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Press Briefing Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - March 6, 2023

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Karine Jean-Pierre

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Good afternoon, everyone. Happy Monday. Okay. 1

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I think many of us would agree that parents should not have to pay extra to sit next to their child on a flight. It's just common sense. But as recently as a month ago, no U.S. airlines guaranteed fee-free family seating. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Now, after the Biden administration pressed airlines to improve customer service, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Frontier Airlines have stepped forward to guarantee that parents can sit with their young children without getting nickel and dimed. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Today, the Department of Transportation rolled out a new family seating dashboard, as you'll see right here, highlighting which airlines guarantee fee-free -- fee-free family seating and those that don't. This is an added feature to the existing dashboard, which already includes services for delayed and canceled flights. 4

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The dashboard makes it easier for parents to avoid these junk fees. And we're not stopping there. DOT is working towards making this a requirement across the board. This is just the latest example of effective presidential leadership driving actions that benefit American consumers, workers, and families. 5

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President Biden is leading, Americans are supportive, and coo- -- corporations are responding, as you can see. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Also today, the Department of Agriculture is taking a number of actions to support American farmers and ranchers, increase transparency, and lower food prices. 7

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Let's start with "Product of USA" labels. Currently, this label on meat, poultry, egg products can be used even if the product was not actually raised in the USA. We believe that labels should be u- -- only used on animals born, raised, and processed here in the United States. And now, USDA is proposing a rule to accomplish just that. 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This increased transparency will support American farmers and ranchers and make it easier for all of us who -- all of us know where our food really comes from. 9

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Second, the USDA is announcing $89 million in new investments to help establish and expand independent meat processors. This will create opportunities for small businesses and rural communities, and create fairer markets for family and farmers, which brings down prices at the grocery store. 10

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And lastly, USDA is taking action to increase competition and innovation in important seed markets, like corn. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

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These actions show the administration's commitment to promoting competition for farmers, ranchers, and American consumers, and deliver on the President's competition executive order. 12

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With that, Chris, you want to kick us off, please? 13

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Sure. Two questions on the D.C. crime situation. Does the White House have a response to the city council wanting to pull back that proposal? 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, as you all know, we litigated this about two days last week, right here in this very room. The President expressed concerns on certain provisions of -- of the D.C. crime bill. And as -- as we can see, the D.C. Council's process is still ongoing, so we won't -- we won't comment on that any further. 15

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So, also, when we were discussing this last week, you cited Mayor Bowser's opposition to the crime proposal. But she also says that the override is an indignity and that Congress has meddled in its affairs. Why didn't the President or the White House give her a heads up that the President wanted to sign this override legislation? 16

Karine Jean-Pierre

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She also said that she understands why the President made this decision. But what -- 17

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So, the question is -- 18

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No, I -- wait. Let me -- let me -- let me get into it. 19

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I -- I haven't even asked the question. 20

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But you just asked a question. Let me finish your question -- the first question what you asked, which is: First of all, she also said that she understood why the President made this decision. Our team, the off- -- the intergovernmental affairs team is in constant communication with her team and was last week. 21

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Don't have anything to preview or any specific discussion that occurred, but they are in constant communication. 22

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Okay. So the question is -- 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yep. 24

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-- why didn't the White House or the President give Mayor Bowser a heads up that -- 25

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I just told you that they're in constant communication with the team, including last week. 26

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Okay. And they -- and the White House told -- 27

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I'm just not -- I'm just not going to get into specifics. 28

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Okay. So, not going to address that. 29

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But I can tell you that our intergovernmental affairs office was in contact with her office last week. 30

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Okay. That doesn't exactly address the question, but I understand. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I'm just telling you that we were in contact with them. 32

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And secondly, has -- why, if the White House cites Mayor Bowser's opposition to the bill, why do they want to do something that she considers an indignity to her city? 33

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Say that again. 34

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If the White House is going to cite Mayor Bowser's opposition to the crime bill to say why the President should sign the override legislation, why does the White House want to do something that the mayor considers an indignity to the city -- that's something that she opposes? 35

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But she also didn't -- did not approve of the piece of the legislation as well. 36

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But the process by override, she says, is an indignity. 37

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, let's step back for a second. We talked about this for two days last week, and still going to tell you exactly what I said last week, which was: The President -- the bill was headed to the President's desk, and the President made a decision. And we let all of you know what he was going to do and how he was going to move forward. That's it. 38

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He was -- he wanted to make sure that he delivered for the 700,000 residents of D.C. in a way that was -- in a way that was protecting the residents here. 39

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This was brought to him. This is not something that we put forward. This is a decision that was brought to him. And he wants to be very clear and communicate with the people of D.C. and with all of you on how he was going to move forward. 40

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Okay. One more legislative question. There's resolution going forward allowing -- that would bar retirement plans from offering ESG considerations. The President says he's -- or the White House says he's going to veto that. Do you have any plans for that veto? 41

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I don't have anything to share on that. I believe we have not received the bill yet, so just don't have any -- any timeline on -- on the ESG bill at this time. 42

Karine Jean-Pierre

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All right. Hi. 43

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Thank you. A couple questions about East Palestine, Ohio. Norfolk Southern, they announced a set of new initiatives they claim will enhance safety: a new power mechanism to help with braking and acceleration, additional devices that can monitor hot bearings. Is the White House satisfied with these reforms? 44

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, what we're trying to do -- and we've been very clear, the EPA Administrator has been very clear, Secretary Buttigieg has been very clear -- what we're doing is to make sure that the community in East Palestine is made whole again. And we're going to hold Norfolk [DEL: Suffolk :DEL] [Southern] company accountable. They made this mess, and they need to clean up this mess. 45

Karine Jean-Pierre

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We are pleased by the bipartisanship that we're currently seeing in Congress to put forward some true commonsense safety measures. That is something that we want to continue to move forward. 46

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As far as it relates to the company, we are going to do everything that we can to hold them accountable. As you know, we set up a fund to support the families and to support the community getting back economically on their feet in the future. 47

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So that is going to be our focus, and that's how we're going to move forward. 48

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You say you want to hold them accountable. Norfolk Southern, they're responsible now for four train derailments -- 49

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yep. 50

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-- in less than five months. Is the administration comfortable with them taking the lead on self-regulation? 51

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, look, it's notable and unacceptable. That's what we are -- we've been very clear about that. That is why the [DEL: ETSB :DEL] [NTSB] is doing an investigation that is currently happening. That is something that occurred with the -- with the first derailment. We saw, within hours, Secretary Buttigieg go into action and respond by making sure that the investigation started. 52

Karine Jean-Pierre

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The same thing on Saturday. The investigation has been -- for -- NTSB is -- was just -- is -- was just called to move forward this morning. And so that's what we're going to see. We're going to have investigation. We're going to see exactly what occurred. 53

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But in the meantime, we have to hold them accountable to make sure the community is made whole again. 54

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So, are there any plans for President Biden to visit East Palestine? 55

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I don't have anything to share on a planned visit for the President to Ohio. 56

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 57

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Thank you, Karine. Speaker McCarthy is planning to meet with the leader of Taiwan in California. Does the White House have a reaction to that? And are you advising him at all ahead of that meeting? 58

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I don't believe Taiwan has announced any travel for the president of Taiwan. Taiwan's presidents have traveled to the United States in the past. So I would refer you to Taiwan for anything specific on that. 59

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And certainly, I would refer you to the Speaker's office on any potential meeting that he may be having with the President. I just don't -- from what I understand, nothing -- no announcement has been made. 60

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Is it the White House preference that a meeting like that would take place in California as opposed to Taiwan, to 61

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avoid -- 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Again, I'm just not going to comment on something -- 63

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-- the crisis that happened last time -- 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No, I totally -- 65

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-- with Speaker Pelosi? 66

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I totally hear your question, Jeff. It's just not something that I'm going to comment on since it hasn't -- it doesn't seem like it has been announced at this time or any travel has been put forward. 67

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All right. And one other topic. Former President Trump said over the weekend in his CPAC comments mul- -- multiple things. One thing he said to his supporters was, "I am your justice. And for those who have been wronged and betrayed, I am your retribution." Does the White House have a response to that? 68

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As you know, because of -- he is a 2024 candidate and we are covered here by the Hatch Act, I'm just not going to comment on those -- on the words that he -- the speech that he made -- the speech this weekend. 69

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I just wanted to follow up on something one of my colleagues asked about last week. There were protests this weekend in Iran related to the poisoning of the -- the alleged poisoning of the schoolgirls there. If the administration has any updates in terms of what they've seen or any investigations that may be underway at this point in time. 70

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, as you know, Phil, we are closely following this concerning -- deeply concerning situation that we're seeing currently in Iran. The continued poisoning of schoolgirls across -- across Iran is -- is unconscionable. 71

Karine Jean-Pierre

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There must be a credible, independent investigation, accountability for those responsible. If these poisonings are related to participation in protest, then it is well within mandate of the U.N.'s independent, international fact-finding mission on Iran to investigate. 72

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Women and girls everywhere have a fundamental right to education. Time and time again, it has been demonstrated that when women and girls receive an education and are able to contribute to their economies, it benefits society as a whole. 73

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So, the possibility that girls in Iran are being possibly poisoned simply for trying to get an education is -- is shameful. It is unacceptable. And our thoughts remain with the victims and their families. And, again, it is unacceptable and unconscionable. 74

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And then, just one more. There were reports over the weekend that there are two Ukrainian fighter pilots that are in the United States right now training on simulators. I'm wondering if we're supposed to read that as the potential for new capabilities the U.S. may send or, kind of, what the genesis of that decision-making was. 75

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, look, the President has already spoken to F-16s, as you all know, and nothing has changed. For -- what the President said is there -- it is not on the table for now. And so, that hasn't changed. So, I'll leave that there. 76

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Can you speak to the incident involving four U.S. citizens in Mexico who have come under gunfire and have been kidnapped and how the administration may be able to get information out of Mexico or what the status of that is right now? 77

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I have a statement here that I want to read out to all of you. 78

Karine Jean-Pierre

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We are closely following the assault and kidnapping of four U.S. citizens in Matamoros, Mexico. These sorts of attacks are unacceptable. Our thoughts are with the families of these individuals, and we stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. 79

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U.S. law enforcement is in touch with Mexican law enforcement. The Departments of State and Homeland Security are also coordinating with Mexican authorities. And we will continue to coordinate with Mexico and push them to bring those responsible to justice. 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And, again, our hearts with -- are with the families. 81

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Any early indications as to the circumstances or any efforts to try to locate these Americans? 82

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Don't have anything to share outside of what I just laid out. Clearly, we want to be really careful here. There are privacy concerns. And so, I don't want to share too much about the information on how we're moving forward or even the individuals. We just want to be really mindful on that. But clearly, we're on top of this. 83

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Thanks, Karine. Does the President have a meeting scheduled yet for him to sit down with Speaker Kevin McCarthy about the budget or the debt? 84

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, right now, we don't have a meeting to preview or scheduled right now at this time. 85

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I've said this before: Our teams -- their team and our team have been in constant communication since the first time that they met. Just don't have anything to preview. 86

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As you know, the President is going to be putting his -- putting forward his -- his budget on March 9th. And we have called on Republicans in the House to do the same: to be transparent, to lay out exactly what it is that they -- they -- how they want to move forward with the fiscal year. 87

Karine Jean-Pierre

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One of the things that we have -- we have heard from them is how they want to continue -- or want to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and ACA. And so, we want to see: What is it that they want to do? How do they see moving forward in a fiscally responsible way? 88

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As we know, the President has been very clear. He's going to continue to fight for Social Security. He's going to continue to fight for Medicare, Medicaid, and ACA. 89

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Again, we want to see -- we're going to put our budget forward, and we want to see what they're going to do. 90

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But no timeline on when that -- 91

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Don't have -- 92

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-- sit-down might take place? 93

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No. 94

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Could it happen this week? 95

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I -- for this week, we don't have anything right now scheduled at this -- at this time. 96

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And, originally, the Treasury Secretary said that she could keep extraordinary measures going through June. Then the CBO later said: Actually, it might be July through September. When does the White House believe that things get critical when it -- as it relates to the U.S. debt? 97

Karine Jean-Pierre

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We basically follow what the Department of Treasury said. The Secretary said "through June," and that's where -- that's what we're -- that's the timeline that we're looking at. 98

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 99

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Thanks, Karine. We're reporting today that the manufacturing sector is showing signs of weakness. Obviously, manufacturing jobs are a priority of your administration. Are you concerned at all that momentum is slipping there and that that could be -- have to do with higher interest rates? 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, we're going to continue to make sure that we deliver on the President's economic policy -- economic plan. And having seven- -- more than 700,000 jobs that have been created under this President shows that commitment and shows how the President's economic policy is working. 101

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, that's why the CHIPS and Science Act is so important. And you've heard over and over from these different manufacturers who are coming back to the U.S., who are -- who are building these manufacturers, creating jobs. 102

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, we're going to continue to work closely -- closely with them and -- and make that a priority. That doesn't stop. 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I don't have any concerns right now to share with you, but we are -- again, close to 800,000 jobs have been created under this administration -- manufacturing jobs. And that is -- that is a commitment that this President has had to make sure that we're bringing manufacturers back to the U.S. 104

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And you said last week you'd check on the license plate on the Beast, whether it says "Taxation Without Representation." 105

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I -- oh, my gosh. 106

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Any update on that? 107

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I -- my -- I would -- I would -- my homework is not on par today. [Laughs] We have checked in; just haven't gotten an answer on that just yet. And so, we are -- we are diving in and trying to get an answer to all of you. 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead, Steve. 109

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Staying on local matters: The D.C. Council chair said today that he thought he had the power to rescind the sending of a bill to the Senate for its review. Was there any communication between the White House and Council Chairman Mendelson's office prior to his press conference today? 110

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, our team was made aware earlier this morning. As you know, when it comes to any -- how the Senate -- the mecha- -- the mechanics of the Senate move forward, that's something for the Senate. I encourage you to ask them and how that will work and how that will move forward. 111

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But, yes, we were given -- we were given a heads up this morning. 112

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The Senate intends to move forward with its vote on the resolution. The President still intends to sign it. Is that right? 113

Karine Jean-Pierre

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If -- look, again, we've made ourselves very clear. If the -- if the bill comes to the President's desk, he will sign it. 114

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One other question on this. I don't think you've been asked this -- this directly before. But, you know, last week, you said that the President viewed what the D.C. Council did as "unacceptable." You specifically talked about how the bill would reduce penalties for carjacking and you even mentioned sexual assault. 115

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So the question for you is why the President would still support D.C. statehood. If the Council is going to pass bills that the President finds unacceptable, why would the President empower the Council to have the power of a state legislature that he couldn't check? 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Because he believes -- and he has for some time now -- that D.C. should be a 51 state. They should have a statehood. 117

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Again, the reason why the President -- we've been -- we responded to this and answered the question of if he was going to sign it or not is because it was coming to his desk, as we know from last week. And so, the President communicated that. We communicated that. 118

Karine Jean-Pierre

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But it doesn't change -- it doesn't change that he encourages Congress to put -- to pass a bill that makes D.C. a state, and he will sign it. He believes that -- that cities and -- and states should be able to govern for themselves. 119

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Last point on this. You know, advocates of D.C. statehood say that what has happened here in this episode is the effort has been set back significantly, that essentially what the President has done is he's given juice to opponents of statehood. And statehood opponents say that this episode is proving them right, that the D.C. government should not be self-governing without Congress's involvement. 120

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, we don't dis- -- we -- we disagree. Right? We believe D.C. should be a statehood. I mean, we've been very clear. The President has been very clear. 121

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Again, D.C. is not a state. It's not a city. The reason why this bill was coming before the President is because that is the case. Right? It's not a state. It's not a city. 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, doesn't mean that it stops our support for their statehood. Doesn't mean that the President has changed his mind on that. We still support that and want to see that happen. And we're going to -- we're going to continue to encourage Congress to move in that way. 123

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 124

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One on -- there's a bank that's having some issues right now called Silvergate. I'm wondering if you guys are monitoring that. 125

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On Friday, they shut its crypto-focused payments network, Silvergate Capital. And they said in a filing last week that they may have to evaluate their viability after a $1 billion loss in the fourth quarter. 126

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Is there anything the administration is doing to monitor that or stepping in -- that sort of thing? 127

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, we are aware of the situation and monitoring the reports. Won't comment on Silvergate specifically. But it is obviously only the latest company in the cryptocurrency field to experience significant issues. 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

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In recent weeks, banking regulators have released guidelines on how banks should protect themselves from risks associated with crypto. 129

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As you know, this is a President that has repeatedly called on Congress to take action to protect everyday Americans from the risk posted by digital assets, and he will continue to do so. 130

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I won't speak to this particular company, as we have not on other cryptocurrency companies. But we're going to continue monitoring the reports. And, clearly, we're aware of the situation. 131

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Thank you. And can I just ask briefly on the Fed Chair search -- the Vice Chair, excuse me, search: Is there any update you can give us? And, in particular, Senator Warren is a critic of Chairman Powell and has called on the administration to appointed a Vice Chair that is effectively a counterweight to Chairman Powell in decisions on interest rate hikes. Do you have a view on that? Are you, in essence, trying to counterweight the chairman in this process? And where's the process at right now? 132

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I'm certainly not going to get ahead of the President's process or lay out what -- what he's thinking or how that process is going to move forward. What I can say is: This is a priority for this President. 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I don't have anything to preview on any specific candidates or announcements. But, clearly, we'll see -- we'll have something in the ne- -- near future. 134

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 135

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I wondered, Karine, if you could comment on some efforts in Republican states, like Florida and Texas, where they're cracking down on undocumented immigrants. 136

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In the Florida legislature, there's a proposed bill that looks at requiring private companies to do more to check the immigration status of their employees. In Texas, there are lawmakers considering a bill that would deny undocumented children access to public education. Does the White House have any comment on these efforts? 137

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I haven't seen these bills. What I can say is -- and as you know -- on the first day of this President's -- the President's presidency and his tenure -- first day of his tenure, he said very, very clearly that he took immigration reform very seriously. And he showed that by action, by putting forward a piece of legislation that was comprehensive, that dealed with the immigration issue that we have seen in this country for some time in a real way. And he asked Congress to take action as well. 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, I can speak to that. I can speak to how the President wants to move forward in a way that we're protecting -- we're protecting our border in a secure way, which is why he's taken actions -- whether it's the parolee program, whether it's putting 24,000 federal agents on the ground -- and making sure that we're doing this in a safe and humane way. 139

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so that's what I can speak to. That's the way the President wants to move forward. And I'll just leave it there. 140

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The Texas bill says that they would deny undocumented children access to public education unless the federal government pays for it. If this moves forward in Texas, is this something that the administration would consider intervening in? 141

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Again, I'm just not -- I'm not -- I'm not going to get a- -- I haven't -- not -- I haven't seen that piece of legislation, haven't talked to our team. I'm just not going to get ahead of any state, local legislation. 142

Karine Jean-Pierre

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What I can tell you is what the President has put forward and what he has -- how he sees this process moving forward on the federal level is be- -- coming -- coming together with Congress, Congress coming together with us, Republicans actually taking real action and not doing political stunts, because that's what we see in these states, is continued political stunts and not really dealing with an issue that they can. 143

Karine Jean-Pierre

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If we came in a bipartisan way, we can actually deal with -- with the immigration concerns in this country. But they refuse to do that. 144

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 145

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Thank you. I wanted to follow up on the issue about the four U.S. citizens kidnapped in Mexico. Has the President be informed? What was his reaction, if you can share anything about that? 146

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I can tell you the President is aware and has been informed. 147

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And Ambassador Salazar is meeting today with President López Obrador in Mexico. What -- what message does the administration wants to convey, or what is the priority for that meeting? 148

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, you know the President went to Mexico most recently for the summit, met with the Mexican President and also the Prime Minister -- Prime Minister Trudeau. And they laid out their commitment to -- to work together on issues that matter to -- to the region, whether it's immigration, whether it's national security. 149

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And I think that summit sent a very loud message to -- to the people of Mexico, to the people of the United States, and also Canada. 150

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As you know, just to take a step further, the President is going to be meeting with the Prime Minister some- -- later this month to continue more of that conversation that they had. 151

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Don't have anything to preview or to lay out about the meeting that Salazar is having with the President of Mexico. But we see Mexico as a close ally, an important partnership that we have in the region. And, clearly, we want to continue it to grow. 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 153

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Thanks. Looking ahead to next month, April is the end of continuous enrollment for Medicaid. How concerned is the White House about these millions of Americans that could lose health insurance? 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, that is something that is a concern to -- to the White House, which is why we have continued to work to make sure that healthcare is affordable for Americans. 155

Karine Jean-Pierre

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You've seen us do that with Inflation Reduction Act. You've seen us do that with other policies coming out of the administration. 156

Karine Jean-Pierre

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We will -- clearly, you'll see the President's budget on March 9th that will speak to some of this. Don't want to get ahead of what the President is going to -- going to lay out in his fiscal year budget. So I'll just leave it there. 157

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead, Zolan. 158

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The President has said that his plan on the budget would reduce the deficit by $2 trillion over the next decade. How did the administration land on that number of $2 trillion? 159

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And then, does that mean that the President does believe the current path of growth in the national debt is hurting the economy? I'm trying to gauge his concern level around the growth of debt, given that we've heard about that $2 trillion number so much. 160

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, what I'd say is: The President understands his fiscal responsibility. He understands how important it is to lower the deficit, which is why he was able to do that the first two years by $2.7 trillion. 161

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, by him saying that he's going to do that by a trillion dollars over the next 10 years shows -- continues to show that commitment. And so, that is incredibly important. 162

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And we have said: If Republicans want to have a real conversation about how to lower the debt, then he's ready to listen. He's ready to hear what they have to say. 163

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That's why we have said we're going to put our budget forward on March 9th, and we're -- we're waiting to see what they're going to do. 164

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So far, their proposals have been to add $3 trillion to the debt, as you think about them giving a tax break or giveaways to millionaires and the rich and the wealthy, as -- as they talk about wanting to cut Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, ACA. That's what they're bringing forward. 165

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And we're saying, "You know what? We're going to protect those really important programs." And -- and we're going to put forward, he's going to put forward a fiscal budget that is going to be responsible. 166

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I'll say a little bit more about -- about this week. He'll -- as you know, he's going to deliver remarks in Pennsylvania. And he's going to show his plans to invest in America; continue lowering co- -- lowering costs for families; protect and strengthen Social Security, Medicare; reduce the deficit; and more -- as you just asked that question. 167

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, you can expect to hear more from us in the days leading up to Thursday. We'll have additional information on some of those pieces as we head into -- into Thursday. 168

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And can you just quickly explain the reasoning for traveling for the budget rollout? You know, going to Pennsylvania for this -- obviously, that's an important state when it comes to the forthcoming election. Why -- why travel to roll out the budget? 169

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I'm not going to get into elections. But as you know, the President is -- that is -- Pennsylvania is very close to his heart. He sees that as a -- as his, I don't know, second home. 170

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And -- and so, we believe when we go out there and travel and do -- and go to places like Pennsylvania and other states, it's an opportunity for the President to talk directly to the American people. 171

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This is important -- right? -- when you think about the fiscal year budget. You think about how the President is going to lay out his plan for the American people. He thinks it's important to do that and make sure that -- you know, that he does it -- talks directly to -- to the people -- to the American people out there. And that's what you're going to see him do. 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, he'll just happen to be doing it in Pennsylvania, a place that we traveled to a lot, as you all know -- those who -- those who travel with us. 173

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead, Ed. 174

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Yeah. Thanks, Karine. I want to ask you about energy policy. So, if the President had allowed the Keystone Pipeline -- the Keystone XL -- to go forward, it would have been operating today or very close to being turned on today. Any regrets about canceling that project, and any consideration of reversing any energy policies for a more balanced approach going forward? 175

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, look, the President has been very clear about how he -- how he's approaching the energy space. You know, he does it in a way that is responsible. He does it in a way that delivers for the American people. 176

Karine Jean-Pierre

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There's nothing new here -- the decisions that he's made. At the same time, you know, having one of the most mo- -- one of the most important, historical climate -- when it comes to climate change -- investments and policies, that does -- that is not going to change on how the President moves forward here. 177

Karine Jean-Pierre

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It is -- when -- when he walked into the administration, he talked about how climate change was one of the important crises that we needed to address, and that's what you've seen from this President the last two years. And that's not -- his decisions are not going to change that. 178

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But even with the -- there was a leaked memo that showed that energy -- if we had charged less for certain drilling oil permits or royalties in a part of Alaska, then there would be more energy security. 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, I'm not going to speak to leaked -- leaked memos from here. That is not something that I'm going to do. I believe the leaked memo is from the Department of Interior, that you're speaking to. Just not going to do that. I encourage you to reach out to Department of Interior. 180

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To the back, Karine? 181

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Way in the back. Way in the back. 182

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Yes, thank you. 183

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, the person behind you. 184

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Behind me. Okay. 185

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yes. Someone new. Someone new, James. Someone new. 186

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Thank you. I appreciate that. Taurean, with Spectrum News, by the way. Karine, thank you so much. 187

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Sure. 188

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One on the note of the budget proposal. This is happening -- he's unleashing or unveiling this proposal under the shadow of the debt ceiling and, you know, since -- February was the last time, according to House Speaker McCarthy, the President sat down with the Speaker to talk about some type of deal. 189

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McCarthy says he rejects, you know, a clean increase without some concessions or spending cuts. Is the President going to come back to the table with McCarthy to talk about it? What's the plan here? 190

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He never came to the table to negotiate on the debt ceiling. That was not something that occurred. That is not something that's happening. We've been very clear we're not negotiating around the debt ceiling. 191

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This is something that Congress needs to do. It is their constitutional duty. It is something that has happened 78 times since 1960. It is something that happens in a bipartisan way. 192

Karine Jean-Pierre

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They should not put the full -- full faith and credit of this country hostage -- should not keep that hostage. 193

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, this is something that we believe that should happen without -- without conditions. And so, that's how -- that's how we've been moving forward. We've been very, very clear about that. 194

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I just talked to one of your colleagues about the thing that we are happy to talk about -- is how to lower the deficit. We are happy to have -- the President would look forward to having a conversation -- a real conversation -- with House Republicans on how to do that because he has been successful in doing that. $1.7 trillion the first two years. 195

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And he'll -- he'll share more with his budget on March 9th. 196

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Secretary Yellen, though, has been sounding the alarm. She says we're about three or four months away from, you know, true disaster here. Is that not at all concerning that, you know, there can't be some deal? 197

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. And that should be concerning to House Republicans. It should be. Because this is something that has been done, again, multiple times over the last several decades. And this is something that is their constitutional duty to do -- is to lift the debt ceiling. 198

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And it's been done in a bipartisan way. They did it three times -- three times under the last administration. 199

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. Go ahead. 200

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Somebody old? [Laughter] 201

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Thank you so much. Oh, wow. I just -- 202

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Wow, James. 203

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I'm a group of one. I am just referring to myself. 204

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Well, I'm going to take that, because I think I'm plenty old. [Laughter] I have two questions today. 205

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First of all, the Taiwanese president -- how does the White House feel about her proposed visit to the U.S.? What outcomes do you hope to see from it? And will any administration officials be meeting with her? 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, right now, there is no -- there's no planned travel, so I'm not going to speak to a travel that has not been planned. 207

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And I -- I stated earlier, it is not the -- it wouldn't be the first time that Taiwan -- a Taiwanese president has traveled to the U.S., but I'm just not going to speak to a travel that has not been locked in yet. 208

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Okay. This old lady has a second question -- [laughter] -- about the International Women of Courage Awards. You're giving an honorary award to the women and girls of Iran. Who's going to be accepting that on their behalf? And what sort of message does it send if they can't be here, they can't participate? You know, what -- what is the point of doing this? 209

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, we think it's incredibly important to do this. First of all, one of the reasons that we're doing it here at the White House is we wanted to bring those stories of these incredible women to -- to the White House, to a big -- to a bigger stage -- right? -- to the biggest stage that we could. 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And we're doing it right here at the White House, which we think is incredibly important for women around the world, but also women here and young girls here, to hear the stories of these incredible individuals. 211

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Girls everywhere need to know that there are women who are fighting for them, transforming their communities, and building a better -- a better world for all of us. 212

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, we think it's critical. We think it's important. We think it needs to be seen. And we are really thrilled to see this on Wednesday. 213

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Don't have anything more to share. We'll have more to preview in the next day or two. 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Go ahead. 215

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Thanks, Karine. Just to circle back on something you said earlier about D.C., you said D.C. -- "It's not a state, it's not a city." What did you mean by that? 216

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Meaning that -- what I'm trying to say is we -- it's not a -- it's not a statehood. It doesn't have statehood. Right? And I've said this before; I said it last week. Nothing new. I'm not saying anything that's new here. 217

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And because it's not a statehood -- right? -- the President was -- had to make a decision. This bill was brought -- because this bill was about to be -- to be taken to his desk. And that's the only reason this is happening. 218

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so, again, the President is going to continue to support D.C. statehood so that we can see it -- we can see it govern for itself. That's what he believes. He believes that cities and states across the country should be able to govern on its own. 219

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And can you just give us -- I know this was a decision made last week, but, obviously, it affects hundreds of thousands of people here in the district. 220

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Seven hundred thousand people. Yeah. 221

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What was the President -- was there a policy process around this -- this decision? When did the President know about it? Did he speak with the mayor himself? Were there any sort of conversations? Or, you know, how did he come to this decision? 222

Karine Jean-Pierre

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