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Press Briefing: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - July 2,.2024

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Karine Jean-Pierre

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Oh, full house. 1

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Hello. 2

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Hi. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Hi, everybody. 4

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Good afternoon. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Good afternoon. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Steve, you're such a ladies' man. [Laughter] 7

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Look at that. 8

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This is a good group. 9

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He knows. [Laughter] 10

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That's right. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Okay. It's good to see everybody. Welcome back. Going to have a couple things at the top. I know it's been a while since we've done this, so please bear with me. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I want to begin by discussing the devastation caused by Hurricane Beryl, which President Biden just addressed directly. 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This already deadly storm was upgraded to a Category 5 storm as it heads towards Jamaica. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

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The president has been briefed on Hurricane Beryl and our administration is in close touch with territory and local officials. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

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USAID and FEMA has resources and supplies pre-staged in the region, with staff and partners ready to assist. 16

Karine Jean-Pierre

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We urge residents to stay vigilant and h- -- and heed the warnings of local officials. You heard that from the president as well. 17

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Next, I want to express our disappointment in yesterday's District [Court] ruling, which blocked our temporary pause on pending approvals of liquified natural gas exports. 18

Karine Jean-Pierre

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While congressional Republicans and their allies continue to deny the very existence of climate change, President Biden is committed to combating the climate crisis with every resource available. 19

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That is why we will continue taking action to transition to a clean energy future and reduce emissions, creating good-paying clean energy jobs, and bolster the resilience to -- to bolster resilience to the impacts of extreme weather. 20

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I'll now turn to sharing how we are delivering for American workers and lowering costs for them. 21

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yesterday, the Biden-Harris administration began expanding overtime protections to millions of American workers. 22

Karine Jean-Pierre

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The Department of Labor's overtime rule extended overtime protections to 1 million workers making less than $43,888 a year. And next year, it will extend protections to another 3 million workers by increasing the overtime threshold to $58,656. 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That means higher paychecks or more time with family for -- for millions of workers. 24

Karine Jean-Pierre

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While elected Republicans side with big corporations and special interests to try to deny workers these protections, President Biden is fighting for families. 25

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As a record Americans travel for the Fourth of July, President Biden is taking action to lower gas prices. 26

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Today, we announced the sale of 1 million barrels of gasoline, which will lower gas prices, particularly in northeast states such as Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. 27

Karine Jean-Pierre

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While President Biden has unleashed record energy production, including affordable clean energy, congressional Republicans are siding with Big Oil to give out tax cuts while keeping prices high for families. 28

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Now, this week, the president and -- the president and his administration is marking the 60th anniversary of President Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 29

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This landmark legislation prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and serves as the legacy of generations of courageous and extraordinary Americans who fought to fulfill the promise of our nation. 30

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Despite this critical step forward, securing our civil rights remains the unfinished fight of our time. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That's why President Biden is fighting actively to protect the civil rights of every -- every American. 32

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He signed a landmark executive order to protect voting rights and continues to urge Congress to pass the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and Freedom to Vote Act. 33

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President Biden appointed Justice [DEL: Ketanja :DEL] [Ketanji] Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to be on the Supreme Court, and has appointed more Black women to the federal appellate court than every other president in history combined. 34

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He's also creating opportunities for every American to thrive, investing historic amounts into HBCUs, and changing our country's failed approach to marijuana, which disproportionately impacts communities of color. 35

Karine Jean-Pierre

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You'll continue to hear more from this administration to mark this major, major anniversary. 36

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And finally -- thank you for your patience. And finally, we have a few schedule updates. So, wanted to share the following with all of you. 37

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This week, the president will speak with Hill leaders and Democratic governors. 38

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He will travel to Wisconsin on Friday. He will conduct a sit-down interview with George Stephanopoulos from ABC News while on the campaign trail. 39

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He will travel to Philadelphia on Sunday. 40

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And next week -- I know you guys are going to be really excited about this -- he will host a press conference during NATO. 41

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This is in addition to the previously announced events this week. And I will be happy to take your questions. 42

Karine Jean-Pierre

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All right. Colleen, go for it. 43

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Thanks, Karine. So, there are growing calls from Democrats, including members of Congress, for the president to step aside for the 2024 election because he's not capable of serving another four years. What is his response to this? 44

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, let me just step back for a minute and, I guess, deal with the questions that have come in about the debate. And honestly, this is something that the president has addressed himself multiple times since this past Thursday. 45

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And first of all, I want to say we understand the concerns. We get it. The president did not have a great night. As you all know -- and many of you reached out during the ca- -- the -- the debate -- the president had a cold. He had a hoarse voice. You all heard it. That's why you reached out. 46

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But I will say this, and the president said this over the past couple of days -- certainly, right after the debate: He knows how to do the job. And he knows how to do the job not because he says it, because his record proves it. Because for three and a half years, almost four years, the rec- -- the president's record has been unprecedented, delivering for the American people. 47

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Another thing that he said that I would add is he knows right from wrong. He knows how to tell the truth. And, again, he knows how to deliver for the American people. 48

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Joe Biden is a person -- take away his title -- he is someone who has dealt with tragedy. He is someone who has confronted that head on. He is someone who knows how to get back u- -- up once you've been knocked down. That is something that he understands very, very well. And I think and we believe that's something that many of Americans across the country understand as well. 49

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And he knows how to come back. He knows how to come back. And so, the president is going to continue to focus on what he's been doing the past three and a half years. He's going to focus -- continue to focus on the American people. 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And, you know, to your question, just to add a little bit more to your question. Look, you heard from Speaker Pelosi. You heard from Representative Clyburn. And let me just share -- paraphrase a little bit of what they said. 51

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Speaker Pelosi, who is very close to the president, said it is not about performance in terms of a debate; it's about performance in a presidency. And this is a president -- you've heard me say this; we've talked about this -- he's been able to give us an economic recovery -- the strongest economic cov- -- recovery in modern history. 52

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Let's not forget, during the midterms of 2022, many people -- many of you all, some of you in this room -- said that it was going to be a red wave, and that didn't happen. He defeated Big Pharma. We have seen historic low in crime in more than -- down to 50-year low. 53

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And then you had Representative Clyburn, who said, "The president has done a great job leading for the last three and a half years. The best predictor of future behavior is past performance." This is from Clyburn: And when you look at the record of President Biden versus former President Trump, you see President Biden, who has delivered the strongest recovery in modern history, versus the previous administration, whose plans hurts the middle class; and President Biden, who is committed to protecting our fundamental freedoms versus the former -- the former president, the previous administration doing everything that they could, and they did, to overturn Roe v. Wade, and they are responsible for that. 54

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And those are -- that's coming from two people who are not just leaders in Congress but also close to the president. 55

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I think part of the problem that Democrats are articulating is that it wasn't just that he had a cold, but rather he had, you know, answers -- he was trailing off. He -- he didn't answer some questions in -- in a, sort of, fulsome way. And speaking of Nancy Pelosi, one of the things that she recently said was that it was a legitimate question whether his performance was an "episode" or a "condition." 56

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So, I guess I'm wondering -- 57

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 58

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-- if there's been any consideration given to, like, releasing a more robust set of medical records or -- 59

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 60

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-- or something to show his mental acuity. 61

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I will say this. Look -- and, again, I -- I get the question. It is a fair question to ask. We are not taking that away. And that's why the president certainly has spoken to this. 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As it relates to his medical records, we have been transparent. We have released thorough reports from his medical team every year since he's been in office. That is something that we have been pretty consistent about. 63

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As it relates to, you know, something like a cognitive test, to the question that you're asking me about what the speaker -- former speaker said -- obviously, she can speak for herself. His team, who has said -- the medical team said it is not warranted in this case. We have put forward a thorough, transparent annual report on his health. So, they have said that is not warranted. It is not necessary. 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Again, we understand. We understand. We're not taking away from what you all saw or what the American people saw. We understand it was a bad night. It is not uncommon for incumbents to have a bad night on their first debate. 65

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And we are going to continue to do the work that we have been doing on behalf of the American people. I think the president rec- -- record certainly speaks for itself. 66

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead, Weijia. 67

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Thank you, Karine. You just reminded us that President Biden had a cold on Thursday. What medications was he taking in the days or hours leading up to the debate? 68

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And I can -- I know that question has come in a couple of times to us. He was not taking any cold medication. 69

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Was he taking any medication that would have interfered with his performance? 70

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He was not taking any cold medication. That is what I can speak to. I've asked the doc- -- his doctor, and that's what he stated to us. 71

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After the debate, did the president get exam-ed by a doctor, or did he get a neurological scan? 72

Karine Jean-Pierre

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A neurological scan? Look, what I can say is that -- just to take a step back, it was a bad night. We understand that it was a bad night. And the president has spoken to this, and he understands that. 73

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, I cannot speak to anything beyond what I just shared. The president has regular annual physicals that we release in a thorough report. We're going to continue to do that. I don't have anything else beyond that. 74

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So, was the last time he was seen by a doctor, then, in February? 75

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I just don't have anything beyond that -- beyond the question of a neurological exam. 76

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Okay. Well, you continue to say it was just a bad night. But is there an explanation, then, for why it was so bad? If it's not his stamina, if he prepared, as you guys say, for -- for so long -- 77

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 78

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-- if it's not a problem with his mental fitness, what happened that night? What did we see? 79

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I will also add that the president also spoke to this as well. He said, "I'm not as smooth as I used to be. I don't debate as well as I used to. I don't walk as easily as I used to." But one thing that he knows is how to deliver for the American people. He understands that. He understands that he's not a young man, obviously. He said this. 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And -- but his focus is going to continue to deliver for the American people on -- on the -- on the issues that they care about: the economy; expanding health care; fighting for Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security; making sure that we continue to be leaders on the world stage, which is something that this president has been able to do. 81

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And turn -- you know, turn around the mess -- the mess that this last administration created -- that's certainly on -- on -- not just domestically but on the world stage. 82

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 83

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Is anyone in the White House hiding information about the president's health or his ability to do the job day to day? 84

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Absolutely not. 85

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Given the fact that it's more than a bad night when his political future is threatened, would he be willing to provide more medical information? Would he be willing to have Dr. O'Connor provide more to answer these questions? 86

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, Kelly O, certainly understand the question, appreciate the question. But what we have provided has been very transparent -- 87

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But it's not recent. 88

Karine Jean-Pierre

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-- has been -- has been -- 89

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And the country watched -- 90

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But February -- February was this year. It wasn't too long ago. It was indeed this year. And we were -- we were -- we provided a transparent report, a thorough report -- 91

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But you recognize there are many Americans who were concerned about his capacity -- was he okay? What happened? 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean -- 93

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And we've now gone several days where he has only done teleprompter comments. 94

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Okay. 95

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He has not taken questions. I know you've announced a press conference. 96

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 97

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We appreciate that. 98

Karine Jean-Pierre

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[Laughs] 99

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An interview, we appreciate that. 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 101

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But there is a period of time here where the public is trying to understand what happened. And the president could help to answer that by engaging with us in an unscripted way right now. 102

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, let me just say a couple of things. There's a couple of things that you said that I do want to address. 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Number one, hours -- I don't know -- less than an hour after the debate, he went and he engaged directly with the American people. Right? He went to a watch party. He was in a room with hundreds of supporters who watched the debate. 104

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And when he walked in, they cheered him on. And he did a photoline with them for some time. Some -- some of your colleagues had an opportunity to speak to these supporters. He did that. And that was something that he was able t- -- that he was able to do right after. 105

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And then, we stopped at a Waffle House, as some of you all know, and spoke to a -- a full -- a packed -- a packed restaurant. So, he spent some time there. 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Then the next day, he went to North Carolina. He spoke in front of hundreds of supporters there who said, "We support you, Joe. We love you, Joe." And so, he was able to do that. 107

Karine Jean-Pierre

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In those two and a half days or so after the debate, he went to four states and engaged with supporters, engaged with American people, everyday people, heard directly from them. 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And let's not forget, when we landed in North Carolina -- I think it was, like, 2:00 a.m. in the morning -- he engaged with supporters there as well. 109

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, the president has been out there. He's been listening to supporters. It's something that he loves to do -- not just supporters but American people out there -- everyday people who appreciate what he does, who wants to hear more from him, as you just stated, and got that opportunity to do just that. 110

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I think it matters that he's going to do an interview on Friday. I think it matters that he's going to go to Wisconsin and do that -- right? -- engage with everyday people. We're going to continue to do that. Nothing has changed in that regard. We're going to continue to be out there. He's going to be in Pennsylvania as well this weekend, as I just stated. 111

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And one more. 112

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Sure. 113

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We're reporting that Hunter Biden has been in some meetings with senior advisers. Why is the president's son involved? 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, a couple of things. I do -- I saw that reporting as I was coming out. So, a couple of things there. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, the president, as you know, is very close to his family. This is a holiday week, Fourth of July. He spent time with his family, as you all know and reported, at Camp David. Hunter came back with him and walked with him into -- into -- into that meeting -- that prep -- that speech prep. 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And, you know -- and he ended up spending time with his dad and his family that night. That is basically what happened. It is a week where there's going to be more family members who are going to come to the -- to the White House. I'm sure you'll see some of them on Fourth of July. Many more are expected to be here -- 117

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No issue with family being in the White House. 118

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No. 119

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The question, though, would be -- 120

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 121

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-- is he participating in meetings with senior advisers? 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

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What I can say is that he came back with his dad from Camp David, he walked him into the speech prep, and he was in the room. That, I can tell you: He was in the room. 123

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Anything else coming out of that reporting, I can't speak to. But I can say that, you know, he's close to his family, which is not unusual. They were together at Camp David. They came back together. You're going to see a lot more family this week. 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 125

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Thank you, Karine. I want to go back to that question that Pelosi raised earlier today. 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Sure. 127

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Pelosi asked -- it is -- Pelosi said, "It's a legitimate question to ask if this is an episode or is -- this is a condition." Which one is it? 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, what I can tell you is that he had a cold and a bad night. I would not see this as an episode. I would see this as what it was and what we believe it to be, which is: It was a bad night. And he did -- on top of that, he had a cold. And that is the reality of the situation. That is the reality of what happened that night. 129

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You've certainly seen the reporting out there that -- 130

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 131

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-- this is not just a standalone instance, that other people are saying that this has happened before. 132

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One, do you see these as legitimate questions? And also, are you being straight with the American people on this? 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I think it -- I see it as a -- I'm -- I see it as a legitimate question. I do. And I -- and I have said it is a fair question to ask. The president sees it as a legitimate question. 134

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And I -- I think, also, the president saying, "I am not a young man. I'm not as a smooth -- a smooth talker as I used to be. I don't walk as easily as I used to be -- I used to. I don't debate as well as I used to." I mean, the president is admitting and saying -- and this is not the first time, right? He's talked about his age. He's joked about his age many times before. 135

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, you heard that directly fr- -- and we are acknowledging what -- what people are seeing. But we do believe this was a -- in -- in this instance, it was a bad night. 136

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Is he disabled? Is the president disabled? 137

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One more -- just -- just -- 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No. No. And -- let me -- let me finish with your colleague, please. 139

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Okay. You can come back. 140

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I know, but shouting out -- come on. You know better. You know better. Come on. 141

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Just -- just one final question. Immediately after the debate, we started to hear the concern from Democrats on Capitol Hill, calling it just flat out a disaster. Why didn't the president immediately personally reach out to leaders on Capitol Hill like Leader Jeffries and Leader Schumer? 142

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, I can say this. Right after the debate, we were on a two-and-a-half-day swing, four states. The president was out there hearing directly from the American people, engaging directly from the Amr- -- American people. 143

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Obviously, he respects the Democratic leadership. It is leadership there that has helped him deliver for the American people an unprecedented record on behalf of Americans across the country. So, we appreciate them for -- obviously. 144

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But he was out there. He was out there directly with supporters, engaging with them, whether it was a tarmac, whether it was at a rally, whether it was at a watch party or a fundraiser. And I think that's important to note, too. And he was hearing from them. 145

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But, at the same time, those leaders -- Democratic leadership was hearing from members of his team -- high-level senior members of his team. It's not like we were silent. It's not like we were quiet. It's not like we were not engaging with them. We were. 146

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And now that the president is back at the White House, he's going to have some time to talk to these Democratic leadership -- the Democratic leadership on the phone. I mentioned Democratic governors. He's going to do it with leaders o- -- on the Hill as well. And that's important. 147

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And then, he's going to go back out -- out into the states, obviously, and talk to -- and talk to Americans there. 148

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, he's -- he can -- he's going to do both. 149

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What's his message going to be to the Democratic governors and Hill leaders when he talks to them? 150

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I'm not going to get into a private conversation. We -- we wanted to share these meetings. I know it was getting out there. It was floating out there. And I know it was -- and we just wanted to confirm that w- -- that we were indeed having these conversations. 151

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But we normally -- as you know, our posture is not to dive into -- dive into private conversations. He'll have these conversations. I think they'll be important. They'll hear from him. He'll hear from them. 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But I also want to note that there is a regular engagement with -- whether it's Inte- -- Intergovernmental Affairs or the Office of Leg Affairs -- regular engagement from my colleagues here with governors, with mayors, and also, obviously, with congressional -- congressional leaders. That is something that is a regular engagement. 153

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Obviously, the president himself will -- will engage with them this week. 154

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Karine, does he still have a cold? He seemed to be clearing his throat a bit at the -- 155

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He still has a cold. 156

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-- last event. 157

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yes. 158

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Okay. 159

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I asked -- he still has a cold. 160

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Okay. Thank you. 161

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 162

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 163

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Thanks, Karine. You've said a couple of times now that the White House has provided thorough medical records for the president. The White House released a six-page summary back in February. I don't think that was a full accounting, necessarily. And Dr. O'Connor, in that memo, described the president as quote, "a healthy, active, robust 81-year-old male, who remains fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency." 164

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I think that is clearly not what the majority of Americans are seeing. And we have a new poll from CBS News that says 72 percent of registered voters say the president does not have the mental and cognitive health to serve as president. 165

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So, are you saying that the majority of Americans are misguided and that they just need to trust Dr. O'Connor and take him at his word? 166

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, a couple of things -- and I want to say the president is feeling better. And you saw him last night. You saw him today. But he does indeed still have a cold. 167

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, you know, I -- I want to be very sensitive here, and I think it is important to be sensitive here. We understand how the American people are feeling. We get it. We do. And w- -- I do not want to take away from that. 168

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I'm not going to speak -- I -- I know that there was -- you all did a poll -- CNN do -- did a poll. I'm not going to speak to every poll. I'm just not going to do that. 169

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And also, I'm -- you know, constraints in -- in doing that as we're heading into -- header- -- heading into an election in November, as you know. 170

Karine Jean-Pierre

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What I will say is majority of Americans also support the work that the president has doing in a sense of the -- his agenda and what he stands for and what he's been fighting for, whether it's reproductive rights, whether it's an economy that works for all. And that is something that the president is going to continue to do. 171

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And this is why we have said -- and I have said this multiple times from here -- is that's why the president acknowledges -- we get it. We get what Americans are feeling. That's why he's acknowledging he's not a young man. That's why he's acknowledging he's a little slower than he used to be in -- in walking and not as smooth at speaking. We get that. 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But we also want to make sure that we point to the successes that he's had, his record, and we want to continue to build on his unprecedented record. And I'm not going to discount what the American people see or feel. 173

Karine Jean-Pierre

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What I can say is what we know from our side of things. We could speak to his record, and we could speak to what the president has been able to acknowledge. And I think that's important too. And that's basically acknowledging what Americans are seeing and feeling. 174

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Well, if you get it, why not release more about his medical -- his physical and mental health? Why not? 175

Karine Jean-Pierre

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We -- what we have released has been very comprehensive. It has been. It has been transparent. And if you compare it -- right? -- it has. We have put that out there. And -- you know, and we'll continue to do so: put that information out there. 176

Karine Jean-Pierre

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You know -- and, M.J., I want to be very clear. I get the question that you're asking me. But this is also a president who has had a historic administration -- he has -- in delivering on legislation, key policies. That is because with age comes wisdom and comes experience. And I think that matters as well. 177

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 178

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Did -- did Dr. O'Connor watch the debate? 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I believe Dr. O'Connor traveled with us to the debate, so -- 180

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So, did he have any concerns after seeing the president's -- 181

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No, not at all. 182

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-- debate perform- -- 183

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Not at all. 184

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I have one more question, actually, Karine. 185

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Sure, sure. 186

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The -- the campaign's theory of the case for the president staying in the race has been that the president has a better shot of defeating Donald Trump than any other Democrat. We have a new CNN poll that shows the vice president actually has a slightly stronger showing against Donald Trump than the president. So, how does the president explain not passing the baton to his own 59-year-old vice president, given that kind of data? 187

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, look, as you know, I'm constrained to speaking directly to your poll. And I get it, and I -- I hear the question. I got to be mindful. That is something for the campaign, as you started saying -- the -- the -- what the campaign has laid out, their argument of the case, that is something for them to take up, and that is something for them to answer. 188

Karine Jean-Pierre

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What I can speak to is the president's record. What I can speak to: what he's been able to accomplish. And the things that he's been able to do and get done is be- -- is actually in line with majority of Americans. And I think that's important, too, to note. 189

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And, again, I will say: with age, comes wisdom and experience, and that certainly -- it's something that the president brings. 190

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 191

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Thanks, Karine. We've seen some real anger expressed by donors and democratic officials -- sort of how you guys have handled the president, shielding him away from impromptu settings and denying -- excuse me -- until last week that there had really been any age-related slippage. 192

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So, I'm wondering if you guys have had a moment to reflect on that strategy. Any regret over it? And if -- you know, what you would say to folks who -- who think it's arrogant for there not to be either changes towards that strategy or with some of the personnel that are around the president. 193

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And you -- you're talking about the strategy specifically about who's around the president? Is that what you're -- 194

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Well, I think it's -- it's two parts, right? 195

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. Mm-hmm. 196

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One is a kind of a small, concentrated group of aides that have been with the president for a very long time, and the other is sort of systematic decisions to shield the president from the impromptu moments that we would see -- that we've seen in previous administrations, whether it's press conferences or interviews or -- 197

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 198

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-- you know, just being out in public more frequently. 199

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean, look, a couple things there too. Look, I -- this year, the president has done more than 40 interviews. And unscripted -- right? -- those interviews are unscripted. He has done more than 500 gaggles -- right? -- of course, unscripted, talking directly to many of you. 200

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I -- 201

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No, let -- let me just finish. 202

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, he enjoys doing that. He enjoys engaging with all of you, and we're going to continue making sure that happens. 203

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I will say this. This is a -- obviously, this is a president that was a senator for 36 years. He was a vice president, as you all know -- I'm just repeating things that you all know -- for eight years. And so, he has longtime, you know, advisers that have been here with him for a long time. I don't think that's unusual. 204

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He also has people who have -- who are new to -- new to the administration that also advise him. Look, I've been in meetings with the president where it's been a diverse group of people, and he sees us and he -- he knows the reason why we're sitting in front of him is that we have something to share. And he wants to hear from all of us. 205

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I've heard him say, "Hey, what is it that -- what do you gu- -- what do you think? What do you think?" And so, my experience has been that that -- that world is indeed open and that he does get to hear from a diverse group of people. That has been my experience. 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And -- but it is not unusual for someone who has been around for that long of time to have a group of people that he --- that's been around him for some -- for -- for a minute. Right? And I think that makes sense. There's nothing about that that is nonsensical. That actually makes sense. 207

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And we're going to continue to get him out in front of all of you to take your -- to take your questions at a steady -- a steady -- steady drumbeat. 208

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You mentioned NATO, and I have -- 209

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 210

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-- two -- two questions. One is just -- 211

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Sure. 212

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-- a logistical one, which is you mentioned the press conference. 213

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 214

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Is that going to be kind of a real, big boy press conference that we're used to, or -- 215

Karine Jean-Pierre

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[Laughs] Did you say "big boy press conference"? [Laughter] 216

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Yeah, like one of these two-and-twos tha- -- that might be a little more limited. 217

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I believe -- and I know you guys are holding me to it -- it is a -- I believe it's a solo press conference. We'll certainly have more to share with all of you as we get closer -- 218

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And then more -- 219

Karine Jean-Pierre

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-- to next week. 220

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More thematically -- 221

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We should call it the big boy [inaudible]. [Laughter] 222

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah, I was about to say "big boy" Justin over here -- 223