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Press Briefing: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - July 3,.2024

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Karine Jean-Pierre

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Hi. Good afternoon, everyone. 1

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Hello. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

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All right, I have a couple of things at the top. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I want to begin by sharing that Biden-Harris administration is announcing a signifi- -- a significant new security assistance package for Ukraine as the United States continues to support Ukraine's defense against Russia's invasion. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This announcement is the seventh security assistance package that President Biden has authorized to help Ukraine since he signed the national security supplemental in April. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

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It includes missiles for Ukraine's air defense systems, ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, artillery rounds, and other critical capabilities that are being drawn down from U.S. stocks using presidential drawdown authorities. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

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It also includes new funding that the Department of Defense will use to purchase interceptors for Patriot and NASAM air defense systems to help Ukraine defend its troops and its cities against Russia's aerial attacks. 7

Karine Jean-Pierre

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The United States' support over the last few months has been critical in helping Ukraine defend their territory against Russia's advances. 8

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Thanks to the bravery of the Ukrainian forces and weapons deliv- -- deliveries from the United States and our allies and partners, it is increasingly clear the Russian offensive around Kharkiv has been a failure. 9

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And as President Biden has been clear, we are committed to continuing to stand with Ukraine until they prevail against Russian aggression. 10

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I want to share a bit of additional updates before -- for all of you before we start. I know some of all -- some of you have been trying to confirm some of this information that I'm about to share, so I'll do it -- it right now at the podium. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

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The president has connected with Leader Jeffries, Senate Majority Leader Schumer, Representative Clyburn, former Speaker Pelosi, and Senator Coons. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Today, President Biden taped two Black radio interviews that will air tomorrow morning. One is with Earl Ingram on Civic Media Network, which airs across Wisconsin, and one with Andrea Lawful-Sanders on WURD's The Source in Philadelphia. 13

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And, as Governor Walz of Minnesota announced today, the president will meet with more than 20 Democratic governors. Now, as you know, these governors are some of our closest partners when it comes to creating jobs, building new roads and building bridges, and so much more. And so, the president certainly looks forward to meeting with them. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And with that, I am happy to take your questions. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Seung Min. 16

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Thank you. Last night at the fundraiser, the president blamed jet lag for his debate performance, but he was back stateside for well over a week. So, does he really need more than a week and a half to recover from -- from traveling in Europe? And did he really -- is that really what he thinks caused his poor debate performance? 17

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, yeah, just a couple of things. And I do appreciate the question because you -- you know, the president has certainly spoken to this many, many times about the debate. And so, he had an opportunity to do that in front of supporters. 18

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And I jus- -- as you just stated, he did that. He -- he talked about, he owned that the debate was not his best night. And it -- and he said himself, it's not an excuse, but it's an explanation. I was standing here yesterday, and many people were asking why and what's the explanation. And that's what you heard from him. 19

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, the two -- I think, in addition to the two major trips, he was also doing -- continued to do his presidential duties. He worked late in doing that, and he also prepared for the debate. And on top of that, there was, obviously, the jet lag, as you just asked -- asked about, and also, he had a cold. And you all heard directly -- you heard -- you heard from him during the debate. He had a hoarse voice. 20

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Many of you reached out to me and my team and some other members of the White House asking what was going on. We confirmed that he had a cold. And so, I think those two things -- continuing, obviously, to do his duties as commander in chief, as the president. 21

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, I think some of you here in this room can certainly relate to, you know, what -- what could happen when you're having an important moment and you're not feeling well. And, yeah -- and also you wish you could have done better. And so, he took ownership. I think that's important. 22

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And he's going to continue to make a strong case for his agenda, and that's what you're going to see. 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And he was giving an explanation. And that's what he wanted to do. He wanted to get that out there and for people to hear directly from him, as he has been doing since -- since Friday of last week. 24

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It just seems like there -- I know you're calling it an explanation, not an excuse. 25

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 26

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But it does seem like there are new excuses since the debate of what -- 27

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No -- 28

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-- went wrong there. 29

Karine Jean-Pierre

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-- I would say, I don't think it's a new excuse. 30

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I think some of you, some of your colleagues reached out to us about the schedule. They -- some of your colleagues asked if the -- if the schedule was too strenuous or was it because of the jet lag. And so -- and so, we -- we are laying out and explaining exactly what happened. You heard from the president. You've heard from me. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And it was, you know, indeed, a -- a schedule where, you know, the president traveled six time zones forward to G7 and Italy, nine time zones back to L.A., and three time zones forward again to -- to D.C. That's something that when -- the print pooler on that day laid out for -- for all of you and -- and those who -- who rea- -- who read the pool notes. And -- and on top of that, he did have a cold. 32

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, it is an explanation. I don't think it is an addition. I don't think it's -- we -- we certainly don't want to explain this away. 33

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But you all asked me for an explanation yesterday; the president gave that directly yesterday to his supporters. He wanted to make sure, knowing that all of you would get that information as he's speaking to his support- -- his supporters last night. 34

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And one more quick one, if I may. 35

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Sure. 36

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You mentioned all the calls that he has made in your topper. Why wasn't he doing that on Friday? And why wasn't he doing this sort of damage control? Why was he waiting on doing that -- waiting to do that until middle of this week? 37

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean, look, I -- I was asked a similar question by one of your colleagues yesterday. And -- and, look, you know, the president obviously -- right after the debate, he visited four states in two and a half days, gave a couple of remarks. He met with supporters, whether at the Waffle House or in Atlanta at watch party or in North Carolina where there were hundreds of supporters there in -- in Raleigh. And so, he was busy dealing with -- you know, dealing with his schedule and also speaking directly and engaging with his supporters. And then, spend time with his family. 38

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I think what's important is that he has done this outreach, he's having these conversations. It is important to him to do so. 39

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And the folks that I laid out that he spoke to are -- or some of them have been his colleagues. Some of them have been elected officials that he's known for some time. Obviously, you know, Leader Jeffries is a new relationship that he has -- someone that he obviously respects. 40

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And -- and so, you know, it is -- I think it is important to note that they were strong conversations. That's something that the president told me and my team directly moments ago. He's -- he was walking around, and we happened to see the president, and he said they were strong conversation. 41

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And, by the way, he looks great. The vice president is great. And they are ready to continue working on beh- -- on behalf of the American people. 42

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. S- -- 43

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Thank you, Karine. 44

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead, Weijia. 45

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Hi. Is President Biden considering stepping down -- 46

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Absolut- -- 47

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-- from the race? 48

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Absolutely not. And you heard, I thi- -- I believe, directly from the campaign as well. 49

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Given the groundswell of concern from fellow Democrats, from donors, from supporters, doesn't he owe it to the American public to reflect on whether he should step down? 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean, look, i- -- very much -- and to Seung Min's question and my answer to her question where he had an opportunity to talk to supporters -- he's done it a couple times at this point -- and laid out what happened on that night -- talked about how he understands and it was not his best night. He understands that it is fair for people to ask that question. 51

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But we cannot forget his record and what he's been able to do. We cannot forget how he's been able to deliver for the American people for almost four years. That matters too. 52

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And he has the most historic record administration -- the most in modern politics, and that should matter. And he wants to continue to do that work. 53

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And, you know, a lot of his -- what's on his agenda is very much popular with majority of the American people, whether it's continuing to build a strong rec- -- economic -- economic -- kind of economic policies, he's done that. Creating new jobs, he's done that -- 15 million jobs. He wants to work on that and continue to do that. 54

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, he wants to continue to deliver -- expanding health care, all of these things he believes is important. The majority of Americans believe it's important. And his record -- he wants to make sure that people do not forget about the record that he's been able to lay out on behalf of the American people. 55

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Is there anything, Karine, that would change his mind? 56

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, I cannot lay out something that would change the president's mind. He has been very clear. And he's going to continue to build on the unprecedented record that he's been able to lay out for the American people. That's his focus right now. 57

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Thank you. 58

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead, Jacqui. 59

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Thank you, Karine. What does the president do outside the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.? 60

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, you heard him speak to supporters yesterday outside of 4:00 -- 4:00 p.m. You've hear- -- you saw the president land in North Carolina in the middle of the night at two o'clock. What was he doing? He was greeting supporters -- hundreds of supporters that showed up to -- to cheer him on after the debate. 61

Karine Jean-Pierre

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You saw him speaking at nine o'clock or -- at night in New York in front of supporters. 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, he's been pretty -- pretty much out there after the hours of 4:00 p.m. And before -- before 10:00 a.m., for sure. And so, that has been something he has consistently done over the past couple of days, for sure, for certain. 63

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Does he have an afternoon nap every day? 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Let me be very clear about this. This is a president that wakes up every morning and puts the American people first. That's what he does. He does that every single day. That is his focus. 65

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I am not going to speak to sources out there -- unnamed sources out there. That's not what I'm going to speak to. I'm going to speak to what I know: what this president does and how he is committed to the work of the president, of the commander in chief. And his record clearly lays that that -- lays that out and speaks to it. 66

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And that's what he's going to continue to do: the American people first -- the American people first and delivering for them. 67

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Can you also clarify Seung Min's question? 68

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Sure. 69

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I mean, how -- how is it that the president was still tired 12 days after returning from Europe, had a cold but then went to the Waffle House, and then the following day stage such a huge comeback that he gave those North Carolina remarks? Like, help us understand -- 70

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Have you had a cold before? 71

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Of course I've had a cold before. 72

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Okay, so you probably -- 73

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But -- 74

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Come on. Come on, Jacqui. Let's be very -- 75

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It was 12 days after he -- 76

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I -- I -- 77

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-- returned, though -- 78

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But you also -- 79

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-- and he claimed jet lag yesterday. 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Hold on a second. There is a cold, there is a jet lag -- you combine that. He continues to work on the -- with -- for the American people day in and day out around the clock. 81

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Things happen. Things happen. 82

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And the cold thing is something that you all pointed out during his debate. We didn't even point that out. You all pointed to that when you heard his -- his voice being hoarse, because he knew he had to push through. He knew he has to power through. That's what presidents do. 83

Karine Jean-Pierre

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If you care about this country and you don't care about yourself, you care about the American people, you care about delivering for this country, you care about how you're going to continue to work ev- -- day in and day out, you push through. 84

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He just got better overnight? 85

Karine Jean-Pierre

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We've all -- we've all -- 86

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The reason I ask is because -- 87

Karine Jean-Pierre

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-- do that. 88

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-- all these Democrats -- 89

Karine Jean-Pierre

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We all do that. 90

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-- who are saying they want to see him -- 91

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But -- okay, but -- 92

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-- it speaks to that. 93

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But we're not -- we're not -- we didn't share that information ahead of time. You all asked what was going on, and then we shared that information. We didn't use that -- we didn't use that before the debate. You all asked, "Hey, is he under the weather?" And we confirmed that he was under the weather. 94

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He pushed through. That's what this president does. He is going to continue to fight for the American people. So, he pushed through it. 95

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I think -- I think anybody who does that, not just the president, should be commended. 96

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And he also said -- you heard him say this on Friday, "When you get knocked down, you get back up." That's what you saw. 97

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Is there any discussion that if the president were to suspend his campaign that he would also resign? Is -- are there any discussions -- 98

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No. No. 99

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-- about -- 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Absolutely not. 101

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-- the vice president assuming his duties? 102

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Absolutely not. 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead, Kelly O. 104

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Does the president have a duty to review data, like polling information that's coming in, donor information, the fears and concerns or anxieties expressed by Democrats? Does he have a duty to review what's happening now? And -- 105

Karine Jean-Pierre

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When you say "a duty," ca- -- can you say more about the "duty" piece? 106

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You're saying that he's absolutely running. 107

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. Well, he's saying that, and I'm sharing -- I'm sharing with you his -- his view. 108

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And we would invite the president to come here and tell us -- 109

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Noted. [Laughter] 110

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-- that directly. 111

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Noted. Noted, Kelly. 112

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But -- 113

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If he's awake. 114

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That's inappropriate. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As you heard from your colleague, the president of the WHCA, that's inappropriate. 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Thank you, Kelly. 117

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The -- my question is, information is coming in, an assessment is happening within the party, does he have a duty to review that? Has he closed the door on reviewing the data? 118

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I'm going to be really mindful that, obviously, you're asking me about campaign numbers and data that's coming in. And, look, what I will -- what I will note is that this is a president that looks at everything, takes in all the information. It's important to him to do so. 119

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I don't want to get into hypotheticals here. That's not what I'm here to do. What I can say is: In this moment, we move forward on building on this unprecedented record that the president has been able to lay out for the American people. And that's going to be ou- -- our focus. I -- I don't want to get into hypotheticals. I don't want to get ahead -- into any- -- anything else. 120

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That doesn't sound like closing the door to reviewing this over a period of time -- 121

Karine Jean-Pierre

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What I can say is the president is moving forward. He's moving forward as being president. He's moving forward with his campaign, as his campaign has been very, very clear about that. That's what I can -- that's what I can speak to, and that's what I can say. 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And that is the president's focus. The president's focus is how does he continue to do that work. And anything else that we're hearing or that's being reported is absolutely false. 123

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Is the president telling people he's evaluating the -- the race? 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Absolutely false. That is absolutely false. I saw that reporting. We were not given enough time to get back to that reporting -- just a couple of minutes. And we asked the president. The president responded directly when asked about this question, because we said that we would, and the president said it is no. It is absolutely false. 125

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What steps -- 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That's coming directly from him. 127

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What steps would the president be taking or would you as a team plan to try to prevent another episode in public that would be deemed worrisome? 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I would not call it an episode. I would call it we had a -- a bad night. Right? It was not his best night. He had a cold. He was jet lagged. You heard directly from the president about this. And when we get back -- when we get knocked down, when he gets knocked down, he gets right back up. And that's what I would -- I -- that's what I would focus on: the president continuing to be very steady and continuing to work on -- for the American people. 129

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 130

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Just a follow-up on -- 131

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 132

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-- Kelly O's question. Do you think the president feels like these coming days are very critical for him, as he -- you know, you laid out all these events that he's going to be doing. 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 134

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Did -- are these -- are these events very important for him to show to the American people that he still has the ability to be -- 135

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean -- 136

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-- the nominee? 137

Karine Jean-Pierre

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-- I would say that this moment is critical, regardless of the debate or not. We are living in an important moment right now. Everything is at stake. And I got to be mindful because this is all connected to what's happening in November. 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And I think any -- any leader would say they always have to prove to themselves to -- you know, to their constituents, right? It's -- it is a day-in and day-out work. 139

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And, yes, the president is going to have engagement. He's going to be out there speaking to the American people. Obviously, we mentioned Wisconsin. He's going to do an interview in Wisconsin as well. We talked about Pennsylvania. But the president was also out last week -- Atlanta, North Carolina, New York -- where he saw supporters. 140

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This is a president that has been consistently out there talking directly to the American people. He understands -- as you all ask me about the economy and what people are feeling -- he understands that they have to hear directly from him and he has to continue to do that so that he can lay out his agenda, he can lay out what he wants to continue to do. 141

Karine Jean-Pierre

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It's always going to be part of, you know, the calculation -- right? -- to continue to prove to the American people that he can continue to do the work and deliver for the -- for him on behalf -- on -- on -- deliver on behalf of the American people. 142

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And -- and Jeff had the -- the staff meeting today. 143

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 144

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Can you just give us a rundown of, really, what he tried to get across? 145

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 146

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And is there a morale issue in the White House right now? 147

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. It's a fair question. And I do have a couple of things I want to say. 148

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As you just said, the chief of staff, Jeff Zients, did have an all-staff call. He wanted to gather the team across the building and acknowledge what the president has said himself -- right? -- that the last few days have been challenging. We've been very, very clear in acknowledging -- acknowledging that. 149

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But we have had an extraordinary record to be proud of. And we know we have more work to do. The president says that all the time. He confey- -- conveyed the importance of executing on our mission. He talked about the importance of coming together as a team and also having each other's backs. 150

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, look, he also said -- which I think was really important and I think every staff wants to hear -- that the chief of staff door is open and is open to hearing directly from them any questions or any concerns. And, you know, I think that's what you do as a leader. 151

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 152

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Thanks, Karine. If there are so many questions right now about whether President Biden can do this job, why are we not seeing the president out there every single day in an unscripted way without teleprompters? 153

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, you're go- -- you're go- -- you're going to see him today certainly. And I know you're asking about the teleprompter. You're going to see him tomorrow -- right? -- Fourth of July. He'll have an opportunity to welcome active-du- -- -duty military and their families and certainly their loved ones here on the South Lawn, as he does every year. And I think that's going to be important. He'll be able to engage with them and thank them directly. 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And you'll see him in Wisconsin. And you're continue to see him, obviously, in the upcoming weeks. 155

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, it is not unusual for a president to use a teleprompter. It isn't. It is not unusual. That is something that presidents have done in the past. 156

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I think what we also have to remember -- and I'll keep saying this, because I think it's important to not forget -- that he has the strongest economic recovery in modern -- in modern history. He has led a historic midterm win when everybody was talking about a red wave, and he was -- been able to defy that and deliver by leading -- by being a leader -- right? -- obviously, do- -- during the midterms as a Democratic leader. 157

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And he's going to continue to work to get lower -- lower costs. And I think that matters. I think his record certainly matters. 158

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And you are going to see him -- continue to see him, you know, having interviews. He's going to do ABC, as you know, with George Stephanopoulos -- one of your colleagues. That's not scripted. And he has done more than 40 interviews that have not been scripted -- interviews do not have a script -- this year alone. 159

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, you'll see him out there connecting with the -- engaging with the American people. And I think that's important. 160

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But, again, we're now almost a week after the debate. Why doesn't the president just come here right now and answer for himself in this briefing room all of the questions that we have? 161

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well -- well, you -- you asked me a couple of things. You asked when -- when is he going to be unscripted. He has been. When he went to visit a -- a diner in -- a couple of days ago, at the Waffle House, when he met with -- met with some of the supporters in Atlanta; North Carolina, where hundreds of supporters showed up. He's certainly had an opportunity to engage. 162

Karine Jean-Pierre

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On Friday, he's going to be taking some questions from one of your colleagues. I think that's going to be important. And we're going to continue to engage with all of you. We're going to -- certainly, looking forward to doing that. 163

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He'll have a press conference next week at NATO -- press conference, a "big boy" press conference, as Justin from Bloomberg stated yesterday. And so, we'll -- we'll do that. And he's looking forward to it. 164

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And, Karine, President Biden -- 165

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 166

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-- has always promised to tell the American people the truth. 167

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 168

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So, can you be straight with us -- 169

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 170

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-- and the American people: Is the President clear-eyed about what it takes to stay in the race and what it would take for him to drop out? 171

Karine Jean-Pierre

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The President is clear-eyed, and he is staying in the race. I don't have anything else beyond that. 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He is staying -- he is staying in the race. That is what the president has promised to do. That is what he wants: to continue to work on the successes that he's had, his record, his unpre- -- unprecedented record. And that is what the president is focused on: continuing to deliver for the American people. And he looks forward to doing that. 173

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. Go ahead. 174

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The NATO Summit is coming up next week. 175

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yes, ma'am. 176

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Is the president frustrated that this debate over the presidential election could cast a shadow over your goals for the NATO Summit? Has he made any effort to reach out to the NATO leaders that will be coming to sort of assure them that this isn't going to derail that agenda? 177

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, look, as you stated, next week, the president is going to host the NATO Summit here in Washington, D.C. It is also the 70- -- 75th year anniversary of NATO. And let's not forget NATO has become stronger and has gained to more countries because of this president's leadership. And all very much important. And -- and doing so was very much important in stopping and in helping to stop Putin's aggression as Ukraine continues to fight, certainly, for their freedom and democracy. 178

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, foreign leaders have seen the president close up. They have. And -- and, you know -- and close up and in -- and personally for the past three years, and I think that's important to know. They know who they are dealing with and how effective he has been. 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I just talked about how NATO has expanded because of his leadership, how NATO is stronger because of his leadership. And I think that's important to note as well. 180

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, look, you're going to see the president, you know, being a leader in front of the -- in front of these world leaders. You're going to see the president continue to bring these world leaders together. 181

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And as it relates to what's happening currently, you heard directly from this president. He understands the criticism. He gets the criticism. He has owned up to it. But he also wants to move forward in continuing to deliver on really critical, important issues that the American people care about. 182

Karine Jean-Pierre

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When you think about NATO, you think about foreign policy, it is important to continue our world leadership on that, being leaders and strengthening our national security as well. And that is how the president thinks about this day in -- day in and day out. 183

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I just want to follow up on the -- 184

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Sure. 185

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-- kind of questions about the outreach from the White House. 186

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 187

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Does the president intend to make any other calls other than the ones that he's made to today to the congressional leadership? 188

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And then, you know, Representative Doggett said he reached out to the White House before he -- 189

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 190

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-- made his comments and did not hear back. 191

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 192

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He said he wanted to speak to President Biden personally about his concerns. 193

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah, I -- look, I -- I can't speak to the outreach that he made. I have not spoken to the Office of Leg Affairs, so I can't speak to that. 194

Karine Jean-Pierre

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What I can say is the president has -- certainly has looked forward to working with Democratic leaders and congressional members over the past three years. I keep talking about his record -- certainly, his record when it comes to legislation and getting things done. He couldn't have done it without Democrats like Doggett and appreciates his -- obviously, his support and his partnership. 195

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I can't speak to outreach. It's not something that I've talk -- spoken to the Office of Leg Affairs about. 196

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And look, the president -- 197

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[A cellphone rings] 198

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Sorry. 199

Karine Jean-Pierre

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It's okay. You want to take that? 200

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Might be -- it might be Doggett. [Laughter] 201

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I know, maybe. He's like, "You just brought me up in the briefing room. I have something to say." 202

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I would also note that -- you know, look, I don't have any additional calls to read out or to lay out. One of the reasons that I mentioned it at the top is I knew some of you were trying to confirm and wanted to make sure that we -- we got to you -- got back to you -- all of you about that. 203

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And as you know, he's going to meet with Democratic governors, as I just stated at the top. So, he's going to continue to do engagement. It is important. Some of -- again, some of these leaders, he could not have delivered on this record -- on this record accomplishment that he's been able to -- to get done without them. 204

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, I'll just leave it there for now. 205

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I think the -- I think the question that we're all asking -- 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. 207

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-- in different ways, from different -- is: Has the president and has the White House, have you sort of missed the boat in terms of responding quickly enough? I mean, I spoke to someone today who said it was "too little, too late." 208

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Quickly enough on -- on what specifically? 209

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Just in -- in explaining and discussing what happened at the debate -- 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I -- 211

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-- and -- and -- 212

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well -- 213

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-- reassuring donors and -- and other people -- 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So -- 215

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-- that, you know, he intends -- 216

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look -- 217

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-- to keep running. 218

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, as it relates to donors or anything political like that, obviously, that's something that the campaign should -- should respond to. 219

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But I -- I would remind you that the day after, in North Carolina, the president spoke to his debate performance. He did. He talked about it. He gave, you know, his thoughts. He also stated that, "Look, I'm not as young. I'm not a young man." He said that. "I'm not as -- a smooth talker as I -- as I used to be. I don't walk easily as I used to be. And I don't -- I don't debate as well as I used to." He said this. And so, he owned up to it in -- on Friday, the day after the debate, that afternoon. And so, we didn't wait. 220

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Now, as far as engagement, look, that is something certainly the campaign can speak to more. But the president, in front of hundreds of supporters in North Carolina, talked about his debate performance. So -- 221

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead, M.J. 222

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