11/02/22: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre

By | November 2, 2022

The White House

Hi good afternoon everybody Apologies for the late start it’s been a Busy day so I apologize Um the in-town pool is going to have to Gather about 205 and so I will stay Beyond that time as long as we can but Again apologies for starting late Okay as you all know the president has Long talked about our nation being at an Inflection point He has been clear democracy is under Assault and we cannot pretend otherwise The president will continue to call Attention to the threat to democratic Integrity and to Public Safety posed by Those who deny the documented truth About election result and those who seek To undermine public faith in our system Of government Unfortunately we have seen mega mega Republican officials who don’t believe In the rule of law They refuse to accept the results of Free and fair elections and they fan the Flames of political violence through What they praise and what they refuse to Condemn It remains important for the president To State strongly and unequivocally that Violence has no place in our democracy He believes other leaders of both Parties on both sides Have a responsibility to communicate This very clearly as well

The president has been emphatic and Optimistic that Americans care about Protecting our democracy he has Consistently talked about the fact that America has emerged stronger from some Of our darkest moments And today there are far more Americans Of every background and every belief Who reject the dangerous path of Political violence then accept it The president will continue to speak About the challenges facing our Democracy and his enduring belief that America will persevere He’ll also keep acting to address Political violence including by Continued implementation of the first Ever Nationals strategy for countering Domestic terrorism that he released in June of 2021. Now President Biden has made it his top Economic priority to lower costs for American families and he has been Delivering He’s beaten beaten big Pharma and Medicare is negotiating lower lower Prescription drug prices as well gas Prices have come down by a buck 25 per Gallon since June and medicare premiums Are down as well yesterday was our first Day of open enrollment set season thanks To the inflation reduction act which Congressional Republicans want to repeal That’s the first thing that they want to

Do four out of five consumers can find a Plan that costs ten dollars or less a Month Additionally 13 million Americans will Continue to save an average of 800 bucks A year on coverage and today we’re Announcing additional actions to lower Food and heating costs for American Families the vice president will be in Boston this evening to announce that We’re making billions of dollars Available this winter to help bring down Home heating bills for low-income Families all across the country we’re Also making nearly nine billion billion Dollars through the inflation reduction Act available to States and tribes to Help families make their homes more Energy efficient and the Department of Agriculture is helping bring down food Prices at the grocery store through new Measures to expand meat and poultry Processing capacity altogether these Actions and others will provide families A little extra breathing room you hear The president say that often and they Are in stark contrast to the plans Republicans in Congress have cooked up To drive up costs Congressional Republicans want to repeal the inflation Reduction act which gives us the ability To lower drug prices and that utility CEOs have said will bring monthly energy Bills down

They oppose the release of oil from Reserves which multiple industry Analysts have said is helping bring Prices down at the pump they’re going to Bat for Big Oil even as they pad the Pockets of shareholders and keep gas Prices up for American families they Want to raise the age of Social Security Benefits and put the program The program that so many people work so Hard for alongside Medicare on the Chopping block and they want to restore Disastrous tax cuts for the rich the Bottom line is the president is Committed to helping families right now While Republicans officials are Committed to raising costs and chilling For a big farmer and Big Oil Lastly This afternoon in a few minutes the President will take part in the Culminating event for the talent Pipeline challenge which brings together More than 300 Partners to expand Workforce Development for jobs created By bipartisan infrastructure law along With the chips and science act inflation Reduction Act and the American Rescue Plan The event comes amid a Resurgence of American infrastructure projects and Manufacturing driven by the president’s Economic agenda the bipartisan Infrastructure law chips and science act

And inflation reduction act will create Millions of good paying jobs and the Challenge is helping create Pathways for All Americans to fill those jobs At today’s event the White House will Host CEOs Union presidents Community College presidents philanthropic Philanthropic leaders and others who Have made commitments to this very Challenge with that You want to kick us off I have two quick Topics um on this speech tonight can you Discuss why this speech is a considered A political event that’s being organized By the DNC versus the similar speech in Philadelphia which was an official White House Event yeah that’s a good question Look we’re less than a week away a week Out as you all know from the midterms Election I do want to be careful about Talking about elections here from this Podium we do believe in the rule of law In this Administration and so what we Are seeing as I just mentioned in my Topper an alarming number of Republican Officials suggests they will not accept The results of of this election so we Are also we’ve also seen a recent Political violence that is similarly Alarming disturbing and that rhetoric Continues the president believes that it Is a moment of Reckoning this is not a Regular moment in our democracy this is Not a regular moment in time and this is

As the president has said many times we Are in an inflection point and he’s Going to call it all out like he did in Very direct terms and he talked about it Just last night in front of 3 000 people In southern in Southern Florida so You’ll hear from him I’m not going to Get ahead of the president but this is Why uh we we see this uh as an important Moment uh tonight Um and on Elon Musk and Twitter Um I’m wondering what impact the White House believes that his takeover Twitter Is having on political discourse at this Point and also whether the White House Would actually pay eight dollars a month To make sure his accounts were verified So I on your first question Um so look I don’t believe it’s it’s a An issue that made it to the president’s Desk yet it’s not a conversation that The president uh uh uh has uh is is Aware of as you know we’re focused on Many things uh including this evening But clearly we will let you know if Anything changes and certainly uh give You all an update what about on the Second question what was the wait can You say the second question again was it About because I pay eight dollars a Month soon well I know I just answered That that particular thing you know That’s something for the president that We need to talk to the president about

Certainly has not come across his desk And so as soon if anything changes on That we certainly will share that Information Go ahead you mentioned we’re less than a Week out I guess a logistical question What does the president plan to do on Election night will he be here Monitoring results that’s a good Question that’s a good question um we Will share more when we we have that uh I don’t have anything about his schedule About him traveling but certainly we Will we will certainly share more of What his day will look like uh on on um On November 8th next Tuesday less than a Week away and you have said that the President will deliver remarks after the Election the day after Um should we expect some kind of formal Remarks or did you just mean that he Will find some kind of way to to weigh In well I’m saying that you’ll certainly Hear from the president he will give Remarks I don’t know yet what it will Look like but certainly you’ll hear from The president the day after the election I know you guys always ask me this well One I don’t want to get ahead of uh Ahead of it but you will we we will uh You will certainly hear from the President after after Along those lines in this final stretch The president is traveling to California

Chicago New York Maryland aren’t these Pretty safe Democratic strongholds why Would those be his destinations From New Mexico right New Mexico Tomorrow he’s going to Philly on the on Uh oh my gosh these days on Saturday so He will be out there if there’s more Travel to share we certainly will share Them uh but look the president it’s not Just I know you’re talking about the Last couple of days but the president Has been out on the road non-stop I know I am I am very tired we got in pretty Late last night uh so uh and I’ve done Many of the trips with him and he has Been Non-Stop and he’ll continue to do That we will certainly have more uh Travel to share uh in the upcoming days And uh you’ll see you’ll see we’ll be Going but Maryland for example where He’ll be campaigning with Wes Moore I Mean polls show more uh beating his Opponent two to one at this point why Does he need the president’s help so I’m Going to be really careful about getting Into any kind of uh punditry from here Political politics from here um but look The president believes uh this isn’t a More important time uh there is uh the American public has a choice there is a Choice in front of them and there are Many places to have those conversation And lay that out for the American people And that choice is very clear do you

Want a a congressional Democrats and a President that’s working every day to Deliver for the American people or do You want uh Congressional Republicans Who are doing the complete opposite who Want to increase in energy costs who Want to increase your health care Premiums and we feel that there are many Places where he can have that Conversation there are many places where It’s going to be important for the American people to hear directly from The president of the United States but Let’s not forget he’s going to New Mexico tomorrow he’s going to Pennsylvania as you all know he’s been To Pennsylvania a few times he was just In Florida in front of 3 000 people last Night and uh and uh which was an Important important conversation and an Event to have I want to be very careful Here and not to get into again into Politics or elections so I’m going to Leave it there without Again we believe in the rule of laws we Want to be careful go ahead hey screen Um the White House removed until we Talked about the increase in Social Security benefits in 2023 uh through President Biden’s leadership there was a Contextual note I’m not sure that the Proper terminology is for the platform That was added to that was it removed Because of the addition of the number

Was removed because of the concern about The veracity of the message so it was I Look the Tweet was not complete usually When we put out a tweet we posted with Contacts and it did not have that Context so in the past we’ve pointed out That for the first time in our in over a Decade seniors medicare premiums will Will decrease even as their Social Security checks increase that’s a little Bit of context that was not included This means that seniors will have a Chance to get ahead of inflation due to The rare combination of rising benefits And falling premiums and let’s not Forget as as you’ve been hearing me say For the past few minutes about Maga Republicans in Congress in their Continued threat to threaten Social Security and Medicare proposing Proposing to them on the chop proposing To put them on the chopping blocks every Five years threatening benefits and to Change eligibility so those are the Types of contacts that would normally be With a tweet like that it did not it did Not have that contest it was an Incomplete tweet as I just mentioned and So that’s why you saw the digital team Take that action and I think part of the Reason I asked the president mentioned a Similar type of thing in both of his Events yesterday saying on my watch in One case on our watch in the other case

I included the Medicare piece of this That you’re talking about back end you Believe that as long as the Medicare Piece is included that’s not claiming Credit for something that is quite Literally tied to We believe that if we We want to lay the we want to lay our Argument out fully and that was Important to do as we uh as we put out You know information like that or as we Put out a tweet and that was an Incomplete tweet so we do think it is Important to do Does the White House think that another Rate hike from the FED will be positive For the economy or negative so as you Know and you heard you hear us say this Many times the FED is uh is independent It’s an independent agency and we Believe uh the president believes that It has uh this it has the best monetary Policies to address uh inflation and They and they are also uh the chairman Uh chair Powell is is committed to that Uh to that to that very kind of charge That is ahead of them I don’t want to Don’t want to comment on it I I know They might be the meeting may be Happening right now as I’m standing in Front of you so don’t want to get ahead Of it it’s not something that we comment From here about as you know on a Separate issue does the White House have A reaction to newly disclosed emails

Showing that former president Trump’s Attorneys saw Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as their best hope for a Returning President Biden’s Victory so I Saw those reports right before I walked Out to the podium them and my Understanding is that those emails are Being reviewed by the January 6 Committee as we know the January 6 Committee is doing incredibly important Work to get to the bottom of what Happened on January 6 which as you heard The president say was one of our darkest Days in our nation’s history was a as we All know and we all saw and you all Reported an attack on our democracy so We will defer to the committee on this Investigation I don’t want to get ahead Of that but I as far as I know I Understand they are reviewing uh the Emails To what degree could you characterize How much the Pelosi attack influenced The president’s decision to give this Address tonight how much of a catalyst Is that and kind of as a related Question has the president made any Personal Outreach or considered making Personal Outreach to Republican leaders To ask them for a more forceful response To condemn that attack other violence I Understand the power of the bully pulpit Tonight but has he done any direct Contact to Republican leaders and I

Appreciate your question and I Understand your question I’m going to Start with the last one first It should not be controversial to speak Out against political violence it should Be something as political as political Leaders should automatically do in a Forceful way and you all have reported On what happened uh to Paul Pelosi and How horrific it was and how devastating It was and how dangerous uh that action Was uh and the rhetoric that we’re Seeing that rise of rhetoric that we are Seeing uh you know you have people out There who listen and who take that Rhetoric very seriously and so the President believes that it shouldn’t Have to he he shouldn’t have to call Them to say hey you need to condemn Condemn what happened a little more Forcefully that is something that it Should just be something that’s Automatic and they should just do that Look the president again is making the Speech because we’re seeing an alarming Number of Republican Republican Officials who are saying they’re being Very clear they’re not going to accept The results of these elections that’s a Problem and yes when we see what Happened to Paul Pelosi and again the President spoke you all know you’ve Heard you’ve heard us you’ve heard us Say this that spreader spoke to the

Speaker on Friday he spoke very Forcefully at his event Friday after Friday evening he spoke to this again on Saturday and just yesterday in Florida He spoke in front in front of um in Florida Floridians about this this Attack and so uh look he he’s going to Continue to call this out what we’re Seeing is is a attack on our democracy And the president has been very clear we Need to protect our democracy we need to Strengthen our democracy and he feels it Is important as the President of the United States to continue uh to speak to This Let me ask you a big picture question Does the president believe that if the Country chooses divided government next Week and gives Republicans control of The house and the federal government can Operate efficiently and effectively but You So look I don’t want to get into Hypotheticals I know you’re you want me To answer to a potential result that we Might see next week so I want to be very Careful here what I can say is that he Believes and I said this at the top and I’ll repeat it here that there are far More Americans of every background and Belief who reject the dangerous path of Political violence then accept it we see This in polling we see that majority of Americans do not do want to want to

Protect our democracy and do not do not Agree with the political violence do not Agree with the rise of rhetoric that we Are seeing and so I’ll leave it there That’s what we’re seeing from from Americans a majority of Americans I’m Just not going to get into hypotheticals From here you need a speech yesterday in Florida that the president suggested That shutdowns in default are unlikely Outcomes if the Republicans take control Of the House of Representatives if he Doesn’t agree with their demands on Social Security Medicare to what extent Should Americans be braced for those out There I mean the president is saying That because Republicans are saying that Republicans in Congress have been very Very clear that if uh if they do not uh Get uh put Medicare and Social Security On The Chopping Block right you have one Senator that suggested five years at Another senator from Wisconsin who Suggested we should put it in the Chopping box every year and they said if They don’t get those demands if they are Not able to do that then they’re going To put our economy at risk they’re going To put it into a spiral downturn that’s What they said they’re going to do and Again this goes into what the president Has been saying there is a clear choice For the American public there is a stark Choice for the American public this is

What the president has been talking About almost every day for the past Several months so again I’m not going to Get into hypotheticals but we should Take them by their word right we should This is what they’re saying that they’re Going to do good JJ uh the news just Broke the FED did raise rates by the 75 Basis points just following up to see if You did want to share anything now that The news said This happens to me all the time up here Um okay so um I’ll say a couple of Things again you know we see this Presidency our view is that the federal Uh the FED uh is a independent agency And we respect their independence uh the FED actions help bring inflation down And as mortgage rates increase demand in The housing market should continue to Cool and inventory should increase which Should have the effect of lowering Housing inflation this part of our Transition this is part of our Transition to stable and more stable and Steady growth as you hear us speak about From our economic team and from also for Myself and from the president and again Stable stable and steady growth with Lower inflation this is the kind of Economy that delivers for working Families and that’s how we see the work Of the of the fed I’m not going to go Into any specifics any more details from

Here and then one other thing on Violence political violence do you know If the president has had a chance to Speak directly to Paul Pelosi yet I Don’t have any calls to read out on a Direct conversation that he’s had uh With Paul Pelosi as you know he’s spoken To the speaker on Friday and you know he Continues to keep them in their prayers And he is he is glad to hear that Paul Pelosi will have a full recovery Um and I’ll just leave it as that for Now go ahead Tim yeah I just wanted to Go back to Kelly’s first question Um was the attack on Paul Pelosi Um an impetus for this speech to happen Was an inspiration and the president Already been working on it what’s the Timeline so just a little just just to To share you know this is something that The president has talked about for some Time right this is nothing this isn’t New for this president he’s talked about We all know about the soul of a nation And how he decided one of the reasons he Decided to to run in 2019 was because of What he was seeing was because of what Occurred in Charlottesville which was Devastating to see that in our streets Um in American in in America and he Spoke very clearly you saw you saw the Op-ed that he wrote when he saw that and So it has always been something that’s Been top of mind for him he spoke about

It in his inaugural speech you know the Soul of our nation and protecting our Democracy he spoke about it On January 6 the anniversary of January 6th this past year you heard him speak About this at in front of Independence Hall or at Independence Hall outside of Independence Hall to be more specific Where uh you know our democracy started If you will and so this is a Conversation that he continues to have Clearly we are seeing an uptick a sad Uptick of rhetoric uh of political Rhetoric coming from uh really extreme Republicans uh in office and also yes You know we saw this violent awful Horrific attack on Paul Pelosi and so uh You know there are reasons that he Believed this time was now to to to make Sure that he spoke directly to the American people again and he has said This before this is nothing new we are At an inflection point these are not Regular regular normal times just one More question and I know we keep asking It but I’m going to try it from a Different angle I wonder what the Question is going to be I don’t know but I’m gonna have the president of the White House Um so I went back every president since Bill Clinton has immediately after the Midterm election held a lengthy press Conference uh to talk about the results

To answer questions from reporters about What it means for his presidency Um Ronald Reagan did it too Um and and just today you haven’t yet Committed to holding a press conference On the ninth does this mean that President Biden is going to break with This tradition look I again I’m not Going to go uh I’m not going to get far Ahead of of where we are currently I’m Sure the president will take your Questions like he does almost every day And that we will address the elections a Day after election day and I’m just Gonna leave it there and not get it get Ahead You know I’m sure that the president Again will uh will make his voice very Clear uh the day after election day and I’ll leave it there I understand the Question I appreciate the question and I’m happy to answer it every time it’s Asked okay thank you Kareem following up On your comment that there’s an alarming Number of Republicans who are saying They’re not going to accept election Results does that mean President Biden Thinks it is a threat to democracy if Somebody votes Republican No that’s a that’s a ridiculous question No why is that a ridiculous question Because American people should have Their right to vote for whomever they Want the Voting is a sacred right it is

Something that the president wants to Protect at at every turn and he has done That he’s taken actions to protect the Right to vote and uh and you see uh Democrats in Congress also doing the Work to protect the right to vote we are Talking about Mega Maga Republican Officials who have been very clear about This who who say who say uh you know They are uh pro-police but then they are Also pro-insurrectionists that is you Cannot be pro-police and be pro pro Insurrectionist who also say they want To defund the FBI that’s a problem that Is a problem that we are seeing and who I’ve said have been very clear that they Have they have been very clear about Pushing and peddling uh the big lie Peddling dangerous conspiracy theory and So that’s what we’re talking about but The American people have their they have Their right to make a decision on who They want to represent them and they Should be allowed to do so okay in the Context of calling out election deniers Then is he going to call out Republicans That deny election results and Democrats That deny it doesn’t matter it doesn’t Matter if there’s a d or an R after your Name uh he will call out any rhetoric uh That is that that leads to potentially Political violence or that cause Political violence for political Violence that is a problem the president

Has always always condemned uh political Violence it doesn’t matter again if You’re a Republican and independent or a Democrat so President Biden thinks Democracy can survive even if Democrats Are not in charge of Congress the President is optimistic he isn’t Optimistic you know this Peter he’s an Optimistic person and he understands That is majority of the Americans out There who do not believe in election and Denying an election who believe in Actually protecting our democracy their Majority of Americans who believe in Strengthening our democracy and that’s What we see but the president as the President of the United States he Believes it is his it is his duty as his Responsibility to call out this rhetoric And that’s what he’s going to continue To do go ahead thanks I’m on the Election in Brazil has the U.S have U.S Officials made any Outreach to bolsonaro To try and encourage him to accept the Results of that election and for that Transition process so I’ll uh don’t have Any calls to reach to read out to you on Any conversation with uh with uh Bolsonaro but we are glad to see that President bolsonaro acknowledged the Results of the election and has allowed The transition process to begin the Brazilian electoral Authority has made The determination of who won the free

And fair election and that it and that Is president-elect uh Lula the the will Of the people of Brazil should be Respected and that’s what we believe and Any comment on the election Israel and The Netanyahu appears to be invited for Victory yet don’t want to get ahead of Ahead of that we are pleased to see such Strong voter turnout for this election It is too early to to speculate as you Know on the exact composition of the Next governing Coalition until all the Votes are counted I know we’ve all seen The exit polls we look forward to Continuing to work with the Israeli Government on our shared interest and Value so I’ll leave it there Given the number of Republicans who have Said they they won’t accept the results And just the unpredictability of this Election compared to others is the White House doing any contingency planning for Election night or the day after uh just People not accepting results if violence Breaks out Um how are you guys thinking about that So A couple of things I’ve been asked About this before and I I want to be Clear uh and and say this again Americans should feel free safe they Should feel safe Going to the polls they should and so This Administration has taken the issue Of of threats uh to the safety of Voters

And election officials seriously since Day one and the federal government has Been working alongside state and local Election officials and law enforcement To take the necessary steps to keep People safe and uh and again there are Agencies across the across the Government that is working on that every Day Just want to clarify if we’re going to Be hearing something new tonight it Sounded like you were saying that he’ll Be repeating what he said before it just Needs to be he needs to say it again is That right or should we expect something Different from what he’s been saying What he said on September 1st so the Lawyers have have been very clear with Me that I cannot get into uh previewing The speech or get into what the President’s going to talk about I’m just Giving you a little bit of what he has Said in the past and why this moment is Very important but I’m not going to go Into details of the speech and one other Question here taught just now the President’s been talking about Highlighting the differences between Republicans and Democrats what issues do You see as having the most potential for Agreement in the next month I’m not going to get into hypotheticals What I can say right now is as we have Been for the past several months uh is

What’s uh what’s at stake and the Choices that the American people are Going are going to have to make again I’m not going to get into uh any uh Elections or um you know politics from Here but again the president has been Very very clear so has the vice President so has the first lady so has a Second gentleman so has cabinet Secretaries have been very clear about What’s at stake and what we have been Able to deliver for the American people And what we will continue to do Regardless of any outcome good Ben Anita Dunn said this morning that after the Midterms the White House’s priority for The lame duck session of Congress would Be keeping the government funded and Providing additional Ukraine and covet Aid what about protecting same-sex Marriage where does that fall in the President that’s that’s as you know if You know the president’s history when it Comes to the lgbtq plus Community this Is uh this is a this is an issue that Has been a priority for him and will Continue to be I don’t have anything to Lay out on Congressional uh priorities At this time but when it comes to Marriage equality when it comes to Protecting The community he is that this is Something that he’s been a strong voice For a strong Ally and has delivered on

Will you be pushing for that in the lame Duck session again I’m not going to get Into what he’s any Congressional Priorities at this time I’m just saying That his his history his record speaks For itself The Administration has been leading the Efforts at the U.N today to expel Iran From the U.N Commission on the status of Women can you just talk us through this Decision and do we expect also that you Would push for more for explaining Iran From International organizations I’m gonna let folks get up For a second I know people have to Gather Ing It’s clear I know I know Kelly you’re Always very sensitive to that because People are watching It All right my friends oh um so Nadia on Your question look Um As it relates to what we see in the Actions that we have seen the Iranian Government take on Um on on The horrible actions that they’ve They’ve taken on protesters women who Are bravely seeking to uh seeking to uh To speak for for their basic rights we Have been very clear the president has Spoken against that he has he has called

Out and lifted up the brave women and And citizens of Iran for doing that for Being out there and and speaking out and He’s called out the Iranian government And we have uh Accord across the past Several weeks laid out just what we have Been doing to make sure that we hold Iran into account in the last week the United States the European Union and Canada have sanctioned more Iranian Officials for the ongoing Crackdown that We’ve been seeing the violent Crackdown That we have seen and I think you saw The reports more than 200 people have Died in Iran because of because they Have been protesting we have hosted a New end dialogue with the special A special Special situation on of human rights in Iran welcome The Joint statement by Women foreign ministers on events in Iran and supported Germany’s Recalibration of their Iran policy we Welcome civil society’s call for the Immediate expulsion of the Islamic Republic from the U.N Commission on the Status of women the U.S government will Take action to ensure Iran is is removed To your question women and men in Iran Must have the right to freedom of Expression and assembly that is Something that the president believes That is something that this Administration believes women should be

Able to wear what they want free from Violence or harassment Iran must end its Use of violence against its own citizen Simply for exercising their fundamental Freedoms their basic rights until Iran Changes its Behavior the United States Will continue to impose costs and hold Accountable Iranian officials and Entities that are responsible for Employing violence to suppress protest Civil civil society and women’s rights Another one on Iran if I may an Iranian Delegation is constricted to meet in Austria with the iaea this week curious If the administration at the U.S is Going to have any sort of role in that And what it says in your view with uh You know the sort of stalemate that’s Emerged in the larger nuclear talks so I Don’t have anything to share on that Particular uh I iaea visit so clearly That’s something that we we recommend we Welcome I should say not recommend but Don’t have anything else to share beyond Beyond that is sort of a movement one Way or another I just want to talk to The team before I’m I make any uh Statement on that or take any position Good thanks uh on your on what you said About the president saying that he’s Concerned about Republicans who have Refused to say that they will accept the Election results does he does the President think that those refusals will

Create political violence will lead to Political violence well he’s speaking Because he wants to make sure that it’s He’s loud and clear and I want to make Be very careful because I want to don’t Want to go into uh go into anything that He might say tonight or into his speech Uh that what we’re seeing these are not Normal times right this is an inflection Point that it is important as the President of the United States to speak Out against the against what he’s seeing Against this rhetoric against political Violence and Um look you know it is it is an Important time in our in our history and Uh you know as I’ve mentioned before This is one of the reasons why this President decided to uh to run for this Very office Um you know I look I don’t want to get Into to hypotheticals of what may happen But what the president believes is that What he is seeing and what we are Hearing from Maga Republican officials Extreme Republican officials who say That they are not going to accept this Election uh is is a threat to our Democracy and so I’ll just leave it There Green Um about tonight but beyond tonight the President is looking for the speech Tonight to kind of twelve some of the

Reactions and the the upset these Political upset that’s happening but There’s more to it than that what’s next Beyond the speech you know because on The hill they’re talking about you know Capital police can’t really secure a lot Of the leaders who are in need of help What’s next beyond the speech so when it Comes to the protection of leaders to The kind of the lacks part of your of Your question there I don’t want to get Into commenting on security related Matters that is something that we are Very sensitive to and want to be very Mindful and careful here so anything That’s related to you know individual Safety at the Capitol that goes to the Capital police on uh and on even on any Questions of the speaker’s security I Know that has been uh something that Folks have been asking but again for a Variety of reasons we’re just not going To comment on security related matters Or discuss issues related to the Speaker’s security or any member Security this is a subject that’s best Left for the Capitol Police look this is Look the president understand that There’s a lot of work to do this is on Your first part of the question this is Why you’ve heard him talk about Protecting our democracy strengthening Our democracy and uh you know and what We the work that we need to continue to

Do several times I’ve listed out the Many times that he and I’m sure I’ve Missed one or two the many times that He’s had this very uh this very kind of Conversation given this very uh these Types of remarks I’m not going to again Get into what he’s going to say I’m Going to let the president speak for Himself but again this is an inflection Point this is an inflection point Um in our in our in our country’s History and there is a choice that the That Americans are going to have to make So and just surmising what you’re saying This there is other pieces Beyond just The speech tonight to help Change the dynamic of this inflection Point from going into a negative again I I cannot get into anything specific that He’s going to say I did mention at the Top at the top that one of the things That the president implemented very Early on back in June of 2021 as we talk About security and safety it is the National strategy for countering Domestic terrorism which is something That the president put out and did over A year ago so those are some actions That he was he did take lastly on the Supreme Court Um affirmative action Um in education in the and the Admissions process But if there’s a roll back there are

Tentacles that could go into so many Other spaces how is the White House Prepared in case there is because we’ve Seen rollbacks already yeah look the President has been very clear about What’s at stake right affirmative action We saw Roe uh the decision on row and How Um you know a constitutional right that Was around for almost 50 years was taken Away freedoms have been taken away from Women just across millions of women Across the country he’s been very clear Voting rights is going to be is that is Is at stake marriage equality is at Stake the president has listed that out And has been very clear and this kind of Goes to what we’re talking about today And what we have been talking about for The past several weeks several months Which is so much is at stake so much is At stake for the American people when You think about our freedoms when you Think about our rights this is what the President has been trying to say and has Been saying is that’s why there’s a Choice to be made this is why you know The work that he’s been doing and Congressional Democrats have been so Important because we are we are fighting For uh the freedom of Americans we are Fighting for the rights of Americans we Understand not just our role here but Our role globally I was just asked uh uh

But Nadia just asked me about Iran and What we what the president has said About that about protesters in Iran Women who are fighting for their rights Civilians who are fighting for their Right and the violent Crackdown that We’re seeing there so the president Understand his role more globally as Well so we’re going to keep talking keep Talking about this we’re going to make Sure that we’re doing everything that we Can with Congressional Democrats to see To to make sure that we’re protecting The rights of of Americans but again There is a choice to be to be made Yeah thank you uh Jen saki said from That podium in summer of 2021 quote we Are flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation uh Can you tell us whether the White House Is still flagging social media posts for This information and are you submitting Those to Facebook through a special Portal Um can you Yeah there was a reporting in The Intercept about Opportunities for the federal government To identify for social media companies Different posts that contains what was Perceived as misinformation about the Origins of covid the vaccine other Things as well you know such as Ukraine Or the US withdrawal from Afghanistan

Yeah so um look I’ll say this um the the Administration Um the bite Administration remains fully Uh committed to our mission to protect The security and resilience of our um of Of our you know elections at Safeguard Election infrastructure that includes Combat combating disinformation that is Something that we are committed to Um you know we work to protect that uh Protect Americans from disinformation That threatens the Homeland including Malicious efforts spread by Foreign Adverse Adversaries Adversaries sorry pardon me began before The disinformation governance board was Established in fact some of that work Began before this Administration so I You know I want I want to be very clear That cross-agency work continues to this Day I don’t want to don’t want to get Ahead of of anything else this is a Department of Homeland Security so I Would refer you to them so you are Flagging misinformation I don’t have Anything more ad this is a Department of Homeland Security that I refer to does The White House participate in the Secret government censorship portal Though I think that was part of the Question is the White House submit Examples of alleged disinformation and Misinformation for Facebook to censor

Through this portal no And um I wanted to follow up because You’ve spoken at length about the threat That those who deny documented truth About our elections pose and some Critics have raised the soap so I want To see if you can maybe Square the President’s current rhetoric when it Comes to elections with what he said in January during a press conference when He said of those midterms quote the Increase in the prospect of them being Illegitimate is in proportion to not Being able to get those reforms passed Obviously those voting reforms did not Pass Congress so is he confident that The coming midterms are going to be Legit how are those two things congruent Yeah this is something that you’re Talking about that Jen Jen reference No the the president said oh right right But I think you asked did you ask Jen This question as well Okay Um so uh so just to clear this up Because I think you’ve asked me this Question before uh jensaki briefed the Following day after this press Conference and answered that that Question that you asked about the President in his statement from the Press conference the day before and she Said I talked to the president about This last about this last night and this

Morning he was not intending to cast out On the legitimacy of the 2020 election He was actually attempting to make the Opposite point which is that in 2020 Despite covet despite many attempts to Suppress the vote a record number of Voters Democrats and Republicans Independents to tuned turned out in the Face of a pandemic and we saw that with Our very own eyes and you all reported This and election officials made sure They would vote and have those votes Counted and this is how jensaki Responded to your very question so even Though those voting reforms did not pass Congress the president is expecting some Elections to be legitimate say that Again so even though his preferred Voting reforms did not pass Congress the President is expecting that the coming Midterm elections will be legitimate yes Yes that is that is a yes Reaction between to the agreement Between the Ethiopian federal government And the Thai Korean authorities in South Africa Well a couple lines for you there um so As you know the United States we are we Are committed to the unity sovereignty And territorial Integrity of Ethiopia we Seek peace and stability in Ethiopia to Build upon the long-standing strong Partnership between our governments and People the United States commends the

African Union panel on their Extraordinary leadership to determine Efforts to facilitate talks as well as The work of the African Union commission South Africa who hosted and and International partner Partners the United Nations the government the Intergovernmental Authority on Development the United the United States Remains committed to supporting this African union-led process as it Continues and to partnering to ensure it Brings a lasting peace to Ethiopia and That is something that we are committed To and then We’re going to continue back Courtney I Want to ask about student loan relief Um Excuse me have you approved or is it the Education department in the process of Approving anything well for the Applications for Relief conditionally so I’m sorry can you speak up just a little Bit Yeah I want to ask about student Loan really are you or is the education Department in the process of approving Any of the applications that you’ve Collected conditionally or so that You’re ready if there is a change in the Court pause on Distributing relief so We’re continuing to receive and process Applications for debt relief that is What we have been doing for the past two Weeks now I believe and we’re continuing

To encourage eligible bars to apply for Relief at studentaid.gov that is Something that that is the Outreach that We are continuing to do from here and Clearly from the Department of Education I should say from the Department of Education remember the eighth circuits Order does not reverse the lower Court’s Dismissal of the case or suggest that The case has Merit it merely prevents Debt from being discharged until the Court makes a decision but we’re going To continue to again collect the Information and the process and process The applications we’re going to continue To encourage people who are eligible to Do that and and we will be at the ready When the time comes and another question Of the IRS I know that secretary Yellen Just appointed someone to temporarily Leave while the president considers who To nominate for commissioner will the President be meeting with the acting Commissioner Talking at all with him or secretary Ellen’s team given that IRS reform is Such a big part of your agenda I don’t Have any any meetings to preview or Anything to lay out clearly that is Something that’s under secretary Yellin’s purview and so I would I would Just refer to her if you have any Questions specifically to to uh to the Acting commissioner

Thank you Corrine I wanted to ask about The president’s reaction to the attack On Paul Pelosi you spent a lot of time In more informal settings with the President on Air Force One in between Public appearances can you tell us how He reacted as more details came out About the attack on topologies The president spoke for himself and as You know Create a pretty open book and he um you Know he speaks from his our heart and so I think what you heard from him directly Is exactly what we all hear when he’s Not in front of you or in front of a Camera I don’t think there’s any uh There’s not any difference this was a Horrific attack and as I mentioned the President spoke to the speaker on on Friday he spoke to this again on Saturday And you know he’s relieved to know that He’s expected to recover as we have said The president is praying for the speaker And her family and for Paul Pelosi Um you know this is again a horrific What we saw was horrific and it is Political violence as we’re hearing the Reports and it has no place in our Political discourse but I’m not going to To get into any more uh specifics on Private conversations that I have with The president can you tell us a little Bit more about how her react is he as he

Heard about jokes that prominent Republicans have made about the attack Look um You know the president spoke to to um to Spoke to the political violence Specifically uh to to the speaker’s Husband yesterday so I will leave his I’ll leave it to that I will refer you To what the president said don’t have Anything more to to add the president is Going to uh Speak tonight and I’m not just I’m just Not going to get into details on what he Will say but of course this is something That the president condemns he condemns All types of political violence there is No place in the in in politics no place Across the country uh for it and he’s Going to continue to condemn that and I’m going to let you all hear from the President directly himself I think I’m Being called to leave that’s this Podium And hopefully I see you guys in New Mexico and California thanks guys

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