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Press Conference: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - May 3, 2023

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Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:24 (24 sec)
Good afternoon, everybody. As you all know, next week the President will reiterate the need for Congress to act on the debt limit. He will also discuss initiating a separate process to address the budget and appropriations because, as we have long said, we welcome a conversation about spending priorities while reining in wasteful spending. 1

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:00:24-00:00:40 (17 sec)
The President has already cut the deficit by $1.2 -- $1.7 trillion. And his budget cuts wasteful spending, including on Big Pharma and Big Oil, and achieves a deficit reduction of $3 trillion over the next 10 years. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:00:40-00:00:48 (8 sec)
That's because the President thinks we should cut oil, gas subsidies at a time when Big Oil made $200 billion in profit last year. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:00:48-00:01:02 (13 sec)
It's because the President thinks we should save taxpayers hundreds of billions in prescription drug costs when just five pharma companies made $80 billion in profit last year. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:01:02-00:01:25 (23 sec)
So the President's commitment to cutting wasteful spending has never been in doubt. But MAGA Republicans in Congress have taken the opposite approach. They want to protect wasteful spending for Pharma, Big Oil, and other special interests, and instead put forward a spending proposal that would hurt veterans and devastate federal and local law enforcement. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:01:25-00:01:43 (18 sec)
We've already detailed how their Default on America Act would cut 81,000 jobs from the VA, reduce outpatient visit by 30 million, and increase the disability claims backlog by an estimated 134 [DEL: billion :DEL] [thousand]. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:01:43-00:02:18 (35 sec)
Sadly, their bill also makes defunding law enforcement one of the most high-profile legislative actions of their new majority. Nearly every single member of the House Republican conference just voted to slash the Drug Enforcement Agency, lay off over 2,000 Border Patrol agents, slash COPS program, and slash the FBI and ATF budgets. And they are doing all of this just as they can continue to give the richest Americans and the biggest corporations a handout. 7

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:02:18-00:02:39 (21 sec)
In doing so, they've signaled to the whole country, to the American people, that they are willing to give fentanyl-pushing drug cartels a pass, hamstring the Border Patrol, and emaciate the budgets of local and federal law enforcement's officers on the frontlines of fighting violent crime. 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:02:39-00:02:49 (10 sec)
The President has long said -- and you've heard me say this as well, and he said this many, many times -- "Don't tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value." 9

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:02:49-00:03:00 (11 sec)
Unfortunately, the Republican spending plan shows that they value tax giveaways to the rich more than they value law enforcement who keep our community safe. 10

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:03:00-00:03:12 (12 sec)
Now, today marks the 30th World Press Freedom Day. It is not an exaggeration to say that the free press is essential to our democracy and democracies everywhere. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:03:12-00:03:30 (18 sec)
As the President has said, Evan Gershkovich and Austin Tice weigh heavy on our minds today and every day. Their wrongful detentions are part of a deeply troubling trend we see around the world that we must stand up and call out. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:03:30-00:03:45 (15 sec)
As you may know -- or as you may not know, in 2022 alone, the Committee to Protect Journalists estimates that 363 journalists were jailed simply for doing their job -- a new record high. 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:03:45-00:04:02 (17 sec)
The U.S. government is doing everything it can through our diplomacy and foreign assistance to support journalists, keep them safe, and hold accountable the autocrats and their enablers who continue to repress a free and independent media. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:04:02-00:04:36 (34 sec)
Second, I want to take this moment to celebrate the return of one of your colleagues, Benjamin Hall. Ben returned to the State Department briefing room this week for the first time since sustaining severe injuries while covering the war in Ukraine. We are glad to have him back. But we continue to mourn the loss of so many other journalists who have been killed or injured there as -- as they work to shed light on the conflict's horror that we're seeing in Ukraine currently. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:04:36-00:04:56 (21 sec)
As President Biden said, and I quote, "Today and every day, we must all stand with journalists around the world. We must all speak out against those who wish to silence them. And we must all continue to support a free press that is essential, again, to our democracy" and -- "our democracy and democracies everywhere." 16

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:04:56-00:05:12 (15 sec)
In other news, we will have -- we will have an announcement today that -- from the Biden-Harris administration: a new package of security assistance to help Ukraine continue to defend itself on the battlefield and protect its people against Russian aggression. 17

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:05:12-00:05:30 (18 sec)
The package, which will be announced later this afternoon by Departments of State and Defense, includes more ammunition for U.S.-provided HIMARS that Ukraine has been using so effectively, as well as additional howitzers, artillery, and mortar rounds, and anti-armor capabilities. 18

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:05:30-00:05:49 (19 sec)
This is the 37th package of security assistance for Ukraine using presidential drawdown authorities. And it follows -- it follows extensive work by the U.S. government over the past few months to fulfill Ukraine's request ahead of its planned counteroffensive, and ensure they have the weapons and equipment they need. 19

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:05:49-00:05:58 (9 sec)
We will continue to work with our allies and partners around the world to support Ukraine as they defend their democracy. 20

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:05:58-00:06:16 (18 sec)
Finally, today, the World Bank's Board of Governors elected Ajay Banga as its next president with resounding approval. Ajay has the right leadership and management skills experience in emerging markets and financial expertise to lead the World Bank at a critical moment in its history. 21

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:06:16-00:06:28 (11 sec)
Ajay will play a key role steering the World Bank to address global challenges we face, like climate change and pandemics and fragility and conflict, while ushering in the fundamental changes in development finance that this moment requires. 22

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:06:28-00:06:32 (4 sec)
President Biden and our administration are looking forward to working with Ajay in this new role. 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:06:32-00:06:32 ( sec)
And bless you. 24

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:06:32-00:06:33 (1 sec)
With that, Aamer. 25

Question

Very Positive
00:06:33-00:06:40 (8 sec)
Thank you. Has the administration determined that there's any validity to Russia's claim that it's thwarted an attempted drone strike on the Kremlin aimed at President Putin? 26

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:06:40-00:06:54 (13 sec)
So, we are aware of the reports but are unable to confirm the authenc- -- authenticity of them at this time. And so I don't want to get into speculation from here about what happened. But we are -- we are indeed aware of the reports. 27

Question

Unknown
00:06:54-00:07:04 (10 sec)
Separately, is -- does the administration see Putin, as the commander-in-chief of Russian troops that have waged this war against Ukraine, as a lawful military target? 28

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:07:04-00:07:19 (15 sec)
So, look, here's what I will say: Since the beginning of this conflict, the United States is certainly not encouraging, enabling -- or enabling Ukraine to strike beyond its borders. We've been very clear from -- from here about that. 29

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:07:19-00:07:28 (10 sec)
But again, I don't want to get into speculation from here about the autencity [sic] -- authenticity of this report. So I'm just not going to speculate from here. 30

Question

Positive
00:07:28-00:07:43 (15 sec)
If I could just ask you a follow-up on yesterday with the announcement on 1,500 troops going to the border. Does the administration plan to take any additional steps in the days ahead? Once those COVID-era restrictions expire in a few days, do you feel ready for what may be coming next on the border? 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:07:43-00:07:57 (14 sec)
So, look, as you mentioned, we announced -- the Department of Defense announced that they will have personal -- personnel troops supporting CBP at -- at the border. And this has occurred, as I mentioned here at the -- at the podium, for more -- for almost two decades. 32

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:07:57-00:08:19 (22 sec)
It is going to be in the role of performing administrative task, data -- data entry, and also warehouse -- warehouse report. It will allow CBP to actually be able to perform their duties, which is critical to their law enforcement duties, if you will. They will not be engaging with the migrants. So I just want to be clear about that. 33

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:08:19-00:08:45 (26 sec)
We have been -- this administration -- for the past several months -- and you've heard from the Department of Homeland Security a couple of times in the past several months; you've heard from the Department of State as well, when they did their -- their press conference last week -- we've been preparing for what is to come when Title 42 is lifted. And we have put programs in place. 34

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:08:45-00:09:01 (16 sec)
And -- and, you know, we will have more to share. Whether it's process centers, whether it's the troops, whether it's the parolee program, we have clearly -- the President is using, this administration is using the tools that they have available to them to deal with -- to deal what will -- the next steps, I should say, after Title 42 lifts. 35

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:09:01-00:09:14 (13 sec)
I will also add -- and we've been saying this -- again, you know, Congress needs to act. They need to stop -- Republicans need to stop doing a political stunts and need to come to the table and -- and deal with this in a bipartisan way. 36

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:09:14-00:09:28 (14 sec)
The President has taken this very seriously. As you all know, on the first day of this administration, he put forth a comprehensive immigration plan because he understands how critically important this issue is. 37

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:09:28-00:09:29 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Mary. 38

Question

Negative
00:09:29-00:09:41 (11 sec)
I understand that you can't confirm the authenticity of this alleged drone attack. But regardless of that, how concerned are you, as Ukrainian officials have suggested, that Russia could use this to launch some new kind of provocation? 39

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:09:41-00:09:53 (13 sec)
So, look, I -- I want to be super mindful here. Again, we've heard the reports. Not something we want to -- that we are able to confirm. I want to be incredibly mindful here. 40

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:09:53-00:10:06 (12 sec)
It is really too early to tell, as you asked me about a false flag, essentially. But, obviously, Russia has a history of doing things like this. 41

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:10:06-00:10:15 (10 sec)
But again, I don't want to speculate; I don't want to get into hypotheticals from here. But we're just unable to confirm at this time. 42

Question

Very Positive
00:10:15-00:10:33 (18 sec)
And on the steps that you are taking to prepare for the end of Title 42, this agreement was announced, you know, overnight between the U.S. and Mexico. Can you just help us understand how many migrants will Mexico continue to accept under this new agreement and for how long? You know, they had agreed to, I believe, 30,000 a month. 43

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:10:33-00:10:45 (12 sec)
So just a -- just a couple of things so folks are aware. So while Republicans continue to push to lay off 2,000 Border Patrol agents, we are firing on all cynd- -- cylinders to prepare for the return to Title 8 on May 11th. 44

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:10:45-00:11:00 (15 sec)
And so, last week, the Biden-Harris administration announced those sweeping measures that I mentioned moments ago from the State and DHS to expand legal pathways, launch regional process centers, surge asylum officers and judges, and more. 45

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:11:00-00:11:19 (18 sec)
And yesterday, as you are alluding to here, Mary, we announced additional joint actions with Mex- -- Mexico, including participation in regional processing centers and continuation of effective border enforcement measures under Title 8. 46

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:11:19-00:11:37 (18 sec)
And so we're using all the tools available to us. I don't have a number to share at this time. But this is something that, again, we're taking very seriously as we head towards the lifting of Title 8 on May 11th. We are doing everything that we can to put programs, to put processes in ti- -- in place to deal with what will occur at the border. 47

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:11:37-00:11:38 (1 sec)
Again, we need Congress to act. 48

Question

Very Positive
00:11:38-00:11:51 (13 sec)
As part of this agreement, though, Mexico has agreed to continue accepting migrants from these four countries that have been turned away at the U.S. border. As part of this agreement, is the U.S. providing any funding to Mexico? 49

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:11:51-00:11:59 (9 sec)
So, not going to get into -- these are diplomatic conversations that are happening, diplomatic -- diplomatic discussions. Certainly not going to get into that from here. 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:59-00:12:17 (18 sec)
But I can say this: Our two countries are committed to working together and -- to address our regional migration challenge, and we've both taken action to address this humanitarian situation. Mexico, as you all know, is a sovereign country that makes its own decision, and we welcome their partnership in this, as we have been partners with -- with others in the region. 51

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:12:17-00:12:21 (4 sec)
Again, I'm just not going to get into diplomatic conversations from here. 52

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:12:21-00:12:21 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 53

Question

Slightly Negative
00:12:21-00:12:33 (11 sec)
You mentioned that the administration is preparing for what is to come or what will occur after Title 42 lifts. Can you describe or provide some detail as to what the White House is anticipating when this COVID-era border restriction expires? 54

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:12:33-00:12:47 (15 sec)
So, not going to -- look, we know -- and I've said this -- we have tools that are in front of us that the President is going to use to deal with what we are seeing at the border. And this is something that the President has taken initiative on since the beginning of this administration. 55

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:12:47-00:13:00 (12 sec)
And we want to do this in a safe, orderly, and humane way. That has been kind of the mantra of how we see moving forward with the immigration system. 56

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:13:00-00:13:10 (10 sec)
And we're doing this without help, without assistance from Congress, Republicans in Congress in particular. And -- and we're doing everything that we can to be prepared for once Title 42 lifts. 57

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:13:10-00:13:25 (15 sec)
I don't have any numbers to share for you at this time. I don't have -- we don't have a kind of speculation or hypotheticals of what will happen once Title 42 lifts. We just know that we are preparing for that -- for that to occur on May 11th, and we'll continue to do that. 58

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:13:25-00:13:40 (15 sec)
And, again, you've heard from the Department of Homeland Security, you've heard from the Department of State that they've held a press conference just last week to lay out some of the processes and some of the tools that we are using. 59

Question

Very Positive
00:13:40-00:14:06 (25 sec)
Well, and to that end, the administration has taken unprecedented measures, be it deporting now certain non-Mexican nationals to Mexico for the first time, preparing to roll out an asylum regulation. How confident is the President that this will drive down numbers while also facing criticism from his own allies that he should not be taking these steps? And then also, is he talking to the mayors who are asking for more assistance? 60

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:06-00:14:11 (5 sec)
So those are two separate questions. I'll take the first one. 61

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:14:11-00:14:21 (10 sec)
As you talk about criticism for our -- from our allies, the President put forward a plan to manage the challenges that we're seeing at the border on his first day. 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:14:21-00:14:36 (15 sec)
And, you know, again, Republicans refuse -- they refuse to come to the table. They've refused to pass the plan to fund -- to fund the plan that he put forward. And so until Congress acts, we're using the tools that we have available to us to face this challenge. 63

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:14:36-00:14:42 (6 sec)
Again, a safe, orderly, humane way of moving forward with what we're seeing at the border. 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:14:42-00:14:59 (17 sec)
We're expanding legal pathways for protection. We're limiting unlawful immigration. We're increasing border security. And we're working with regional partners to jointly manage this challenge -- as we just announced, Title 8 with Mexico. 65

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:14:59-00:15:30 (30 sec)
As it relates to cities, I have said this yesterday that, you know, we're in regular communication with cities -- mayors and cities across the country who are dealing with this issue. The State Department and Department of Homeland Security put out a plan to manage regional migration flows and reduce unlawful migration. And, you know, they are also in regular touch with border communities. And we'll be awarding an additional 250- -- $290 million in the upcoming weeks to support them. 66

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:15:30-00:15:44 (15 sec)
So that is the assistance that we are providing to them. We are committed to managing this challenge, again, in a safe, orderly, and humane way. That is what we have said since the beginning of this administration. That's what we will continue to do. 67

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:44-00:15:45 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Nandita. 68

Question

Very Negative
00:15:45-00:16:02 (17 sec)
Thanks, Karine. Just a quick question on Russia. A senior aide to Zelenskyy called the acquisition from Russia a sign that the Kremlin was planning a major new attack. I know you don't want to speculate on the -- the authenticity of the attack overnight, but do you -- does the U.S. have any signs to believe that the Russians are planning a new major attack? 69

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:16:02-00:16:22 (20 sec)
So, you know, just not going to -- not going to just get ahead -- I'm not going to get ahead of -- I know about the conversation or that reporting. I just don't -- want to be really careful. I just don't want to -- I'm not able to confirm anything from here, and so just don't want to speak further on that. 70

Question

Unknown
00:16:22-00:16:32 (10 sec)
But just -- just anything on false-flag operations and, you know, how -- how they have evolved? We've continued to sort of see the administration talk about it. Any -- any new details on that? 71

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:16:32-00:16:52 (20 sec)
I mean, just as I said moments ago to your colleague: Look, we -- we know that Russia has a history of doing this. They have a history of doing false flag. It is not unusual. It is incredibly common. I just don't want to speculate at this time. 72

Question

Slightly Positive
00:16:52-00:17:19 (27 sec)
Okay. And a quick one on -- on the AI meeting happening at the White House tomorrow with Microsoft and Google. I'm just sort of curious as to why the White House decided to have this meeting now. Obviously saw the RNC use AI in its -- in its video to respond to the President's election announcement. And so are you doing this because you're -- the White House is concerned about the use of AI in '24 or elections going forward? Can you -- can you give us any details on that? 73

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:17:19-00:17:40 (21 sec)
So, look, just to let folks know, as you just men- -- stated, the Vice President is -- Vice President Harris and senior administrations official will meet with the CEO of four American companies at the forefront of AI innovation to underscore the importance of developing safeguards that mitigate risks and potential harms, while driv- -- driving responsible, trustworthy, and ethical innovation. 74

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:17:40-00:17:50 (10 sec)
This builds on the considerable steps the administration has taken to date to promote responsible innovation that protects people's rights and safety, work that includes the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and the AI Risk Management Framework as well. 75

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:17:50-00:18:02 (12 sec)
There's going to be a press conference this evening that's going to discuss the administrative policy, more specifically, on AI and also provide additional information for all of you as we go into tomorrow's meeting. 76

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:18:02-00:18:10 (8 sec)
But certainly this is something that this administration has been doing. This is part of the ongoing engagement. 77

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:18:10-00:18:20 (11 sec)
Now, what you're seeing tomorrow is just going to be a conversation that the Vice President is having with CEO members, but this just builds on what we have been doing these past several months. 78

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:18:20-00:18:29 (9 sec)
Should we think of this as a precursor to perhaps, you know, the White House asking Congress for a legislative push on AI? Or can you share any details on that? 79

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:18:29-00:18:56 (27 sec)
Look, what I will say is: This is -- continues our engagement on this particular matter. We're going to have this conversation -- the VP and senior administrative officials will have the conversation with CEOs. We have had a -- kind of, a comprehensive, if you -- if you will, study or look into this. I'm just not going to get ahead of -- of what -- what will essentially come out of the administration as it relates to the AI situation. 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:18:56-00:18:57 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 81

Question

Positive
00:18:57-00:19:11 (14 sec)
Thanks. By time the President appears at a dinner tonight, it'll have been about 48 hours since he's had a public appearance. So, what has he been doing in that time? 82

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:19:11-00:19:23 (12 sec)
He's been meeting with -- having internal meetings in the Oval Office. I had a meeting with him earlier today with his senior -- senior advisors, senior staff, talking about the issues that matter to the American people. 83

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:19:23-00:19:33 (10 sec)
It's not unusual. This is something that he does every day. And like you said, you'll see him later this evening. There'll be press available for -- for the toast that the President is going to -- is going to give. 84

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:19:33-00:19:38 (5 sec)
It's going to be, as you know, an open press avail at the top. And you'll get to see the President then. 85

Question

Very Positive
00:19:38-00:19:50 (11 sec)
Great. And I have one more. If the Fed raises interest rates again today, as it's poised to do, costs for Americans who are borrowing on their credit cards, mortgages, and student loans are going to go up again. 86

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:19:50-00:19:58 (9 sec)
So, what does this administration have to say to working families who have already slid into debt over rising inflation and are now going to be paying more? 87

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:19:58-00:20:10 (11 sec)
So here's what I'll say first -- to the Fed. As you know, first and foremost, the Fed is an independent -- is independent, and we do not comment on the -- or interfere in their policies. 88

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:20:10-00:20:19 (9 sec)
The President made that clear. He wanted to make sure that the Fed has -- has space to -- to make their decision and to make monetary policy. So I want to be very clear about that. 89

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:20:19-00:20:41 (22 sec)
As it relates to inflation more broadly, this is a President that has -- when it comes to his economic policy, he's put lowering costs for the Americans a top priority. And we understand -- and you hear this from the President as well -- we understand that the American people -- some people are still feeling the squeeze and still feeling, kind of, the pressure, if you will, of where we are with our economy. 90

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:20:41-00:21:04 (22 sec)
And so, when you look at the data, there has been -- there has been some -- some relief and progress in fighting inflation -- the consumer price index, more specifically. Inflation has fallen over the last nine months. Inflation is at the lowest rate it has been in almost two years, since May 2020. Inflation has fallen about 45 percent from its peak last year. 91

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:21:04-00:21:19 (16 sec)
Wages rose last month and are higher than they were nine months ago, accounting for inflation as well. Gas prices are down about $1.40 from the peak after Putin's invasion. And grocery prices fell last month for the first time since September 2020. 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:21:19-00:21:36 (16 sec)
Again, we understand that there's more work to do. The President gets that and understands that. That's why the Inflation Reduction Act was so important, as we talk about energy costs -- lowering that; as we talk about healthcare costs -- lowering that. And he'll continue to do the work to see what else we can do to help the American people. 93

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:36-00:21:36 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 94

Question

Slightly Negative
00:21:36-00:21:54 (17 sec)
Following up on -- on this announcement of processing with Mexico. Right around the same time that that was announced, Mexico's President sent a public letter to President Biden urging USAID to stop funding what he called the "opposition." I think USAID would refer to those as anticorruption and pro-transparency groups. Any response to that request from Mexico? 95

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:54-00:21:57 (3 sec)
I don't have a response at this time for them -- for that request. 96

Question

Positive
00:21:57-00:22:04 (8 sec)
Any -- any response on whether -- or is that the type of agreement that could be part of that broader deal on immigration? Or is there any tim- -- 97

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:04-00:22:05 (1 sec)
I'm -- I'm not going to get into -- 98

Question

Very Positive
00:22:05-00:22:12 (7 sec)
-- timing at all? Because I think people would ask: If Mexico made an agreement to the U.S. -- they're asking for something on that front. Is that related? 99

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:12-00:22:17 (5 sec)
I'm just not going to get into our discussions or diplomatic conversations that we have with another country. 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:22:17-00:22:23 (6 sec)
Mexico, again, is a sovereign country that makes its own decision, and we welcome -- welcome their partnership in the region on this issue. 101

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:23-00:22:24 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 102

Question

Very Positive
00:22:24-00:22:39 (15 sec)
Karine, thanks so much. President Zelenskyy of Ukraine told the Washington Post that he had not had conversations with anyone at the White House about those intelligence leaks. Is that true? And if so, why not? 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:39-00:22:45 (6 sec)
So I would have to go back to our team. I don't actually have an answer to -- to that question at this time. 104

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:22:45-00:22:59 (14 sec)
What I can say, and we have said many times, is that we have been in discussion with our allies and partners about -- about the situation. I would have to just check back to see when is the last time they had a conversation with President Zelenskyy. I just don't have anything to share at this time. 105

Question

Very Negative
00:22:59-00:23:20 (21 sec)
Given the critical moment that the war is in and the fact that Ukraine is poised to potentially, sometime soon, launch its spring counteroffensive and now this incident that we started talking about at the top of the briefing with the drone, how concerned is the White House that those leaks could strain the U.S. relationship with Ukraine at this critical moment? 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:20-00:23:31 (11 sec)
Look, we've been very clear. I mean, we just -- we're about to announce another -- another critical security assistance to -- to Ukraine. I think that shows our commitment. 107

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:23:31-00:23:41 (10 sec)
And we have been very clear that we will support Ukraine as they defend their country against Russia's invasion, and they will -- and that will continue. That will not stop. 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:23:41-00:23:53 (12 sec)
And again, we're announcing a security assistance. I think that shows how -- how much we are committed to them fighting for their freedom, fighting -- the Ukrainian people fighting for their democracy. 109

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:23:53-00:24:00 (7 sec)
And so, we've been very clear in not just security assistance and humanitarian aid and economic aid. And that will continue from here. 110

Question

Negative
00:24:00-00:24:07 (8 sec)
Very quickly, has anyone at the -- has the President or anyone at the White House been briefed at this point on the damage assessment by the leaks? 111

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:07-00:24:11 (4 sec)
I don't have anything to -- to preview or lay out for you at this time. 112

Question

Very Negative
00:24:11-00:24:30 (19 sec)
And then, just on the debt limit, there are conversations that have been reported about potentially invoking the 14th Amendment, which would essentially allow the President to deal with this debt limit crisis unilaterally. Can you characterize how serious those discussions are? Have they gone all the way up to the level of the President? 113

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:30-00:24:37 (7 sec)
So, look, we're not going to entertain scenarios where Congress compromises the full credit -- the full faith and credit of the United States. 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:24:37-00:24:52 (14 sec)
We've been very clear from here, the President has been very clear that Congress must act. This is their constitutional duty to act. And we must avoid catastrophic threats to our economy. That needs to happen. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:24:52-00:25:01 (9 sec)
And what this will do -- it will hurt the American people, cost more than 6 million jobs, and threaten Social Security, threatened Medi- -- Medicare and Medicaid payments. 116

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:25:01-00:25:04 (3 sec)
And so, we're just not going to ta- -- entertain scenarios. 117

Question

Unknown
00:25:04-00:25:09 (5 sec)
So does that mean you've taken invoking the 14th Amendment off the table? 118

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:25:09-00:25:18 (9 sec)
What I'm saying is that I'm not going to, certainly, negotiate from here or do anything like that. We're just not going to entertain scenarios. This is their constitutional duty. 119

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:18-00:25:27 (9 sec)
And I've said this before: Republicans did this three times. They were able to do this. Democrats joined them three times in the last administration. 120

Question

Neutral
00:25:27-00:25:44 (18 sec)
Karine, a lot of people are looking at this situation and wondering where the urgency is. Back in 2011, it took the President and congressional Republicans more than three months to reach a deal. Why does President Biden think he can reach one with Republicans in three weeks? 121

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:25:44-00:26:04 (20 sec)
We've been very clear. Right? We've been very clear of what this could mean for the American people. This is their constitutional duty. When we're talking about the spending, this is something that Republicans and Donald Trump spent already. This is -- we're talking about spending that already occurred. 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:26:04-00:26:16 (12 sec)
And in the last administration, Democrats did the right thing and came together with Republicans, and did -- and dealt with the debt ceiling three times. Three times. It is their constitutional duty. 123

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:26:16-00:26:31 (15 sec)
It is what they are suppo- -- they took -- Congress took an oath. Right? When -- if you're a congressional member, you take an oath to the American people on what you are going to do to do the right thing, essentially. And this is part of their duty to get this done. 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:26:31-00:26:55 (24 sec)
And so, the President has been very clear on this. We've been, his administration has been very clear on this. He's going to have a meeting with them next -- a week from today -- with the four leaders. He's going to again reiterate how important it is for them to move forward. And they need to put -- you know, they need to deal with this immediately, deal with the debt ceiling immediately. This is something that they can do today if they choose. 125

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:26:55-00:27:05 (10 sec)
And we cannot -- we cannot be a deadbeat nation. We cannot. This is something that we have been able to do 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:27:05-00:27:11 (5 sec)
in the past, 78 times since 1960 -- 78 times since 1960. 127

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:27:11-00:27:20 (9 sec)
We have always paid our debt. This country has always paid our debt. So what's different now? What is different now? And that's something for congressional Republicans to answer. 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:27:20-00:27:22 (2 sec)
Go ahead. 129

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:27:22-00:27:37 (15 sec)
Thank you, Karine. I wanted to ask: The Wall Street Journal has a report out about the Biden administration having renewed direct talks with Syria to determine the fate of Austin Tice and that there have been several meetings in the Middle East with Syrian government officials. 130

Question

Very Positive
00:27:37-00:27:50 (13 sec)
Given that you mentioned this at the top, in terms of World Press Freedom Day, given that Austin Tice's mother was at the dinner and President Biden recognized her, I'm hoping you can speak to this report a little bit, maybe shed some light. 131

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:27:50-00:27:53 (2 sec)
No, I appreciate -- I appreciate the question. 132

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:27:53-00:28:05 (13 sec)
Look, we cannot confirm any specific meetings past or present. As you know, in general, meetings and negotiations to secure the release of wrongfully detained Americans, that is incredibly sensitive. 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:28:05-00:28:25 (20 sec)
But I want to be clear here, as I was at the top. The President himself called on Syria to -- to help us bring Austin home. That is something that the President has done. But want to be really, really careful and mindful and don't want to confirm any specific conversation from the past or in the present. 134

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:25-00:28:29 (4 sec)
Again, these are sensitive, sensitive issues here that we need to [inaudible]. 135

Question

Unknown
00:28:29-00:28:32 (3 sec)
Is there a status update at all on that case? 136

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:28:32-00:28:37 (6 sec)
I just don't have -- I don't have anything to share on the status of the case of Austin. 137

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:28:37-00:28:57 (20 sec)
Okay. Second, we have a report on the DOJ nearing a decision on whether to charge President Biden's son Hunter with tax- and gun-related violations. I wonder if the White House has any comment on this case, if it's something the President has been following, or if he talks to Hunter about this case at all. 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:28:57-00:28:59 (2 sec)
I would have to refer you to the Department of Justice. 139

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:59-00:29:00 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Steven. 140

Question

Unknown
00:29:00-00:29:07 (7 sec)
Just a follow-up on a question about Austin Tice. Debra Tice, his mother, said this week that she believes after all these years it's time for rapprochement with Syria. What's the President's stance on that? 141

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:29:07-00:29:10 (3 sec)
Say that one more time, that last part. It's time to? 142

Question

Unknown
00:29:10-00:29:10 (1 sec)
Rapprochement. 143

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:29:10-00:29:11 (1 sec)
Yeah. 144

Question

Slightly Positive
00:29:11-00:29:14 (3 sec)
Yeah. What's the President's stance on that? 145

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:29:14-00:29:24 (10 sec)
So, look, as I mentioned, the President himself called on Syria to help us bring Austin home. He has said that before. 146

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:29:24-00:29:40 (17 sec)
Look, the President spoke to the pain and -- that Austin's family is going through. You heard from him directly during the -- during the White House Correspondents' Dinner. And our hearts go out to her. 147

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:29:40-00:29:57 (17 sec)
We cannot even imagine -- don't even want to imagine what she's going through every day. But the President is committed to bringing our -- Americans who are wrongfully detained and held hostage home. And Austin certainly is one of those Americans that we are doing everything that we can to bring him home. 148

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:57-00:30:03 (6 sec)
And so, that's what the promise has -- the President has promised, and that's what his administration is continuing to work on. 149

Question

Very Positive
00:30:03-00:30:19 (16 sec)
One more press freedom question. Advocates on Twitter today have been talking a great deal about how the United States has engaged in hypocrisy by talking about how Evan Gershkovich is held in Russia on espionage charges but the United States has Espionage Act charges pending against Julian Assange. Can you respond to that criticism? 150

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:30:19-00:30:21 (2 sec)
Say -- what is the criticism? 151

Question

Slightly Negative
00:30:21-00:30:45 (24 sec)
Well, the criticism is that -- the argument is that Julian Assange is a journalist who engaged in the publication of government documents. The United States is accusing him of a crime under the Espionage Act, and that, therefore, the United States is losing the moral high ground when it comes to the question of whether a reporter engages in espionage as a function of his work. So can you respond to that? 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:45-00:30:49 (4 sec)
Look, I'm not going to speak to Julian Assange and that case from here. 153

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:30:49-00:31:21 (32 sec)
What I will say is -- and you heard directly from the President when -- today in his statement on this -- on this anniversary, but also during the dinner, where he talked about the freedom of the press and how important it is to protect journalists because it is part of our democracy, right? It is important to have that if we want to have a democracy, right? It is part of -- part of -- part of how we move forward, the -- telling the facts, being able to tell the truth, and be able to -- reporters to do that freely. 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:31:21-00:31:31 (11 sec)
And so the President is going to continue to speak to that. The President is going to continue to work to make sure that these Americans who are, again, held hostage, who are wrongfully detained, come home. 155

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:31-00:31:39 (8 sec)
And that is something that we have seen under this administration. He was -- he's been able to do more than a dozen times. And so you see this President's commitment in just this last two years. 156

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:31:39-00:31:49 (10 sec)
We've put forward additional tools to do that, to deal with this matter. And so that's what I can speak to. That's what I can speak to -- the President's commitment on this. 157

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:49-00:31:53 (4 sec)
I'm not going to weigh in on comments about Julian Assange. 158

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:53-00:31:54 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 159

Question

Slightly Positive
00:31:54-00:32:01 (7 sec)
Thanks. On the debt ceiling, has the President ruled out supporting a short-term extension of the debt ceiling? And is that -- do you think that's something that he might talk to congressional leaders about next week? 160

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:32:01-00:32:11 (10 sec)
What he's going to talk to congressional leaders about -- and we've been very clear -- he's going to talk to about how it is important for them to do their constitutional duty as it relates to the debt limit and the debt ceiling. 161

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:32:11-00:32:26 (14 sec)
As it relates to the budget and appropriations, we have conversations with Congress every year on how to move forward with that, how to negotiate on that. So that is a conversation, certainly, that we are willing to have. 162

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:32:26-00:32:35 (9 sec)
But ag- -- the debt ceiling, Congress must act. This is something that they need to do immediately. They cannot hold the American economy hostage. 163

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:32:35-00:32:47 (12 sec)
I'm not going to get into any -- you know, any -- you know, you're asking me about short-term. Not -- certainly not going to negotiate from here or talk -- speak to anything related to that. 164

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:32:47-00:33:03 (15 sec)
What I know is what the President has been very clear about, which is making sure that he speaks directly to -- to -- to congressional members next week, on Wednesday, and let them know, lay out what is at stake. And that's what you're -- what -- that's what they're going to hear from him. 165

Question

Slightly Negative
00:33:03-00:33:14 (11 sec)
And just briefly on another subject. Some data came out showing that eighth grade test scores in U.S. History reached their lowest levels on record. You know, what can the administration do to help kids catch up, who've lost so much during the pandemic? 166

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:33:14-00:33:38 (24 sec)
Look, as you just said, kids have lost so much in the pandemic. This is why, when the President walked in, he made that -- he made a priority to open schools. One of the things that was important to do to make sure that our kids, who have lost so much, were able to go back in person to school, if they choose, have the resources that they needed, that -- to really succeed and move forward in their education. 167

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:33:38-00:33:45 (7 sec)
And we saw that, unfortunately, the pandemic had a unfortunate effect on our young -- on our young people, on our kids. 168

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:33:45-00:33:59 (14 sec)
And so this is, again, something that the President was committed to. That's why he fought so hard to get the American Rescue Plan done. That's why -- which allowed him to open up schools, open up small businesses, to get shots in arms, so that we can deal with this pandemic. 169

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:33:59-00:34:15 (15 sec)
Now we're in a different place with COVID. And that's because of what this President has done. Is there more work to do? Absolutely. But even before the pandemic, there was always more work to do as it relates to education. And so our Secretary of Education certainly is doing the work to do that. 170

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:34:15-00:34:25 (10 sec)
But, yes, this is something that the President is concerned about, that the Secretary of Education is concerned about, and we're going to continue to do the work to make sure our kids have the resources that they need. 171

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:34:25-00:34:35 (10 sec)
And it goes back to what House Republicans put forward with 22 percent cut on veterans, 22 percent cut on education. That's not how we move forward. That only hurts our kids. 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:34:35-00:34:36 (2 sec)
Go ahead, April. And then I'll come back. 173

Question

Very Negative
00:34:36-00:35:05 (29 sec)
Karine, two questions on deadlines. May 11th, the deadline to release or let go of the emergency declaration for COVID. With that said, what happens to those who are uninsured, when it comes to vaccines, and the fear that since the -- the declaration is lifted, that people will not look at getting vaccines, thinking that COVID is over? Those two questions on that. 174

Question

Negative
00:35:05-00:35:21 (15 sec)
There's a fear, we understand, that that can happen once -- because every time -- like, when you say there are no more -- you don't have to necessarily wear masks, people thought it was over. And when the President said that we're not in the pandemic, people thought it was over. And now with the declaration being lifted. 175

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:35:21-00:35:33 (12 sec)
Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. So, ahead of May 11th, the administration will be sharing relevant additional information to prepare federal government and also the American people as we move out of the emergency phase of the pandemic. 176

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:35:33-00:35:59 (26 sec)
I was asked here yesterday about the COVID -- COVID Response office and what was going to happen. And so one thing I do want to share with folks: In the omnibus budget package of fiscal year 202- -- 2023, Congress called for the establishment of this office. This is the Office of Pandemic Preparedness and Response in the White House. And we are working to stand this team up -- to stand up this team. So we will have that team available. 177

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:35:59-00:36:02 (3 sec)
But again, we're going to have more information. 178

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:36:02-00:36:17 (15 sec)
I want to be very mindful -- I hear your questions about vaccines. I want the American people to know that the COVID vaccines remain highly effective to reduce the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death. 179

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:36:17-00:36:30 (13 sec)
You know, this announcement that we're making is -- is possible because of the historic progress that we have made over the last two years to fight COVID and ensure that people have the information and tools they need to keep themselves and their community safe. 180

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:36:30-00:36:48 (18 sec)
And so, it remains highly effective. It is important for the American people to know that. We are in a different phase of COVID, as I just mentioned, and that's why we're able to do the announcements that we're -- we're going to see once May 11th were -- they're going to lift, essentially, once May 11th arrive. 181

Question

Unknown
00:36:48-00:36:50 (2 sec)
But what about the uninsured? Is there -- 182

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:36:50-00:36:54 (4 sec)
And we'll -- and -- and that was part of my first answer. We'll have more information to share -- 183

Question

Unknown
00:36:54-00:36:55 (2 sec)
Is there a fund that you guys [inaudible]? 184

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:36:55-00:36:59 (4 sec)
We'll -- we will have more information to share as we get closer to May 11th. 185

Question

Very Negative
00:36:59-00:37:46 (47 sec)
And last question: Looking back at the prior administration and how deadlines were met and neither side blinked, particularly Republicans, is there a fear -- a real fear -- that come June this will not be settled and there could be indeed defaults, payments not made to various persons of this -- nations, to contractors, those who are on benefits, et cetera? Is there a real fear of that as Republicans in the past and past administration didn't blink on issues of finances when it came to deadlines? 186

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:37:46-00:38:04 (17 sec)
Well, that's kind of -- taking your last point first, that's kind of what I was saying. In the last administration, Democrats put -- put aside their politics and they came together with Republicans to make sure that we dealt with the debt ceiling. That is something that Democrats did. 187

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:38:04-00:38:14 (10 sec)
We have never, never defaulted in our history. We've never done that. We've always paid our debt. You heard the President say this just two days ago: We are not a deadbeat nation. 188

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:38:14-00:38:30 (17 sec)
So, the President is going to be very clear. We're not going to let House Republicans take our entire economy and millions of Americans' jobs hostage. We're not going to allow that. That's what you're going to see from this President on May 9th, and we're going to be very clear about this. This is their constitutional duty. 189

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:38:30-00:38:38 (8 sec)
Of course, we have concerns. Of course, we do. That's why we've been saying this over and over again that Congress must act. 190

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:38:38-00:38:50 (11 sec)
We're talking about more than 6 million jobs. We're talking about Medicare -- Medicare, Social Security. We're talking about our seniors, our veterans. And this should not be allowed. 191

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:38:50-00:38:59 (9 sec)
And so the President's going to make that very clear to -- to -- to the leadership and, specifically, Speaker McCarthy when he's here a week from today. 192

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:38:59-00:39:00 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 193

Question

Leans Positive
00:39:00-00:39:05 (5 sec)
Hi, thanks. A couple questions. On the debt ceiling, 194

Question

Very Positive
00:39:05-00:39:18 (14 sec)
assuming obviously that Speaker McCarthy doesn't go into the meeting next week and say, you know, "Congratulations, you've got a clean debt ceiling increase," what, realistically, is the President expecting to get out of that meeting in terms of commitments, agreements, anything on the debt ceiling and budget? 195

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:39:18-00:39:32 (14 sec)
He's going to make it clear to Speaker McCarthy what's at stake. He's going to make that very clear. They're going to have a conversation. They had one earlier this year, and this is a continuation of that conversation to make very clear that Congress must act. 196

Question

Unknown
00:39:32-00:39:34 (2 sec)
So nothing concrete in terms of -- 197

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:39:34-00:39:52 (18 sec)
I'm just -- I'm not going to get into hypotheticals or ahead of what -- what is going to come out of the meeting. What I can tell you is what the President is looking to do. And what the President wants to talk about is how important it is for Congress to act, how important it is for House Republicans to -- to immediately deal with the debt ceiling. 198

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:39:52-00:40:04 (12 sec)
And that is the conversation that the -- that we have already said is going to occur. It's going to happen. Certainly not going to get ahead of -- of what is going to be discussed or what's going to -- not discussed but what's going to come out of this discussion. 199

Question

Negative
00:40:04-00:40:16 (12 sec)
And -- and secondly, on the end of the public health emergency, is the President planning to mark that in any way publicly? And, in his mind, does this effectively kind of mean the end of the COVID epidemic, at least in the U.S.? 200

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:40:16-00:40:37 (21 sec)
So, what we've said: We're in a different phase of this pandemic. The reason why we're able to -- to do the public health emergency and make the announcement that we have made on the COVID vac- -- vaccine is because of the work that this administration has done. Period. Because of this leadership that the President has -- has been able to do. Period. 201

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:40:37-00:40:55 (18 sec)
And that's because, again, the American Rescue Plan, what he was able to do on day one -- how he wanted to make sure that Americans were vaccinated, how he wanted to make sure that our schools were open, small businesses were opened, that the economy got back on its feet. And you see that with the economy, currently: 12.6 million jobs created. That's important. 202

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:40:55-00:41:09 (14 sec)
And it's -- and we're going to continue that work. You see that with his environmental -- excuse me, his economic policies that he's put forward, his economic legislation that have been passed with the help of Democrats in Congress. 203

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:41:09-00:41:14 (5 sec)
And so, look, we're in a different phase. And -- and it's because of the work that this President has done. 204

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:41:14-00:41:15 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 205

Question

Unknown
00:41:15-00:41:17 (3 sec)
So, should we expect the President to mark that in any way? 206

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:41:17-00:41:23 (6 sec)
Oh, you asked -- I -- I didn't answer that question. Don't -- don't have anything to -- to lay out for you on any type of event to mark that. 207

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:41:23-00:41:24 ( sec)
Go ahead. 208

Question

Very Negative
00:41:24-00:41:40 (16 sec)
Thanks, Karine. The Fed just raised interest rates again. And you mentioned that inflation has come down, but it's still stuck at 5 percent. Is the -- is the President frustrated that inflation isn't coming down more quickly? 209

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:41:40-00:41:55 (15 sec)
The President -- not going to comment on the -- on the Fed and its policy decision. They're independent. We're going to respect that, give them the space to make their monetary policy decisions, as they have done under this administration for the last two years. So I want to be very clear on that. 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:41:55-00:42:22 (26 sec)
The President is working every day to -- to make sure that we do what we can and -- and meet the American people where they are on lowering costs. That's why he took some historic actions. That's why we were able to do the Inflation Reduction Act. That's why we were able to lower gas prices as Russia -- as President Putin started this aggression on Ukraine in this war. And so we'll continue to do that. 211

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:42:22-00:42:39 (17 sec)
Let's not forget what -- the lowering costs for families, what we've done. We've lowered prescription drug costs, capping insulin at $35 a month for seniors; allowing Medicare to negotiate; lower power -- helping lower energy bills. That's important. That's what we have been able to do as an administration. 212

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:42:39-00:42:55 (16 sec)
Where MAGA Republicans, they're doing the opposite. They're gutting programs that lower co- -- lowering cost; take -- take our economy hostage with the default. That's what they're threatening. Bring back failed trickle-down economy. That's not what the President believes. He believes on building an economy from the bottom up and middle out. 213

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:42:55-00:43:12 (17 sec)
So we're doing the work that -- that -- that we believe needs to be done. We always understand there's more work to be done. And -- and, again, I've laid this out earlier. Inflation has fallen over the last nine months. That's important. We saw that in the CPI data. 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:43:12-00:43:23 (12 sec)
And -- and so, do we -- we need to do more work on this? Yes. But inflation has also fallen 45 percent from its peak last year. And that is because of the work that this President has done because of his economic policy plan. 215

Question

Slightly Positive
00:43:23-00:43:33 (10 sec)
What's more important to the White House as this point: to keep bringing down inflation or to prevent more economic slowdown? 216

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:43:33-00:43:43 (10 sec)
I don't think it's one or the other. I think the President understands that when he's President, he has multiple things that he needs to -- he -- he needs to deal with. 217

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive