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Press Gaggle: Karine Jean-Pierre Holds a Press Briefing on Air Force One - May 21, 2024

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Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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Hey, everybody. All right, I just have one quick thing at the top, and then we'll -- we'll get at it. 1

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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So, we're on our way to New Hampshire, where the President will be joined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough and Senators Ha- -- oh -- Senators Shaheen and Hassan to deliver remarks on a key priority of the -- of his Unity Agenda: supporting our nation's veterans. 2

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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President Biden signed the landmark bipartisan PACT Act into law almost two years ago in August, enacting the most significant expansion of healthcare benefits and services for toxic-exposed veterans in more than 30 years. Thanks to this law, the President will continue -- will announce today that more than 1 million PACT Act-related claims have now been granted. 3

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
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More than 888,000 veterans and survivors across all 50 states and U.S. territories are now receiving new service-connected disabilities benefits, and that includes thousands of veterans in New Hampshire. 4

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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President Biden believes that our nation has a sacred obligation to properly prepare and equip the troops we send into harm's way and to care for them and their families when they return home. 5

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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And soon, you will hear directly from the President, who was -- who will obviously share more on this. 6

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Go ahead, Seung Min. 7

Question

Very Positive
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Thanks, Karine. Earlier today, Israeli officials seized equipment from the AP and took down our live shot that had been going into northern Gaza. How is that acceptable behavior in a democracy? They're citing their new media law. Does the administration have a reaction to that -- the Israeli government's actions? 8

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:01:43-00:02:08 (25 sec)
So, thanks for the question. We've seen the reporting, and obviously we're looking into them. And you hear this from me and obviously the President himself when we talk about jou- -- journalism and the importance and how essential it is to the pillars of our democracy. And we have women and men, certainly, worldwide who -- who work very hard 24/7, obviously, to uphold those pillars of democracy. 9

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:02:08-00:02:28 (20 sec)
And so, it is essential that continues, and that certainly includes journalists at the AP. And so, we're looking into it. We've seen the reporting. But we stand firm in our belief in -- in making sure that journalists have the ability and the right to do the job that they're -- 10

Question

Unknown
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Do you -- 11

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
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-- that's incred- -- incredibly important for them to do. 12

Question

Somewhat Negative
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Do you condemn that action? 13

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
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I mean, I want to be really, really mindful. I'm going to -- we're going to -- looking into it. And obviously, this is concerning. And so, we want to look into it. 14

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:02:40-00:02:51 (11 sec)
But we've always been clear -- the importance of the work that you all do and the work that journalists do, and, again, how it is the pillar of our democracy. It is part -- certainly, part of our freedom. 15

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:02:51-00:03:11 (20 sec)
And you hear us say this all the time. You guys are the Fourth Estate. You guys hold us -- hold us accountable and make sure that the facts are out there. And that is essential to the American people, to the world, globally. And so, we're going to always continue to be steadfast on that. And certainly, we're going to look into this. And it is concerning to hear. 16

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Unknown
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So, if -- 17

Question

Unknown
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And I wanted to -- 18

Question

Unknown
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Oh, go ahead. 19

Question

Leans Negative
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Sorry. Sorry. 20

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Oh -- 21

Note

Unknown
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[Crosstalk] 22

Question

Leans Negative
00:03:14-00:03:29 (15 sec)
The House Republicans are preparing legislation that would impose sanctions on the ICC after that announcement yesterday. Obviously, the President has condemned the ICC announcement as well. So, is this effort from Republican lawmakers something -- something that he supports -- 23

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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So, look -- 24

Question

Positive
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-- or something that he could support? 25

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
00:03:31-00:03:56 (25 sec)
-- I'm just going to reiterate what the President said yesterday. You heard him di- -- you heard from him directly when he delivered remarks yesterday afternoon. The ICC prosecutor's application for arrest warrants against Israel leaders is outrageous. We def- -- fundamentally reject it. So, we're having discussions -- to your questions -- with -- with Hill -- with the Hill on the next steps. So, I'm not going to get ahead of those discussions. 26

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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But it doesn't -- obviously, we -- you heard the President speak to this pretty forcefully yesterday to all of you. 27

Question

Somewhat Positive
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The former President had up a video -- a video that referred to the "unified Reich." Does the White House have any reaction to that? 28

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:04:11-00:04:23 (12 sec)
So, I'm going to be really mindful. Obviously, the former President is a -- is a candidate -- presidential candidate in 2024. So, going to be careful about responding to him directly. 29

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I will say -- point you to the -- point you to the campaign's comments or statement yesterday. 30

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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I will also obviously share that the President is clearly tracking this, and you'll hear from him directly on this later today. 31

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Negative
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What I want to say more broadly is it is abhorrent, sickening, and disgraceful for anyone to promote content associated with Germany's Nazi government under Adof- -- Adolf Hitler. Just as it is disgraceful to dine with Neo-Nazis and say there are "very fine people on both sides" after Charlottesville. 32

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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Any antisemitism dog whistle -- whistling is dangerous and offensive and profoundly un-American. And I am pretty sure, pretty confident you will hear from the President later today. 33

Question

Unknown
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Was that in reference to Donald Trump -- what you just said? 34

Question

Unknown
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Where -- which -- 35

Question

Neutral
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I'm sorry. 36

Question

Unknown
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Which -- which event will the President get it -- at the fundraiser or -- 37

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Wait, wait, say that one more time. 38

Question

Unknown
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Which event will the President comment on this? 39

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I -- I would say during his campaign event, you'll hear from him. 40

Question

Unknown
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Karine, Prime Minister Net- -- 41

Question

Unknown
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On the FDC -- FDIC chair -- has the White House begun its search for his replacement yet? I mean, can you describe that search a little bit [inaudible]? 42

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:05:38-00:05:45 (7 sec)
Yeah. So, let me just say, because I know this is the first time we'll -- we'll actually -- you'll hear from me on this, so a couple things I want to say. 43

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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We want to thank the Chair for his service at the agency and for moving to swiftly implement the recent report's recommendation. 44

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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The President, of course, expects those serving in his administration to reflect the values of decency and integrity and to protect the rights of all employees. 45

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
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The President will soon put forward a new -- a new nominee for FDIC Chair who is committed to those values and to protecting consumers and our financial system, and we expect the Senate to confirm that nominee quickly. 46

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I don't have -- I don't have any detail on the process. Obviously, the Pres- -- the President is taking this very seriously and is going to do his -- obviously, everything that he normally does when he nominates someone -- someone who is 47

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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qualified and can do the job. 48

Question

Slightly Positive
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And on Jake Sullivan's Middle East trip. Do you have a deeper readout yet on how those meetings went that you can share with us? 49

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I mean, a couple of things. 50

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:06:42-00:07:01 (19 sec)
You know, you guys saw the readout from -- from Jake Sullivan yesterday on the different components of the trip, what was discussed. Obviously, he went to Saudi Ara- -- Arabia, where he met with the Crown Pinc- -- Prince and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, to discuss a comprehensive vision for an integrated Middle East region. 51

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:07:01-00:07:13 (13 sec)
What I can say about that: We have seen a lot of progress on that front, made a lot of progress. And we are very close to [an] understanding on the major element between us. So, I think that's important. 52

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Negative
00:07:13-00:07:28 (15 sec)
We, of course, will also have -- have to -- have, then, to work on pieces that relate to the Israelis and the Palestinians, which is a critical component of any potential normalization deal and must be completed at the same time. 53

Karine Jean-Pierre

Negative
00:07:28-00:07:49 (21 sec)
And obviously, he went to Israel -- and we had a readout on that piece as well -- where he met with a number of Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Netanyahu, to discuss the war in Gaza, including ongoing diplomacy to secure the release of all hostages, increasing flow of humanitarian assistance into Gaza, and our sacred objective of [an] enduring defeat of Hamas. 54

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:07:49-00:07:56 (6 sec)
And so, it was -- it was an important trip and -- and constructive meetings were had with Jake Sullivan. 55

Question

Negative
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Did you have any frustrations with the Israelis? 56

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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So, we've heard those reports coming out, and -- and they're not reflective of the meeting. 57

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:08:03-00:08:18 (15 sec)
Just a couple of things just to -- just to double down on. So, they had a constructive and detailed discussion on Rafah, building on previous consultations. And we'll now see whether Israel takes our views and concerns into account in how they proceed. 58

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:08:18-00:08:35 (17 sec)
He also had a constructive and detailed discussion about the bigger regional picture, which I just mentioned, which I -- I just laid out in -- on the Saudi Arabia components and those meetings there. The Israeli government is reflecting on what Jake reported, and we will discuss next steps with them after they -- they consult internally. 59

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:08:35-00:08:46 (11 sec)
And Jake had a series of asks on the humanitarian front. Israel committed to addressing all of them, and so we are already seeing some progress. But obviously, we're going to keep watching. 60

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:08:46-00:09:03 (17 sec)
And it is important. We have been very clear about this. We see the dire situation happening in Gaza. And we -- and we want to make sure that all-important humanitarian aid continues to go into Gaza. And we certainly -- this President and the United States has led in that effort. 61

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:09:03-00:09:18 (15 sec)
Following up on Gaza. The -- Prime Minister Netanyahu had an interview with MSNBC. He was asked about the World Food Programme's [DEL: denomination :DEL] [designation] of it as a "famine" in Gaza. He said that he has been -- Israel has been flooding aid into Gaza. Does the White House agree with that characterization? 62

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:09:18-00:09:28 (10 sec)
So, let me just say -- look, I just laid out the conversations that Jake had with the Israeli government on a commitment to continue to increase that humanitarian aid. 63

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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I'll give you a couple of updates on where we are. 64

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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On May 19th, over 400 trucks with aid entered Gaza. These include trucks that have come in via the temporary pier -- that you all know -- that went oper- -- started its operational process just at the end of last week. 65

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Since April 5th, more than 8,000 trucks have moved into Gaza. 66

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
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Between April 5th and Ap- -- May 19th, an average of 180 entered into Gaza daily. 67

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:09:53-00:10:09 (16 sec)
And so, while -- and we understand this -- while the amount of the aid [that] has entered Gaza has increased in recent days, these level of aids remains insufficient. And so, we want to continue to press Israel to increase the level of assistance moving into Gaza soonest to reach those in need. 68

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:10:09-00:10:22 (13 sec)
Again, as I just stated -- answered in my last question, this is a President and administration that has led on this effort. You heard Jake Sullivan say this last week when he was at the podium: We're trying to do this by land, air, and sea. And so, we are committed -- committed. 69

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:10:22-00:10:39 (16 sec)
This is also why the hostage deal is so important, because we want to create -- make sure we create an environment that -- that -- with the humanitarian aid that increases humanitarian [aid]; obviously, get hostages home; and, obviously, lead to a ceasefire, which is something that the President has been calling for. 70

Question

Unknown
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Can I -- 71

Question

Unknown
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Go ahead, Emily. I'll come back. 72

Question

Very Positive
00:10:41-00:10:57 (16 sec)
Thanks. I wanted to ask about New Hampshire. Where we're going has a competitive House race in the Democratic primary. One of the President's former top aides, Maggie Goodlander, is running. She's married to Jake Sullivan, obviously. Is she going to be there? Is the President going to endorse her? Have he and Jake and Maggie talked about the race? 73

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:10:57-00:11:14 (17 sec)
I mean, look, I can't talk about an upcoming election, and you know this. Hatch Act, a federal employee. I have to be -- I'm covered by that. I cannot speak on any -- any campaign. So, I just don't have anything to share beyond what I just stated. 74

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:11:14-00:11:16 (2 sec)
You would have to reach out to her campaign directly. 75

Question

Unknown
00:11:16-00:11:20 (5 sec)
Just to go back to the U.S.-Saudi negotiations. 76

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:11:20-00:11:20 ( sec)
Yeah. 77

Question

Very Positive
00:11:20-00:11:26 (6 sec)
Should we expect an announcement on that agreement relatively soon? Or where does it stand? 78

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:26-00:11:32 (6 sec)
So, look, what I've said in my answer: We've seen significant progress. 79

Question

Positive
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Yes. 80

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
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And I think that's important. An un- -- an understanding on the major -- major elements between us. And so, I think that's important. 81

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:11:41-00:11:51 (10 sec)
Obviously, we thought -- as I stated, Jake's trip to both -- not just Israel -- obviously, Saudi Arabia was -- was constructive and we're making progress. 82

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:11:51-00:12:04 (13 sec)
I don't have a timeline to -- to lay out to you right now or to read out, but conversations continue. And I think what you can see from this administration is the commitment -- that commitment to get there. 83

Question

Slightly Positive
00:12:04-00:12:05 (1 sec)
Okay. 84

Question

Unknown
00:12:05-00:12:08 (3 sec)
I wanted to -- to ask a question about the upcoming state visit this week. 85

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:12:08-00:12:08 ( sec)
Yeah. 86

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:12:08-00:12:24 (16 sec)
It's the first state visit by a leader of Africa since 2008. And obviously, the President said he would visit the continent last year, and that never happened. I'm just wondering, you know, taken together, what does that say about the U.S. and the Biden administration's commitment to the U.S.-Africa relationship? 87

Karine Jean-Pierre

Slightly Positive
00:12:24-00:12:51 (26 sec)
I mean, look, I think the U.S. -- the commitment to the U.S.-African relationship is critical and important. And you -- you know, you saw that in his -- I'm trying to remember -- in 2022 -- right? -- in that -- in that -- December 2022, where he had African -- leaders of African nations, another summit that was historic, and they talked about U.S. -- U.S.-Africa relations. 88

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:12:51-00:13:08 (17 sec)
And the President did that because he wanted to, you know, deepen that relationship, truly work on it in a way that -- that is -- you know, that has -- that has -- you know, that has longstanding -- longstanding effect. 89

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:13:08-00:13:23 (15 sec)
As it relates to the state visit this week, we believe this is a significant visit. It marks the 60th anniversary of our official relations with Kenya and the first state visit by an African leader, as you just stated, since 2008. 90

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:13:23-00:13:33 (10 sec)
Kenya is a key partner on any -- on an array of issues, including security, trade, investment, health, and climate. And we're looking to forward to -- to hosting. The President and the First Lady certainly are. 91

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:13:33-00:13:49 (17 sec)
The visit is also emblematic of our broader commitment to deepening, as I just stated, our partnership across -- across the continent of Af- -- Africa, building on those conversations -- that I just also laid out -- back -- that we had back in December of 2022 with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. 92

Karine Jean-Pierre

Leans Positive
00:13:49-00:14:07 (17 sec)
And so, we -- we sought out a state visit not only to recognize the strategic importance of our partnership with Kenya but also to forge new paths ahead as we tackle common global priorities. And I think you'll see that from the President on -- on Thursday. And so, we want to continue those diplomatic relationships. 93

Question

Very Positive
00:14:07-00:14:21 (15 sec)
And what's the reason why the First Lady is going to Andrews Air Force Base to greet the Kenyan leader and the First Lady? I -- I think that's an unusual movement that we haven't seen before. Is there a particular reason why the White House and the President is sending the First Lady to JBA to greet them? 94

Karine Jean-Pierre

Somewhat Positive
00:14:21-00:14:28 (7 sec)
I mean, I -- certainly, I would refer you to the First Lady's Office. I -- I wouldn't look too mu- -- I wouldn't take too much from that. 95

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:28-00:14:41 (13 sec)
I think the -- again, the First Lady and the President is very much looking forward to -- to hosting -- hosting the leader and his wife. And I think that's what you can ta- -- you can take from that. 96

Karine Jean-Pierre

Very Positive
00:14:41-00:14:52 (11 sec)
It is -- as you know, the First Lady went to Kenya when she went -- when she did a trip to -- to the African continent. And I think that that is a relationship that continues, a friendship that continues. So, I wouldn't take too much from -- from her greeting them. 97

Question

Unknown
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Can you preview any of the state dinner guests? Who should we be watching for? 98

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:56-00:14:57 (1 sec)
Say that one more time. 99

Question

Unknown
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Can you preview any of the state dinner guests? 100

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:14:59-00:15:00 (1 sec)
I'm going to let -- 101

Question

Unknown
00:15:00-00:15:00 (1 sec)
Who should we be watching for? 102

Karine Jean-Pierre

Neutral
00:15:00-00:15:05 (5 sec)
I'm going to let the First Lady's Office -- [laughter] -- deal with their preview of the state dinner guests. That -- that lives with them. [Laughter] Sorry. 103

Karine Jean-Pierre

Positive
00:15:05-00:15:06 ( sec)
Thanks, everybody. 104

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:15:06-00:15:07 (1 sec)
Thank you, Karine. 105

Question

Positive
00:15:07-00:15:09 (2 sec)
Thanks, Karine. 106

Karine Jean-Pierre

Unknown
00:15:09-00:15:14 (5 sec)
See you on the ro- -- see you on the ground. 107