53 (16 sec)
Part of why I ask this is because, in a recent New York Times interview, the New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says, quote, "Immigration is arguably this administration's weakest issue. This is one area where our policy is dictated by politics, arguably more so than any other." 168

Question

Unknown
00:31:53-00:31:54 (1 sec)
Your response? 169

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:31:54-00:31:59 (5 sec)
Well -- [laughs] -- I will -- I would agree with her, certainly, on the last part, where it is dictated by politics. 170

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:31:59-00:32:22 (24 sec)
This is a president -- and you hear me say this over and over, Ed. The first day of his administration, he put forth a comprehensive immigration piece of legislation. The first piece of legislation in his -- in his tenure as president was that. And he took it incredibly seriously and wanted to put forth a path to deal with an issue -- a system that has been broken for decades upon decades upon decades. 171

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:32:22-00:32:37 (15 sec)
And while he is taking steps on his own, Republicans have made this an incredibly political issue. They have turned this into a -- a -- into political stunts that we have seen over and over and over again. 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:32:37-00:32:56 (19 sec)
And so, the President has asked and has said, "Hey, let's do this in a bipartisan way. Here's the funding that we would need to actually try to -- to fix what's going on and to work what's going on -- work with -- work on what's going on in the -- on the border." And they refuse. They want to make it -- "they" meaning Republicans in Congress -- want to make it a political issue. 173

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:32:56-00:33:17 (21 sec)
Look, the President has done what he can from -- from here, from the federal government, from the White House, to put forth and manage our border in a safe and humane way to respect the dignity of every human, as he says all the time, and making sure that our communities are safe. And you have seen him do that. 174

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:33:17-00:33:21 (5 sec)
But the system is broken. We want to do this in a bipartisan way. Republicans refuse to do that. 175

Question

Unknown
00:33:21-00:33:35 (14 sec)
But to the charge from the congresswoman that the White House hasn't taken up recommendations from fellow Democrats on how to deal with this issue more through executive action or otherwise because of concerns of how Republicans might react, you would say what? 176

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:33:35-00:33:43 (8 sec)
I will say this: The President has done more to secure the border and to deal with this issue of immigration than anybody else. He really has. 177

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:33:43-00:33:50 (7 sec)
June saw the single largest month-to-month drop in lawful -- unlawful border crossing because of the policies this President put in place. 178

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:33:50-00:33:58 (9 sec)
We've got a record number of federal agents and officers -- more than 24,000 -- working to secure the border because of the funding this President secured. 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:33:58-00:34:16 (18 sec)
We brought -- we brought 21 world leaders on the West Coast, as you all remember, together for the first time to -- ever to deal with this issue in a -- in a regional way because of the alliances that this President has put forth. And we secured record funding for border security and management. 180

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:34:16-00:34:34 (18 sec)
And let's not forget, we expanded -- we've expanded the pathway to citizenship under this President. And mind you, he's been doing this on his own. Does he want to do it in a bipartisan way? Absolutely. That's why he put forth his first piece of legislation to be on immigration to fix this broken system. 181

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:34:34-00:34:42 (8 sec)
We are -- we are willing to work with Congress and with Republicans. We need Republicans to do this. We just do. But they keep turning it into a political stunt. 182

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:34:42-00:34:43 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 183

Question

Unknown
00:34:43-00:34:44 (1 sec)
I just wanted to follow up. 184

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:34:44-00:34:45 ( sec)
Yeah, sure. 185

Question

Unknown
00:34:45-00:34:48 (4 sec)
You said that this administration has expanded the pathway to citizenship? 186

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:34:48-00:34:54 (6 sec)
The pathway of legal -- legal pathway -- pardon me -- the legal pathway for migrants to enter this -- 187

Question

Slightly Positive
00:34:54-00:34:55 (1 sec)
Okay. You were talking about -- 188

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:34:55-00:34:57 (2 sec)
The legal pathways to mi- -- to migrants coming. Yes. 189

Question

Unknown
00:34:57-00:34:58 (1 sec)
From -- from the parole program? 190

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:34:58-00:35:00 (2 sec)
Right. From the parolee program. That's -- 191

Question

Slightly Negative
00:35:00-00:35:03 (3 sec)
Which don't have any -- which don't lead to any sort of permanent legal -- 192

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:35:03-00:35:05 (2 sec)
Well, it -- it's a legal -- 193

Question

Unknown
00:35:05-00:35:06 (2 sec)
Right -- it's a -- it's a two-year program with -- 194

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:35:06-00:35:08 (2 sec)
I -- I agree. You're right. 195

Question

Slightly Positive
00:35:08-00:35:08 ( sec)
Okay. 196

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:35:08-00:35:12 (4 sec)
It gives you a legal pathway to come in -- and that's what -- 197

Question

Slightly Positive
00:35:12-00:35:12 ( sec)
Okay 198

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:35:12-00:35:15 (3 sec)
-- that's what I'm talking about -- in trying to prevent the unlawful pathways. 199

Question

Unknown
00:35:15-00:35:15 ( sec)
And -- 200

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:35:15-00:35:18 (3 sec)
So, just to clear it -- clear -- clear what I was trying to say. 201

Question

Unknown
00:35:18-00:35:36 (18 sec)
And when the two-year parole for those folks -- whether they be the folks from South and Central America or Afghanistan or Ukraine -- when the parole ends, does this President intend to renew the two- -- two-year paroles for those? Or are they -- or is he going to send them back? 202

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:35:36-00:35:42 (6 sec)
So, that's a very good question. That's why we keep asking for help from Congress to help us fix this bro- -- broken system. That is why we're -- 203

Question

Unknown
00:35:42-00:35:42 ( sec)
And -- 204

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:35:42-00:35:51 (9 sec)
-- we're -- we -- we're just not there yet. That's why we keep asking for help from Congress, from Republicans to help actually come together in a bipartisan way to fix this issue. 205

Question

Unknown
00:35:51-00:35:52 (1 sec)
But if they -- but if they don't -- 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:35:52-00:36:05 (13 sec)
I -- like -- like I said, we're going to continue to do what we can, right? This President is going to continue to do what he can to -- to deal with it -- to deal with a broken system. So, we're taking the steps to do that. And that's where we are today. 207

Question

Positive
00:36:05-00:36:08 (3 sec)
Thanks. 208

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:36:08-00:36:08 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 209

Question

Unknown
00:36:08-00:36:14 (6 sec)
In the President's conversation with Senator McConnell, did he bring up at all the White House supplemental funding request? 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:36:14-00:36:31 (17 sec)
Look, the President talked about what he -- that he had a conversation with Mitch McConnell. He basically said -- you heard him; you were there, I believe, at FEMA -- that this -- he's an old friend, and -- and while they may have disagreements, they try to find ways to work together. 211

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:36:31-00:36:39 (7 sec)
The President was calling to check in on him, to see how he was doing. I don't have anything further than what the President shared with you -- with you directly. 212

Question

Unknown
00:36:39-00:36:46 (7 sec)
Should we expect any more interactions between Biden and Republicans specifically urging them to pass this package? 213

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:36:46-00:37:03 (18 sec)
So, I don't have any direct conversations or direct engagement with the President and Congress. But the President has been very clear. You heard from him, again, at FEMA; you've heard from him multiple times. You have his OMB director, you have Leg Affairs reaching out, talking, engaging with Congress on a regular level. 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:37:03-00:37:09 (5 sec)
This is their job. I'm talking about them doing their job and making sure that the government doesn't shut down. 215

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:37:09-00:37:22 (13 sec)
It is not a difficult thing. It is very simple. This is what they are supposed to do: make sure that the government works and key -- key vital pieces of programs continue to get funded. That's their job. Pure and simple. 216

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:37:22-00:37:23 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 217

Question

Very Negative
00:37:23-00:37:44 (21 sec)
Thank you, Karine. I have a question on Saudi Arabia. The regime just sentenced to death a man who had been critical of corruption, human rights abuses on social media. Would you have a comment on that? And what role does that play when there is speculation that the President could meet with the Crown Prince at the G20 Summit? 218

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:37:44-00:38:09 (25 sec)
So, look, we are aware of those news re- -- new reports. Obviously, human rights remain a pillar of our engagement around the world. We've been very consistent about that, including, of co- -- of course, with our partners in Saudi Arabia. We don't shy away from -- from raising those concerns, whether with Saudi Arabi or anyone else. And that is not going to change. 219

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:38:09-00:38:15 (6 sec)
Anything specifically on this particular new -- new report, I would definitely refer you to the -- to the State Department. 220

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:38:15-00:38:24 (9 sec)
But, again, we're -- we're aware of this. But we will never shy away -- never shy away on talking about human rights, regardless of who -- who that leader might be. 221

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:38:24-00:38:28 (4 sec)
Okay. I'm trying to go to the back, because I know folks -- 222

Question

Unknown
00:38:28-00:38:31 (2 sec)
It's been a while, Karine, for some of us. 223

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:38:31-00:38:34 (3 sec)
[Laughs] You ju- -- you got to ask the President a question today. 224

Question

Unknown
00:38:34-00:38:35 (1 sec)
I haven't gotten to ask you a question -- 225

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:38:35-00:38:36 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Alex. 226

Question

Unknown
00:38:36-00:38:36 ( sec)
-- since May. 227

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:38:36-00:38:37 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Alex. 228

Question

Unknown
00:38:37-00:38:49 (12 sec)
Karine, how -- how concerned is the White House by the new COVID wave in the fall? And how are you thinking about, you know, masking, boosters, and just broadly about the state of the pandemic right now? 229