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the opposed line. caller: great. thanks very much. i understand that we just had this past year a record number of drug overdoses. i think 93,000. and we have a record amount of violence in the cities and the line from the proponents of legalization is that marijuana has no effect on these things or that it even makes people mellow. and not violent. i think the evidence is contrary to that, and i would appreciate it if you could explain whether that is the case or not. host: we will take those two calls. there's plenty more waiting for you, mr. sylvester. go ahead. guest: there is a growing body of surprising evidence linking violence to today's highly potent marijuana. mainly through the mechanism of psychosis and mental illness. why would a drug be correlated with violence, especially a drug known for mellowing you out?
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reducing anxiety? that's because today's marijuana and the potency levels, this is the key, and this answers the first question. >> we have another special guest today who does not sing as well as our guest from yesterday, but very knowledgeable. today, we have a special guest, a surgeon general. surgeon general has been one of our leading voices on public health and the administration. -- in the administration around the koba 19 response. today he published an advisory on misinformation as an urgent public of crisis. he is here to talk more about this issue and take a few of your questions. i will turn it over. >> hello, everyone. how are you? nice to see all today. thank you for that very kind introduction, jen. we've come a long way in our
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fight against covid-19. we've come a long way thanks to the efforts of many people across communities in the u.s. right now, we are seeing covid deaths markedly down from their peak in january. 160 million people have been fully vaccinated. hundreds of thousands of people each day are choosing to get vaccinated. that is all good news. but we are not out of the woods yet. millions of americans are still not protected against covid-19. we are seeing more infections among those who are unvaccinated. that is why want to talk to you today about one of the biggest obstacles, preventing us from ending this pandemic. today i issued a surgeon general advisory of the dangers of misinformation. the surgeon general advisory -- while the threats have been related to what we eat, drink, and snow, today we live in a world where misinformation -- and smoke, today we live in a
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world where misinformation poses an insidious threat to our nation's health. misinformation is false, inaccurate, or misleading information about health according to the best evidence at the time. while it often appears innocuous and social media applications and retail sites or search engines, the truth is misinformation makes away our freedom to make informed decisions about our health and the health of our loved ones. during the koba 19 pandemic, health misinformation has led people to resist wearing masks and high-risk settings. it's led them to turn down proven treatments and choose not to get vaccinated. this has led to avoidable in this is -- avoidable illnesses and deaths. misinformation has cost us lives. health miss information didn't start with covid-19. what is different now is the speed and scale that which misinformation is spreading. modern technology companies have enabled misinformation to poison our information environment, with little accountability to their users. they've allowed people who
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intentionally spread misinformation, what we call disinformation, to have an extra ordinary reach. they designed product features, such as like buttons, that reward is for sharing emotionally charged content, not acura content. your algorithms -- their algorithms give us more on what we click on, putting us deeper into a well of misinformation. we need and all of society approach to fight misinformation. that is why this advisory i issued today has recommendations for everyone. first, we include recommendations for individuals and families. we ask people to raise the bar for sharing health information by checking sources before they share. to ensure the information is backed by credible, scientific sources. if you are not sure, don't share. second, we are asking health organizations to proactively address misinformation with their patients. today the american academy of pediatrics announced an educational campaign to help parents navigate online health
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information. i'm encouraged to see this commitment. this is just the beginning. third, we are asking educational institutions to help improve health information literacy. we are asking researchers and foundations to help us learn more about how health information spreads and how to stop it. today the rockefeller foundation is announcing a $13.5 million commitment to counter health misinformation. the digital public library of america is announcing they will convene a set of librarians, scholars, journalists, and civic leaders to confront health misinformation together. fourth, we are saying we expect more from our technology companies. we are asking them to operate with greater transparency and accountability. we are asking them to monitor misinformation more closely. we are asking them to consistently take action against misinformation super-spreader's on their platforms. fifth, we are also asking news
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organizations to proactively address the public questions without inadvertently -- harm their audiences. and we know the government can play an important role by investing in research, by bringing individuals and organizations together to address misinformation and by supporting groups that are working on this issue. on a personal note, it's painful for me to know that nearly every death we are seeing now from covid-19 could have been prevented. i say that as someone who has lost 10 family members to covid-19 and who wishes each and every day that they had had the opportunity to get vaccinated. i say that also is a concerned father of two young children, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine. but i know that our kids are depending on all of us to get vaccinated, to shield them from this virus. every week, i talked to doctors
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and nurses across our country who are running out -- burning out as a care for more patients with covid-19 who never got vaccinated. all too often because they were misled by misinformation. we must confront misinformation as a nation. everyone of us has the power and responsibility to make a difference in this fight. lives are depending on it. you could read the full advisory. i hope that you will see it as i do come as a starting point from which we can build a healthier information environment, safeguard our nation against future threats, and ultimately empower people to lead healthier lives. thanks so much for your time. i will turn it over to jen. >> i wanted to ask you other you see any evidence in all of this, the misinformation and disinformation you're seeing, coming from any [indiscernible] sources. are you seeing anything behind the scenes that points to who or what may the behind it?
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do you see any indication there could be nationstates behind it? >> thank you for the question. the misinformation we are seeing comes from multiple sources. yes. there's this information that is coming from that actors. -- bad actors. much of the misinformation that is circulating online is often coming from individuals. who do not have bad intentions but are unintentionally sharing that information that they think will be hopeful. that is why in this advisory we make it clear that among the things we are asking individuals to do is to pause before they share, check sources. if they don't know the source is credible, do not share. when it comes to misinformation, not sharing is caring, unlike what many of our moms taught us. [laughter] >> thank you very much. is misinformation the number one event where people are not -- reason why people are not
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getting vaccinated? >> it is one of several reasons why people are not getting vaccinated. what we know from polls is that two thirds of people who are not vaccinated either believe common myths about the covid-19 vaccine or think some of those myths might be true. like you can get covid from the vaccine. which is not true. we know that it's not the only driver that's leading people not to get vaccinated, but it's a very important one. >> if you personally believe that public figures and public companies are helping to spread misinformation about the vaccine, that they should be held accountable? >> we see misinformation literally costing us our loved ones, costing us lives. all of us have to ask how we can be more accountable and responsible for the information that we share. those of us who may have larger platforms have greater responsibility. but the bottom line is to set an important role here at play. took knowledge accompanies have a particularly important role.
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we know the dramatic increase and the scale of the spread of misinformation is enabled by these platforms. that is why in this advisory today, we are asking them to step up. much more has to be done. we can't wait longer for them to take aggressive action, because it's costing people their lives. >> the reality is, a lot of the health misinformation you were citing them from -- came from [indiscernible] how do you counter misinformation that comes from public officials? >> what i would say is when it comes to determining what is accurate, in terms of health information, science has the guidance. the good news is that we have credible scientists, individuals in our country, doctors and nurses and communities, public health departments, the cdc, medical schools, nursing schools, health care institutions -- these should be our sources of
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credit ability when it comes to evaluating whether information is true or not. one of the greatest roles public leaders can play is to point to scientists and credible sources and have them speak directly to the public. that is one thing to said ministration has done. is work hard to put scientists and health care professionals in front of cameras, have them speak directly to the public. that is what we have to do more of. the problem right now is that the voices of these credible health professionals are getting drowned out. that is one of the reasons we are asking technology companies to help lift off the wishes of credible health authorities -- lift up the voices of carnival health authorities, so the true voices of experts can shine through. >> are there specific entities you believe are part of the problem in pushing misinformation? 90% of democrats say they are vaccinated or will be vaccinated, but only 49% of
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democrats say the same. how do you break through to the people who may be trusting some of these elected leaders that are pushing may be some of this misinformation? >> thanks, rachel. i think about this as i think about my patients. i recognize each patient that i was blessed to care for is an individual, regardless of what their political affiliation or their past maybe. they are an individual, and michael was to understand what their needs and desires were, what their values were. and to help them improve their health. we have to take a similar approach year when it comes to reaching people with information about covid-19 and the vaccine. we've got to recognize sometimes a most trusted voices are not the ones that have the most followers on social media or the ones that have the most name recognition. sometimes a trusted sources are a fake leader, mother or father, local doctor or nurse. -- faith leader, mother or father, local doctor or nurse. we have to partner with those
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local trusted voices. that is why one of the things we point out in this advisory is an important role for government is to support local organizations, including health care professionals so they can get out there and speak directly to people and share that information. these public health efforts move trust. we have to recognize where trust is, where those relationships are, then invest and support them so people can ultimately get the information they need to improve their health. >> thank you so much. >> a follow-up for the surgeon general. >> i think he has to go, unfortunately. >> thanks, everyone. >> i think we are getting ready to start the briefing. i think everybody has a lot of questions. we are going to proceed with the briefing, then we are happy to take lots of questions in the room. okay, so, unemployment claims. which you all saw the data come out this money. today's data is further proof that the president's economic plan is working. today marked a new pandemic low
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in initial on up limit claims, the lowest level since march of 2020. the four-week average of new claims continues to decline. dropping to its lowest level in 16 months. down 55% since one president biden took office. this is evidence the strengthening -- of the strengthening label market -- the strengthening labor market we are seeing, wages are of, and 3 million new jobs have been created in five months. just give you a few headlines over here in case you have not read your own coverage. the united states is expected to return to full employment by next year, instead of 2024, which was the projection when the president first took office. another piece of news today, we heard the president announced today the $15 billion in child tax credit payments were distributed to tens of millions of families, covering 60 million children. working families will receive these payments on the 15th of every month for the next year, next to the american rescue
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plan. 86% of american families will receive their payment by direct deposit. it will show up in their bank accounts as a child ctc. others will receive their check in the mail today or in the next few days. the american rescue planets providing the largest ever child tax credit reporter:. this is a historic increase that will provide middle-class families with critical tax relief. many project it will help cut the child poverty rate in half. an update on ransomware, the vaccines, then your questions. in april, the president directed agencies to take aggressive action to counter the ransomware threat at home and abroad. we have coordinated these efforts regularly convening an interagency task forces that drive gordon aided whole of government action to karen -- coordinated whole of government action to counter ransomware.
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today is a part of our ongoing ransomware reference, the determine of homeland security, the deponent of justice, the treasury, and state announced new resources and initiatives to protect american businesses and communities from ransomware attack's. those included a primitive home security ended the departed of justice launched stop, gordon aided federal government one-stop research for private sector organizations to reduce their risk of ransomware attack's. the department of the treasury announced an exchange on ransomware to discuss efforts by the public and private sectors, to increase targeted information sharing and analysis and pursue criminal actors in networks that engage in such attacks. the permit of state announced it will offer up to $10 million in rewards for information leading to the identification of or location of any person engaged in state-sponsored malicious cyber activity. this is a part of our ongoing efforts and our ongoing work in our interagency process that is
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a newer initiative in this administration. finally, last night, haiti received 500,000 doses of covid-19 vaccines through the covax facility. we will send a significant amount of additional doses to haiti soon, in consultation with local health authorities. the embassy in haiti has worked closely with patient health -- the haitian health minister and unicef to ensure these vaccines arrive safely and securely, and that they are also distributed equitably and without interference to the people who need the most. we remain a partner of the haitian people in building a more stable and secure haiti, including in its fight against covid-19. go ahead. reporter: he spoke about the request for tech companies to be more aggressive against misinformation. have you been in touch with these companies? then action the federal government can take to ensure their cooperation? there's not a lot of action.
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[indiscernible] >> we are in regular touch with the social media platforms. those engagements typically happen to members -- through members of our senior staff and members of our covid-19 team, given the big issue of misinformation, specifically in the pandemic. in terms of actions that we have taken or we are working to take, from the federal government, we've increased misinformation research and tracking within the surgeon general's office, flagging problematic posts for facebook, that spread disinformation, we are working with doctors and medical professionals to connect medical experts who are popular with their audiences with accurate information and boost trusted content. we secreted the covid community to get factual information into messengers. we also are investing in the
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president, the vice president, and dr. fauci's time with meeting -- in meeting with influencers who have audiences who can spread and share accurate information. you saw an example of that yesterday. the video will be out tomorrow. i think that was your question, steve, the full follow-up. we also proposed changes that we have made to social media platforms, including facebook. those specifically for key steps. -- are four key steps. that they share the impact of misinformation on their platform. facebook should provide publicly and transparently data on the reach of covid-19 vaccine miss information, not just engagement, but the reach of the misinformation. and to the audience it is reaching. that will help us ensure we are getting accurate information to people. provided not just to researchers, but the public so that the public knows and understands what is accurate and inaccurate. we have recommended i'm proposed to create a robust enforcement
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strategy that bridges their -- that provides transparency about their rules. there's about 12 people who are producing 65% of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms. all of them remain active on facebook, despite some even being banned on other platforms, including facebook owned platforms. it is appropriate to take fast action against harmful hosts. information travels quite quickly on social me to platforms. facebook needs to move more quickly to remove harmful violating posts. if it stays on too long, the information spreads too quickly. we have proposed an algorithm, facebook has repeatedly shown they have the leverage to promote quality information. we've seen them effectively do this. and there algorithm over low-quality information. -- in there algorithm over
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low-quality information. they have chosen not to do this in this case. it would have an impact. these are the proposals. we engage with them regularly and we understand what our tasks are. reporter: one of the problems with vaccines right now is that they have become politicized. is there a concern that it could contribute to -- to politicization and that it could backfire? >> we have to be very careful and we are mindful of things, being careful of not politicizing. the fact that vaccines can save lives, young people, old people, it is important for us, we've made a cap collation to push back on this misinformation. we have empowered, engaged, funded local voices, because they are often the most trusted voices, doctors, medical experts, clergy, people who are members of civic leaders and communities.
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that is where we are putting most of our resources even as we are working to combat misinformation traveling online or traveling out of the mouth of elected officials from time to time. go ahead. reporter: on ransomware. the president said last week he's having a meeting tomorrow with the u.s.-russian working group on ransomware. and you say more about that -- can you say more about that? [indiscernible] it made sense to go after servers [indiscernible] >> i would say that the meeting, which i believe was yesterday, is part of ongoing engagements that have been occurring at the expert level since the president
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met with president putin. it's been ongoing. no one meeting is necessarily decisive. it's about having a continued discussion about our expectations and steps that need to be taken to address ransomware attack's cyber attacks, and with the capacities are in information that we have. in terms of specific actions, the president reserves the right and the option to respond in a timely manner of his choosing should he believe actions warrant, that i'm not going to preview that today or probably any day. go ahead. reporter: a senior administration official, in the aftermath of that conversation, said we should expect action within days and weeks that would be visible, some would not be visible. i understand you can't share a lot of information, but can you say whether any actions have been taken? >> there's nothing i can preview or detail for you from here. i certainly understand the interest. go ahead. reporter: the president has
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donated -- some states don't even want the money. who should be held >> seven the beginning that local school districts are going to make decisions about how to use the funding and resources available, but also how they are going to apply the mitigation measures that have been laid out by the cdc. certainly, we would expect members of the local community, parents, others we care about the health and well-being of their children would voice their concerns if they have it. it's always worked that way. some of the local school districts implement team policies, the role of the cdc is to provide a health information. our role is to secure funding for schools that need worse it -- schools that need resources. many have used it, when you have applied it and many schools will
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be opening as a result of that funding. >> is their concern about not being able to track an outbreak? >> the cdc certainly doesn't track where there is a rise in cases. i expect they would continue to do that, but i would point you to them on how they would track. >> inflation. we've heard from powell. he says inflation has increased, but it will be elevated before moderating. is the white house underestimating the impact of all of this government spending? >> our experts believe and the data shows that most of the price increases we are seeing
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are expected to be to be very due to the consequences of restarting an economy after a shut down the pandemic. we had an expectation that would be an impact. areas like spike in car prices or spike in hotel costs. these are transitory are impacted by other factors including supply chain issues which we are working to address. i want to be clear. we understand the threat that inflation proposes. as a root -- that's exactly what the president's bipartisan for
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structure plan will do. i would also remind you that it is an eight year investment. this is not an immediate influx in the next few months. it is over the course of several years because it is a long-term issue. as we work to pass the build back better package, increase the ability elite -- increase the availability of childcare. we are quite mindful of it. i would also note the federal reserve is independent. it has projected the inflation numbers will come down. >> are you confident that the government is going to find the parents that qualify for the child tax care -- child tax credit? >> trying to identify individuals who are eligible for
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these programs. individuals who may not have had to pay taxes or may not be in the system. we are going to be vigilant and do everything we can to reach everyone that is eligible. get the word out to communities that people might be eligible even though they don't make enough money to pay taxes. i think you have seen us use and that use a number of avenues -- i think you've seen us use a number of avenues. we put out a website where people could go if they had not paid taxes because they did not make enough money to pay taxes. we also worked with local communities to get the word out and make sure people know that they are eligible. i think that starting today, the vast majority of people who are eligible will get their checks through direct deposit and direct checks. we are talking about a small percentage of individuals who would be looking to find it.
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we will be vigilant about finding them. >> will the president expect -- except a spending bill -- will the president except a spending bill --accept a spending bill? >> we will certainly leave it to schumer and democrats on the hill to put out all of the specific details, but the president understands that there could be changes to his original proposal and even from here as the final negotiations continue. i'm not going to negotiate from here, but we will look to see what the final package looks like. the president has advocated for an extension of the child tax credit because he believes it's a benefit that benefits -- because he believes it benefits working families. >> some democrats have expressed they believe that child tax credit should be permanent.
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does president biden agree with that? >> he put in his proposal a five-year extension. he understands there was going to be a range of views. at some did not want it at all. these are part of these negotiations. what components can be worked through that you can pay for in the package. that's a factor as it relates to the child tax credit. we will let them work out and we will see -- and we will have the public -- we will have the details made public. >> they are not prepared to vote on something that is not written yet. they expressed this on the hill. even procedurally, that has not been written.
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does the president agree with senator schumer's timeline before all of the language is finalized? >> there was an agreement that many senators are a part of. the president expects that everyone will stay true to their commitment and he will. the president believes that is most important role is to continue to advocate for the key components of what is in this package, why it is important for people to support it and live american people should be addressing our climate crisis. >> now that you had a few days to think about it, as the white house still think the protest in cuba is happening because people are us -- people are upset about
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arise in covert cases or is a possibility they are protesting because they are sick of communism -- arise in covid cases or is it a possibility that they are protesting because they are sick of communism? >> they deserve a government that supports them whether that's making sure that they have medical supplies, access to vaccines or whether they have economic opportunity and prosperity. instead, this has been a government, communist regime that has oppressed its people and has failed people of cuba. i would note that the ideology of the government has led to a lack of access to economic opportunity, to medical supplies, to covid vaccines. >> there are protesters in this country that are chanting as the
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protests in cuba are going on. where is biden? what is he doing to protect these people? >> he has advocated and spoken out. one of you asked him a question today. i will leave it to you to determine that. what he has made clear as he stands with the cuban people and their call for freedom from both the pandemic and decades of repression. there is an ongoing review of our own policies. as we look at those -- look at those policies, one of the factors is ensuring we are not doing anything to pad the pockets of a corrupt authoritarian regime. that is certainly a factor he is considering, but we are looking closely at how we can help in a human a tearing way, how we can
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support the voices of the cuban people. >> we will be happy to ask him about it later. >> anyone can ask anything they want. >> why is a secretary of state trying to address human rights in the u.s. by inviting experts from cuba and china here? >> first i would say that the secretary put out an extensive statement on why he is holding, why he believes we need to play a role in lifting up and pushing countries to do better on human rights, on ending systemic racism in their countries. certainly human rights is always going to be a priority for the biden administration and for this state department. as the secretary said in his statement, he believes responsible nations must not shrink from scrutiny of their human rights record. also push and lift up and shine
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a light on other countries that need to do better. that is the role we are playing in the united states. >> all these problems in cuba. in china, they've got a million religious minorities in camps. how are they want to come here and tell us to improve? >> i don't think that's the format of the obit, lifting up and elevating human rights, systemic racism, the steps that have been taken, the poor treatment in china is certainly a role we can play. >> the days of looting in south africa. they have destroyed hundreds of businesses. the -- does the white house have any reaction to what is taking place? >> we certainly track and watch
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closely and have concerns about unrest that we see in the streets in south africa. in terms of specific actions, think the department is more equipped. >> is there anything more you can tell us about the special immigrant visas linked to the afghan translators, interpreters and engineers? >> let me provide a little more detail about how the process works. as i've noted in the past, our focus is on nationals who have supported the united states. and are in the application pipeline. translators, interpreters, others who are in the process. there are 20,000 afghans. those are interpreters or translators. that is not include their family
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members. about half have completed the necessary paperwork to move forward. the state department is going to do more the that show more thorough briefing area -- the state department is going to do a more thorough briefing. the paperwork conclusion does not include it. there is another -- the paperwork does not conclude it. under the parole, a large portion of the group could be relocated to a military base in the united states where they would receive medical checkups. at those who have not include -- those who have not completed their background checks, would be sent to a military base of overseas until there visa processing is complete and they can be transferred to the united states. we are not considering any location or place for the third party countries. it would not -- for the third party countries that would not be safe, treat them or respect
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or make sure they are treated humanely through the journey of their process. on our process, this is thorough. some of these individuals who have completed their paperwork and our through the process and family members might not be at the same stage. that might have an impact. the third country move would be tipperary until they finalize their paperwork and security vetting process. that is a little more detail on the process. >> question about former president bush. he criticized the withdrawal and said he's very concerned about the afghan women. what is the u.s. going to do to ensure safety for those women after we lay. >> the president agrees we need to ensure that we are continuing to support through humanitarian
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programs, security programs, the women of afghanistan. we certainly respect the right of the former president to voice his view on afghanistan and the president's decision. it's not a secret that president biden and president bush have not seen i on the use of military force. we just disagree. while we continue to provide security and military assistance, we also continue to have a diplomatic presence on the ground to continue to be a source and resource for individuals in afghanistan. >> senator manchin is upset about the package. as the white house reaching out to him? >> we are in touch with him. i can assure you that we are in touch with a number of senators
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who have been the photo partners and will continue to move forward. i think there was, one of the concerns is fossil fuel. is that the specific piece question mark -- is that the specific piece to mark -- is that the specific piece? making sure the income tax credits are in the deal. a something the president has advocated for. we don't intend to do so by banning fossil fuels. i will certainly convey any concerns. working group has identified existing resources that can be
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accessed. we do not want to leave communities behind. >> have have the president -- how does the president see his role -- how does the president see his role in marc veasey media rate -- his or role? >> he's going to be available for whatever is needed to get these bills across the finish line. a lot of his discussions are happening at a staff level. we have a number of very experienced individuals who have gotten a lot of bills across the finish line. they are playing a big role. a lot of the discussions are
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primarily between the democratic members themselves about what the final package and final details look like. schumer and his team will put out the final details. that works for them. i will tell you the president is available, ready. he will have snacks, drinks, whatever is needed in order to get these bills across the finish line. members of congress certainly know that. >> inflation the largest jump since 2008. jenny just -- j.p. morgan chase ceo is saying he doesn't think it's temporary. it's a little worse than the fed predicts. how are you want to address that? >> many outside experts disagree . have projected that the rise of
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inflation is transitory and have projected a lower rate of inflation here. we also have seen in the data that some of the issues like the spike in car prices which we know has a bigger issue involved which is the supply chain which we are trying to separately address. hotels of the hotels -- hotels on the industry group -- the industry related to travel. i would refer that to economic experts to projections -- expert projections of the transitory. >> earlier this week he was nominated by the president to go to turkey. that ambassadorship, that's a problematic area. what is in his background that gives this diminishing
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confidence that he can carry out his task there? >> he's a former member of the foreign relations committee. someone who played an important role in discussing, debating and working on a range of foreign policy issues. that is a pretty good basis. >> what is the white house's message for people with limited income who are experiencing higher crisis for food and clothing? you excuse -- you said it is expected to die down next year, but what is your measure -- but what is your message in the meantime? >> not what i ever said, but our message is we understand the threat that inflation poses. we will be vigilant about changes needed. these impacts are temporary and some of these price increases
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are a result of the economy turning back on. experts will tell you that whether it's the airline industry or hotel industry. the president has taken a number of steps including ensuring that the vast majority of the american people are getting $1400 checks, getting the child tax credit out to people to bank accounts today because he knows americans need a little extra help as the economy turns back on. he is committed to helping working people and it's also important for people to understand the transitory nature. >> when can the public expect the administration make a determination? >> i don't have anything for you on the timeline on the policy. i will note that we certainly look at the policies through the prism of how we can most help the cuban people. the people have been out in the
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streets looking to have there versus -- their voices heard and even if -- and even as we look at components of policies that would be undercut -- under consideration, there are a range of factors. there are people who have called for family members to individuals in cuba. on the flipside, the prevention or our desire to prevent any funding going in the hands or pockets of leaders in cuba. these are challenging issues. there is an ongoing review. i don't have a timeline to preview. in terms of haiti, i have a little bit of an update. we have provided a couple of updates of what we have provided. the fbi is providing investigative assistance to the
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haitian authorities at the request of the government of haiti. they are committed to working along side our international partners. we are also continuing to provide ongoing security assistance and consultations as they have also requested. we are still waiting -- we are still working with leaders in hades and that review is -- with leaders in haiti. one more. >> citizen pathway into the reconciliation package. as the white house supportive? >> yep. >> can i ask another one? before the governor and fcc commissioner calling on biden to rewrite a planet that would allow the deployment of higher
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altitude balloons. it has been something their administration -- is this something demonstration land to do should mark >> -- something the administration plans to do option mark -- plans to know? moderna -- >> i can see if there were more specifics on it. thanks everyone. ♪ >> c-span. your unfiltered view of government.
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