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Press Conference: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing at The White House - May 7, 2024

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Karine Jean-Pierre

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Hey, good afternoon, everyone. 1

Question

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Good afternoon. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Oh, okay. Okay, I just have one thing at the top and then we can get going. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Do I sound okay? 4

Question

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Yeah. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Yeah? 6

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Slightly Positive
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Yeah. 7

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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All right, not a weird echo? Sounds like a weird echo. 8

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Unknown
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There is a little bit of an echo. 9

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Unknown
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There's a little bit of echo. 10

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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It happens from time to time. 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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All right. So, yesterday's Trustees Report made clear Medicare is stronger and Social Security remains strong. President Biden's economic plan has helped extend Medicare solvency by a decade. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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The President's budget lays out his plan to further protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare by extending Medicare solvency permanently by asking the wealthy to pay their fair share and extending Social Security solvency by asking the highest-income Americans to pay their fair share without cutting benefits or privatizing Social Security. 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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House Republicans have a different agenda. Their recent budget could cut Social Security by $1.5 trillion; increase the retirement age to 69; convert Medicare to a system that would raise premiums for seniors; slash Medicare's authority to negotiate lower prescription drug costs; repeal the President's $35 cap on insulin; and get rid of the $2,000 out-of-pocket cap in the Inflation Reduction Act. Their plan would hurt our seniors, raise costs for families, and take us backward. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
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President Biden will continue to fight for America's seniors and prevent Republican elected officials from cutting Social Security and Medicare. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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With that, Zeke. 16

Question

Somewhat Negative
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Thanks, Karine. There have been multiple reports that the Biden administration has slowed arms transfers to Israel, including of Joint Direct Attack Munitions and potentially some — some other weaponry. Can you confirm that? And if not, why not? 17

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:01:56-00:02:14 (19 sec)
So, we don't comment on specific cases. What I can say — and we have been saying and we will reiterate from here — is that our commitment to Israel's security is ironclad. I know my colleague from NSC was asked the same question a couple times from your colleagues, and I — we just don't have anything to say beyond what I just laid out. 18

Question

Slightly Positive
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So, is it fair to say, then, you're trying to send a message to the Israelis in private, but you don't — not want to make that from here? 19

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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What I will say is our commitment to Israel's security is ironclad. I'm not going to speak to every case. 20

Question

Unknown
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And then, in terms of the operation that we saw in Rafah over the last 24 hours, does the President believe that that is within the bounds — that doesn't cross his red line that he set for an invasion of Rafah? 21

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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So, I'm going to be careful about red lines here. I know the National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, when he was here a couple of weeks ago, had — when — had a back-and-forth with you all about red lines. So, just — we're not going to get into that. 22

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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What I will say is the Israeli government has spoken to this. So, obviously they can speak to their operations. 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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They said it was limited. This was about designating — making sure that — [DEL: designated cut of :DEL] [designed to cut off] Hamas of their ability to smuggle weapons, smuggle funds. And it was a limited operation. Again, I would let them speak for their — for themselves. 24

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:03:08-00:03:31 (24 sec)
And what I will say is we have been very clear from here about our concerns about a major operations. We have been very clear from here about protecting civilians. There are more than 1 million civilians that is in Rafah, a densely — a dense, populated area in Rafah, more than 1 million, and we want to make sure that there are no civilian casualties here. And so, we've been clear about that. 25

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:03:31-00:03:38 (7 sec)
We are going to continue to monitor the situation closely to see how it unfolds. And certainly we will continue to speak out. 26

Question

Neutral
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And on a different topic, just briefly. TikTok has filed a lawsuit challenging the effort to force them to divest ownership — or ByteDance from divesting ownership of TikTok in the U.S. Does the White House have any response to that? 27

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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So, I've seen the reports. Going to be mindful here. They are — this is a — obviously, a litigation process here, so we're going to refer to Department of Justice on this one. 28

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 29

Question

Very Negative
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Thank you. On your concerns, obviously, about the — the risk to civilians and escalating the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, I want to follow up on something that Kirby said earlier. He said that the U.S. doesn't support an Israeli operation in Rafah that results in a higher risk to civilians and civilian casualties. But the IDF has now closed, you know, the border crossing in Rafah, cutting off aid. How does that not impact civilians? 30

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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So, one of the things that we've been very clear about — that the crossings that have been closed need to reopen; it is unacceptable for them to be closed. You have heard us say over and over again, we need to upsurge the humanitarian aid. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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This is why the hostage deal is so important. It would lead to a ceasefire. It would lead to making sure hostages, including American hostages, come home and get that humanitarian — more — more humanitarian aid into Gaza. 32

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:04:43-00:05:00 (17 sec)
So, Israel has committed to reopening the Kerem Shalom. That's a conversation, as you all know, from the readout that the President had with the Prime Minister of Israel, and we want to make sure that we — we get that done. That's going to — we were — we've been told that that's going to happen tomorrow. We are working to move that up. 33

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Fuel deliveries through Rafah should also commence tomorrow. That's what we've been told. 34

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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And we believe Rafah border crossing should also be quickly reopened for the movement of humanitarian assistance. We are insisting that there should be no disruptions of humanitarian assistant flows. It is important. We know — you all, obviously, have been reporting on this — how dire the situation is currently in Gaza, and we want to see these two crossings open. 35

Question

Slightly Positive
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And is it still your expectation that Israel will, you know, alert the U.S. when it does plan — if it does plan to — to go ahead with a full-scale operation? 36

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:05:31-00:05:49 (18 sec)
So, look, obviously Israel is going to speak to their own operations. We have had continuous conversations. You — you all are aware of the two virtual calls — virtual meetings that the National Security Advisor led. And so, we're continuing to have those conversations, obviously, with our counterparts in Israel. 37

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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The President had a conversation with the — the Prime Minister yesterday about the Rafah operations. 38

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Again, very, very clear here: We do not want to see a major operations happening in Rafah. We want to see a plan — a comprehensive plan on how Israel plans to protect the 1.5 — more than 1 million civilians that are currently seeking refuge in Rafah. 39

Question

Very Negative
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And just one more follow-up on TikTok. They're obviously suing the federal government over this potential ban, but in their suit — there's a line in their suit where they say "the continued use of TikTok by President Biden and members of Congress undermines the claim that the platform poses an actual threat to Americans." 40

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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So, as it relates to the campaign and, obviously, other congressional members, they have to speak to themselves, the campaign has to speak to it. But we are — and we've been very clear what this law is: It is not a ban. It is a divestment. 41

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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I do want to be really mindful, because it — there is a legal — obviously, it's in litigation, and I just don't — can't — want to speak to that any further. 42

Question

Slightly Positive
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Well, why is he still on this platform? 43

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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I would ha- — I would have to refer you to the campaign. They can spe- — 44

Question

Slightly Positive
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As President, will he commit to not using it again? 45

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
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We — it is banned. We can't — we can't — we can't use it here in the — in — in government — in federal government. 46

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 47

Question

Unknown
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The President gave a speech on antisemitism today to mark Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day. Are there any plans for him to give similar remarks either about the plight of Palestinian civilians or about Islamophobia and anti-Arab — 48

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So — 49

Question

Very Negative
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— statements and violence. 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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So, just want to — obviously, today was a very important day. And many presidents have spoken on the Hill on this day and delivered remarks about — about remembering the millions lost in the Holocaust and reaffirming our commitment as a nation: Never again. This is not the first president to have done so, and the President wanted to meet that moment. 51

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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And what we have seen, as well, in the past several months, as you all know, is the rise of antisemitism here. And we have been very clear to call that out. That is hate speech. We're going to continue to do so. 52

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:07:44-00:07:54 (10 sec)
And, you know, you've heard the President address the war. And we're — address the — the suffering that we're seeing in Gaza. You've heard him address that many times. 53

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:07:54-00:08:17 (23 sec)
And this also speaks to how important the hostage deal is. We're seeing talks continue in Cairo. That is important. We're going to — we're going to obviously support that process. We want to see that hostage deal so it could lead to a ceasefire, lead to that all-important humanitarian aid getting into — getting into Gaza. And let's not forget bringing home the hostages to their loved ones. 54

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:08:17-00:08:35 (19 sec)
So, the President is going to — has spoken about what's happening in Gaza, has spoken about what we're seeing there, the dire humanitarian — the dire humanitarian situation, and calling to — for Israel to reduce, obviously, what we see — the civilians' lives los- — the loss of civilians' lives is unacceptable. 55

Question

Slightly Negative
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But no plans for anything more formal? 56

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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So, look, the President has been speaking to this, has spoken to this many times. 57

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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I also want to just flag that the Secretary of Education put out a letter, a "Dear Colleague" letter that went out to universities talking about Title VI and giving examples of antisemitism but also was very clear — was very clear about the hate that we have seen — been seeing more broadly: antisemitism, anti-Israel, anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian. We have seen that across — across campuses and across the country, obviously, in communities, and laid out our deep concerns. 58

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:09:15-00:09:31 (16 sec)
And so, that "Dear Colleague" letter came — went out today, on the same day that the President delivered this really impactful speech on a dark moment in time. And so, the President has spoken about the war in Gaza and the casualties that we have seen and will continue to do so. 59

Question

Slightly Negative
00:09:31-00:09:47 (16 sec)
Question on the case of the Army Staff Sergeant, Gordon Black, who was arrested on May 2nd in Russia. He was not there, apparently, on official travel. But I'm curious, what does the Commander-in-Chief make of yet another military service member going to a country he has been told not to visit? 60

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:09:47-00:10:13 (26 sec)
So, I know the Admiral spoke to this yesterday. What I can — there's also — what I also can confirm is that there are two separate cases of U.S. citizens being detained in Russia. The State Department is actively seeking consular access to both individuals, neither of whom were in Russia on behalf or in affiliation with the U.S. government. We take seriously our commitment to assist U.S. citizens abroad and provide all appropriate assistance. 61

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:10:13-00:10:40 (27 sec)
We iterate — and this is kind of to your question. We iterate our strong warnings about danger posed to U.S. citizens in Russia. We have been very clear about this. State Department has been very clear about this. And we will continue to say: U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Russia should depart immediately, as stated in our travel advisory for Russia, and U.S. citizens should not travel to Russia at this time, period. And we're going to continue to be very, very clear about that. 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:10:40-00:10:46 (6 sec)
Any fur- — for any further details on those two cases, I would refer you to the State Department. 63

Question

Neutral
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Why do Americans who don't heed those warnings warrant government assistance, if they knowingly flout them? 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:10:54-00:11:06 (12 sec)
Because it's the President's — he believes it's his — his responsibility, when — when American is held hostage or wrongfully detained, to get them home to their families. That is a commitment that he has made. 65

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:11:06-00:11:17 (11 sec)
At the same time — and I can't speak to these two cases right now. They're — the State Department has to speak to them and where they are in their process. So, I want to be really mindful about categorizing where they are. 66

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:11:17-00:11:29 (12 sec)
But the President is committed. He's committed to getting Americans home, if they are being held hostages — hostage or if they are wrongfully detained. He believes that is his duty as Commander-in-Chief, as President, to do so. And that's so- — 67

Question

Neutral
00:11:29-00:11:40 (11 sec)
Has he conveyed any concern to the Pentagon that this is a case of yet another service member walking into another country that has hostile relations with the United States? Or — there was the one that went to North Korea. 68

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Well — 69

Question

Unknown
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Now, there's this guy. 70

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:41-00:11:54 (13 sec)
Well, we've been clear about all U.S. citizens not going to Russia. We've been very, very clear. And there's a — as I stated, there's a travel advisory that came out from the State Department. So, this is all citizens — all U.S. citizens. 71

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:11:54-00:12:05 (12 sec)
I don't — you know, not going to get into private conversations from here. But obviously, we are concerned, and the State Department is actively working this. 72

Question

Unknown
00:12:05-00:12:15 (10 sec)
And one other. How is the President himself personally learning details, if any, about the trial of his predecessor? 73

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:12:15-00:12:24 (9 sec)
Well, as you know, the President — speaking — just looking at today, the President delivered a really impactful, important, meaningful speech on a — on a — 74

Question

Unknown
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I get how he fills his schedule. But how is he — 75

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I know — 76

Question

Unknown
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— learning about — 77

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Wait. 78

Question

Unknown
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— the case himself? 79

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:12:28-00:12:35 (6 sec)
I — wait. Jeez, Ed. Give me a second. [Laughter] Give me a moment to warm up, get to your quest- — get to your question. 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:12:35-00:12:44 (9 sec)
So, look — I mean, look, the President had a really important day. You just saw him do — there was a pool spray. You saw him interact with the Romanian President. That was important. 81

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:12:44-00:13:00 (16 sec)
You saw him give a — deliver a really important, impactful speech on a day that we talk about, "Never again," on a dark time in our history — not just here, obviously, our history more globally — and what we saw — what we saw happen to a community, millions of people. 82

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:13:00-00:13:08 (8 sec)
And so — so, look, the President is really busy. Obviously, he probably catches up during the day, like — like many of us here. 83

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:13:08-00:13:11 (3 sec)
But, look, the President is going to focus on the American people. That's his focus. We're going to go — 84

Question

Negative
00:13:11-00:13:18 (7 sec)
So, no sense of when he's on the Peloton in the morning if he's watching the news — [laughter] — or if at night, when he's done, he's going home and watching highlights? You don't know? 85

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:13:18-00:13:33 (15 sec)
Yeah, all I can say is the President consumes the news. He pays attention to the news. I cannot speak to the current situation that is happening that many of you all are covering right now at this moment of the former President. Can't speak to that. 86

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:13:33-00:13:40 (7 sec)
But the President has been — I mean, he's had — I mean, you could admit to this, right? He's had a busy day. He's been very much focused on what's going on in the world. 87

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead. 88

Question

Positive
00:13:41-00:13:51 (10 sec)
Thanks, Karine. Just quickly on the two cases in Russia that we were just talking about. Is — has there been an official determination that those are wrongful detention cases? 89

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:13:51-00:13:59 (8 sec)
I would refer you to the State Department. They will work on — on the official determination. Going to be really mindful from here. That is something that the State Department works through. 90

Question

Slightly Positive
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And — okay. 91

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:13:59-00:14:05 (6 sec)
We're trying to make sure that they have a counselor, obviously, accessible to them. I — they — they could speak more to this. 92

Question

Leans Positive
00:14:05-00:14:17 (12 sec)
Okay. And then there was an independent investigation of the FDIC that found widespread sexual harassment and other misconduct. Does the White House still have confidence in the leadership of that organization? 93

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:14:17-00:14:33 (16 sec)
So, obviously, I would refer you to the FDIC for details on this. It's an independent agency. As you know, the President, of course, expects the administration to reflect the values of decency and integrity and to protect the rights and dignity of employees. 94

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:14:33-00:14:57 (24 sec)
My understanding is that the FDIC Chairman spoke to this. He apologized and has — has committed to the recommendations that have been provided by the independent report and going to further fix the longstanding issues, obviously, that are in the report. But don't have anything beyond that. And, you know, he — he apologized. And so, would refer you to them. 95

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:14:57-00:15:05 (8 sec)
And then, lastly, is the White House committed to not withholding weapons assistance from Israel that's needed for its self-defense? 96

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:15:05-00:15:28 (24 sec)
What we are committed to is Israel's security. That is ironclad. And don't have anything beyond that. Obviously, we're going to, you know, look at all options that we have, continue to have conversations with Israel and our counterparts. But our commitment to Israel is ironclad, as — as far as their — Is- — Israel's security. 97

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:28-00:15:29 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 98

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:15:29-00:15:36 (7 sec)
On the hostage deal. Is the White House's view that, in the first phase, all hostages who are released should be alive? 99

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:15:36-00:15:49 (13 sec)
I'm not going to get into details. As you know, there are talks happening in Cairo. That is incredibly important. And we want to support those — those talks. And so, don't want to get into — to details from here. 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:15:49-00:16:01 (12 sec)
One thing that I can say is tha- — from the assess- — from our assessments, it looks like the two sides should be able to come to — to a deal here — at least close the gaps to get to a deal. That's our assessment. 101

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:16:01-00:16:03 (2 sec)
I'm not going to get into details or specifics. 102

Question

Negative
00:16:03-00:16:14 (11 sec)
Because — because one of the gaps seems to be that Hamas has suggested that some of the hostage- — hostages that they would release would be dead. They would be bodies of hostages. Is that something that you think that the President would accept? 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:16:14-00:16:35 (22 sec)
I'm going to be a super mindful. This is — there are conversations happening in Cairo. I think it's important. We're going to support those talks that are currently underway. And our assessment is — is that — our close assessment: that the two sides' position suggests that they should be able to close the gap here. And I think that's important. 104

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:16:35-00:16:56 (21 sec)
But it is our priority, obviously. It continues to be the President's priority to get to a hostage deal, to get those hostages home to their loved ones, to make sure that it — we get a ceasefire. Right? It'll ensure that, and it'll ensure that we surge humanitarian assistance into Gaza. As we know, as you all know, it is a dire situation right now in Gaza. 105

Question

Very Negative
00:16:56-00:17:09 (13 sec)
And the — the Biden administration is facing this deadline this week on notifying Congress on whether Israel is violating international law. Can you say how involved or how not involved the President, personally, has been on this process? 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:17:09-00:17:15 (7 sec)
So, obviously, the President is kept updated on all of these — on this — on many matters, including this. 107

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:17:15-00:17:28 (12 sec)
My counterpart over at the State Departent — Department, Matt Miller, spoke to this today about where we are in that process. The State Department is working very hard to get this done, to get this over to Congress. 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:17:28-00:17:31 (4 sec)
I don't have anything else to add. But obviously, the President is kept abreast. 109

Question

Unknown
00:17:31-00:17:35 (4 sec)
So, the President hasn't gotten final word about what that decision is yet? 110

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Negative
00:17:35-00:17:44 (9 sec)
They're working — the State Department, as Mr. Miller mentioned today during his briefing, is working very hard to get this done. And so, I will leave it to them. 111

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:17:44-00:17:45 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Karen. 112

Question

Very Positive
00:17:45-00:18:02 (16 sec)
Thanks, Karine. Ukraine says that two of its colonels, part of their state protection service, were recruited by Russia and were — are now identified as part of a group that were planning to assassinate President Zelenskyy. Does the White House have a reaction to this? And then, broadly, how concerned is the administration about Zelenskyy's safety and security? 113

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:18:02-00:18:12 (10 sec)
So, we saw — we saw the announcement. It certainly is very concerning news. And obviously, we are glad that the potential assassination attempt was averted. 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:18:12-00:18:20 (8 sec)
I would — I don't have anything beyond that to share. Certainly, would refer you to the Ukrainian government. But it is certainly concerning news. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:18:20-00:18:21 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 116

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:18:21-00:18:52 (30 sec)
Thank you, Karine. Cindy McCain, the head of the U.N. World Food Programme, said over the weekend that northern Gaza is currently experiencing "full-blown famine." That famine is moving southward towards southern Gaza. Currently, as you and Mr. Kirby have said, the two main checkpoints for aid, Kerem Shalom and Rafah, are closed, and the President has asked for those to be reopened. 117

Question

Leans Negative
00:18:52-00:19:23 (32 sec)
This is an ongoing pattern. Israel closes crossings. The President asks for them to be reopened. The crossings are eventually reopened. Some aid starts to flow through again. But then, Israel cuts off the flow of aid into Gaza once more, even though the President has said multiple times that it is important that aid be flowing continuously. And he seems to keep pushing for it, only to get these one step forward, two steps back results. 118

Question

Positive
00:19:23-00:19:35 (12 sec)
Does the White House have any plan to convince, cajole, pressure Israel into allowing a steady flow of aid into Gaza, other than asking nicely? 119

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:19:35-00:19:55 (20 sec)
So, let's just — just say — just give a little bit of readout. Over the past — since early April, the past several weeks, we have seen over 5,000 trucks entered Gaza. That includes almost 200 humanitarian and commercial trucks a day, on average, entering Gaza in the last three weeks. Some days, 400-plus truckloads have enter- — 120

Question

Unknown
00:19:55-00:19:56 (1 sec)
And some days zero — 121

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:19:56-00:19:56 ( sec)
Wait — wait — 122

Question

Unknown
00:19:56-00:19:58 (2 sec)
— because Israel closes the checkpoints. 123

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:19:58-00:20:06 (8 sec)
Let me — let me — it is important to let the American people know that we have seen an uptick here, and it is important. There are other crossings. These are not the only two. 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:20:06-00:20:28 (22 sec)
But to your point, it is unacceptable that these two crossings are closed, which is why the President called the Prime Minister directly yesterday to — to ask and to say that the [DEL: Sharem :DEL] [Kerem] Shalom crossing should be open. We have said — I said at the top to — answering one of your colleagues' questions that we expect the crossing — the Shalom — the Kerem Sha- — Shalom crossing to be open tomorrow, including Rafah. 125

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:20:28-00:20:40 (12 sec)
It is important. We agree it is important to get that humanitarian aid in, and we will continue to do so, continue to — to make sure that we get as much humanitarian aid as possible. 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:20:40-00:20:58 (18 sec)
That's why we've been upticking our efforts. And it is also why the hostage deal is so important. This is why the Cairo talks are critical and important, which is why we've been supporting those — those conversations, obviously. We need to get to a hostage deal so we can see a ceasefire, get 127

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:20:58-00:21:04 (6 sec)
that humanitarian aid in — a surge, obviously, in that aid — and get hostages home. 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:04-00:21:07 (3 sec)
So, that is going to be our focus. That's going to be our focus. 129

Question

Positive
00:21:07-00:21:18 (11 sec)
At what point does the President consider other uses of American leverage to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza? 130

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:18-00:21:20 (2 sec)
We have seen — and I just laid out what we have seen — 131

Question

Unknown
00:21:20-00:21:21 (1 sec)
I — I understand that. 132

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:21:21-00:21:28 (7 sec)
Hold — wait. You got to let me finish here. [Laughs] You just have to, so I can — we can have a back-and-forth, but you got to let me finish my answer. 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:21:28-00:21:38 (10 sec)
That's why we've seen an uptick in humanitarian aid. That's why we have seen an increase in humanitarian aid since early April. That is because of the President's leadership. 134

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:21:38-00:21:50 (12 sec)
We need to get more in. We know and we see and we understand the dire situation in Gaza right now. We got to get that in. The hostage deal is important. And we're going to continue to work on that. 135

Question

Unknown
00:21:50-00:21:53 (4 sec)
You keep talking about these upticks, but there is a famine right now. 136

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:21:53-00:22:11 (18 sec)
I — and I am acknowledging that there is a dire situation in Gaza. I am acknowledging that. We understand that, which is why the President has worked so hard in the last several months to get more humanitarian aid in. That is why we're working around the clock to get the hostage deal done. 137

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:22:11-00:22:18 (7 sec)
So, I think we're kind of talking in circles here. But the President is committed — he is committed to getting this done. 138

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:22:18-00:22:19 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Peter. 139

Question

Neutral
00:22:19-00:22:33 (14 sec)
Can you, Karine, say declaratively that no one in the Biden administration knew about the latest hostage and ceasefire deal — proposal that Egypt and Qatar negotiated with Hamas before Hamas said that it had accepted it yesterday? 140

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:22:33-00:22:49 (16 sec)
Here's what I can say. Look, these are extremely difficult prep- — this is an extremely difficult process. It just is. And — and you have negotiations being conducted through intermediaries — right? — in Doha and also in Cairo. 141

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:22:49-00:22:59 (10 sec)
And — and so, that is just where we are. They are difficult times. They're a difficult process. And so, that's what I can speak to. That's what I can say. An- — 142

Question

Neutral
00:22:59-00:23:02 (3 sec)
I guess I — I just want to get to — to the fundamental question — 143

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:23:02-00:23:02 ( sec)
Yeah. 144

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:23:02-00:23:04 (2 sec)
— which is we all recognize these are difficult times — 145

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:23:04-00:23:04 ( sec)
Yeah. 146

Question

Leans Negative
00:23:04-00:23:19 (15 sec)
— there's been too much loss on all sides; everybody agrees. But in the simplest of terms, can you say declaratively that no one in this administration was involved in some deal that was accepted by Hamas yesterday without having been previously communicated to Israel? 147

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:23:19-00:23:21 (3 sec)
What I can say: This is an extremely difficult process. It is. It — 148

Question

Unknown
00:23:21-00:23:27 (6 sec)
Why isn't — why — why can't the U.S. just say declaratively from the White House podium that the U.S. was not doing any side deals that Israel didn't know about? 149

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:23:27-00:23:34 (6 sec)
A side deal? There's — no, absolutely not. I didn't know that was the question. I can say absolutely not, no. There was no side deal. 150

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:23:34-00:23:38 (5 sec)
So, what Hamas accepted yesterday is not a proposal the U.S. had ever heard before Hamas presented it? 151

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:23:38-00:23:50 (12 sec)
Look, throughout this process — here's what I can say: American diplomats have been engaged with our Israeli counterparts on this throughout this process. There was no side deal. I didn't realize that was the question you were asking me. Absolutely not. 152

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:23:50-00:24:00 (9 sec)
These are extremely difficult process right now that is happening. There are intermediaries that are in Doha; obviously, today, in Cairo. And so, there — it is — it is not an easy process. 153

Question

Unknown
00:24:00-00:24:00 (1 sec)
So, then, just to make — 154

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:00-00:24:01 (1 sec)
Is there a side deal, to your question — 155

Question

Unknown
00:24:01-00:24:04 (3 sec)
So, just to make — so that we won't use the word "side deal," because that — I used that word — 156

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:04-00:24:05 ( sec)
That is — 157

Question

Neutral
00:24:05-00:24:06 (1 sec)
— and I don't want to — 158

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:24:06-00:24:06 ( sec)
That is a no. 159

Question

Neutral
00:24:06-00:24:16 (10 sec)
But — so, let me ask you. So, in the clearest of terms, there was no one in the administration that was involved in conversations with Egypt and Qatar and Hamas about any proposal that Hamas accepted yesterday? 160

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:24:16-00:24:17 (1 sec)
No. 161

Question

Neutral
00:24:17-00:24:18 (1 sec)
No. Okay. 162

Question

Positive
00:24:18-00:24:25 (7 sec)
Let me ask you: The President is going to go to a bunch of different campuses in the near future. He has a series of commencement addresses. Other members of the administration will surely do the same. 163

Question

Leans Positive
00:24:25-00:24:34 (8 sec)
We heard about the President's views of antisemitism and hate speech on campus. Would the President welcome peaceful protests during those commencement ceremonies, as we've seen elsewhere? 164

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:24:34-00:24:45 (12 sec)
But you see the President do this all the time. It doesn't matter where he is, where he's speaking. It doesn't matter if it's a commencement, it doesn't matter if it's at one of his events, he welcomes peaceful protests. And you actually have seen the President engage in that process. And he's — 165

Question

Unknown
00:24:45-00:24:49 (3 sec)
So, if people raise Palestinian flags, as we've seen at the University of Michigan — 166

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:49-00:24:49 ( sec)
Look, the Pres- — 167

Question

Positive
00:24:49-00:24:51 (2 sec)
— and elsewhere, he would welcome that — 168

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:24:51-00:24:52 (1 sec)
The President — 169

Question

Unknown
00:24:52-00:24:52 ( sec)
— when he's speaking? 170

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:24:52-00:25:01 (9 sec)
The President has said two things — right? — and I have said two things: We understand how deeply painful this moment is for many, many communities here in this country, for many Americans. We understand that. 171

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:25:01-00:25:15 (14 sec)
And we also understand that all Americans have the right to peacefully protest. And we accept that right, and we understand that right. It is part of who we are in this country. It's part of our freedoms. Right? It's part of our democracy. 172

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:25:15-00:25:19 (5 sec)
And so, we understand every American has the right to peacefully protest. 173

Question

Slightly Positive
00:25:19-00:25:20 ( sec)
Okay. 174

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:25:20-00:25:21 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 175

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:25:21-00:25:34 (13 sec)
Karine, the Romanian President wants to run NATO. Do you know if that issue is coming up at all? You know, obviously, the President supports the Dutch leader and — along with other Western leaders, to become the next lead- — leader of NATO. 176

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:25:34-00:25:46 (12 sec)
So — so, we're going to have a readout later today. Obviously, the — the meeting is probably still in progress, as we're here in the press briefing room, so I'm not going to get ahead of that. They'll do their readout. 177

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:25:46-00:26:13 (27 sec)
But I'll say that the President has been looking forward to hosting President Iohannis to celebrate Romania's 20 years as a strong and stalwart NATO Ally and has been looking forward to recognizing this president — President Iohannis's leadership within NATO and the many contributions that the — Romania has made to NATO security, particularly in the Black Sea region, and obviously their strong support to helping Ukraine against Russia's aggression. 178

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:26:13-00:26:19 (5 sec)
I — I don't want to get ahead of anything here. So, I will let the readout speak for itself once it comes out. 179

Question

Positive
00:26:19-00:26:40 (22 sec)
Just one more on Russia. Putin is beginning his fifth term today as Russian president. He claimed that Russia does not refuse dialogue with Western states. Does the President have any reaction to Putin, sort of, beginning another term and — and does he see this, perhaps, as a — an opportunity to attempt to resume direct communication with — with Putin? 180

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:26:40-00:26:58 (18 sec)
So, let me first say and — that the U.S., as it relates to its — to Russia's inauguration — or Putin's inauguration, the U.S. directed its embassy not to attend inaug- — inauguration, as you know, in protest, obviously, to Russia's aggression — aggression into Ukraine. 181

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:26:58-00:27:11 (13 sec)
So, as you also know, under Putin's leadership, Russia launched this brutal and unprovoked war and Russian authorities have engaged in draconian repression at home as well as aggressive actions abroad. 182

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:27:11-00:27:14 (4 sec)
And so, I think we've made ourselves very clear here. I just don't have anything to add. 183

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:27:14-00:27:15 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Michael. 184

Question

Very Positive
00:27:15-00:27:29 (14 sec)
Thanks, Karine. In light of the President's speech today, does the administration support the Antisemitism Awareness Act that just passed the House last week? And would the President sign it? 185

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:27:29-00:27:49 (20 sec)
So, I've been asked this question a couple of times. Look, we — we appreciate Congress's effort to deal with, obviously, an issue — not just an issue but antisemitism, which is hate, and all — and we have denounced that over and over again and we've called it abhorrent. And so, we appreciate that Congress is taking action here. 186

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:27:49-00:27:56 (7 sec)
I know there are other — other efforts — legislative efforts. And so, we're going to let that process move forward. 187

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:27:56-00:28:12 (17 sec)
But this is a president from — you know, one of the reasons, obviously, he decided to jump into the 2020 election is because of what he saw — the antisemitic vile that he saw in Charlottesville, wrote about it, decided to jump into — into the elections that — back in 2019. 188

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:12-00:28:20 (8 sec)
And so, he's — he has spoken against antisemitism throughout his career. He's — he'll continue to do so. We're going to let Congress go through their process. 189

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:20-00:28:20 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 190

Question

Positive
00:28:20-00:28:32 (12 sec)
On the border — Southern border and border security. Can you give us an update on executive act- — actions that the President is planning? Are you planning a rollout of those actions in — in coming days or weeks? 191

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:28:32-00:28:55 (23 sec)
Don't have any announcement on any executive actions. Obviously, we look at all options. We believe the — the challenges at the border is a priority important to majority of Americans. We believe that the immigration system — it's not even something we believe; it's fact — has been broken for decades now. And that's why the President took action on his first day in office and put forward a comprehensive legislation. 192

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:28:55-00:29:14 (18 sec)
Now, there is indeed a bipartisan Senate agreement that should move forward but was held back because of the former President saying that it would hurt him and asked Republicans to reject it. We want to see that move forward. And we're going to continue to call on Congress to move that forward. 193

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:29:14-00:29:32 (19 sec)
We believe in order to really fix what's happening with the immigration system is to move forward with that piece of legislation. The President wants to sign it and put that into law. It would be the — the fairest, the toughest law if he was able to be given that opportunity — and it would pass, obviously — for him to sign it. 194

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:29:32-00:29:46 (13 sec)
Any other actions that may come out of this administration, we always look at all — at all potential actions that we can take. But the number one way we believe to move forward is to move with that bipartisan Senate agreement. 195

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:29:46-00:29:46 ( sec)
Go ahead. 196

Question

Slightly Positive
00:29:46-00:29:50 (4 sec)
Yeah. What can you tell us about the President's trip tomorrow to Racine, Wisconsin? 197

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:29:50-00:30:04 (14 sec)
We'll have more on that later today. As y- — as you — as you just mentioned, he's going to be going to Ra- — Racine, Wisconsin, to focus on investi- — investment — investing in America, continuing that — kind of that dialogue directly with the American people. 198

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:04-00:30:08 (4 sec)
And then the other parts of that trip is going to be campaign, so I would refer you to them. 199

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:30:08-00:30:09 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 200

Question

Very Negative
00:30:09-00:30:27 (19 sec)
Thank you so much. So, we heard the President today speaking about antisemitism. But can you just clarify for us where he believes the line is? Is it antisemitic, in the President's view, to say harsh — to express harsh criticism of the Israeli government or its actions? Like, where is the line? 201

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:30:27-00:30:40 (13 sec)
I mean, I shouldn't have to talk about a line. It's very clear, right? It — it presents itself in the most hateful, abhorrent way. And antisemitism is hate speech. It is just hate speech. 202

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:30:40-00:30:59 (18 sec)
I'm not going to stand here and give examples. That's not something I'm going to do. But it is obvious when you have hateful rhetoric, when you have the type of speech where you're attacking a community, we should call that out. Or violent speech, violent type of rhetoric, we should call that out. 203

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:30:59-00:31:22 (24 sec)
I'm not going to stand here and lay out a line here. That's not what we're going to do. But it is very clear when we hear antisemitism. It is very clear when we hear language that is anti-Israel. It is very clear when we hear language that is anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian. It is hate. And the President believes, as President of the United States, that he should call that out. And that's what you saw him do today. 204

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:31:22-00:31:34 (11 sec)
And we also announced some additional actions as it relates to the National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, because the President is going to continue to take action, not just speak to it. 205

Question

Unknown
00:31:34-00:31:35 (1 sec)
So, it speaks to the intention. 206

Question

Unknown
00:31:35-00:31:50 (15 sec)
Let me ask you also about the President's call last week for order on college campuses. This moment is being compared to what happened in 1968. But in the intervening years, American police forces have become significantly more militarized. 207

Question

Unknown
00:31:50-00:32:02 (11 sec)
Does — did the White House provide any guidance for police departments around the country as to what "order" means and what actions they should and should not take? Are you leaving them to interpret that? 208

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:32:02-00:32:16 (14 sec)
What we have done and been very clear here: It is up to the university and local law enforcement on how they decide to deal with what's been happening on the ground. They know better than we do on what's happening on the ground. 209

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:32:16-00:32:27 (11 sec)
We have been very clear: We believe all Americans should have the right to peacefully protest within the law. You heard that from the President last week. You've heard that from me. You've heard that from others here in this administration. 210

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:32:27-00:32:38 (11 sec)
What we don't want to see is hate speech, violence. That's not what we — we don't believe that is part of peacefully protesting. And so, we're going to continue to be clear about that. 211

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:32:38-00:32:46 (8 sec)
But we leave the actions and how universities decide how to move forward to them. They know what's going on on the ground, and they know how to move forward. 212

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:32:46-00:32:47 (1 sec)
Go ahead, Gerren. 213

Question

Positive
00:32:47-00:33:07 (20 sec)
Thanks, Karine. New York Governor Kathy Hochul made a controversial comment yesterday at the Milken Institute Global Conference while discussing the need to bring AI jobs to Black and brown communities. She said, "Right now, we have young Black kids growing up in the Bronx who don't even know what the word 'computer' is." What is the White House's respond — response to that? 214

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:33:07-00:33:21 (13 sec)
So, I want to be super mindful. I have not heard these comments. So, I want to make sure I go back, read the comments, and get a sense of what was happening here. So, I don't want to comment, and be really mindful speaking at this podium on behalf of this President. 215

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:33:21-00:33:29 (8 sec)
So, I just want to go back and see exactly — I know you're reading an excerpt or a line from what she said, but I just want to be super, super mindful here. 216

Question

Unknown
00:33:29-00:33:35 (6 sec)
Does the White House believe it is right to ins- — to insinuate that Black kids don't know what the word "computer" means? 217

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:33:35-00:33:55 (21 sec)
I mean, look, obviously, we don't think that is the right way to speak about — about young people in any way, in any form. But I do want to be mindful and to be fair here and — and go back and hear exactly what she said. Just want to be mindful, speaking from here at the podium. 218

Question

Very Negative
00:33:55-00:34:11 (16 sec)
Just one more question. There was a viral video on the campus of the University of Mississippi last week. A Black female Gaza protester there was — she was protesting. There was counter protesters who were primarily Black — white — white male students — 219

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:34:11-00:34:12 (1 sec)
Yeah. 220

Question

Slightly Negative
00:34:12-00:34:26 (14 sec)
— one of which imitated a monkey. Another called her "Lizzo," assuming — addressing her size. The NAACP is calling for those students to be expelled for this video. 221

Question

Unknown
00:34:26-00:34:29 (3 sec)
Has the President seen this video and what is the White House's reaction? 222

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Negative
00:34:29-00:34:51 (22 sec)
What I can say is — and I know the video that you're speaking to, and this is something that I can speak — speak on, which is that the behavior captured in that — in that video is undignified, and it's just racist, period. And it is beneath any- — anyone — anyone to be sharing that kind of material. And the actions in the video are beneath any American. 223

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:34:51-00:35:09 (18 sec)
And so, it is insulting to everyone who has to view it and — and whoever they are. And it is saddening. It is incredibly saddening. And so, we are so much better than that. We are. And we owe it to one another and ourselves to — to act like it. 224

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:35:09-00:35:21 (12 sec)
And just one follow-up. Congressman Mike Collins of Georgia reposted that video and wrote, "Ole Miss taking care of business." Any reaction to him and that comment? 225

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:35:21-00:35:38 (18 sec)
Look, and I think I just said it's — it's beneath any person to be sharing that video. It's — it's beneath any elected official or a leader to be sharing that kind of material. And — and the actions in that video is beneath of who we are supposed to be. 226

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:35:38-00:35:47 (9 sec)
And, you know, it is — what — what we saw in that video is certainly — it's sickening. It is sickening. 227

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:35:47-00:35:49 (1 sec)
Go ahead. 228

Question

Very Negative