tv White House Press Secretary Holds Briefing CSPAN July 19, 2021 1:06pm-1:53pm EDT
today we announce we have over a million johnson and jonson vaccines headed to gambia, senegal, zambia and niger. and three million vaccines going to guatemala tomorrow. continuing our prioritization of latin american countries. as these shipments demonstrate, the united states is fulfilling our come miss to be an arsenal for vaccines of the world. josh, kick us off. reporter: first, the president's remarks on why china for cyber attacks, can you clarify -- along the same lines, the u.s. imports about $430 billion of goods from china. jen: first let me say that today an unprecedented group of allies and partners, including the european union, the united kingdom, australia, canada new zealand, japan, and nato are
joining the united states in exposing and criticizing the p.r.c.'s administrative state security and malicious cyber activities. this is the first time nato has condemned p.r.c. cyber activities. i would note that we are actually elevating and taking teps to not only speak out publicly, but certainly take action as it relates to problematic cyber activities from china. in a different way. as we have from russia as well. we are not differentiating. one is out of the realm of condemnation or out of the realm of consequence from the united states. in terms of the economic pieces, i think you are asking me -- give me more on your question. reporter: basically, we have chinese imports. we only get $16 billion from russia. if we were to come with major sanctions on china, is there a risk that we could be hurting our own economy? jen: i would say first that we take cyber actions against our country and against private sector entities quite seriously.
the department of justice is imposing costs announced criminal charges against hackers. these charges address activities concerning a multiyear campaign targeting foreign governments in key sectors. we have through the national security agencies, cyber security, and infrastructure, security agency and federal bureau of investigation tactics, techniques, and procedures, chinese state sponsor cyber active use. my point is we are not holding back. we are not allowing any economic circumstance or consideration to prevent us from taking actions where warrant. and also we reserve the option to take additional options. this is not the conclusion of our efforts as it relates with cyber activities to china and russia. reporter: the president suggested that executives -- the administration isn't considering regulatory or legal move to
possibly address diskfings on social media? jen: i don't think we have taken any options off the table. that's up to congress to determine how they want to proceed moving forward. let me just note that we are not in a war or battle with facebook. we are in a battle with the virus. the problem we are seeing that our surgeon general elevated just last week is that disinformation traveling through a range of mediums, some of them are a racial of social media platforms, some are media, some of them are through the mouth of public officials, that bad information, inaccurate information about vaccines is killing people. that's where our concern is. that's what we -- president is working to express and also what the surgeon general expressed in his report just last week. reporter: the charges on china, did you raise that with them? jen: we will continue to be in touch with chinese officials high level. and that will be the case.
reporter: the chinese government actively doing the hacking or contracting it out? jen: i don't have more details than that, steve. let me see if there is more we can provide. reporter: the belarus opposition leaders and russia this week -- jen: we are still finalizing what the details are. she will be meeting with white house officials. i wouldn't say it will be the president. she will be meeting with white house officials when she's here. we'll have more to report on that once those details are finalized. reporter: follow-up. the security with hackers was elevated. the president had a concern the russian situation there would be a direct link. i'm trying to square where things stand. jen: as it relates to the cyber activities and the attribution put out earlier this morning? first, i would say that we felt
it was important to be clear that as was clear when we made the announcement this morning that the former attribution of the militia cyber campaign utilizing the vulnerabilities in the microsoft exchange server, which was disclosed in march of 202 two malicious cyber actors with high confidence. that was the information put out by the intelligence community or by our national security team earier today. that is accurate. that's why we worked also in the significant -- which is why i pointed this out initially, we worked in coordination with many partners around the world. the european union, the united kingdom, australia, canada, new zealand, japan, and nato to criticize,, expose, and call out these malicious cyber activities. reporter: one more. the president will be briefed on it.
this is a pretty significant escalation of things. what does the president need to be briefed on in terms of the process going forward? jen: first the president's regularly briefed. he's aware of aspirations that are determined by the u.s. government, including the one announced earlier today. but this is an ongoing effort, ongoing consideration of how to prevent these maliciousa's actions from happening in the future to private sector companies. certainly something the president will continue to seek with his national security team about. reporter: the president addressed inflation head-on today. one thing -- chair powell said we are humble about what we understand give the fact there is no road map. is the white house humble of what they don't understand. they don't know what's going to happen next? jen: we take inflation very seriously. it is under the purview of the
federal reserve. as you know they have regular quarterly meetings where they put out that information. any considerations publicly. their projection continues to be that while there is a projected increase in inflation this year, it's expected to come back down to about 2.2 next year. they have not changed that. that is in line with a number of outside economists as well. you are also correct when the economy is turning back on from the global pandemic, there isn't a lot of historic precedent for that. certainly we are seeing prices go back to prepandemic levels in some cases. we are also seeing a range of factors, including shortages in the supply chain from chip shortages, impacting the auto industry, lumber shortages impact the housing industry also factors here as we are seeing price increases. we do look at all that. we take it seriously and respect the role of the federal reserve as well. reporter: two questions. follow up on china and cyber attacks.
administration officials said no one country acting on its own can change china's behavior. the united states were to take action against china, what does the administration feel like we need allies onboard to take that step? jen: good question. i think as we have approached our china strategy from the beginning and our policy as it relates to china, we always felt that going -- working together, working in partnership with allies around the world, and also in partnership with members of the federal government, members of congress from both sides of the aisle, was how we approached it from a position of strength. what's significant today is that while we are calling out these malicious cyber activities, so are a number of our key partners around the world. the european union, the united kingdom, australia, canada, new zealand, japan. these activities are not only impacting the united states. they are impacting a range of countries, partners. and, yes, we would like to work with countries and work with our key partners around the world
moving forward. obviously we can't determine steps and consequences on their behalf, but that is certainly our objective and how we have approached our streanl today. reporter: you are not ruling out taking action if you felt it was necessary. jen: we are not. but we also from the beginning have felt that working in partnership, working in coordination is -- working together is a stronger way to approach malicious activity, cyber activity and others in areas of concern around the world. reporter: infrastructure. republicans are saying that they don't want to move forward with the wednesday vote without knowing exactly how they are going to pay for everything that bipartisan infrastructure bill. over the weekend the white house isn't working with republicans and it feels like they are competing with democrats' $3.5 trillion plan. can these differences be resolved in the next 48 hours? jen: i think it's important to take a step back. remember that a month ago a
bipartisan group of senators stood outside of the white house with the president to announce an agreement on a infrastructure framework. there's been a lot of progress since then. a lot of late nights. a lot of coffee drinking. important legislating, bill writing that's happening. the american people have wait add long time. the american people are ready to see progress. the and we believe it's time for progress to happen and time for this legislation to move forward. we also work in close contact, or close coordination with leader schumer. we defer to him and other leaders in the congress on the time line and sequencing of legislation moving forward. reporter: on that discussion with leader schumer did he talk to any of the republicans negotiating -- jen: the president? i don't have any call to read out. i can tell you our team, senior white house officials, have been in close contact with democrats and republicans. members and their offices. and whenever it warrants, the president's always happy to pick up the phone. reporter: on the guantanamo bay
announcement, senior officials said 10 of the remaining detainees are eligible for repatriation. any sense of the targeted timelines for transferring them? is there a broader goal for this administration of closing guatemala bay? jen: our goal is to close guatemala bay. i can tell you that there's -- i think you know some of this. for others following it, there are 39 detainees remaining at guatemala bay. 10 are eligible for transfer. 17 for a periodic review board. 10 involved in the military commission's process. and two detainees have been convicted. this individual who we transfer of the department depeevens, had started moving through the process during the obama-biden administration and was on pause for some period of time over the last four years. i don't have a timeline for you. as you know there is a process. there are different layers. but that remainsure goal. we are considering all avail --
remains our goal and we are considering all availabilities and close guatemala bay. reporter: we have reported the administration 2500 afghan translators, i believe in virginia, as they complete the steps to have their legal status in this country reviewed. will there be other u.s. military bases in the united states also used to house them temporarily? jen: first, any confirmation and final details of military base usage would be from the department of defense and the state department. given their implementing these programs. i expect they'll have more to share with you. i just want to defer to them given it is their programs. will i say that when i went through the programs and how the process worked last week, one of the things i tried to note but will i elevate again here is that -- i will elevate again here is that, individual who completed the security process, vetting and security process,
could be relocated to the united states. that would be certainly military -- u.s. military bases. the department a of defense will assess how many of those and how many facilities they would need for those transfers. reporter: scheduling things. is the president scheduled to meet any time soon with members of the texas democratic house delegation here in washington? jen: i don't have any meetings to preview for you. reporter: i hesitate to ask this because -- jen: don't hesitate. ok. reporter: joining the buccaneers here at the white house tomorrow. jen: it's ok. i don't have the list of buccaneers attending tomorrow in front of me. we will safely venture to get that to you by the end of the day. go ahead. reporter: as covid-19 cases rise, this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated and you guys are having a hard time getting a certain part of the population to go get the shot.
would president biden call former president trump and say i need your help, tell people to go do it? jen: first i would say what we have seen in our data is that the most trusted voices are local officials, doctors, medical experts, civic leaders e. clergy from time to time. and that is where we have invested our funding and resources. we have seen almost every former president play a role in putting out a p.s.a. making sure people understood in the country that the vaccine is safe and effective. we don't believe that first and embroidered invitation to be a part of. but certainly any role of anyone who has a platform where they can provide information to the public that the vaccine is safe, it is effective, we don't see this as a political issue. we certainly welcome that engagement. reporter: about those texas democrats. since the vice president met with the texas democratic
lawmakers, five of whom tested positive for covid-19, is there any safety concern about her spending time around the president until a certain amount of time has passed? jen: first i would say i think the vice president's office put out that she was tested. and that she -- there is no detection of covid-19. they also put out some specific details about their proximity to the individuals who tested positive as well. we take these precautions incredibly seriously and abide by the health -- guidance of our health and medical experts. reporter: do officials here wish those texas democrats would have been more careful in taking more precautions like wearing masks on the flight here? jen: again, i don't think i'm going to be in a position to assess what safety precautions they may or may not have taken. these individuals are out there trying to elevate the issue of an individual's right to vote. we, of course, hope everybody abides by public health guidelines. that's what we certainly recommend. but the vice president was important for everybody to know the vice president was tested.
she of course takes these precautions seriously. and we would follow any advice our public health officials give us. reporter: can you tell us about the nature to walter reed? jen: it was a visit scheduled for several weeks long before the visit of the texas legislators. a routine appointment which she had, again, scheduled several weeks ago. reporter: she anti-president have been in the same room since she had that test. there is no separation of the president and vice president. jen: there hasn't been additional precautions taken. reporter: on china, can you help us understand why the president at public questions was not in the same posture we have seen towards russia where he called out russia. and from what we know based on the administration findings, this is china paying cyber criminals to carry it out. in russia our understanding is putin may have some relationship or some ability to direct
criminal actors, but not that connection. we have gave the president an opportunity to address the china issues aid today. he seemed to pull punches and not go after china. reporter: first, that was not the intention he was trying to project. he takes malicious cyber activity incredibly seriously. the effort and the -- to engage and unite an unprecedented group of our allies and partners was something that was under his direction. he felt -- he continued to feel it's important to lead from a position of strength and close coordination with our partners and allies around the world. he takes malicious cyber activity, whether from russia or china, whomever the actors may be, quite seriously. i think our efforts to lead on this should be an indication of that. reporter: on covid, does the administration think it is appropriate to try to do more tracking on cases since there are more reports of that, and that's not something the c.d.c.
has been following. should more data collection take place? jen: it's a great question. i have to talk to our health and medical experts about the benefits of that tracking and how they see that as a public health priority. i will note that what we have continued to see is that the individuals, 99.5% of people being hospitalized and dying of covid are not vaccinated. the individuals who have been -- gotten covid, a number of these individuals we have been talking about in a public manner, have been getting mild cases, not hospitalized. that's no one's preference to get any form. they have been asymptomatic and it's showing the vaccine is working. reporter: on the virus, the -- stock and oil prices, and because of the delta variants. is the president considering reinstating masks?
also for economic reasons? jen: well, first i would say that we are -- we look, our health and medical experts, look closely at the broad swath of data across the country. i would remind you almost 70% of adults are still vaccinated in this country. we are not place we were two months, three months, six months ago. as it re-- relates to our fight with the virus. it is still under way. we are still battling the virus. as the president said on friday, this has become a pandemic of the unvaccinated in that that is where we are seeing hospitalizations. where we are seeing deaths. we certainly have seen of course the movements in the stock market. we also know that unemployment is doufpblet economic growth is up. job creation is up. wages are up. and we can assure people we are still at war with the virus even as we have seen progress made over the last several months. reporter: on the women's gym
gnat ticks team. any specific precautions for travel? jen: first, we are aware of of course covid-19 cases among a handful of athletes. we are monitoring the situation. wishing a speedy recovery to those who tested positive. public health remains a central priority for the games. the government of japan and i.o.c. have strict protocols and taking careful safety precautions to keep the athletes and public safe. nothing has changed in terms of our plans for the u.s. delegation. our team will be following very strict safety and health protocols. limiting namement with the public and keeping our footprint as small as possible. our covid team at the white house as well as health officials at the i.o.c. and government of japan agree the stringent protocols and health measures in place will keep them safe. of course we continue to monitor individuals. thrst nothing has changed with
relation to travel. reporter: the president said wasn't sure whether facebook had done enough since last week to combat misinformation. is there anything the white house can point to that perhaps indicate -- jen: i think as i started off in response to josh, i would just go back to the point that our fight is not with one social media platform. it is with the virus. and we have a role. everybody has a role in combating misinformation. in terms of monitoring whether there has been steps that have been taken. there are things you can assess. there is no secret monitoring. you can assess as media organizations and companies as well. do you have access to information from these platforms as to who is receiving misinformation? i don't think that information has been released. do you know how the algorithms are working at any of these platforms? i don't think that information has been released.
again, this is not about one platform. this is about misinformation that we are seeing travel around into the minds, the inboxes, minds, of individuals -- people around the country, inaccurate information that is preventing people from taking the steps to get vaccinated. that's a public health concern for us. reporter: one quick follow-up. the senate calendar for wednesday. the white house has no -- jen: it is the decision of the leaders -- leader schumer on the timing and schedule of these senate votes. will i note, again, it has been about four weeks since -- will i note, again, it has been about four weeks since the president and bipartisan members have announced agreement. lots of work has happened. lots of good work together, bipartisan work has happened. we believe it's time to move forward with this vote. with congressional action. go ahead, ann. you
reporter: quickly on guantanamo. can you be more precise what the president's timeline is for closure of guatemala? does he think some advocates should be closed in the first year in office, does he have a deadline? jen: i don't have a deadline. reporter: just closure when it can be closed? jen: there are several components of this process. includes notification and consultation of congress. it's not something where one individual, even the president of the united states, can do it on his own. reporter: military, how the remaining 39 detainees are eligible for military -- as you know the key prosecutor has retired with no announcement of a replacement ahead of the first major trial of the biden administration under that protocol. what's the administration's plan for military commissions.
do they believe it's an appropriate way to deal with the remaining detainees? jen: nothing has changed about the appropriateness, our view, the president's view of the appropriateness of the commissions. i can certainly check the department of defense and -- defense and national security team. reporter: is the administration now prepared to say that it believes russia is responsible for the string of attacks? what is the president doing to protect u.s. diplomats and others from these attacks? jen: the n.s.c., national security council s. coordinating a full review of intelligence reporting to ascertain whether there may be previously unrrted incidents -- unreported incidents. we still don't know the cause or whether they constitute an attack of some kind by a foreign acteror. they are areas of active inquiry that our intelligence community is working on. reporter: thanks so much.
the infrastructure framework, if it failed to advance on wednesday, what's the backup plan? is the president committed to making sure it's a bipartisan component? will democrats vote? jen: we are not quite there yet. there is a lot of good work that's happened. two days is a lifetime in washington. i don't think we'll make predictions of the death of the infrastructure package. reporter: can you share some more what possible course the president's team has proposed that might fall into the category of things republicans have not already rejected and the white house has not already rejected? jen: i understand the question, certainly. those conversations and discussions are being had among the bipartisan group that is finalizing this piece of legislation. while there was agreement, of course, on the support for the i.r.s. step that would have just ensured that some of the wealthiest americans paid what they owed in taxes, some have backed away from that. there are other ways they are
discussing. we are open to alternatives. very open to alternatives from this end. we'll let those conversations happen privately. and be supportive of them from our end. reporter: the agreement does rely on things like public-private partnerships to pay for construction. could you talk about the difference in user fees? why is tolling and users fees, but -- jen: his fundamental base point is that we can't risk taxes for individuals making less than $400,000 a year. in terms of the specific tolling pay for, i have to get more specific details on that. in his view nothing violates his commitment on the $400,000. go ahead. reporter: the american academy of pea at tricks today recommended that everyone wear a mask in schools regardless of their vaccination status. that's the only way to keep the
kids safe. the c.d.c. guidance does not go that far. if you are vaccinated you can go without a mask. which you say repeatedly the president his trusted medical and health advisors. would the president like to see masking in all schools this ballfall? jen: the president will rely on the recommendations of the c.d.c. and local school districts will make their own decisions based on the publicly available health guidelines. that's always how it's work. i think it will continue to work. reporter: cnn, the interview, the pediatric association, c.d.c., local jurisdictions. these religiouses can be confusing because they are conflicting or different in someplaces. what does the white house say to americans and parents who may be confused one thing from the a.a.p., how do you sort through all that? jen: as a parent myself, it can be confusing. i think we acknowledge that. we rely from the federal government on the guidance of
the c.d.c. that's how we make recommendations on public health issues from the federal government. there will be different decisions made by school districts just like there will be different decision made by local communities. we certainly understand and recognize that. but we will continue to rely on the c.d.c. for guidelines and guidance. go ahead. reporter: knowing the case numbers are rising. the biden administration wish it had done anything differently to avoid getting to this point? jen: i don't know that there were many people who were predicting different impacts of different variants over time. the steps that we took we ensured there was enough vaccine across the country. and in communities to make sure anybody who wanted to get vaccinated could. we invested in local messages to ensure that trusted voices are getting out in local communities. we relied on tactics that we have seen work effectively whether it's mobile units or
empowering and engaging and funding doctors and medical experts to get out into local communities. we also always knew there would be ups and downs in the fight against a virus that is evolving and changing. that's one of the reasons that we have been calling out misinformation, the impact of misinformation. we have seen just over the last couple of days there was a poll that showed that about 20% of the public thinks that microchips are embedded in vaccines. we all know that's inaccurate and not true. why does 20% of the public think it? is it one platform's fault? no. one outlet's fault? no. we all have a responsibility to make sure accurate information is out there. that's our effort to make sure people know they need to be informed and be thoughtful about information they are getting on the sources of it. reporter: congress the attribution with china today. jen: i don't have anything about our intelligence or use of cyber
actions or intelligence that i'm going to convey from here. reporter: misdfings. jen: i'll go to you -- let me take that, go ahead. reporter: the president believe that those -- jen: who mislead congress? reporter: the department of justice, decision not to -- just wondering. jen: i would point you to the department of justice on that case. don't have more details. reporter: on misinformation on social media, i heard you saw on the table. would that mean potential legal action against the 12 -- jen: all i'm conveying. the question was about legislative action. i said that's up to congress. and i'm not here to take options off the table. that's congress' purview. reporter: the follow-up, the administration or president
biden has seen section 230 a little differently? that protect social media companies? jen: i think the president's been pretty clear in the past he believes there is a responsibility of all platforms, including social media platforms, about the information that is traveling on their sites. i don't have anything new, nothing new about his position on that issue. reporter: halfway to citizenship does the president support in the budget bill for all undocumented immigrants or the essential workers, dreamers, as well as farm laborers? jen: we'll let senate leaders put out the specifics in the reconciliation bill. we certainly support the using the reconciliation package as a platform and form for moving immigration protection forward. we'll let leaders in congress speak to -- reporter: on voting rights. is the white house worried that
if new federal voting legislation does not pass before august 6, which is the anniversary of the voting rights act of 1965, that it won't happen before next november? jen: don't think we draw that timeline conclusion, no. reporter: on immigration, some leading immigration advocates -- does the administration have any other actions besides daca for dreamers a congressional -- jen: i think as the president's statement made clear, congressional route is the way to make it permanent. certainly our department of justice also indicated to fight this effort even after the ruling on friday. reporter: any interim action before congress would act? jen: i think, again, as the statement made clear, congressional action is the way to make it permanent.
and that's something the president has long supported and will continue to advocate for. reporter: going back on the voting rights bill. there's actually six members now who have covid there in the delegation. it was said that they are worried that nothing's going to come from the administration by that august 6 when special session ends. he's wondering is there any movement we can see from the president coming out by that time? i know we don't know the schedule. jen: you mean the passage of the voting -- bill? what do you mean? are they expecting in terms of the passage of the legislation? or -- reporter: they are worried that nothing is going to happen by august 6. that was a big concern when i spoke with them this morning. there is no movement. reporter: it --
jen: it would require congress passing the for the people act 230r the president to sign it into law. the action would be first on congress not the president. reporter: coming out and saying i know we talked about this like 50 million times. jen: beyond the speech last week? i think he will continue to advocate for a voting rights as a fundamental right for people across the country. that is something he gave a major speech on six days ago. he will continue to look for opportunities to elevate that moving forward as well. absolutely. go ahead. reporter: i have a follow up to peter's question. in my follow-up even if the administration doesn't partner with the former president, would it consider highlighting or acknowledging in greater way his role in creating the vaccines to pennsylvania sure the world who still support president trump to get the vaccine? jen: do you have data to suggest that that's the issue that's preventing people from getting vaccinated? reporter: we are seeing that the communities that have the
lowest vaccination rates did seem to vote for president trump. jen: what i'm asking you, is information related to whether or not the former president got credit is leading people not to get vaccinated? or is it information like microchips in vaccines and it causing infer tillity issues, causing health issues? you are drawing conclusions that i haven't seen in data. remember you have that information to provide. reporter: i think it's a commonsense that these are people who supported him. these are people who tend to get vaccinated. i don't think it tanges a lot to draw the conclusion. jen: let me be clear. our objective is to ensure all americans will get vaccinated. that would be -- we would love that. democrats, republicans, independents. it's not a political issue to us. the virus -- the virus does not look at people's party affiliation. we recognize that. the president's going to govern for all people. you are jumping to a few conclusions that i don't think
data backs up in terms of the impacts. what we are seeing is misinformation traveling in a range of means, whether it's social media platforms, some forms of media, some elected officials is having the biggest factor as it relates to individuals not getting vaccinated because people don't have access to accurate information. reporter: thank you. the--this congress -- is the white house has been -- it jen: we have been paying quite a bit of attention. we would argue, to the middle east. on a range of issues. whether it is the attacks that we have seen on bases in parts of the middle east. or whether it is our desire to
even move forward on lasting peace between the israelis and the palestinians. jordan has been a key partner for some time. long before president biden took office to the united states through many presidents in these efforts, in these endeavors. during the meeting today, we hope this will be an opportunity to highlight the enduring and strategic partnership between the united states and jordan, a key security partner. also an opportunity to discuss the many challenges facing the middle east and jordan's leadership role in promoting peace and stability in the region. certainly we expect that everything from middle east peace to security in the region, to big points of discussion to syria to be points of discussion during the meeting this afternoon. we'll have a read out after the meeting concludes. reporter: ethiopia.
as the first to end the fighting the government in ethiopia has declared unilateral seas fire -- cease-fire. the cease-fire was rejected. the work continues. it what is the biden administration's statement particularly reduce fusal to accept the cease-fire anti-youthful children. jen: certainly we take security and instability in ethiopia seriously. i would point you to the state department. i know my colleague is briefing
later this afternoon and could give you more details on what our work is in engagement and view from the u.s. government. go ahead. reporter: is the white house social media companies when are you talking about disinformation? jen: we have been in regular touch from the beginning of the administration. because we knew from the beginning that misinformation or disinformation and how it would travel out there into the world was going to be a challenge. that has been something that has been ongoing since the beginning of the administration. reporter: i wanted to ask you, someone asked earlier about republicans backing the identify deof funding for the i.r.s. the when you are talking about that, is the president being opened to other proposals, are you talking within the framework, partisan framework? jen: i said bipartisan framework. that's the deal we are -- that's the discussion with republicans, of course we would welcome republican support for the reconciliation package of the we are talking about specifically
the pay-fors on the bipartisan infrastructure framework. reporter: will the white house publicly release information on posts it considers on misinformation of vaccine -- jen: first of all we have not asked facebook to block any individual posts. the way this works is that there are trending, trends that are out there on social media platforms. you are aware of them. we are aware of them. anyone in the public can be aware of them. there is also data that we look at that many media platforms like many of you also look at data in terms of trends and you report on it. which is to be expected gifpble the number of people who get their information from social media. it's up to social media platforms to determine what their application is of their own rules and regulations. we just certainly raise where we have concerns about information
that's inaccurate, that is traveling out there in whatever platform it's traveling on. go ahead. reporter: does the white house welcome the hey tan interim prime minister is stepping aside and handing power over? jen: we have been encouraging for several days now haitian political actors to work together. and find a political way forward. we have certainly seen news reports. we have not received information notification through our embassy. but we welcome reports that haitian political actors are working together to determine a path forward. reporter: thank you. as you know the leader of the opposition is in the country right now any chance she'll meet
with president biden? jen: i think somebody asked this question -- it's ok. she will be meeting with senior white house officials. there is not currently a meeting scheduled for her with the president. reporter: canada will reopen its borders forer americans who are vaccinated. does the united states -- jen: we are continuing to review our travel restrictions. any decision abouts reopening travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts. we take this incredibly seriously. we look and are guided by our men medical experts. i wouldn't look at that time as reciprocal intention. in the middle. reporter: as you know senate republicans have been calling on the president to withdraw his nominee to lead the bureau of land management over connections
. that escalated last week the former forest investigator, a man who was convicted, have those revelations changed on that nominee? jen: it has not. he stands by his nominee. and looks forward to her getting confirmed. in the middle. reporter: the administration this weekend, talked with facebook officials given -- jen: again. i think it's important for all of you to note we are not at war with any social media platform. we are at war with the virus. we have been in regular touch since the beginning of the administration as we knew that there are a range of entities, platforms, media organizations, public officials who all have a role in combating misinformation.
this is not personal. it is about fighting a virus. it's still killing thousands of people. that's our objective. thanks, everyone. have a great day. talk to you tomorrow. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2021] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> this week in congress, the house returns from its fourth of july break with work possible on government spending, infrastructure, and voting rights. they'll vote later in the week on a bill that will speed up the visa process for afghans that work with the u.s. government as u.s. troops withdraw from that country. in the senate, majority leader schumer plans to move along a bipartisan infrastructure measure with a key vote possible as early as wednesday. he also set a wednesday deadline
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