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Press Conference: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - May 15, 2024

  • Karine Jean-Pierre
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Karine Jean-Pierre

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Good afternoon, everyone. 1

Question

Positive
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Good afternoon. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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I've just got two things at the top, and then we'll get going. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Today, President Biden attended the annual Peace Officers' Memorial Service, where he honored the lives and service of fallen officers across the country. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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As the President says, we must do more to protect our brave men and women in law off- -- law enforcement. That means funding for more officers, more detectives, and more technology so officers have what they need to do their job safely and protect us. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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From day one, President Biden has taken bold action to reduce crime, bolster public safety, and protect the safety of police who walk the beat. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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And thanks to the American Rescue Plan, this administration has invested the largest-ever federal investment in fighting and preventing crime. 7

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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Since President Biden took office, we have seen historic declines in crime because of the work of brave law enforcement officers and community leaders. 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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But we can't stop there. That's why President Biden continues to call on Congress to pass his Safer America Plan to invest $37 billion to support law enforcement and crime prevention. 9

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
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And second, today, the United States is taking coordination action in response to the Orte- -- Ortega-Murillo regime's continued repression of the people of Nicaragua and ongoing exploitation of the vulnerable migrants. 10

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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The Departments of Treasury, State, and Homeland Security jointly issued a policy alert to travel companies with information about the ways in which smugglers are facilitating illegal migration to the United States to remind the industry of key steps that they should take to avoid complicity in the exploitation of migrants. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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This complements the International Air Transp- -- Transport Association and its members' action last week to -- to address irregular migration. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
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The Department of Treasury sanctioned a Russian military training center that supports re- -- repressive actions by the Nic- -- Nicaraguan National Police to prosecute pol- -- political opposition and two gold companies that enrich the Ortega-Murillo -- Murillo regime. 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
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Additionally, the Department of State imposed by vi- -- vis- -- visa restriction on the over -- over 250 individuals supporting attacks on human rights and fundamental freedoms and repression of civil society organizations. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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These actions build on President Biden's effort to address irregular migration following last -- last week's Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection ministerial in Guatemala, where we pledged $578 million to support our partners integrating millions of migrants in the region. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Today's actions also support the President's aff- -- affirmative agenda for a more democratic, secure, and prosper- -- prosperous for the Western Hemisphere. 16

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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With that, Colleen. 17

Question

Very Negative
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Thank you. I wondered if you could talk about the timing of the decision to notify Congress about the weapons transfer to Israel. It came just as the House was preparing to vote on legislation that would have forced the President to distribute that aid. 18

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:03:22-00:03:32 (10 sec)
So, when it comes to process on any type of weapons purchases or anything like that, that is something that the State Department can speak to. They can speak to -- about it directly. 19

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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What I want to do is reiterate what Jake Sullivan, our National Security Advisor, said here at the podium earlier this week -- that the only pause that we have done is that one pause -- paused shipment. And so -- and so, just want to be really clear -- because of our concerns of what -- what could be a Rafah operation. 20

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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And so, we've been really mindful of that. We've been really clear about that. We've -- we've addressed our concerns -- our concerns about a major operation in Rafah publicly and privately. 21

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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But we've always said -- we've always said that we believe in -- in -- you know, we believe in -- the President believe, obviously, the commitment, and we do as well, to Israel's security is ironclad. And we want to make sure that they have what they need -- Israel has what they need to defend themselves against their enemies, including Hamas. And so, we've always been very clear about that. 22

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
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And when it comes to transfer of weapons systems, they're -- they're continuing, aside from that one shipment that we paused last week: the 500- and the 2000-pound unguided munitions. So, that -- that is where we are at this moment. 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
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I cannot speak to timeline. I cannot speak to anything specific about this particular reporting on weapons transfer package. That's something for the State Department to speak to. 24

Question

Leans Positive
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Okay. So then Biden is an institutionalist, but he decided to circumvent the nonpartisan group that has done the debates for three decades. So, I just wondered, you know, if you could talk a little bit about that at all. 25

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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[Laughs] The debates? 26

Question

Unknown
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I know. I know. It's about his schedule, so I thought I'd try the President's schedule. 27

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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I get it. I get it. I get it. I know there's a lot of interest in what the campaign announced earlier this morning, obviously, through the -- a video from the President. 28

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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I'm going to be really mindful; we are talking about 2024 election. And so, we are committed to the rule of law here. I'm going to respect that. 29

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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So, anything specific related to that, obviously, you're going to have to go to the campaign, as we've been pretty consistent here. 30

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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The President agen- -- agenda is pretty clear. He wants to create an agenda that works for all, leaves no one behind, and an economy that -- that is built from the bottom up, middle out, an economy founded on strong, growing middle class. We've been very clear about that. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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He wants to make sure that we -- America -- that -- that we have an America that is more free. That's what he concerns about -- right? -- including reproductive rights. 32

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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He wants to make sure that we are not -- the President has also said that we want to make sure that we're -- we don't stand for the dark, revenge-based policies put forward by Republican officials. That's not where we are. 33

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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We want to make sure that -- that we are continuing to -- to deliver for the American people. That's what this President has been doing for the last three years. 34

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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As it relates to the news about the debate challenge, that is something that the campaign has to speak to directly. 35

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 36

Question

Negative
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Thanks, Karine. Does the President worry that he muddies the message he's trying to send to Israel by approving this new transfer of weapons so soon after he withheld the transfer of these 1,000- and 2,000-pound bombs? 37

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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So, I don't think -- no, to answer your question very directly. I think what Jake Sullivan did here on Monday, laying out the 10 parts of our commitment and how we're seeing Middle -- the Middle East -- obviously, in particular, the war in Israel and Gaza and how we're moving forward -- how we're moving forward in supporting our friend, Israel. 38

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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We've been very clear that when it comes to their security, that continues to be ironclad. There is no change there. We believe that they need to be able to defend themselves, just like the President was able to do when Iran -- he was able to bring together a coalition. We saw 300 missiles and drones that were targeted at Israel that we were able to step in and help, obviously, Israel defend itself. I think that shows how committed we are to their security. 39

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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And we have said that it is one pause -- one pause on these bombs -- one package, one shipment. And that is obviously connected to Rafah and the potential -- what could happen in Rafah, and we've been very clear about that. 40

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Those conversations continue. You heard Jake Sullivan say himself, in the upcoming days, he's hoping to have a in-person, continuing that engagement that they've been having. There's been two virtual. But every day, they're having these conversations with their counterparts. I'm talking about NSC and -- and Jake, obviously, and his team. 41

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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But when it comes to Rafah, where there is a densely populated citizens who are there, who are seeking refuge -- more than a million -- you heard that from Jake, you've heard that from us, you've heard that from the President. We want to make sure that there's a plan to protect their lives. 42

Question

Unknown
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Did the decision to approve this weapons shipment now have anything to do with the bill that Republicans have introduced that would force the President to approve -- 43

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So -- 44

Question

Unknown
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-- all military aid to Israel? 45

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Here's -- here's what I would say. I think, again, our commitment to Israel's security is ironclad. That hasn't changed. We've been very clear about making sure that Israel is able to defend themselves against Iran, against their proxies. We've been very clear. 46

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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Hezbollah attacks Israel almost every day. Right? That's what we're seeing. And we have been very clear about making sure that they're able to defend themselves. 47

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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And I can't speak to the process, the timing of -- of this particular weapons transfer. That is something for the State Department to speak to. So, would I -- I would have to leave it to them. 48

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 49

Question

Very Negative
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Thanks, Karine. So, the U.S. has been very clear that it paused the shipment of those 2,000-pound bombs because of fears of how it could be used in Rafah. But does the President not share any concerns about how the weapons as a part of this $1 billion package could also be used to harm civilians? 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:09:36-00:09:53 (17 sec)
So, look, we have always been very clear -- and we have been clear, certainly very recently, that while our support for Israel is ironclad and we believe that they should be able to defend themselves, we believe that they have the right to go after Hamas, a terrorist organization, and they should do that. 51

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:09:53-00:10:12 (19 sec)
We've also said two things can be true. We've also said that they have to do it in a way that protects civilian lives. That continues -- that continues to be part of the conversation. That continues in a process for us to make that very clear directly to them. And we've been also very vocal about that privately and obviously publicly. 52

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So, those two things can happen. Those two things can happen. 53

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so -- and so, look, we're going to continue, again, to have a conversation with our counterparts. NSC, obviously, is going to continue to have those conversations as we move forward. 54

Question

Unknown
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And we have learned from two U.S. officials that Israel has amassed enough troops at the edge of the border with Rafah to launch a full-scale incursion. If Israel does so, as Netanyahu has vowed to, how will the U.S. respond? 55

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Look, that is for -- whatever the Prime Minister has said recently, that is something for him to speak to. We -- obviously, I can't speak for the Israeli government. That is not something that I do from here. 56

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:10:51-00:11:05 (14 sec)
We have been very clear: We're going to continue to monitor the situation. We have -- we believe that what we're seeing right now is targeted -- a targeted operation. That's what Israel has told us. We have not seen a major operation moving forward. 57

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:05-00:11:22 (16 sec)
But we -- obviously, we have concerns that that could happen. And so, that's why these engagements continue. That's why these conversations continue. And we've been very clear about the fact that, again, more than a million ci- -- civilian lives are in Rafah. We want to make sure that they're protected. 58

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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But we also believe that Israel has the right to go after Hamas. We want it to be done in a strategic way, obviously. And those conversations continue. 59

Question

Somewhat Positive
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So, just to be clear, the U.S. believes that what Israel is currently doing in Rafah -- pushing in deeper with further military operations -- the U.S. believes that is both targeted and strategic? 60

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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So, I'm not going to go blow by blow with every -- you know, with every reporting that is coming out and that is being laid out about what folks are seeing. I'm not going to go into blow by blow about that. 61

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:11:50-00:11:58 (8 sec)
What I can say is what we understand is those operations are targeted. They're limited. That's what we've been told. We're going to continue to monitor the situation. 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:11:58-00:12:05 (7 sec)
The conversations continue. The engagement about Rafah continues. You heard that directly from Jake Sullivan. 63

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:12:05-00:12:21 (16 sec)
And so, we are talking about this every day -- every day. Yes, we've talked about the two virtual engagement. Yes, Jake has talked about wanting to have an in-person meeting. But those conversations happen on a daily basis. And I think that's important to note as well. 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 65

Question

Neutral
00:12:22-00:12:30 (8 sec)
Thanks, Karine. Did the Israelis give Jake any assurances of no Rafah offensive before he gets there this weekend? 66

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:12:30-00:12:46 (16 sec)
I -- I am not going to speak into private conversations. What I can tell you is those engagements, those conversations about our concerns about a major military operation in Rafah continue, and they've been constructive. You heard directly from Jake about this. 67

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:12:46-00:12:57 (11 sec)
And I'm just not going to go into specifics on how -- what -- what the back-and-forth is. And I also cannot confirm Jake's travel. Like, that's not something that I can do right now. 68

Question

Unknown
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Just to kind of go back to the decision to send, you know, a billion dollars in arms to Israel, and then, you know, what the President said about his decision to sto- -- to pause sending some arms to Israel. I mean, it just appears inconsistent. 69

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:13:11-00:13:28 (17 sec)
We understand that your position is to make sure Israel can defend itself. But how do you -- you know, how should we sort of think about both of these decisions made at the same time? I mean, is he -- is he not concerned that those billion dollars in arms is actually going to impact civilians in Rafah? 70

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:13:28-00:13:45 (18 sec)
So, look, I don't -- I don't believe it's inconsistent. We've been very clear -- we've been very clear here. Two things can be true, right? Two things can be true. We can have tough conversations with our friends and allies. That is something that you've seen from this president in his diplomacy. Right? It isn't -- and we can have constructive conversation. 71

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:13:45-00:14:02 (17 sec)
We can also share our concerns. And that's what you have seen. And we can say to our ally that "Look, we want to make sure you're able to defend yourself. We want to make sure that... ." We're going to continue to say that "Our commitment to you, Israel's security, is ironclad." 72

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:02-00:14:12 (10 sec)
That is -- I mean, I just laid out -- we saw what -- what Iran did -- right? -- not too long ago. We know Hezbollah is going after Israel almost on a daily basis. We know that. 73

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:12-00:14:16 (3 sec)
And so, they have to be able -- Israel has to be able to defend itself. 74

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:14:16-00:14:30 (14 sec)
But when we see a situation in Rafah, the one -- within more -- with more than 1.4 million citizens who are seeking refuge there, because they moved there to seek refuge, we're going to also share our concerns. 75

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:30-00:14:39 (9 sec)
And -- but those -- and the thing to remember is that those conversations are continuing. They are happening. You heard that from Jake: On a daily basis, they are happening. 76

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:14:39-00:15:05 (26 sec)
And so, we're going to monitor the situation. You know, those two things could be true, right? We can try to make sure that our friends and allies are able to protect themselves against -- against their enemies, defend themselves. And we can also flag and say, "Hey, this is something that we are concerned about when it comes -- in this particular instance, obviously, Rafah, and a po- -- a potential operations -- a major operations -- military operation in Rafah." 77

Question

Slightly Negative
00:15:05-00:15:16 (11 sec)
But the President's comments, you know, about his decision to pause a shipment to Israel through -- came in the light of campus protests. I mean, was that -- were those comments made in light of -- 78

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:15:16-00:15:17 (1 sec)
No. I -- 79

Question

Slightly Positive
00:15:17-00:15:22 (5 sec)
-- you know, kind of appeasing or reaching out to younger voters or how people were feeling in the country at that point? 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:15:22-00:15:34 (12 sec)
I -- I would say that we have been very loud and clear about our concerns about a major military operations in Rafah for weeks -- for months. This is something that we have been talking about for some time -- for some time now. 81

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:34-00:15:42 (8 sec)
So, I -- they are not connected. The President is -- this is not about politics for this President. This is about the right thing to do. 82

Question

Neutral
00:15:42-00:15:43 (1 sec)
And did you have -- sorry, on -- 83

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:15:43-00:15:44 (1 sec)
Yeah. 84

Question

Unknown
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-- just a different topic. Do you have a comment on the Putin-Xi meeting that's coming up this week? I mean, does the President have any thoughts on that? 85

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:15:52-00:15:59 (7 sec)
So, here's our thoughts. You know, we don't comment on bilateral -- bilateral engagement. We've been always pretty consistent. 86

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:15:59-00:16:16 (17 sec)
But I want to make one point clear. We find it unacceptable that the Chinese companies are helping Putin wage this war against Ukraine. And if China purports to want good relations with Europe and other countries, it cannot continue to fuel the biggest threat to European security right now. 87

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:16:16-00:16:24 (8 sec)
This is not just a U.S. position. You also heard it from the G7 partners, NATO, and the EU. And that's our position on that. 88

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:16:24-00:16:25 ( sec)
Go ahead. 89

Question

Leans Positive
00:16:25-00:16:41 (17 sec)
Thanks, Karine. The IDF says that it has intensified military operations in specific areas of Eastern Rafah. Can you first confirm whether it's still the U.S.'s assessment that this is not the full-scale full incursion into Rafah that the President has been warning about? 90

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:16:41-00:17:07 (26 sec)
So, look, what I will say -- and I've -- and I'm going to be pretty consistent from here. Going to be pretty boring, I guess, for the next few minutes or so at this podium, behind this lectern, which is: We're monitoring the situation. We've been told and what we see -- it is a targeted, limited operation in Rafah. That is what we're -- we're seeing. I'm -- I can't go, like, by report by report here. That is not something that I'm going to do from here. 91

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:17:07-00:17:24 (17 sec)
We have made our concerns very clear, publicly and privately, about a ma- -- a potential major operations offensive in Rafah. And so, look, we do not believe they should be dropped in densely -- these bombs, right? -- should be dropped in densely populated cities. So, we are talking to the Israeli government about this. 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:17:24-00:17:34 (10 sec)
That's why we put a pause about -- on the shipment for one -- one shipment, only one shipm- -- shipment of the 500- and 2,000-pound bombs, give- -- given our concerns -- our major concerns here. 93

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:17:34-00:17:52 (18 sec)
And so, I'm not going to go blow by blow here. I'm not going to go to every spec- -- specific reporting. This is what we are monitoring. This is what we know. And the conversations, engagement on Rafah certainly will continue with our Israeli counterparts. 94

Question

Unknown
00:17:52-00:17:57 (5 sec)
But what you're seeing right now is not a major military operation -- 95

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:17:57-00:17:57 (1 sec)
That's -- 96

Question

Unknown
00:17:57-00:17:59 (1 sec)
-- into Rafah? 97

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:17:59-00:18:02 (3 sec)
That's what I can share with you, yes. That I can say. 98

Question

Unknown
00:18:02-00:18:04 (3 sec)
Just to return to a question that I think a couple of my colleagues were -- 99

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:18:04-00:18:05 (1 sec)
Yeah. 100

Question

Unknown
00:18:05-00:18:21 (16 sec)
-- trying to ask about. This new arms deal for Israel, it would include tank ammunition, tactical vehicles, and mortar rounds. That's according to our reporting. Is the President not concerned that those are the kinds of things that could be used in a -- a military operation into Rafah? 101

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:18:21-00:18:32 (11 sec)
So, I -- I would have to refer you on the specifics of what is being talked about, spoken about with the weapons transfer package -- that is something that I -- that the State Department would have to speak to. 102

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:18:32-00:18:53 (21 sec)
And I've kind of addressed this already about how two things can be true, right? We can -- we believe that our -- you know, Israel has the right to defend itself. Our -- obviously, when it comes to their security, it's ironclad. And we believe that they have every right to go after Hamas, a terrorist organization. We've been very clear about that. 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:18:53-00:19:03 (10 sec)
And we've also said they need to do this where we see a protection of civ- -- civilian lives. And so, those things could be true. And those conversations are going to continue. 104

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:19:03-00:19:15 (12 sec)
I cannot speak to this package. That is something that the State Department can speak to. I can't speak to the process. I can't speak to what's in it. That's for the State Department to -- to lay out. 105

Question

Slightly Positive
00:19:15-00:19:30 (16 sec)
Well, you've drawn a real distinction, I think, between offensive and defensive operations. And the President was clear that the reason for pausing on the shipment of bombs is because those are the kinds of bombs that could be used in a Rafah operation. So, I'm just asking, again -- 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:19:30-00:19:31 (1 sec)
Yeah. 107

Question

Unknown
00:19:31-00:19:38 (7 sec)
-- whether tank ammunition, tactical vehicles, and mortar rounds -- are those not things that could also potentially be used in a Rafah incursion? 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:19:38-00:19:53 (15 sec)
So, we have been clear. I can't speak to the specifics of what is in this transfer of weapons. I can't. What I can say is that we have been clear that Israel has the right to defend itself. We are -- we are committed to Israel's security. That is ironclad. That is t- -- true, right? 109

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:19:53-00:20:05 (12 sec)
We believe that they should have the right to defend themselves against their enemies, including Hamas -- including Hamas. And so, that is what you see here. That is what you're -- you're going to continue to see from us. 110

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:20:05-00:20:18 (13 sec)
When it comes to our potential concern of a major offensive operation in Rafah, we've talked about that. We've talked about that, which is why we paused that one shipment, because of our concerns of a major offensive operation. 111

Question

Unknown
00:20:18-00:20:19 (1 sec)
I'm not asking you to confirm -- 112

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:20:19-00:20:19 ( sec)
Yeah. 113

Question

Unknown
00:20:19-00:20:21 (2 sec)
-- the details of this specific arms deal. 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:20:21-00:20:21 ( sec)
Yeah. 115

Question

Unknown
00:20:21-00:20:23 (1 sec)
But the list that I just gave -- 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:20:23-00:20:23 ( sec)
Yeah. 117

Question

Negative
00:20:23-00:20:28 (5 sec)
-- does the U.S. see those -- those things as being purely defensive weapons? 118

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:20:28-00:20:45 (17 sec)
What we have been very clear about: Israel has the right to defend itself. That's what we believe. We paused one shipment that we believe could -- could be used in a potential offensive operation in Rafah. And we've been very clear about that. It's one shipment that we paused. 119

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:20:45-00:20:55 (10 sec)
But it doesn't -- it doesn't take away from the fact that Israel should be able to defend itself against its enemies. And that's what this is about. That's what we're talking about here. 120

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:20:55-00:20:55 ( sec)
Go ahead. 121

Question

Neutral
00:20:55-00:21:15 (20 sec)
Karine, I understand there's a group of American doctors who are in Gaza who are looking for the administration's help in getting out of there, that -- they are with the Palestinian American Medical Association. They traveled to Gaza this month to provide some emergency medical assistance. Can you detail the administration's efforts to try to get them out? 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:21:15-00:21:15 ( sec)
Yeah. 123

Question

Unknown
00:21:15-00:21:18 (3 sec)
How is Israel cooperating with that assistance? 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:21:18-00:21:38 (20 sec)
So, we can say that we're tracking this matter closely and working to get the impacted American citizens out of Gaza. So, that is something that we're working on. We've been in touch with representatives of four doctors and their families and are engaging directly with the government of Israel to make that happen. So, we're doing everything that we can. 125

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:21:38-00:21:45 (7 sec)
Is the goal to get them out immediately or before operations expand into Rafah and there's military movement there that could further put them [inaudible] -- 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:21:45-00:22:01 (17 sec)
I mean, regardless, if there was an operation in Rafah or potential operation in Rafah, it doesn't -- we need to get them out. We want to get them out. And that is our -- it has nothing to do with anything else. These are Americans -- impacted American citizens. And so, we're working to get them out. 127

Question

Slightly Positive
00:22:01-00:22:13 (12 sec)
And then just on the debates. Can you explain why President Biden feels it's important to have a general election face-off one on one with former President Trump in late June, which is earlier than in past election cycles? 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:13-00:22:26 (13 sec)
Look, I can't speak to the timeline. I can't speak to the decisions on the debate. That is something that the campaign could speak to. I can speak to what the President has been trying to do for these past three years and make that stark contrast with what Republican elected officials have been trying to do. 129

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:22:26-00:22:35 (9 sec)
He's been trying to make sure that we build an economy for all, don't leave anybody behind; make sure that we're fighting Big Pharma; make sure that we're lowering costs for Americans. 130

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:22:35-00:22:51 (16 sec)
And you have congressional Republicans -- actually, that way -- who are constantly trying to make sure that -- that we -- we increase healthcare costs -- right? -- that we give tax breaks to corporations and billionaires. That's what they're offering: cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. 131

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:22:51-00:23:06 (15 sec)
That's what I can provide for you, what -- what the President's policy has been, what he's been trying to do, and, you know, what we're up against here. And we're also talking about our democracy, our freedoms that are under attack. And -- and so, the President is going to continue to fight for that. 132

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:23:06-00:23:11 (5 sec)
As it relates to the debate timeline or anything connected to that, that is something for the campaign to speak to. 133

Question

Negative
00:23:11-00:23:20 (8 sec)
And just finally, the President put a statement out on this. But is there anything else you can share about this -- what appears to be an attempted assassination attempt on the Slovakian Prime Minister? 134

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:23:20-00:23:42 (22 sec)
Yeah, as you just stated, the President put out a statement on this earlier today. And I will just reiterate that we're expressing -- the President expressed his alarm and deep concern over the attack. As the President said, he and Dr. Biden are praying for a swift recovery, and our thoughts are with his family and the people of Slo- -- Slovakia. 135

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:23:42-00:23:51 (9 sec)
We condemn this horrific at- -- act of violence, and our embassy is in close touch with the government and ready to assist. And I'm just going to leave it there for now. 136

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:23:51-00:23:53 (2 sec)
Go ahead. 137

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:23:53-00:24:01 (8 sec)
I want to ask about the inflation report. But first I wanted to just follow up. Does the President intend any direct outreach to allies in Slovakia or -- 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:01-00:24:02 (1 sec)
I don't have any -- 139

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:24:02-00:24:03 (1 sec)
-- calls or anything like that? 140

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:03-00:24:05 (3 sec)
I don't have any calls to read out to you at this time. 141

Question

Slightly Positive
00:24:05-00:24:07 (2 sec)
Okay. On -- on the inflation report. 142

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:07-00:24:08 (1 sec)
Yeah, sure. 143

Question

Very Positive
00:24:08-00:24:22 (14 sec)
Obviously, it was positive for you guys. But we're still seeing inflation above normal levels, despite everything the administration and the Fed is doing. Do you have a sense of when households can expect to see prices stabilize? 144

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:24:22-00:24:36 (14 sec)
So, look, here's what I can tell you. What we're going to continue to do is make sure that we are -- when it comes to our priority as it relates to the economy, we want to make sure that we're fighting inflation and continue to do so. And so, we understand we have a lot more work to do. We get that. 145

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:24:36-00:24:55 (18 sec)
But I wou- -- I would state that inflation is down more than 60 percent, with the lowest core inflation in three years, and grocery prices fell over the last three months. Wages are up more than the prices over the last year. And since the pandemic, more than 15 million jobs created. And unemployment is under 4 percent, and that is the longest stretch that we have seen in over 50 years. 146

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:24:55-00:25:24 (29 sec)
So, we are seeing some progress -- some macroeconomic progress -- but we understand that there are Americans and families that are still struggling. That's why the President continues to do everything that he can to lower costs, whether it's insulin at 35 bucks for seniors and calling for -- for that to be for all Americans, and a plan to build 2 million new homes, lower childcare costs. This is what the President is trying to do and has been very clear about his plan for Americans as it relates to the economy. 147

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:25:24-00:25:37 (13 sec)
And again, in contrast to what GOP is trying to do -- cut Medicare, cut -- cut Social Security, cut Medicaid, make sure that -- they want to make sure that there's a tax break for billionaires and corporations -- that's not what this President is about. 148

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:25:37-00:25:45 (8 sec)
So, the work continues. We're going to continue to fight inflation. We're going to continue to be really focused on that. And that's what you're going to see from this administration. 149

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:45-00:25:46 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 150

Question

Very Negative
00:25:46-00:26:13 (27 sec)
Back to Rafah. Is there a concern at all that, you know, these targeted attacks would still cumulatively add up to -- you know, the amount of civilian casualties or damage -- I know that the concern is a major ground operation, but as these more targeted attacks continue by the IDF, is there a worry that that would -- would still add up, ultimately, to the kind of civilian casualties you're trying to avoid? 151

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:26:13-00:26:27 (15 sec)
So, what I can say is what Jake said, which is we're monitoring the situation, and we're going to continue to do that. We're going to continue to have engagements with our counterparts in the Israeli government. That is something that we're going to continue. We believe that it's been constructive. 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:26:27-00:26:39 (12 sec)
We have not seen a major military operation. And so, we've been clear about that. Jake has been clear about that from here. But we're going to continue to have those conversations. 153

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:26:39-00:26:48 (8 sec)
I can't get into cumulative -- I can't -- that is not --that's hypotheticals that I don't want to get into from here. But the engagements continue. 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:26:48-00:27:03 (16 sec)
Jake said himself when he was here: He's hoping in the next couple of days or so to have an in-person meeting to talk about Rafah operations. He has been -- has had regular communications with his counterparts in the Israeli government, and that's going to continue. 155

Question

Unknown
00:27:03-00:27:12 (9 sec)
And I know you said you couldn't preview Jake's travel, but are there any -- any sense of a meeting happening in Washington, when those in-person meetings would happen? Can you speak to any of that? 156

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:27:12-00:27:36 (24 sec)
As you know, when we have had virtual meetings with -- with our counterparts in Is- -- in Israel government, we have shared that information, including -- right? -- the virtual -- virtual -- virtual meetings, including when the President spoke to the Prime Minister. And we said in our readout that they talked about the Rafah operations. We certainly will share that with you. I just don't have anything at this time to -- to speak to. 157

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:27:36-00:27:37 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 158

Question

Unknown
00:27:37-00:27:40 (4 sec)
With apologies, with the situations in Israel -- 159

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:27:40-00:27:41 ( sec)
Yeah. 160

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:27:41-00:28:10 (29 sec)
-- you're saying that two things can be true at the same time. Can two things be true at the same time again? In other words, would the President again decide that the weapons -- the most recent weapons package that -- that he proposed is being used for a large capacity of civilian deaths, like the 2,000-pound bombs -- could he then, again, say, "You know what, we're -- we're going to -- we're going to hold these back after all"? 161

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:10-00:28:14 (4 sec)
I -- I just -- I'm not going to get into hypotheticals from here. I'm just not. 162

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:28:14-00:28:28 (14 sec)
What I can say is that we have been very clear that our -- when it comes to Israel's security, that is ironclad. We believe that they should be able to defend themselves -- we've been very clear about that -- against their enemies, including Hamas. Clear about that. 163

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:28:28-00:28:38 (9 sec)
When there are concerns that have -- that we see, we will -- we will certainly speak to that, as we have done for the past several weeks. We have been consistent about that too. 164

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:38-00:28:46 (8 sec)
In this particular instance, with the Rafah operations, a major military operations, we have said we have concerns. And those conversations continue. 165

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:28:46-00:29:13 (27 sec)
I'm not going to get into hypotheticals from here. I think we have laid out how we see -- how we see our engagement, obviously -- how we see this moving forward, whether it is the Rafah operations, obviously, our major concerns there, and those conversations continuing. And also making sure that Israel has what it needs to defend itself. And that has been consistent here, and that is what we're going to continue to say from here. 166

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:13-00:29:38 (25 sec)
And you heard directly from the National Security Advisor -- lay that out in 10 -- in 10 parts on Monday, and I think in a pretty comprehensive, detailed way. Obviously, there's the hostage deal that we want to make sure that happens. We want to see a ceasefire. We want to see hostages come home. We want to see more humanitarian aid go in. And so, that is also something that we're working as well towards. 167

Question

Leans Negative
00:29:38-00:30:00 (22 sec)
The President had his big event yesterday on tariffs. I wanted to circle back to the U.S. Steel situation, Nip- -- the offer from Nippon Steel to buy U.S. Steel. The President has opposed that deal. Can you give us any update? Does he plan to try to block it? Is he hoping the proponent withdraws its offer? He's, you know, been on record opposing it for a month or two now. 168

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:30:00-00:30:06 (7 sec)
So, I'm just going to be -- I -- there's a CFIUS review. I'm going to be super mindful. It's an independent review. So, I can't comment beyond -- beyond that. 169

Question

Very Negative
00:30:06-00:30:11 (4 sec)
There are calls from senators -- Republican senators -- that he can kill it without that review. Is it the administration's position -- 170

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:30:11-00:30:12 (1 sec)
No, I totally -- totally understand. 171

Question

Unknown
00:30:12-00:30:13 (1 sec)
-- that he should wait for the review to be done? 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:30:13-00:30:16 (2 sec)
We respect the CFIUS review. I'm just not going to get ahead of that. 173

Question

Unknown
00:30:16-00:30:21 (6 sec)
And on the border. Can you give us any update on the President's thinking on that executive order that you folks are said to be considering? 174

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:30:21-00:30:36 (14 sec)
Look, I mean, this is the same thing that I've been saying and we've all been saying for the past several months -- right? -- especially since we -- when we first introduced this national security supplemental back in October, that included the border security piece in that. 175

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:30:36-00:30:50 (15 sec)
And then, obviously, we went to -- we took that out, and then went to a place of working in a bipartisan way with senators in trying to come up with a -- a negotiation that dealt with border challenges, that dealt with a broken system that we have seen for decades. 176

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:30:50-00:31:04 (14 sec)
And so, we still want to see that. We still want to see Congress move forward with that. We believe it is the toughest, the fairest way to -- to deal with the border, to deal with the immigration challenges. The President wants to sign that. He wants to sign that. 177

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:04-00:31:24 (19 sec)
As it relates to your question about any executive actions, any other -- any other, you know, movement that might be there, look, as you just said -- said in your -- in your question to me, we're always looking at potential actions that we can take. But we are going to continue to push Congress to move on this. We believe that it can happen. 178

Question

Unknown
00:31:24-00:31:25 (1 sec)
There are -- there are two -- 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:25-00:31:26 (1 sec)
We believe that it can happen. 180

Question

Positive
00:31:26-00:31:42 (16 sec)
There are two reports today about potential actions. One from the AP -- our friend, Colleen, right here -- that the administration might consider sort of triaging new asylum cases to the front of the line to more quickly assess whether they are removed or -- or stay to -- for a more thorough review. 181

Question

Unknown
00:31:42-00:31:51 (9 sec)
Another from the New York Post that the President might consider an executive action to close the border -- close the border at a threshold of 4,000 crossings a day. 182

Question

Unknown
00:31:51-00:31:53 (2 sec)
I'm wondering if you could speak to either of those reports. 183

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:31:53-00:32:09 (16 sec)
Look, it's basically the same answer that I gave you in my fir- -- in your first question, which is we want to see -- we understand this immigration system has been broken for decades. We want to see that Senate bipartisan negotiation plan that came forward -- we want to see that moving. 184

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:32:09-00:32:16 (8 sec)
And as I've stated many times before -- you've heard it from the President himself -- we were ready to move forward. That was ready to be pushed out of the Senate in a bipartisan way. 185

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:32:16-00:32:23 (6 sec)
The former President, President Trump, told Republicans to reject it -- to reject it. And that's what we're seeing. 186

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:32:23-00:32:37 (14 sec)
And we believe that Republicans should be where majority of Americans are. They want to see an answer, a way to fix this -- we believe legislatively -- to fix what's happening at the border, the challenges that we're seeing. 187

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:32:37-00:32:45 (9 sec)
I don't have anything beyond that. As I've said many, many times before, as you asked me your question, we're looking at all options. I just don't have anything to share at this time. 188

Question

Negative
00:32:45-00:32:48 (3 sec)
And I should specify, it was Seung Min and colleagues. [Laughter] Sorry, I don't want to get in trouble. 189

Question

Positive
00:32:48-00:32:50 (2 sec)
She'll be -- she'll be grateful. 190

Question

Slightly Positive
00:32:50-00:32:51 (1 sec)
Yeah. 191

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:32:51-00:32:53 (2 sec)
Good. A callout -- a callout to Seung Min -- 192

Question

Very Positive
00:32:53-00:32:53 (1 sec)
Yeah, yeah. 193

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:32:53-00:32:55 (2 sec)
-- who is not here. 194

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:32:55-00:32:56 (1 sec)
Go ahead, April. 195

Question

Unknown
00:32:56-00:32:56 ( sec)
Karine -- 196

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:32:56-00:32:57 ( sec)
Yes. 197

Question

Very Positive
00:32:57-00:33:10 (14 sec)
-- I have two topics. One, Marilyn Mosby, we understand that the application for a pardon has been delivered and accepted by the White House as well as Justice. What's the movement? What is the President's thinking? 198

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:33:10-00:33:11 ( sec)
Yeah. 199

Question

Unknown
00:33:11-00:33:13 (2 sec)
What is he expected to do on this? 200

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:33:13-00:33:17 (5 sec)
So, I want to -- and, April, I appreciate the question. I know we went back and forth on this last week. 201

Question

Slightly Positive
00:33:17-00:33:18 ( sec)
Yeah. 202

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:33:18-00:33:19 (2 sec)
Certainly appreciate the question. 203

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:33:19-00:33:31 (12 sec)
I have to be really careful from this podium not to talk about individual pardon requests. It is inappropriate for me to do so. And so, I need to be really mindful. 204

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:33:31-00:33:51 (21 sec)
DOJ -- and I said this to you last time -- applies a thorough and deliberative process. We've got to let them do that process. And so, that is -- certainly, that particular question has to go to DOJ. From -- from this lectern, at this podium, I cannot speak to individual cases and want to be super mindful. And we never have -- we never have over the last three years. 205

Question

Positive
00:33:51-00:33:53 (2 sec)
Okay. Other presidents have. But that's okay. 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:33:53-00:33:55 (2 sec)
But that's what I'm saying. We haven't. 207

Question

Unknown
00:33:55-00:33:56 (1 sec)
I know. I know. 208

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:33:56-00:33:59 (3 sec)
We haven't because we want to respect that process. 209

Question

Very Positive
00:33:59-00:34:13 (15 sec)
So -- and follow up on that topic. Is the Presi- -- has the President gotten any communication personally from organizations like the NAACP, Win With Women, some of the organizations that have written letters to the President -- 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:34:13-00:34:14 ( sec)
Yeah. 211

Question

Positive
00:34:14-00:34:27 (13 sec)
-- about this case? Because you got a majority of the civil rights community, a lot of large organizations, Black organizations are really on the side of a pardon for her. Does he know about it? Has he talked to anyone specifically on it? 212

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:34:27-00:34:42 (15 sec)
So, I have not spoken to the President directly about it. I know -- I know the letters that you're speaking of. I know we get letters all the time -- right? -- obviously, in -- supporting an agenda. So, obviously, those letters have come through. I just haven't spoken to the President directly about this -- about this. 213

Question

Unknown
00:34:42-00:34:43 ( sec)
So -- 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:34:43-00:34:51 (8 sec)
And I want to be careful -- right? -- we don't -- this is -- we -- we do not want to speak about individual cases. We believe it's inappropriate. 215

Question

Slightly Positive
00:34:51-00:34:51 ( sec)
Okay. 216

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:34:51-00:34:53 (2 sec)
We want to be really, really mindful here. 217

Question

Unknown
00:34:53-00:34:55 (2 sec)
And lastly, on this topic, then. 218

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:34:55-00:34:56 (1 sec)
Yeah. 219

Question

Unknown