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Press Gaggle: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing on Air Force One - July 5, 2024

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[Audio begins in progress] -- all women? 1

Karine Jean-Pierre

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All women. What? 2

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I didn't realize that. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Oh my gosh. It is really all women. I love it and yellow is clearly -- 4

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Yellow floral. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

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-- on the memo for folks. This is amazing. We should take a photo after this guys. OK. I know -- are we live? Oh, we are live. OK, here we go. Good afternoon, everybody. Today's jobs report underscores the Biden-Harris administration's important work to grow the economy from the middle out and bottom up. 206,000 jobs were created just last month for a total of 15.7 million jobs under President Biden's leadership and wages are rising faster than prices over the last year since the pandemic. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

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While unemployment ticked up slightly, a big reason for that is more Americans are joining the workforce with the highest share of working age Americans in the workforce in over 20 years. As the president said, that's real progress for hard working families. Still, we know there's more work to do. That's why President Biden and Congressional Democrats are fighting to make big corporations pay their fair share, protecting Social Security and Medicare, and lowering costs for hard working families by capping insulin and prescription drug costs, lowering grocery costs, cutting taxes for families with a child tax credit, and having a plan to lower housing costs by building 2 million new homes and -- and increasing rental assistance. 7

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Congressional Republicans are sliding -- siding with the special interests and big corporations at the expense of the middle class by trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and attempting to cut Social Security and Medicare and fighting to extend the Trump tax cuts to give the wealthy and big corporations more tax giveaways. 8

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The difference between President Biden and Congressional Republicans couldn't be more stark. Next, earlier today President Biden called Prime Minister Starmer of the United Kingdom to congratulate him on his appointment as Prime Minister following yesterday's election. This is a special relationship between our countries and the president conveyed that he looks forward to working closely with the Prime Minister on the full range of critical issues that the United States and the United Kingdom are engaged on. The president told the Prime Minister that he is committed to deepening US-UK cooperation in many areas of our shared interests. 9

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President Biden looks forward to -- to welcoming the Prime Minister to Washington DC next week during the NATO summit. We will have a readout of that call to you very, very -- to all of you very, very soon. With that, Colene [ph]. There you go. 10

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And -- OK, so can you tell us anything about how the president has been preparing for the interview today? 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So look, I -- you know, the president is preparing for this interview like he does with any other interviews. As I mentioned, he's done more than 40 interviews this year already. He did two radio interviews yesterday. You heard give -- him a give a compelling argument for the case for his administration and what he's been able to do and how he's had an unprecedented record of delivering for the American people as -- whether it's the economy -- I just talked about the jobs numbers today, 15.7 million new jobs, and continuing to build on that or whether it's expanding health care. 12

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So look, he made a compelling case yesterday on these radio calls that you guys heard. He'll make a compelling case tonight. I don't have anything new to share in the sense of like, he prepared for this like he does every other interview. He's looking forward to not just the interview, but certainly talking directly to the American people. 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

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We're expecting millions of Americans are going to watch. I know all of you will tune in and he's looking forward to it. And let's not forget, he's going to be in Wisconsin where he's going to engage with the public, with Americans as well and speak directly to them and he's looking forward to being in Wisconsin today. 14

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Can I also ask one more thing? Can you clear up something from last week? So you had said that the President hadn't been seen by the doctor at all. And then in a call with the governors, the president said that he had had a checkup. So I just wondered, can you explain the discrepancy? 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I'm happy to speak to that. So he did have a short verbal check in the recent days about his cold. It wasn't a medical exam or a physical. Just want to be super, super clear about that. It was a conversation, and his doctor didn't think an examination was necessary. I do want to take a little bit of a step back. 16

Karine Jean-Pierre

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The way that the president--the president has doctors, a medical unit around him 24/7. And that's not because of this President that's with all Presidents and the way he certainly experiences his engagement with his doctors is very, very, very different than Americans across the country, right? Americans, they have to get in a car, get public transportation. 17

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Some Americans are lucky if they get to see their doctor more than twice a year. And so I just want to be very clear about that. His experience obviously with dealing with his medical unit, that's right down the colonnade, if you will, from the Oval Office. But he did get a verbal, do a verbal check in with his doctor a couple of days after. 18

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He described it as a checkup. I mean, I guess-- 19

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I believe he said a check in. It was like a verbal check in about the call, which is again--not the call, with the doctor, which is not unusual. It is not unusual. As I said, the medical unit travels with him and is with him 24/7. That is not because of just this president, because of all presidents and it is a very different experience than what we understand that the American people experience. 20

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Can I just follow up on that? 21

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Sure. 22

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Did you say that it was about the cold or was it about how he felt and how tired he was? 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So he did not get examined for the debate. He checked in with his doctor for the cold and I believe that was what was reported in the governor's call. So I just want to be super clear about that. 24

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Was that Dr. O'Connor? 25

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I'm sorry? 26

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Was that Dr. O'Connor that he had that verbal check in? 27

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. It was Dr. O'Connor. And as you know, Dr. O'Connor is his lead doctor and when Dr. O'Connor is not around, there are other doctors. It's a medical unit team and that's kind of how it's always functioned in the past, with that. 28

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[Inaudible]--call was that the president does not want to schedule events after 8:00 p.m. The president's time is his most valuable asset. Can you tell me a little bit about how he's going to be able to govern and campaign effectively if he is shortening the amount of time that is available for those duties? 29

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And you said something at the top, which is really true. The president's time is one of the most valuable things that we have, right? I'm going to be really mindful and not speak to private conversations, but there's a couple of things I do want to say here, is that look, the president works around the clock. 30

Karine Jean-Pierre

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It's a 24/7 job, 365 days out of the year, obviously. He also recognizes the importance of striking a balance and taking care of himself, just like we all have to. We are all humans. The president is human as well. He shared that view with governors and took ownership of trying to do too much in the lead up to the debate. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That was the conversation. But if you think about, and you'll hear the president talk about this, you've heard me talk about this. You think about the three and a half years of this presidency and what he's been able to do, and it's been unprecedented and historic, whether it's reaching across the aisle to get really important piece of legislation done on behalf of the American people, the jobs report I just mentioned, and making sure that healthcare is expanded and includes more people, beating Big Pharma. 32

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You think about the gun violence and really dealing with the epidemic, there's been many, many things that this president has been able to do, and it is very much in contrast to what republicans are doing as well, whether it's Roe, continue to going after Roe, national abortion bans where the President is trying to fight for a woman's right to choose. 33

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean there is a long list of things successes that this president has had. 34

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But going forward, if there's going to be a change to where he can't do things after 8:00, we're not talking about the last three years, we're talking about potentially the next four years. 35

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, here's what I say, Annie. You have seen the president even in the past week, you've seen him at 2:00 in the morning on the tarmac greeting voters and Americans, engaging with them right when we landed in North Carolina. You saw him do--and that was 2:00 in the morning. You saw him speak in the evening in New York City when he spoke at an event. 36

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He has been consistently out there. Some of you may have traveled with us abroad, right? And it wasn't just the G-7 or Normandy. 37

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--he can't do that anymore. 38

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That's not what he's saying. He said he understands about striking the right balance, but I think we also have to be--we got to look at this in its totality, right? We do. This is a president that has done more than any modern day president, right, more than a historically unprecedented record than any modern day president and I am happy to go toe to toe about his record. 39

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so that matters as well. What I just laid out to you at the top when you asked me the question, he understands about having an importance to having a balance approach and taking care of himself, right? He is human just like we all are, but it is a 24/7 job. It is 365 days a week. That doesn't change. 40

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That doesn't change. 41

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[Inaudible] meeting with the governors. So only three of the governors that were present at the White House came out to speak and to say that they had the president's back. Was the president disappointed that more governors did not speak out in person with the reporters that were there. 42

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean, look, they showed up more than 20 governors showed up. Three of them did come out and give a full throated support of the president. I want to be really mindful because it was a political event. And the governors that had to leave actually put out statements. I think Governor Newsom put out a statement. 43

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I believe Governor Whitmer, you got to go back and check me on that, put out statements saying that they needed to head back, right, they had to leave. And so I wouldn't look at it in a tunnel view. I think it's important that they showed up. There was an honest conversation that was had. They showed their full support. 44

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And some of them who are not who are not at the sticks doing a back and forth with all of you, taking questions, are out there for the president and speaking on his behalf. Going to be really careful. Obviously, this is a political event. 45

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Foreign policy question. 46

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Annie, let me just get other people to ask questions. 47

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So one foreign policy question. Viktor Orban today is in Moscow. The NATO summit is coming up next week. Is it troubling to the White House that Orban is showing up in Moscow to meet with Putin at this moment, right, where they've just signed up to join NATO and providing weapons, sort of a concerted way to provide weapons. 48

Karine Jean-Pierre

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It's a good question, we are concerned. We are concerned that Prime Minister Orban would choose to make this trip to Moscow, which will not advance the cause of peace and is counterproductive to promoting Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence. Russia could end this war today by seizing their aggression against Ukraine, against their sovereignty against their democracy. 49

Karine Jean-Pierre

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They can withdraw. They can withdraw right now. And so it is a concern to us. And look, the president certainly is looking forward to the NATO summit. Let's not forget, the NATO summit is stronger because of this president's leadership. Obviously, we added two more countries to NATO and that's because of what this president has been able to do and because of the strength of NATO. 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Remember, Putin thought NATO will be weakened. It is now stronger and because of the strength of NATO, they are able to show support and continue that support for Ukraine. Go ahead. 51

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Has the president been in touch with members of Congress since Wednesday? 52

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So as you know, I read out and all of you have written about the congressional members that he was able to speak to. And so we were able to do that. It was Leader Jeffries, Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi and obviously Representative Clyburn. He is also, as you know, we just went back and forth about the governors meeting, so he did that. 53

Karine Jean-Pierre

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There'll be some folks, the governor of Wisconsin will be on the ground, the local Congressman will be on the ground as well. So he'll have an opportunity to engage. I don't have more to read out right now, but we'll let you know if we decide to announce others. Obviously, we'll share that with you that there. 54

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Is draft letters calling for him to withdraw from the race in the House? 55

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Look, the president, the campaign has spoke very, very clearly about this. He is, and I'm going to kind of be careful here, quote what the president is saying, he's staying in the race. He's not going anywhere. I will talk about the last three and a half years. That's what I can talk about. And the record, the historic record that he's been able to do. He wants to build on that. 56

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He wants to continue to deliver for the American people, and that's his focus. That's what his focus is. You're going to hear directly from him on the ground, and I assure you, just listen stay tuned, you'll hear from him, but he has been very clear. He spoke about it yesterday, July 4th, he spoke about it during the two radio calls and he is continuing -- continuing to move forward. 57

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Does he value the thoughts of Congress members as he's making his decision making? Is that part of his thought process right now? 58

Karine Jean-Pierre

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This is something that I have said, that the president has said, which is he gets it, he understand. He said he had a bad debate. 90 minutes should not overshadow his -- his three and a half career as a -- tenure as president. And I think that matters and he believes that matters, we believe that matters. 59

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So he hears the concern, one bad night, and he wants to move forward. And that's what we're doing. You heard me say it a lot the other day. We're going to turn the page, we're going to get going, we're going to get moving. There's a lot of work that needs to be done and that's our focus. 60

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He also said that he's not a good debater anymore. He's not as good of a debater as he used to be. Are there other things that he is not as good at than he used to be? 61

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean, look, I think the reason that he said those things is as he has done for the past, you know, year or so, he's taken on his age, right? He's been very honest with the American people. That's what you heard from him and he's done that before when he says he's not as a good debater as he used to be, he doesn't talk as smooth as he used to be. But one thing that I could assure you, he is one of the best presidents to deliver in modern politics. 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That is what you have seen him do and many of these people that you have mentioned to me whether they're governors, Congressional members, or local officials have said this, have said that his record has been an impressive record on delivering for the American people and that is something that you can see -- you can see. 63

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Is he thinking as clearly as he used to think? 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

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The president is -- is resolute, strong thinking as clearly as he used to, especially when it -- especially when he is -- he continues to be zero focus on the American people. That's what the president has done. 65

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Karine, moving back to the governor's meeting, the president made a joke that it was something with his brain in that meeting. And very respectfully, is now the time for the president to be making those kinds of jokes when the country is watching him for his cognitive abilities? 66

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He made a lighthearted hearted joke, to your point, right? I'm glad you -- you brought that question to me in that way because that's exactly what it was. Many people who were in the meeting even stated it, they're publicly said that he was -- that he was joking and added all kidding aside right after. Look, you've heard the president bring some hu -- humor in the past. 67

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That is just who he is, and look, you're right, it is a serious moment. It is. There's a lot at stake. The president takes that very seriously and I think that's why he's worked so hard over the last three and a half years to get things done for the American people. You're right, democracy is at stake, freedoms is at stake. 68

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And the president's going to continue to work on -- on those very things. 69

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But does he fell the weight of everyone looking at him for the words he's -- the cognitive abilities like does he -- does he know -- I mean, I know he likes to joke, but it's a tough moment. 70

Karine Jean-Pierre

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[Off microphone] every president -- every President of the United States feels the weight of the job, period. Every president, because they're not just president, obviously they're commander in chief. They feel the weight of the job. And he understands that he has to deliver and will continue to deliver every day. 71

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Does he understand like the slip ups and the sort of mistakes that he makes -- there -- the scrutiny is -- it's intense. I mean is he -- I don't know, you know, is he aware of this? 72

Karine Jean-Pierre

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[Off microphone] he said in the question that Annie asked me, right? He understands. You understand that, you know, he said it himself, don't speak as smoothly as I do if not as a good debater as you used to be. I mean he -- he understands what people sees. He talked very -- I think very frankly and very honestly about the debate and what people saw. 73

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He -- he spoke to it. 74

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[Off microphone] that acknowledgment has only come after the debate. This is not something he has been forthright about ahead of the debate. 75

Karine Jean-Pierre

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[Off microphone] I disagree. 76

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He didn't -- going into the debate, he did not say I'm not as good a debater as I used to be. That's an acknowledgment that's only coming once it's evidently clear. 77

Karine Jean-Pierre

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[Off microphone] Hold on a second. A couple -- just a couple of things. After the debate -- the day after he spoke to his debate performance, I just want to be really clear about that. He has spoken to his age. He has. He has. I would just run the tape, look back. He is -- he has spoken about it and has acknowledged what people see and what Americans feel. 78

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He has acknowledged that. So that is very, very much true. He had a bad night. He had a bad night and he's acknowledged and taken ownership of that. If you heard the two radio interviews, he talked about that almost extensively in some ways, right, and discussed that and talked about that. And so anyway, what else? 79

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I don't think you asked the question. 80

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Is the president expected to hold more meetings either on the phone or in person with Democratic leaders like we saw with these governors and as we saw with Leader Jeffries? 81

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So look, the president is looking forward to having more discussions with -- with elected officials, with supporters as we move forward. And, you know, obviously the American people continue to engage. That's something that he's going to continue to do and that's something he always looks forward to. Certainly, I don't have anything to read out or -- or call out on his calendar, but that is something that the president continues to do, will do, and looks forward to hearing directly obviously engaging with Americans [Off microphone] 82

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[Off microphone] it seems like part of the issue at least on the Hill is the leaders -- is the Congressional leaders felt they weren't -- that the president didn't communicate with them fast enough or after the debate performance. So I wondered is that a mistake? Should he have gone back to them sooner? 83

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I -- look -- I was asked this question in the briefing room. No, no, no, no, no, don't worry. I'm just -- I'm just saying I'm just like going back to -- to having answered. It's all good, Colleen. I'm happy to -- to take this on again. Look, I think what's important is he's had extensive conversation with leadership. 84

Karine Jean-Pierre

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They have been out there. The names that I just mentioned Leaders Jeffries, Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, Congressman Clyburn, they've been out there. They've been very vocal on the president continuing moving forward. And -- and so I certainly will let them speak for themselves. But they've been on many of the networks, spoken to many of you here about that. 85

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so he's going to continue to engage. You know, I can't -- I can't take on every criticism here, right? What I can do is say more broadly what -- what we've acknowledged, obviously, what we want to do and want to see, and we're going to continue to move forward, deliver for the American people, build on the successes that we've had. 86

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And that's what's important to the -- to -- to Americans we believe as well. And so you'll see him on the ground and I think that's really important what you'll see and what you hear. Go ahead. 87

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Can you give us a little bit of a picture of what the vice president has been doing to support the president since the debate and with the increased scrutiny and just intensity of the days since? 88

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean, look, I think you've all seen it for yourselves, right? She gave a really, I thought, important CBS kind of quick answer about how she feels about being -- being a partner to the president -- going to be really careful, I'm going to let her -- her words speak for herself because obviously she -- she spoke to that in a campaign, answering in a political way. 89

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so she's been very cool. You saw her last night, they had lunch together, right, which they do pretty regularly. And they, you know, they have had -- I think she's been out there. She's been out there speaking on -- on her own, right, speaking very clearly about her support for this president, being a partner for this president, how he needs to continue to build on what he's been able to deliver. 90

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And I think she's been incredibly -- incredibly strong and a great partner to this president. And so I think that's what you're going to continue to see. 91

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Has she been more involved since the debate? 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I mean she's involved just as she has been. I mean just as she's has been, there's -- you know, she -- they are partners in this. They are partners in -- in delivering for the American people, continuing to push the agenda that they have been -- set forward, whether again economy, health care, freedoms, you know, fighting for our freedoms, democracy. 93

Karine Jean-Pierre

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There's so much -- so much to do and, you know, you heard me say it at the top, Congressional -- Congressional Republicans, extreme Republicans wants to undo all of the work that we have done, whether it is health care, right, getting -- trying to go after Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security. I mean they have said this, giving tax breaks to corporations and billionaires. 94

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That's what they have said that they want to do. And Roe v, Wade, they're building on that, you know -- 95

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They also increased their attacks on the vice president. In these last few days, we've seen some pretty ugly comments made from the former president, profane, you know, profanity laced comments about the vice president. There's been a lot of sort of sexualized discussion about her, her boyfriends her, you know, I mean as a -- as the first black press secretary, I want to ask you about how it feels at this moment to see the first black vice president. 96

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So everything that you asked me is a campaign form, but I do have thoughts -- 97

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[Off microphone] she's the vice president. 98

Karine Jean-Pierre

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No wait, wait. Hold on. Give me -- give me a second here -- a second. I think it's gross. I think it's gross. I think it's disturbing and it's not OK. She should be respected in the role that she has as vice president. She should be respected like any other vice president before her who was in that role. 99

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And it is -- it is appalling that a -- I'm going to be careful here -- that a former president is saying that about a current vice president and we should call that out. It is not OK. All right. 100

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Karine, can you go through some of the other things that are being done to help Biden manage his age? You'd said that he's speaking forthright about it. Clearly, we have that he's not a good debater we have that he's going to be doing less work after the hour of 8:00 p.m. We have the small stairs. Can you go through, are there other -- I mean, can you add to that list since -- 101

Karine Jean-Pierre

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-- kind of re -- I need to reframe something that you just said. The president, every president, this job is 24/7, 365 days. You have early mornings, you have late mornings, I mean late days, pardon me. Early mornings and late days and that's going to continue. That's continue. What he was saying, it's important to balance that for his own health to that balance. 102

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Is there anything else to that balance? Are there other aspects of that balance that we're going to see that you could help us understand? 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

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You're going to see this president go full throttle. He's going to be fully moving straight ahead as he has been for the last three and a half years, and that is going to be his focus. I don't have anything else to share as to what he spoke to during that meeting. 104

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The president met with the Prime Minister yesterday, Netanyahu. Do they plan -- 105

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Yeah. [Inaudible]? 106

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Yes, they called, but does he plan to meet with him later this month when he's in Washington? 107

Karine Jean-Pierre

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00:24:37-00:25:01 (24 sec)
So as you just mentioned, he had a call with the Prime Minister of Israel. It was a call about the hostage deal and the next steps of this. What I will say is that they will likely see each other, as it relates to the Prime Minister coming to the United States later this month, they will likely see each other when the Prime Minister is here, but I don't have anything to finalize, to share. 108

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I will say, I know I had some questions about NATO. Later today, NSC is going to do a background call on NATO. And as it relates to the hostage deal, I know that NSC did a background call yesterday. So we're hopeful about the direction things are moving in, but there's still going to be a lot more work to do and we remain dedicated to securing the release of the hostages and securing a ceasefire. 109

Karine Jean-Pierre

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There has been too much suffering for too long. It's time for the war to end. And that's part of the discussion that they had yesterday, the additional steps and outstanding issues that need to be resolved to facilitate the finalization of the deal. And so I'm not going to outline those here obviously, but we have also been exerting every pressure to Hamas to bring this deal to a close through our work with partners in the region. 110

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so certainly, that we'll never negotiate here, but we'll have more to share when it's time. 111

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NATO is next week. Is the president looking forward to being in the room with all of these leaders in the fallout after the debate? And then a follow to that is what will the vice president's involvement be during NATO? 112

Karine Jean-Pierre

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So you would have to reach out to the vice president's office about her involvement. I don't have that in front of me, obviously. Look, foreign leaders, and I've spoken to this a little bit. I'll just reiterate, have seen Joe Biden up close and personal for the last three years. They know who they are dealing with and how effective he has been. 113

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He has restored America's standing on the world stage, delivering for the American people at home, strengthen our alliances and partnership around the world and repaired the damage that we inherited. We will be entering NATO summit, this historic summit, 75, obviously 75 years of NATO next week, with a NATO alliance that is bigger, stronger and more united than ever before. 114

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And that is because of this president's leadership. when I talk about what this president has been accomplished, was able to accomplish, building on historic record, his global leadership is certainly part of that as I mentioned moments ago. So we go into NATO with strength and these foreign leaders have seen him in action. 115

Karine Jean-Pierre

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They've seen him personally. They've had conversations with him obviously. And so that's how we feel about next week. It'll be an important moment. 116

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With the president exactly, what is his feeling looking forward to next week? 117

Karine Jean-Pierre

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He's looking forward to engaging with the world leaders. And this is a 75 years of NATO. I think that's important. And NATO is stronger now than it was when he got into office, right? It is stronger now. Two more countries have joined. When I said this moment ago, I believe, when President Putin uh went into with his aggression, obviously into Ukraine, he thought NATO would be weakened. 118

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That's what he thought. And because of the President's leadership that did not happen. If anything, as I just stated moments ago, over and over again, it is strengthened, it is stronger than it's ever been before. 119

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But some of those leaders have -- some of those leaders -- oh, sorry. No, go ahead. Press conference. Can you say anything about how that's going to go down, what day? How many -- 120

Karine Jean-Pierre

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As you know, one of your colleagues, Justin said, it's a big boy press conference, and so we're looking -- the president's obviously looking forward to it, uh, and so we'll have more to share as we get closer to it, but there will be a press conference, a full blown press conference. A full blown press conference. 121

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It's not clear what day it is yet? 122

Karine Jean-Pierre

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I don't have that on the top of my head, but certainly we will share that in the week ahead, I'm pretty sure and it's usually towards the end of summits. Yeah, of summits. Go ahead. 123

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Some of the NATO leaders have expressed concern about the president. 124

Karine Jean-Pierre

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It's hard to hear you. 125

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Some of the NATO leaders have expressed concerns about the president. The leader of Poland, for example, has said, he believes the president should step down. Of course, Poland is a country that has particularly high stakes in the continuation and the strength of NATO. 126

Karine Jean-Pierre

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00:28:58-00:29:28 (30 sec)
All right. So a couple of things. Look, I'm going to let world leaders speak for themselves and I've shared this before and I've said moments ago, he's had -- world leaders, have seen him obviously in action. He has personal engagement with them. You have German Chancellor Schultz, who said, I think that Joe Biden is someone who is very clear, who knows exactly what he is doing and who is one of the most experienced politicians in the world, especially when it comes to international politics. 127

Karine Jean-Pierre

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You've had the Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu, I've had more than a dozen phone conversations, extended phone conversations with President Biden. He also came on a visit to Israel during wartime, which is an historic first and I found him very clear and very focused. Look, again, he's made the alliance much stronger and that's because of what this president has been able to do. I'll give you one more. 128

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Brett McGurk recently did an interview about the five hour stretches he the president spent in the Situation Room that he spent in the Situation Room with the president, seeing his judgment on full display handing incredibly difficult situations. And you've heard from the chair of Joint chiefs, Mark Milley, who spent hours with President Biden every week to speak to last year when he retired saying, engage with him frequently, an alert sound does his homework reads the papers, reads all the read ahead material and is very, very engaged in issues of every serious matters of war and peace and life and death. 129

Karine Jean-Pierre

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That's what I've experienced. That's what many of my colleagues have experienced and this is what also world leaders have experienced themselves in those personal engagements. 130

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I think the concern is that for a lot of these leaders, they hadn't seen him in a while. So when they saw him before versus when they saw him recently, there was a big change. 131

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Well, hold on a second. G-7, world leaders were there. He engaged with them, he interacted with them. Normandy, there were world leaders who were there, he engaged with them, he interacted with them. And so he has seen world leaders. He has engaged with them. And so now he'll get to do that again at the NATO summit. 132

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And so the president is looking forward to doing that. I think it's going to be an important moment for all of us. And I mean, look, guys, we are stronger and have stronger relationships with our partners and allies because of what this president did. And with age brings experience and wisdom and that's what we have seen with this president, because he was a Senator for 36 years because he was vice president for eight years. 133

Karine Jean-Pierre

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And I think that matters, that wisdom and that experience that the president has brought has been important and an important factor as we talk about world leaders and what he's been able to do. I think -- are we good? 134

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Thank you, Karine? 135

Karine Jean-Pierre

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Are we good? All right. All right. Thank you, guys. 136