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Press Conference: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - May 1, 2024

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Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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Good afternoon, everybody. 1

Question

Positive
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Good afternoon. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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I just have a couple things at the top, and then we'll get going. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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On May 7th, the President will travel to Capitol Hill to deliver the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's Annual Days of Remembrance ceremony. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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During the Days of Remembrance, we remember and mourn the 6 million Jews who were systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators during World War Two. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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The President will also discuss our moral duty to combat the rising scourge of antisemitism and the Biden-Harris administration's work to implementing the first-ever National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism to make real the promise of never, never again. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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Today, Florida's extreme six-week abortion ban takes effect. That's before many women even know they're pregnant. 7

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
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We should all be concerned that this extreme abortion ban will put desperately needed medical care even further out of reach for millions of women in Florida and across the South. 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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But it's not just Florida, and it's not just abortion under -- care under attack here. We are seeing the devastating impacts on women's reproductive freedom since Roe was overturned. In states across the country, women's health and lives now hang in the balance. 9

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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Twenty-one states have abortion bans in effect. In nearly all of these states, doctors can be charged with a fenaly -- a felony for simply doing their jobs. 10

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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One in three women in America now live in states with extreme abortion bans. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
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Over 380 bills restricting access to abortion care were introduced in states houses just last year. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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At the federal level, congressional Republicans have proposed three -- three national abortion bans. IVF is under attack. Contraception is under attack. And women and families are fearful that their deeply personal medical data could be used against them. 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:02:13-00:02:24 (10 sec)
All of this chaos and devastation was made possible by the former President, who worked very hard and got it done to overturn Roe v. Wade. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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President Biden and Vice President Harris stand with the vast majority of Americans who believe that the right to choose is fundamental and that healthcare decisions should be made by a woman with the help of her doctor, not politicians. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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They will continue to call on Congress to restore the protections of Roe v. Wade into federal law, the only way to ensure every woman can access the care she needs regardless of what state she lives in. 16

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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The reason we started early -- I know a lot of people are asking -- is because I -- I have a meeting with the President at about 1:30 or so, and so I'm going to try and get to everybody's questions, or as many questions as possible. 17

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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With that, Zeke. 18

Question

Unknown
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Let's stick with "everybody." [Laughter] 19

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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I know. I said it, and I was like, "Oh, darn." 20

Question

Unknown
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There's Rosen. 21

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Oh, darn. There's Rosen in the back. To wit -- Mr. To Wit in the back. [Laughter] 22

Question

Somewhat Positive
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Hi. Thank you, Karine -- 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead, Zeke. 24

Question

Unknown
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Starting overseas real quick. I understand -- we understand Secretary Blinken is in -- in the region right now, but has the President, has the White House gotten any -- any indications for how Hamas might respond to this -- the ceasefire proposal? And how can -- what is the level of concern within the administration -- 25

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Yeah. 26

Question

Very Negative
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-- that Hamas could respond in the negative? 27

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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So, our position remains -- and we are going to be very consistent of what we've been saying -- is that we believe that there should be a ceasefire as part of this hostage -- hostage deal, and it should happen immediately --immediately. And there has not yet been a response from Hamas, as you know. 28

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:03:52-00:04:02 (10 sec)
We believe that all efforts need -- need to be brought to bear to convince Hamas to accept that -- the proposal -- immediately and have made that clear to our partners in the region. 29

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:04:02-00:04:26 (24 sec)
As you just stated, Secretary Blinken is in the region meeting with our -- with our regional partners. He is going to be holding an on-the-record presser in the one o'clock hour where he's going to be talking about the humanitarian aid that we've been able to get into -- get into Gaza for the people of Gaza, the all-important humanitarian aid. As you know, that -- it's a -- it's a dire situation there. So he'll speak to that. 30

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:04:26-00:04:43 (17 sec)
And sh- -- and Hamas should just not continue to get in the way of much-needed relief for the people of Gaza. They need to move forward and -- and move forward with this deal. And that is going to be -- this deal is also going to, obviously, create an opportunity to get more of that humanitarian aid. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:04:43-00:05:01 (18 sec)
And let's not forget the innocent people who they took hostage -- over 200 -- and that includes Americans. They need to come home to the -- to their -- to their families, their loved ones. And we have, also, American hostages that are part of that -- part of that -- were part of that 200, as you all know. 32

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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So, Hamas needs to -- there's a deal at the table -- on the table: Hamas needs to take it. 33

Question

Unknown
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And then, here at home, there's been some dramatic images, really, across the country over the last 24 to 48 hours, especially at the Columbia; UCLA, last night; University of Madison, Wisconsin; other campuses. Has the President been monitoring this? 34

Question

Very Negative
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And why have we not heard directly from the President about these protests that have taken over instit- -- institutions of higher learning across the country, the police responses, instances of violence? Why have we not heard directly from the President? 35

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:05:32-00:05:44 (12 sec)
So, a -- just a -- a couple of things. The President is -- is being kept regularly updated on -- on what's happening, as you just stated, across the country. He is monitoring the situation closely, so is his team. 36

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:05:44-00:05:53 (9 sec)
And I would just add that no president -- no president has spoken more forcefully about combating antisemitism than this president. 37

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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Let's not forget, in 2017, he was very clear -- what we saw -- the antisemitic bile that we saw in Charlottesville, on the streets of Charlottesville -- he called that out. He called that out. 38

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:06:03-00:06:22 (18 sec)
And one of the reasons he stepped into the 2020 election is because of what he saw, is because he wanted to -- he wanted to speak out and speak against what we were seeing in this country at that time. Democracy was under attack. Our freedoms were -- were under attack. And we're still fighting for that today, obviously. 39

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:06:22-00:06:42 (21 sec)
But it -- he hasn't just done that by speaking, as you heard from my topper, he's taken action. He's taken action by moving forward with the first-ever U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. More than 100 new actions have -- were introduced, obviously, in that strategy, and that is how seriously this President takes it. 40

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:06:42-00:06:46 (3 sec)
And I think what's important here is that he's taken action on this issue. 41

Question

Very Positive
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And just quickly, does the President support those police clearing operations, like we saw in New York, like we've seen on other -- seen on other college campuses? 42

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Look, we've been very clear on that. Americans have the right to peacefully protest. They have the right to peacefully protest as long as it's within the law and that it's peaceful. 43

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:07:03-00:07:24 (22 sec)
Forceful- -- forcibly taking over a building is not peaceful. It's just not. Students have the right to feel safe. They have the right to learn. They have to ri- -- the right to do this without dis- -- disruption. And they have a right to feel safe on campus. As I just said, they have the right to attend their commencement without feeling -- feeling unsafe. 44

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:07:24-00:07:34 (10 sec)
And what we're seeing is a small percentage of students. That's what we're seeing. They should not be able to disturb or disrupt the academic experience that students have. 45

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:07:34-00:07:52 (18 sec)
So, look, that's what -- that's how we see things. It is important that students and communities feel safe here. And at the same time, we are going to be really forceful here and continue to underscore how antisemitism is hateful speech. It is wrong. It is abhorrent. And we're going to continue to call that out. 46

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 47

Question

Slightly Positive
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Thanks, Karine. To follow on that. Has anyone from the administration been in touch with administrators, leaders at Columbia or any of these universities that are seeing these protests? 48

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:08:04-00:08:17 (13 sec)
I don't have any calls to read out at this time. Obviously, we're closely monitoring the situation. We are getting regularly -- regular updates, and we're just going to -- I'm just going to keep it there. Just don't have anything to share as far as calls or readouts. 49

Question

Unknown
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On another topic. Has the White House received the recommendation from the DEA to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule III drug? Can you comment on -- 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Yeah. 51

Question

Unknown
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-- and confirm that? 52

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:08:26-00:08:41 (15 sec)
So, here is what I can say. I can say, as you know, last year -- I believe in early fall -- the President asked HHS and Department of Justice to look at reclassifying marijuana, to go -- to go through that process. They are -- that process continues. 53

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:08:41-00:08:46 (5 sec)
D- -- DOJ is looking into that. I just want to be really mindful there. They're moving with that process. 54

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
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I don't have anything more to say. And so, we'll just leave it there. 55

Question

Unknown
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But you can't confirm that it's now at [inaudible] -- 56

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I -- I -- 57

Question

Unknown
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-- for the next phase of this? 58

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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I -- I cannot. All I can tell you is I would refer to DOJ. And what the President directed HHS and Department of Justice to do is to look at the classification of marijuana. 59

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:09:02-00:09:15 (13 sec)
And let's not forget: This is something that the President talked about during his campaign. And he said no person, no American who possess marijuana -- only possesses marijuana should be -- go to jail. 60

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:09:15-00:09:26 (10 sec)
It is affecting communities across the country, including communities of color. And so, this is why he -- he -- he asked HHS and Department of Justice to look into this. And that's what they're doing. 61

Question

Positive
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You mentioned campaign. Is this something the White House thinks can help the President right now in an election? 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Well, I'm talking about the campaign in -- in -- 63

Question

Unknown
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I know. [Laughter] And I'm looking forward. 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:09:34-00:09:55 (21 sec)
I -- I appreciate that. But I'm talking about the campaign and his cam- -- he -- this is a commitment, a promise that he made when he decided to run back in 2019. And he was very clear why it was important, he believed, to ask Department of Justice and HHS to review this. And that review continues, and so don't want to get ahead of what DOJ is -- how they're moving forward. 65

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead, Weijia. 66

Question

Very Positive
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Thanks, Karine. As the administration considers bringing Palestinians here to the U.S. as refugees, do you know how many people that the U.S. hopes to relocate? 67

Question

Neutral
00:10:09-00:10:19 (10 sec)
And, secondly, given the challenges getting in and out of Gaza, will the U.S. assist in physically bringing Palestinians here? 68

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:10:19-00:10:40 (21 sec)
So, let me just first start saying that we just don't have anything to announce at this time. But I do want to lay out a little bit and take a step back of what -- what we've been able to do since the beginning of the conflict. Right? We have helped more than 1,800 American citizens and their families leave Gaza, many of whom have come to the United States, many of that 18,000 is here. 69

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:10:40-00:10:58 (18 sec)
And the President has said -- and as -- in his -- with his direction, we have also helped and will continue to help some particularly vulnerable individuals, such as children with serious health problems and children who were receiving treatment for cancer, get out of harm's way and receive care at nearby hospitals in the region. 70

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:10:58-00:11:15 (17 sec)
And let's not forget, the Pre- -- the President, this -- this administration continues to be the largest contributor of humanitarian assistance. This is something that the Secretary is going to be talking about in this hour -- the Secretary assist- -- I'm sorry, the humanitarian assistance going into Gaza to address the conditions -- the humanitarian conditions in Gaza. 71

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:15-00:11:35 (20 sec)
Obviously, as we know, they are very dire. And we are pressing hard to get more urgently needed aid in to more people as soon as possible. That's why this hostage deal is so critical besides, of course, getting the hostages home but also creating an opportunity to get that more additional humanitarian aid in and would lead to a ceasefire. 72

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:35-00:11:54 (19 sec)
Now, in terms of the Refugee Admissions Program, which is what I believe you're asking me about, we are constantly evaluating policy proposals to further support Palestinians who are family members of American citizens and may want to come to the United States. So, we're evaluating it. I don't have anything to announce at this time. 73

Question

Negative
00:11:54-00:12:06 (12 sec)
And then a quick one on communications with protests and people related to protests. Has the President spoken to Mayor Adams since the NYPD became involved in dealing with them? 74

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:12:06-00:12:18 (12 sec)
No. Understand the question. Don't have anything to read out as far as a conversation with the mayor from the President. But I think we've been very, very clear about what we're seeing on the ground. I've been answering these questions for the past couple of days. 75

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:12:18-00:12:19 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 76

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:12:19-00:12:28 (8 sec)
Thanks. You said the President is monitoring the situation. Is he aware of the reports that a fair number of the people arrested on several campuses are not students? 77

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:12:28-00:12:40 (12 sec)
Look, that is something for, obviously, local government to speak to, local govern- -- pardon me, local -- local police at -- and law enforcement to speak to and what they're seeing and what they're reporting. 78

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:12:40-00:12:46 (6 sec)
That is something that I can't speak to at this time. I've heard that reporting. But that is something for them to speak to at this time. 79

Question

Unknown
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So, he's not aware of that? 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:12:48-00:13:00 (12 sec)
Well, he's getting regularly updated on the situation and what -- and monitoring. So, I assume that he's getting -- that's part of his update, but he is getting regularly updated on what's happening across the country and campuses. 81

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:13:00-00:13:00 ( sec)
Go ahead. 82

Question

Very Positive
00:13:00-00:13:14 (14 sec)
Thanks, Karine. Because it's Federal Reserve decision day, I thought it'd be an opportunity to ask a for an updated view on the administration's view of central bank independence, but specifically because the President has, in recent months -- twice at least -- talked about the direction of interest rates. 83

Question

Neutral
00:13:14-00:13:17 (3 sec)
I want to clarify: What is the administration's position on -- 84

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:13:17-00:13:17 ( sec)
Yeah. 85

Question

Slightly Positive
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-- that fine line between directing the Fed versus predicting their actions? 86

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:13:22-00:13:40 (18 sec)
So, look, the President is very, very clear. We've been clear since the beginning of this administration. And we believe that the Federal Reserve is independent. It is important that they have their independence as they're making that very important monetary policies that they have to make. And so, the President believes in independence. 87

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:13:40-00:13:51 (11 sec)
When the President has spoken about that -- and I think I've said this, whether in a gaggle or here at the podium -- he's reflected a public interpretation of recent data. That's what he's speaking to. 88

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:13:51-00:14:12 (22 sec)
But as far as the independence of the Federal Reserve, we -- we are very much -- very clear on that. The independence is -- is good for -- the Federal Reserve's independence is good for economics. And it benefits workers. It benefits families. It benefits businesses. And so, that's what we want to continue to make sure -- that they have their independence so they can make those really important decisions. 89

Question

Slightly Positive
00:14:12-00:14:20 (8 sec)
Okay. And a quick one, separately. I wanted to get the White House reaction to the news that Tesla has eliminated almost all of its Supercharger unit that was setting up the -- 90

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:14:20-00:14:21 ( sec)
Yeah. 91

Question

Unknown
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-- EV battery plants across the U.S. How -- I mean, how do you think this impacts the goal of bringing 500,000 of those units to U.S. soil? 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:28-00:14:47 (18 sec)
Look, so when it comes to any type of private company decisions, obviously, that's something that they have to make that decision on. What I will say broadly is that we -- you know, we brought together public and private sectors to build a convenient and reliable national charging network that everyone can use. 93

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:14:47-00:15:04 (17 sec)
And so, since this President, since the Biden-Harris administration, more than 40 EV charging infrastructure companies have announced new or expanded manufacturing facilities in the U.S. And so, this is a evolving and competitive market where multiple companies are playing leading roles here. It's not just one company. 94

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:15:04-00:15:14 (10 sec)
But -- so, want to be really careful on a -- on a private company's personnel decision or any type of de- -- decision that they have to make on behiv- -- of behalf of their business. 95

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:14-00:15:21 (7 sec)
But we have -- believe that we have brought together both sides -- the public and -- and private sector -- to really deal -- to really speak to this and deal with this. 96

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:21-00:15:22 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Gabe. 97

Question

Positive
00:15:22-00:15:26 (4 sec)
Thanks, Karine. I wanted to follow up on a previous question that was asked. 98

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:15:26-00:15:26 ( sec)
Yeah. 99

Question

Positive
00:15:26-00:15:32 (6 sec)
And, respectfully, you didn't quite answer it. The question was: Why hasn't the President been more forceful -- 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:15:32-00:15:33 ( sec)
Yeah. 101

Question

Slightly Negative
00:15:33-00:15:33 (1 sec)
-- in talking about the protests? 102

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:15:33-00:15:33 ( sec)
Yeah. 103

Question

Slightly Negative
00:15:33-00:15:37 (3 sec)
You talked about how he's talked about antisemitism. But specifically on the protests -- 104

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:15:37-00:15:37 ( sec)
Yeah. 105

Question

Unknown
00:15:37-00:15:38 (1 sec)
-- why hasn't the President been more -- 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:15:38-00:15:39 ( sec)
Well -- no -- 107

Question

Unknown
00:15:39-00:15:39 (1 sec)
-- forceful on that? 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:15:39-00:15:47 (7 sec)
And I hear that the question, Gabe, but, respectfully, the President has been one -- the -- no other president has spoken about antisemitism than this President. 109

Question

Unknown
00:15:47-00:15:49 (2 sec)
But that's not -- that's not the question. 110

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:49-00:15:49 ( sec)
What -- 111

Question

Slightly Negative
00:15:49-00:15:51 (2 sec)
It's the protest. 112

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:15:51-00:16:14 (23 sec)
And I'm -- but I'm answering it in the way that I believe is the best way to answer your question, which is the President has been very, very clear. He's been clear about this. He's taken action. He put forth a -- a strategic plan to deal -- to counter antisemitism -- more than 100 new actions. And not just taking actions, but it is actions that -- across the administration. This is a whole-of-government process. Right? 113

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:16:14-00:16:26 (12 sec)
We have the Department of Homeland Security that's involved. We have the Department of Education that's involved. We want to make sure that we're dealing with this -- not just words, not just speaking out, but taking action. 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:16:26-00:16:43 (17 sec)
And so, look, the President is going to continue to monitor this. Obviously, he's going to continue to get regularly updated on this. We have spoken from this administration. You've heard from the Vice President; you've heard from the Second Gentleman. You've also heard from this President, who has taken questions on this. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:16:43-00:17:09 (26 sec)
And what we believe -- and we're very clear on this -- is that peacefully protesting within the law is something that every American should have the right to do. And we are also going to call out any type of antisemitism that we are hearing, that we are seeing -- the hate. That's something that we have done -- not just throughout this administration -- this President has done that throughout his -- his political career. And he's going to -- we're going to certainly continue to do that. 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:17:09-00:17:19 (10 sec)
And so, look, that's ki- -- that's where we stand. I think that is a very forceful place to be when we say we have taken action. We have taken action here. 117

Question

Unknown
00:17:19-00:17:23 (5 sec)
You -- you mentioned that the President has taken questions on this. Again, respectfully -- 118

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:17:23-00:17:23 ( sec)
Yeah. 119

Question

Very Negative
00:17:23-00:17:29 (5 sec)
-- he -- he hasn't. He did take a question where he said he condemns those who don't understand what's going on with the Palestinians. I know you've been asked about that. 120

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:17:29-00:17:29 ( sec)
Yeah. 121

Question

Slightly Negative
00:17:29-00:17:41 (12 sec)
But since you brought up Charlottesville, what do you say to those critics who say that he is trying to have it both ways -- that he's essentially, you know, trying to talk about both antisemitism and what's going on with the Palestinians? 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:17:41-00:18:03 (21 sec)
I would say to those critics is -- no, he's not doing a both-sides scenario here. When you think about Charlottesville, you think about the -- the vile antisemitism that we heard on the streets of Charlottesville -- right here -- in Virginia -- right? -- not far from here -- the President and many of us wanted to make sure that was called out. 123

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:18:03-00:18:29 (26 sec)
Somebody died. A young woman lost her life. And when the President saw that, it put him in a situation where he believed it was the right thing to speak against that. He wrote an op-ed that was in The Atlantic, because about that -- about that. He decided to run because of what he saw in Charlottesville. And that was just vile, nasty rhetoric. 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:18:29-00:18:37 (8 sec)
And you had, you know, a former president talk about both sides. There was no "both sides" here. None. Absolutely none. 125

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:18:37-00:19:03 (26 sec)
As it relates to the Palestinians, he was talking about the humanitarian -- a dire humanitarian situation that we're currently seeing. I just mentioned the Secretary -- Secretary Blinken is going to be talking about the humanitarian aid that we are trying to get into Gaza for the people of Gaza. We're trying to get this hostage deal done so that we can get hostages home and create an environment to get humanitarian aid that would lead -- also, the hostage- -- it would lead to a ceasefire. 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:19:03-00:19:12 (9 sec)
Those things are not the same. They're just not the same -- fundamentally not the same. And it is in bad faith -- it is in bad faith to say that. 127

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:19:12-00:19:13 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Anne. Oh -- 128

Question

Very Negative
00:19:13-00:19:14 (1 sec)
Oh, ac- -- no, no, no. 129

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:19:14-00:19:14 ( sec)
[Laughs] 130

Question

Positive
00:19:14-00:19:24 (10 sec)
It's fine. I have a -- I do -- had a similar question. But I believe you addressed it. I am also just curious: What are you meeting with POTUS about? You mentioned you were meeting. 131

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:19:24-00:19:25 (1 sec)
[Laughs] Fair enough. 132

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:19:25-00:19:34 (9 sec)
Well, as you know, the President is going to go to North Carolina tomorrow. So, that's going to be an important trip. And so, we'll be discussing that. 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:19:34-00:19:37 (2 sec)
Okay. Go ahead. Yeah. 134

Question

Very Positive
00:19:37-00:20:05 (28 sec)
Oh, great. Okay. [Laughs] These protests that have been going on on college campuses, we're hearing that some of them are starting to wane a little bit. But they're not just a one-day protest; this has been going on for quite some time. Is there some concern within the Biden administration that this may be eroding public view -- if the court of public opinion may be turning against what the President is standing for and that maybe they're not hearing the antisemitism message? 135

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:20:05-00:20:33 (28 sec)
I mean, we have been very consistent from this administration about antisemitism, calling out hateful speech. Antisemitism is hateful speech. Calling out hateful rhetoric, violent rhetoric, that is something -- when it pops up, when we hear about it, from this administration, we've been pretty consistent on calling that out. That should not be -- we should not be seeing this on campuses, in communities. It should not be part of the political discourse. 136

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:20:33-00:20:42 (10 sec)
I think we've been very clear during -- throughout this administration, before this administration, throughout this President's career: We have to call that out. 137

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:20:42-00:21:03 (21 sec)
I can't speak to polling. I can't speak to what is weighing in this poll. What I can speak to is what this President is going to continue to do, and what this administration is going to continue to do is call out -- call out this hateful speech, including antisemitism -- again, which is hateful speech. It is abhorrent. We got to call it out. 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:03-00:21:03 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 139

Question

Very Negative
00:21:03-00:21:11 (7 sec)
Karine, what's your currently assessment of the risk to the U.S. milk and meat supply from the bird flu epidemic in cattle? 140

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:21:11-00:21:32 (21 sec)
Yep. So, I know that the Department of Agriculture has been on top of this. I know that they are not seeing any -- any concerns to -- to milk or any of the cattle or the meat -- or meat that we are be- -- that we are consuming. Well, I don't consume any meat, but some of you all -- [laughter] -- you out there. 141

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:21:32-00:21:45 (13 sec)
And so, obviously they are taking this very seriously. They are monitoring the situation. As far as -- as far as we understand it to be is that they believe that milk and -- and consuming meat is safe. 142

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:21:45-00:21:53 (7 sec)
And from an inflation standpoint, is there any concern that there might be supply disruptions in that area that might lead to higher prices? 143

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:21:53-00:22:04 (12 sec)
Well, as you know, you know, what -- because of the pandemic, there was a supply chain disruption. The President took action -- the American Rescue Plan -- which only, obviously, Democrats voted for -- the President signed -- helped deal with supply chain. 144

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:22:04-00:22:17 (13 sec)
There is a -- a task force that was created to deal -- to make sure that, during the pandemic, that supply chain was dealt with in a way so that we can get out of this pandemic, get our -- the economy -- get back on our feet with the economy. 145

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:22:17-00:22:25 (8 sec)
Look, this is something we're going to monitor. I don't have anything to share on -- on the question of inflation. We're -- obviously, we're going to continue to closely monitor. 146

Question

Very Positive
00:22:25-00:22:35 (10 sec)
And then, on another subject, the flooding in Kenya. I'm curious if there's any relief that's planned from the administration and whether it's affecting plans for the state visit later this month. 147

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:22:35-00:22:49 (14 sec)
Yeah, a couple of things on that. So, obviously, we extend our deepest condolences to the families, loved ones, and communities who have been impacted by the catastrophic flooding in East Africa -- obviously not just Kenya -- over the past month. 148

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:22:49-00:22:58 (9 sec)
The U.S. is supporting some response efforts, particularly through the U.S. Agency for International Development -- USAID -- Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance. 149

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:22:58-00:23:22 (24 sec)
For example, in Kenya, US- -- USAID has provided $600,000 to Kenya Red Cross Society, the Government of Kenya's lead responder for emergency flood response. That's in addition to more than $40 million that USAID has provided to humanitarian organizations in Kenya, who also have flexibility to respond to the current floods this year. 150

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:22-00:23:31 (9 sec)
So, we continue to offer our continued and -- and resolute support to all who have been impacted and are closely monitoring the situation. 151

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:23:31-00:23:41 (10 sec)
We do not see this impacting the state visit, as you just mentioned, on May 23rd. But we're going to continue to offer our assi- -- our assistance and support. 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:23:41-00:23:41 ( sec)
Go ahead. 153

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:23:41-00:23:51 (10 sec)
Thank you, Karine. The President, in less than three weeks, is going to be delivering commencement addresses at both Morehouse and West Point. What sort of environment is the White House preparing for the President to encounter there? 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:51-00:24:00 (9 sec)
So, when you speak about environment, security, or anything like that, that's something for the Secret Service to speak to. I can't speak to that. What I can say is the President is very much looking forward to speaking to graduates -- 155

Question

Unknown
00:24:00-00:24:03 (2 sec)
What mood does he expect to encounter on campus? 156

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:03-00:24:03 ( sec)
What mood? 157

Question

Unknown
00:24:03-00:24:04 (1 sec)
I know you can't talk about -- 158

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:04-00:24:27 (23 sec)
Well, I -- I mean, look, I don't want to get into hypotheticals here. I -- you know, the President is hoping to encounter and deal -- and see family members and students who are thrilled and excited to be celebrating an important day. He's going to be celebrating that day with them, talking about their future, you know, hoping to deliver remarks that hit home for these graduates and -- and their families. 159

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:27-00:24:43 (16 sec)
It's a special day. It's a special day. And so, he's looking forward to doing that. He did two -- two commencement speeches last year, two before then -- before that -- before -- before 2023, obviously. And so, this is something that he looks forward to doing. 160

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:24:43-00:24:54 (11 sec)
I can't speak to the mood. I can't speak to security situation. I can't speak to that. I can't get into hypotheticals. I can speak to how important that moment is going to be. And the President certainly looks forward to it. 161

Question

Negative
00:24:54-00:25:01 (7 sec)
But is it the White House's expectation that some of the -- the current frustration on campus will have subsided by that time? 162

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:01-00:25:01 ( sec)
I -- 163

Question

Unknown
00:25:01-00:25:02 (1 sec)
And if so, why? 164

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:25:02-00:25:11 (8 sec)
Yeah, I don't have a crystal ball to look into and look into the future. I just don't. I -- I that is not something that I have the ability of doing. 165

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:25:11-00:25:23 (13 sec)
What I can say is this is an important day. This is an important month -- important month, yes, graduation month -- but important day for these graduates. And he's -- you know, as the President tends to do when he speaks at graduation, he's going to meet the moment. 166

Question

Unknown
00:25:23-00:25:40 (17 sec)
And just to follow up on a question about some of the reports from police that the protesters that were arrested in New York were not students. Yesterday, John Kirby said that there was no intelligence to support the idea that there were bad actors involved in some of these protests. Does the intelligence still support that? 167

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:40-00:25:51 (11 sec)
I'm just going to be really mindful. I'm just not going to speak to that. There's local -- local enforcement -- local law enforcement on the ground. So I'll -- will -- I will speak to that. 168

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:25:51-00:26:14 (23 sec)
I think what I can say, more broadly: This is a painful moment -- and we understand that -- for many communities, and we know that these kinds of charged moments pose challenges for law enforcement. And the President continues to believe, as I've said multiple times, that Americans have the right to peacefully protest within the law. That is their right. It is part of our freedoms here in America. 169

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:26:14-00:26:24 (10 sec)
And at the same time, we are going to condemn anti- -- anti- -- antisemitism. We believe that is hate speech. We -- it is abhorrent. And we're going to continue to condemn that. 170

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:26:24-00:26:25 (1 sec)
Thank you. 171

Question

Very Negative
00:26:25-00:26:42 (18 sec)
To -- what -- with that said, I mean, does the President believe New York Mayor Adams and leaders of Columbia University and City College of New York acted appropriately by having the protesters at those colleges as- -- colleges arrested and their encampments forcibly shut down? 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:26:42-00:26:46 (4 sec)
That is a decision for colleges and universities to decide on. 173

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:26:46-00:26:56 (10 sec)
The law enforcement, if you think about local law enforcement, they know what's going on on the ground. They have a better sense of what's going on on the ground. And, obviously, they have to make decisions. 174

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:26:56-00:27:11 (15 sec)
We are talking about protecting students and making sure that they feel safe on campus. We're talking about a small group of students who are disrupting that ability for students to have that academic experience. That's what we're talking about here. 175

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:27:11-00:27:24 (13 sec)
We believe, and I will continue to say this, Americans have the right to peacefully protest within the law. That is incredibly important. And we also have to condemn hate. We have to condemn antisemitism. That is something that this President believes. 176

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:27:24-00:27:41 (17 sec)
We also understand, as I just stated to your colleague, that many communities -- this is a painful time and is a very charged -- charged environment, charged moments. When you see those type of charged moments, they do pose challenges for law enforcement. But that is their decision to make. 177

Question

Very Negative
00:27:41-00:27:50 (9 sec)
But when we look nationwide, you know, all these protests erupting at college campuses, has the response, you know, been the appropriate response, or has it been, you know, too harsh? 178

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:27:50-00:28:01 (10 sec)
So look, there's probab- -- there's going to be local investigations. There's going to be cases on this. And I don't want to get ahead of that. I can't go into every case here. 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:28:01-00:28:17 (16 sec)
What I can say is, in these charged moments, we understand how difficult it is. We understand how -- how painful it is in this moment and how, because of that -- because of those -- of that -- those charged moments, it can be challenging for law enforcement. 180

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:28:17-00:28:38 (21 sec)
At the same time, students have to be allowed, Americans have to be allowed to peacefully protest. That is important. That is part of our freedoms here in America. We got to make sure that we continue to say that. We believe, in this administration, that we have to continue to say that and call out any antisemitism that we see. It is dangerous. It is abhorrent. We got to call that out. 181

Question

Unknown
00:28:38-00:28:38 ( sec)
Karine -- 182

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:38-00:28:39 (1 sec)
Go ahead. I'll [inaudible]. 183

Question

Very Positive
00:28:39-00:28:47 (9 sec)
Thanks, Karine. On a different topic. Would the President encouraged Democrats to help protect Speaker Johnson from being ousted from his role if Marjorie Taylor Greene were to make good on her threat to -- 184

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:47-00:28:48 (1 sec)
We've -- 185

Question

Unknown
00:28:48-00:28:49 (1 sec)
-- move forward next week? 186

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:28:49-00:29:01 (12 sec)
We've been very clear. When it comes to internal leadership discussions in Congress, we just do not get involved. That is for Democratic -- Democratic leadership to speak to. That's not something we get involved in. 187

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:29:01-00:29:02 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 188

Question

Slightly Negative
00:29:02-00:29:20 (18 sec)
Thanks, Karine. I'm wondering if the White House has any response to the reports of violent clashes on UCLA's campus last night that there were -- there was a group of counter-protesters that tried to forcibly dismantle the pro-Palestine encampment and the clash that resulted afterwards. 189

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:29:20-00:29:36 (16 sec)
So, look, what I can say more broadly: Any form of violence, we are going to denounce. We're going to call out violent rhetoric. Any type of -- of violence, we have to call out. That doesn't change anything. We're going to continue to do that. 190

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:29:36-00:29:37 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 191

Question

Neutral
00:29:37-00:29:43 (6 sec)
Yeah, on that trip to North Carolina, does the President plan to visit the victims of Charlotte's mass shooting? 192

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:29:43-00:29:45 (3 sec)
Don't have anything to share at this time. We'll have more later. 193

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:29:45-00:29:46 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Jon. 194

Question

Unknown
00:29:46-00:29:48 (2 sec)
To wit. Just to -- just a follow-up -- 195

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:48-00:29:50 (2 sec)
Fair. Fair enough. 196

Question

Unknown
00:29:50-00:29:52 (2 sec)
-- a follow-up with that question with -- 197

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:29:52-00:29:53 (2 sec)
Yeah. Which one? North Carolina? 198

Question

Unknown
00:29:53-00:29:54 (1 sec)
North Carolina 199

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:29:54-00:29:54 ( sec)
Okay. 200

Question

Very Positive
00:29:54-00:30:08 (14 sec)
Yeah, North Carolina. So, already on the schedule is the visit to Wilmington, North Carolina. It's expected that the President will also travel to Charlotte as well. Has the President reached out to the families of those law enforcement -- 201

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:30:08-00:30:09 (1 sec)
Yeah. 202

Question

Very Negative
00:30:09-00:30:11 (2 sec)
-- individuals who were killed in that tragic incident the -- 203

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:11-00:30:11 (1 sec)
So, here -- 204

Question

Unknown
00:30:11-00:30:12 ( sec)
-- other day? 205

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:30:12-00:30:38 (26 sec)
Here is what I will say: I don't have any -- any details to share with you at this time. But the President -- and you saw this in his statement yesterday -- he talked about the fou- -- four law enforcement officers. They were heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. That's what you see. When they put on the uniform and the badge every day, they are putting their lives on the line, and they made the ultimate sacrifice. 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:30:38-00:30:51 (13 sec)
So, obviously, we pray for -- for them. We pray for their families and others who were -- who were injured as a result of this senseless violence -- senseless violence. And so, we're continuing -- we'll continue to keep them in [DEL: their :DEL] [our] prayers. 207

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:30:51-00:30:55 (4 sec)
As it relates to North Carolina tomorrow, I just don't have anything to share at this time. 208

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:55-00:30:57 (3 sec)
Go ahead. 209

Question

Very Positive
00:30:57-00:31:20 (23 sec)
I have a question on Elon Musk's China visit. He concluded a surprise visit recently, meeting with senior Communist Party officials and made some deals with -- to work with the Chinese technology companies. Is the White House worried that the U.S. advanced electric vehicle technology will be in China's hands? And would the administration look into the deal if there is a national -- 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:20-00:31:21 ( sec)
I -- 211

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:31:21-00:31:22 (1 sec)
-- security concern? 212

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:31:22-00:31:29 (7 sec)
I'm going to be really careful. Elon Musk is a private citizen. I'm just not going to speak to his travels from here. I'm just not going to speak to it. 213

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:29-00:31:30 (2 sec)
Go ahead. Go ahead, Adam. 214

Question

Positive
00:31:30-00:31:34 (4 sec)
Hi. Thanks. I wanted to follow up once more on Gabe's question, because I think the way that -- 215

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:31:34-00:31:35 ( sec)
Yeah. 216

Question

Unknown
00:31:35-00:31:42 (8 sec)
-- you responded leaves maybe the impression that the White House views antisemitism as synonymous with the protests as a whole. That's the only issue you're going to [inaudible] -- 217

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:31:42-00:31:44 (2 sec)
No, I was -- I was very clear about -- 218

Question

Unknown
00:31:44-00:31:45 (1 sec)
So -- 219

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:31:45-00:32:01 (16 sec)
There's a small number of students who are causing the disruption, and I've been very clear about that. And we have to make sure that we create a safe environment -- a safe environment is created for students to -- to learn, for students to be able to go to graduation. I've been very clear: a small number of students. 220

Question

Unknown
00:32:01-00:32:03 (2 sec)
So, I -- so, maybe this specific question because -- 221

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:32:03-00:32:05 (2 sec)
Yeah, sure. Sure, sure. 222

Question

Very Negative
00:32:05-00:32:15 (10 sec)
What -- what is the White House -- how do they -- how does the White House view the protests themselves, the causes behind them, the frustrations behind them? How do -- does White House view those as legitimate? 223

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:32:15-00:32:32 (16 sec)
So, look, topline here: Every -- every American has the right to peacefully protest within the law. That is something that we believe. Seizing buildings, taking over buildings is not peacefully protesting. I think we've been very, very clear about that. That is not peacefully protesting. 224

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:32:32-00:32:40 (8 sec)
Students have the right to attend class and feel safe and feel like they are in a safe campus environment. That's what we want to see. 225

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:32:40-00:33:01 (21 sec)
And I've also said over and over again, we believe that it is a small percentage of students who are causing this disrupt- -- disruption, and they're causing a disruption that -- that really takes away from students' academic experience -- might take away, for some, their commencement experience, which is supposed to be a really important day for many of these graduates. 226

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:33:01-00:33:17 (17 sec)
And so, at the same time, we're going to continue to underscore that antisemitism should be called out. It is hate speech, and that should not be allowed -- not on college campuses, not in communities, not in the political discourse. And so, been very clear about that, and we're going to continue to do so. 227

Question

Very Negative
00:33:17-00:33:21 (4 sec)
And in terms of, you know, the causes that are driving these protests -- the frustration -- 228

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:33:21-00:33:22 ( sec)
Yeah. 229

Question

Very Negative
00:33:22-00:33:30 (9 sec)
-- with the war in Gaza, the frustration with U.S. support for Israel and this offensive -- does the White House view the drivers of these protests as legitimate? 230

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown