Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre En Route Chicago, IL

Aboard Air Pressure One
En Route Chicago, Illinois

4:32 P.M. PDT

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  All proper.  Hey, all people.  Okay, first up, this week marks two years because the begin of the battle in northern Ethiopia, a conflict that has led to a rare humanitarian disaster, extra deaths than the conflict in Ukraine, and tens of millions displaced.

We subsequently welcome the announcement in Pretoria on Wednesday of a cessa- — cessation of hostilities in northern Ethiopia.  The White Home instructions — commends — I’m so sorry.  I’m very, very drained.  I’m sorry, guys.  It’s late. 

The White Home commends the choice by the Ethiopian authorities and the TPLF to “silence the weapons,” and there’s a joint duty to implement and confirm the phrases of the settlement.  

We additionally applaud South Africa for internet hosting the talks and Kenya for its energetic assist.  We prolong our honest thanks for the skilled facilitation by the African Union panel to succeed in this settlement.

President Biden welcomes the federal government of Ethiopia’s dedication to expedite the resumption of sustained and unhindered humanitarian help to all these in want and to revive important providers. 

This settlement represents an necessary first by — by [but] important step in a protracted course of to rebuild peace by means of dialogue. 

And whereas the events have agreed to cease preventing, there have to be unhindered entry for human rights monitor — screens and accountability for many who have dedicated gross violations of human rights, together with these liable for the killing of support employees.

The US stands able to proceed to assist Ethiopia’s peace course of beneath the management of our African companions.

And — and now we’ve fast week forward for all of you.

Tonight, the President will journey to Chicago, Illinois, the place he’ll take part in a political fundraiser.

Tomorrow, he’ll journey to Joliet, Illinois, and ship remarks on how we’re decreasing prescription drug prices and defending Social Safety and Medicare whereas congressional Republicans are proposing repealing the IRA — the Inflation Discount Act — which can improve prescription drug prices and placing Social Safety and Medicare on the chopping block. 

He’ll journey on to Philadelphia for a political rally with former President Obama, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, Legal professional Normal Josh Shapiro, and others.

On Sunday, the President will depart Wilmington and journey to Westchester County, New York, to take part in a political occasion with Governor Kathy Hochul.

On Monday, the President will journey to Columbia, Maryland, the place he’ll take part in a rally for the Dem- — the Democratic Nationwide Committee.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the President might be working from the White Home.  We’ll have extra to share about his Election Day and day-after schedule subsequent week.  I do know all of you guys are keen and have numerous questions and need to hear about that, however I promise you we could have extra to share quickly sufficient.

On Thursday, the President will depart Washington, D.C., for Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.  The President will attend the twenty seventh Convention of the Events to the U.N. Framework Conference on Local weather Change — which is COP27 — in Egypt. 

At COP27, he’ll construct on the numerous work the USA has undertaken to advance the worldwide local weather battle and assist essentially the most susceptible construct resilience to local weather impacts, and he’ll spotlight the necessity for the world to behave within the — on this div- — decisive decade.

On Friday, the President will then journey to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to take part within the annual U.S.-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit.  In Cambodia, he’ll reaffirm the USA’ enduring dedication to Southeast Asia and ASEAN centrality, constructing on the success of the historic U.S.-ASEAN Particular Summit in Washington, D.C.  He’ll underscore the significance of U.S.-ASEAN cooperation in guaranteeing safety and prosterity [prosperity] within the area, and the wellbeing of our mixed 1 billion individuals.

On Sunday, the President will journey to Bali, Indonesia, for the G20 Leaders’ Summit.  In Bali, the President will commend President Widodo’s management of the G20 and spotlight the U.S. dedication to his premier discussion board for financial cooperation with international locations representing greater than 80 p.c of the world’s GDP.

He’ll work with G20 companions to deal with key challenges akin to local weather change, the worldwide affect of Putin’s conflict on Ukraine, together with on vitality and meals safety and affordability, and a spread of different priorities necessary to the worldwide financial restoration.

We could have further data for you on bilats and different engagement subsequent week.

The President will return to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, November seventeenth.

And with that, Aamer, you need to kick us off?

Q    Yeah.  First, only a fast scheduling query.  On Chicago, the place we’re headed to now, who is that this political fundraiser benefitting?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Sure, it’s going to be Congresswo- — Congresswoman Underwood and Solid- — and Congressman Casten.

Q    Sean Casten?

    MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah.

Q    Okay.  After which, I simply wished to ask you in regards to the mass layoffs at Twitter.  Is there a priority from the administration that shrinking the workers so considerably may make this necessary platform much more inclined to spreading misinformation?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, two elements right here.  We’ve seen the reportings, clearly, like all of you, on the layoffs.  You realize, I haven’t had a possibility to talk to the President about this, so, clearly, don’t — I’m not going to provide any — any remark at the moment on what the enterprise practices have been.

On the misinformation piece, look, the President has been outspoken in regards to the significance of social media platforms persevering with to take steps to cut back hate speech and misinformation.  That perception extends to Twitter, it extends to Fb and another social media platforms the place customers can unfold misinformation.

He’s additionally lengthy referred to as for elementary reforms to Part — as you realize, Part 230, as we’ve talked about many occasions, as a result of he’s involved in regards to the energy of enormous tech platforms over our on a regular basis lives.

Particularly on the layoffs, nonetheless not — I’m not going to remark.  Once more, I — it’s not one thing that I’ve talked to straight with the President about.

Q    What’s the President’s response to former President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would “very, very, very in all probability” run once more in 2024?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  You realize, as you all know, I’m coated by the Hatch Act.  So I’m not going to get into any — I’m not going to take a position on that — on the query that you simply simply requested me. 

Look, the President has been very clear.  He’s made — he’s targeted on what’s taking place proper now and what the work that he’s been doing with congressional Democrats these previous a number of months, which is decreasing prices for the American individuals, passing — passing laws that’s actually going to affect on a regular basis individuals’s lives, just like the Inflation Discount Act, which is decreasing healthcare prices, decreasing vitality prices, and goes to make a elementary distinction to the American individuals.  Like spending virtually day-after-day this previous a number of months decreasing — decreasing fuel costs a buck 25 per gallon, which is the work that — due to the work that this President has finished — historic, daring actions that he has taken.  That’s been — that’s been the precedence.

We’ve been very clear; he’s been very clear.  The selection could be very — could be very stark for the American individuals at the moment, as a result of we all know what congressional Republicans need to do.  They need to repeal the Inflation Discount Act.  That’s the very first thing that they need to do.  And that’s going to, if something, improve inflation, improve prices.  And so there’s a stark distinction.

Let’s not overlook about our freedoms, our rights, the best for a girl to decide on.  They need to codify Dobbs; we need to codify Roe.  And so it is rather stark variations that we’re seeing. 

And what the President goes to maintain doing is ensuring that he lays that out very, very starkly and clearly for the American individuals.  And also you guys have seen that, definitely, this previous a number of days.

Q    Is the President in any respect involved that Mr. Trump may use his political candidacy to dodge any prison legal responsibility?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So I’m not going to talk to, as you realize, any ongoing investigation.  We respect these investigations.  These are impartial investigation, and in order that’s not one thing that we’re going to talk to.  We’ll let — we’ll — we are going to let these people do their job.

What the President goes to do is proceed to speak about how he’s going to do his job for the American individuals.

Q    Yesterday, Karine, on the rally in San Diego, President Biden mentioned, quote, “We’re going to free Iran.  They’re going to free themselves quickly.”  Are you able to clarify what he meant by “We’re going to free Iran”?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So a few issues.  The President was expressing his — our solidarity with the protestors, as he has been doing from the very onset.  As you all know, he’s been very clear on that.  They’re — he was — he spoke very loud and clear on that when he spoke on the — within the effectively of the — on the U.N. nearly a month in the past — greater than a month in the past — on that concern, and was very — was very clear and daring, and talked about how he supported the Iranian ladies and residents who had been — who had been talking up, preventing for his or her fundamental freedom.  So that’s what he was speaking about.

Iran is —

Q    There’s no change in pol- — oh, go forward. 

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, look, Iran’s management is dealing with issues of its personal making.  We’re going to proceed to search for methods to carry the regime accountable for — for the — for a means that we’re treating — for the way in which that they’re treating their individuals.  And also you’ve seen that.  You’ve seen us put forth sanctions. 

And we’ve been very, very clear about that, working with our companions and allies. 

And so the President goes to proceed to talk very — very — very boldly about that.

Q    Simply to comply with on that: Had been his feedback a sign in any respect that there might be further pressures, new mechanisms of placing strain on Iran that we’ve not seen thus far?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Our coverage is to assist the best of peaceable meeting and free speech — that’s what we’re doing — the very issues these younger Iranians need and deserve.  They need to get to find out their very own future and the way forward for Iran.  And the regime should cease its violence and intimidation.  We’ve been very clear on that.

Simply final week, as you realize, we introduced sanctions, and we’re going to proceed.  Don’t have something new to announce, however definitely we’re going to talk out.

Q    Can I ask one fast comply with on Twitter?  I do know you mentioned you haven’t gotten an opportunity, actually, to speak to the President in regards to the misinformation piece.  There have been some feedback that the president of the NAACP put out at this time expressing concern about advertisers placing — I imply, principally expressing issues about Twitter as a platform for democracy. 

Provided that the President has expressed so many issues about threats to democracy, I’m curious if this White Home has issues about Twitter being a spot the place misinformation, once more, and hate speech and threats to democracy are flourishing.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Effectively, as you realize, we’ve been on the ro- — on the highway and at occasions all day, so I’ve not seen these reportings.

However to your query about our concern: Look, there’s no place for hate speech.  We’ve been very clear about that.  We’ve condemned that.  No area — no area for — for hate speech or harassment on social media.

The President has lengthy mentioned that the social media corporations have to take motion to deal with the unfold of hate on their platforms.  And he’s additionally been clear in his concern in regards to the energy of enormous social media platforms have over each — on a regular basis life.  So we’re going to proceed to talk out to it.

Once more, I’m not going to — I’ve not seen these reporting.  I’m not going to get into specifics about an organization’s insurance policies.

However definitely relating to hate speech, relating to, you realize, any sort of assaults on that stage, we’re going to proceed to talk — communicate up — communicate out in opposition to it, as a result of there’s no place for it, particularly, to your level — as you had been asking me about social media.

Q    Karine, Secretary Blinken is in Ukraine at this time.  Any data you can provide us about his conversations with Zelenskyy and form of the suppose — the pondering behind sending him to Ukraine proper now?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Are you speaking about Jake?  Jake Sullivan?

Q    Sullivan, I’m sorry. 

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So I’m simply going to principally provide you with a readout of what we’ve already sort of shared.  So Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake’s Sluvi- — Sullivan met with Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, head of the Workplace of the President, Minister of Protection, and others in Kyiv at this time to underscore the USA’ steadfast assist to Ukraine and its individuals as they defend their sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Jake introduced a further $400 million safety help package deal, which incorporates refurbished T-72 HAWKs [tanks], unmanned aerial automobiles, and the refurbished of 250 HAWK surface-to-air missiles for eventual — eventual switch to Ukraine.

He additionally affirmed the continued provisions of financial and humanitarian help, in addition to ongoing efforts with companions to carry Russia accountable for its aggression.

Once more, that is — it is a continued — what we — what the President has promised is to proceed to assist Ukraine as they’re preventing for his or her freedom.  And — and that’s what you’re — that’s what you noticed by the — by the Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan’s journey at this time.

Q    On the midterms and abortion rights, we’re going to be only a few hours from Michigan the place abortion is actually on the poll.  How assured do you are feeling that abortion rights as a difficulty that may maintain up in opposition to rising issues in regards to the financial system this near the midterms?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Say that final half?

Q    How assured do you are feeling that abortion rights as a difficulty can maintain up in opposition to rising issues in regards to the financial system this near the midterms?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  What you’ve seen this President do is discuss all the problems that matter to the American individuals, and that’s the financial system, that’s inflation, that’s abortion rights, that’s even pupil loans, as we’ve specified by the President’s plan, which is extremely common.  We introduced 20 — greater than 23 million individuals have already signed — have already signed up for it.  Sixteen million individuals, as you heard from the President, are, you realize, have been permitted to get these advantages.

So, the President has talked about all these points, once more, that matter to the American individuals, even voting rights and democracy, as you’ve heard from him straight simply a few days in the past.

And, look, relating to — I perceive you’re asking about Michigan.  I need to be actually cautious about speaking about any politics or technique.  What I can communicate to is what we’ve heard straight from the American individuals relating to abortion rights and what the President has mentioned.  With regards to abortion rights, a girl’s proper to decide on, the President goes to proceed to talk — communicate in opposition to the actions that we’ve seen from congressional Republicans and nationwide Republicans who need to, once more, codify Dobbs and take away each proper that we see relating to — when you consider nationwide abortion, proper?  It doesn’t matter should you’re in a purple state or a blue state; that proper could be taken away throughout the board and — and with out — with out exceptions.  And so, the President has been very clear about that.

Look, you’ve heard him discuss in regards to the financial system virtually day-after-day this week.  And he has finished that for — for the previous a number of weeks, for the previous a number of months.  And that’s going to proceed to occur.

He’s additionally going to speak about abortion rights.  He’s additionally going to speak about democracy.  As a result of all of these issues, as you guys ask me about polling, all of these issues are necessary for the American inhabitants.

Q    Yet one more about jobs.  Any response from the White Home to that report?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  No.  So, the President put out an announcement, I believe you all noticed, that at this time’s jobs report including 261,000 jobs with unemployment charges nonetheless nearing historic lows at 3.7 p.c exhibits that our jobs restoration stays robust.

We’ve added jobs each single month of Biden’s presidency.  That is excellent news, and we won’t settle for an argument that the issue is that too many — too many People are discovering good jobs, so — or that too many — too many working People lastly have extra dignity within the office.  As you realize, that’s one thing that the President talks about — about American individuals — some individuals having that dignity, that respect.

Our objective is for regular and steady development within the job market, and that’s what we’re starting to see right here.

Q    How is — sorry, hello. 

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Oh, hello.  (Laughs.)

Q    Sorry, I’m, like, hiding.  (Laughs.)  Are you able to discuss a bit about how the White Home is getting ready for the potential of a Kevin McCarthy and — sorry.  Are you able to inform me a bit about how the White Home is getting ready for Kevin McCarthy to doubtlessly take over as Home — as Home Speaker?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah, I imply, you guys heard the President once we — I need to be tremendous, tremendous cautious.

You heard straight from the President about how he sees these subsequent couple of days.  So, I’ll simply — and the way optimistic he’s.  So, I’ll depart that.  So I don’t need to get into hypotheticals right here about what might occur after Tuesday. 

Q    Karine, it’s probably not — I imply, polling is like — it’s — it’s fairly clear that —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I hear you.  I completely perceive.  I’m simply not going to get into hypotheticals.  I can’t do this from right here.  I’m simply going to simply direct you to the Pres- — you — you had been there.  You heard from him straight about how he sees the following couple of days.  However I’m simply going to depart it there.  I don’t need to get into hypotheticals about what the — what the make-up of Congress goes to seem like submit Tuesday.

Q    Can I ask you about one thing that I believe numerous People have been specializing in?  There’s been a stretch of actually horrible antisemitic conditions.  You’ve gotten the state of affairs in New Jersey at this time with the arrests that the FBI made, and the true virtually unprecedented alerts out on synagogues.  You’ve gotten the Kyrie Irving state of affairs.  You’ve gotten Kanye West and a few of the remarks he made. 

My query is: One, does this administration and this President really feel we’re in a second when those who maintain excessive views, notably on Jewish — individuals of Jewish religion, are keen to simply be extra emboldened about talking out about these with out penalties? 

After which, second, I do know the President is a basketball fan.  Was he disillusioned with how Kyrie Irving dealt with that state of affairs?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, let me begin along with your, like, extra broad query about what we’re seeing at the moment.  As a result of I — there’s a pair issues that I do need to lay out and say right here. 

And I need to begin by saying that we — we all know this — this time is painful for Jewish communities throughout America as we witness an unpleasant improve in antisemitism. 

Because the FBI has already confirmed particularly to the New Jersey synagogues alert, they’ve recognized the supply of the risk, and it not poses a hazard to the neighborhood.  So that’s extremely necessary to notice.

The President is deeply involved about hate-fueled violence and the way it’s taken important steps — and has — he’s taken important steps to deal with antisemitis- — -semitic violence in America, together with by working with Congress to safe the largest-ever improve in funding for the safety of synagogues and different spiritual establishments.

And final month at United We Stand Summit, his administration introduced a collection of actions and dedication to tackle hate-fueled violence, together with a White Home initiative to strengthen federal coordination in stopping and responding to such violence.

With regards to — so, once more, you — I simply laid out what the President has finished throughout his administration, and we’re, after all, persevering with — we are going to proceed to sentence antisemitism.  We’ll proceed to conden- — condemn hate — hate speech and racism.  That’s one thing that you simply’ve heard from me.  That’s one thing that you’ve got heard from the President straight.

With regards to — when it — and it doesn’t matter — proper? — it doesn’t matter if it’s somebody with a big platform or as you’ve heard us condemn others prior to now.  And so we’re going to proceed to try this.

I can not — I’ve not spoken to the President about — about this specific basketball participant.  We’ve not had that dialog.  So I can’t say what he thinks — what he thinks about that particular concern.

However what I can let you know: Anybody — anybody that’s fueling hate, fueling antisemitism, we are going to condemn.  We’ll condemn that sort of vulgar — that sort of language, as a result of it’s extremely harmful.

Q    Karine, simply to rapidly comply with then.  Are we going backwards?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I believe — and the President mentioned this and I’ve mentioned this earlier than: He’s an optimist, proper?  He believes a majority of People — as he talked about our democracy, the specter of our democracy, and political violence simply the opposite day — he believes a majority of People, you realize, need to shield our democracy, don’t have this — this — this sort of antisemitism, this vile hatred.  And we — he believes that could be a — a minority.

However, once more, this involves the place we’re at this time.  There’s lots at stake, proper?  This involves why this President even ran for President, proper?  It’s as a result of he — wanting to avoid wasting, shield the soul of our nation.

So that is — that is one thing that he’s talked about, and he’ll proceed to take action.  And we are going to proceed to name out political violence.  We’ll proceed to name out hatred — hate- — hatred, as we’ve these previous a number of months.

Q    Karine, in California, the President sort of recommended that there was going to be some sort of altar name or one thing with — with these oil corporations.  What — what’s that precisely?  And who’s going to be invited?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, I believe he answered that just a little bit, simply — I believe you requested him that straight.  And he mentioned — he mentioned there’s no assembly arrange.

Q    Okay.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Proper?  And so — however because the President has mentioned earlier than, these corporations are utilizing their report income to pad shareholder pockets somewhat than enhance manufacturing and decrease fuel costs.  And he mentioned that if oil corporations don’t change their habits, he’ll work with Congress to carry them accountable.  And he’s making it clear that he’s severe about this.

However, once more, I thi- — you requested him that query once we had been simply — proper subsequent to the airplane.

Q    So there’s nothing coming, in —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  And he mentioned — he mentioned no assembly is ready up.  That’s what — I’m simply going to provide you what he instructed you straight.

Q    One follow-up to Trevor’s query.  In California, fuel costs are above $5.  And I assume I’m simply questioning what the President’s message is to individuals who aren’t feeling, like, the respiration room that he’s speaking about.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So — after which I might say to you that these costs prior to now couple of days have gone down and — the costs in California and a few states within the Midwest.  And numerous that’s due to the work that this President has finished, as a result of that — due to what he — you realize, the daring motion that he took on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  And so — and people are historic actions.

So, look, we’ve at all times mentioned, and we are going to proceed to say, that we perceive that inflation is — is — is a precedence, is necessary for the American individuals.  They’re feeling the squeeze of excessive price, and the President is doing every part that he can and can proceed to make {that a} number-one financial precedence to decrease prices.

However we’ve to know, and also you all know this: It is a world problem that we’re seeing.  It’s not simply taking place right here.  That is taking place globally. 

And due to the work that this administration has finished, due to the management of this President, we’re — as the USA of America — is in a greater place to deal with — to deal with — to deal with inflation and these world challenges due to the financial insurance policies that the President has put ahead.

However, once more, you realize, we’ve seen fuel costs fall by a buck 25 per gallon for the previous — previous — previous a number of weeks due to the work that this President has finished.  And we’re going to proceed to try this work.  And on the opposite aspect, you realize, Republicans need to do the alternative — congressional Republicans.

Q    And on pupil debt reduction: Is it protected to say at this level, as a result of there hasn’t been a ruling from the Eighth Circuit Courtroom of Appeals, that cash won’t be relieved by the midterms?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  While you say — oh, you imply from the coed debt?

Q    As a result of it’s Friday, and Tuesday are the midterms, is it protected to say no funds might be relieved by the midterms?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Effectively, I’m — so, look, we’re persevering with to obtain and course of purposes to debt reduction, and we’re persevering with to encourage eligible debtors to use for reduction.  And, once more, they need to go to 

However look, the Eighth Circuit order doesn’t reverse the decrease court docket’s dismissal of the case or counsel that the case has benefit.  It merely prevents debt from being discharged till the court docket decides.  So the court docket — till the court docket decides — proper? — you realize, to your level — to your level —

Q    (Inaudible) nothing will be discharged?  I imply, do you —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  There’s no —

Q    — count on it to have the ability to be discharged earlier than Tuesday?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  The court docket must be — has to decide.  Proper?  In order that’s the — you realize, till the court docket — we’re ready for the court docket to make the choice. 

However we’re nonetheless doing the work as — the Division of Training continues to be doing the work.  You heard from the President in regards to the — about pupil loans yesterday in New Mexico.  It doesn’t cease us from doing that. 

We’ve about 26 million individuals who have gone to that web site — the — who’ve signed up.  Sixteen million debtors are — have — are permitted. 

However, once more, the court docket — we’re ready for the court docket to make the choice.

Q    Earlier, the President, on the occasion at this time, mentioned that the Instances had referred to as the roles report at this time within the “Goldilocks” zone.  From the White Home’s perspective although, what’s, at this level within the battle in opposition to inflation, the Goldilocks zone for jobs reviews every month?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, look, I imply — I’m going to say it fairly — fairly merely, in the way in which that we’ve been: is that we imagine — look, we imagine that we’re in a transition, proper?  We imagine we’re in a transition for regular and steady development.  And the la- — and the rationale why is due to the work that this administration has finished. 

We’ve a powerful labor market.  Unemployment continues to be at its lowest that we’ve seen in a very long time — 3.7 p.c.  And we’re creating jobs, and that could be a good factor for the American individuals.  We’re creating good-paying jobs, which is an effective factor for the American individuals.  And in order that’s our message.

We’re going to proceed to work to ensure that we decrease prices for individuals, as we’ve been doing with congressional Democrats these previous a number of months — this previous 20 — 20 months, with the financial insurance policies that we’ve put ahead, with an Inflation Discount Act, for certainty.  And that’s going to decrease price for the American individuals. 

And the factor that — once more, the factor that you simply hear from the President, whereas he’s on the highway, whereas he’s on the market speaking on to the American individuals, is that congressional Republicans need to take that away and take us down right into a spiral relating to our financial system.  They need to improve price for the American individuals.  And so, that issues. 

And so, once more, that’s — that’s our message.  And that’s what we’re going to — we’re going to put out very clearly for the American public.

All proper —

Q    Will the President communicate in any respect to crime in Chicago?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I’m not going to get forward of — of the President’s remarks.  However, once more, you realize, we’ve been very clear about what’s at stake.  There’s lots at stake right here. 

The President has talked about, sure, crime.  We’ve been — the President has been main the way in which on ensuring that there are funding for — funding for native communities. 

When you consider the American Rescue Plan, one thing that Republicans didn’t vote for, had lots of of tens of millions of {dollars} for — for communities to carry — I ought to say, billions of {dollars} for communities to have the ability to rent — to rent law enforcement officials of their communities.  And Republicans voted in opposition to that. 

And so the President has at all times been very clear the significance of getting police on the bottom, ensuring that communities felt protected, and ensuring that he pushed a finances that allowed — that requested for 100,000 extra law enforcement officials.  One thing, once more, that Republicans don’t — don’t assist. 

So he’s been very clear.  We’ve talked about how — all of the work that we’re doing to battle crime.  We’ve talked about what we’re doing to cease gun violence.  We noticed that piece of laws that handed — one thing that we hadn’t seen in 30 years. 

And the President goes to proceed to additionally discuss banning assault weapons, which is one thing that’s extremely necessary to the American individuals. 

And so, once more, we’ve a — a report on preventing crime that that the President has been engaged on for the previous 20 months that, you realize, the American individuals can see and we’ve mentioned.

All proper, guys.

Q    Thanks, Karine.


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