tv White House Press Secretary Holds Briefing CSPAN November 29, 2021 6:11pm-6:59pm EST
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sec. psaki: the president will share a message to consumers. products will be on the shelves and consumers would be able to get what they want and need. black friday sales were of a third from last year. we are hearing similar reports from small business saturday. the president will deliver remarks on our work to strengthen supply chains. the president is headed to minnesota tomorrow. he will give you a little bit of a preview to that.
this will position america to compete in the 21st century. he will be visiting a technical and community college. the majority of the jobs supported will not need a four-year college degree. they will provide training and development needed. schools like technical colleges will prepare millions of workers with high lovely jobs. they will help rebuild and transform the workforce. after visiting the college, he will go over remarks on how the bipartisan infrastructure law
will deliver for the american people. this is part of our ongoing effort to tell the american people how this law will benefit them. >> a couple of questions. sec. psaki: we will give you a note if he is running a little bit late. >> the president said omicron will crop up in the u.s.. can you say how the white house will inform the public? i know it will take a couple of weeks for the administration to do that. why will it take a couple of weeks? is he not competent in that timeline -- confident in that timeline? he talked about the need for boosters.
sec. psaki: let me start with the timeline. as an important piece for the american people to understand. we have a top-notch group of scientists across the country already set up to do this work. they are working in close coordination with scientists and medical experts around the world. you saw the coordination have been over the last couple of days. as soon as this variant popped up, it was coordinated around the world. credit to the south african leaders. we want to be transparent with the american people as we see any cases,.
this could happen. we will be transparent with the public. let me go back to how this process works. there are medical experts who are primed to do the work around this. when you want to test a virus, you have to isolated and make sure it is a live virus. this takes some days. then you need to grow a stock of it to test area once it is growing, you have to sequence and make sure it has not mutated again. somebody needs to actually test the virus with antibodies from vaccinated people. these steps need to be repeated. we need to make sure we have gotten this right. that is a process that our medical team is undergoing now. we want to be able to report back about these unknowns. the efficacy of the vaccines in case any more additional steps
are needed. the american people should know that the president will do everything, he will always air on the side of protecting the american people. that is why we put in place travel restrictions. we will continue to assess any steps we need to take. you heard the president say this earlier today. we have had medical experts across the airwaves and out there in public over recent days to convey clearly that we know boosters can strengthen antibodies. they are still tens of millions people out there who have not gotten there boosters. if people feel they do not know what to do right now, even as there are unknowns, we are looking to get to the bottom of them. there is no question that getting a booster will help strengthen people.
>> on the iran nuclear talks, some are saying signs from iran are not particularly encouraging. considering the pessimism, how much time will the administration give them until the president moves on to further options? sec. psaki: unquestionably, our best approach here is through diplomacy. that is the preferable approach. i will not give a timeline for when that will and -- end. i will not negotiate from here. our objective has not changed. it remains a mutual return to full compliance. this is the best option. it can address their destabilizing conduct.
we are working with our partners in lockstep. we will continue to press the diplomatic approach. >> the president said there is more work to do on how dangerous it is. can you elaborate on some specifics in terms of what is in place now. how will it be tracked and traced to mastic they in local communities? is this an area where there is still more work to be done? sec. psaki: what the president was trying to convey is there are several layer's of work right now. i just outlined for you the work that is being done in data analysis. i can assure you that our public health officials are in very close touch daily. ongoing calls to all state health officials and public health partners. these calls include state and
county health officials. state laboratory directors. partners for public health organizations. that was something started over the last couple of days. we are continuing around-the-clock coordination as well. the cdc called a meeting today with state labs that will be engaging with state health associations to make sure we are in close contact. >> the president was asked whether he thinks these areas that have done away with mask mandates should reverse them. he did not really answer that. does he believe other places to go back to where they were with the mask mandate? sec. psaki: the guidance from the cdc has not changed. other localities are abiding by it. our advice is to follow the advice of national public health
experts. of course they are continuing to assess. any additional steps that need to be taken. our recommendation continues to be to watch that closely and follow that in order to protect your community. >> i want to ask if the white house was reconsidering releasing strategic reserves given that oil prices have already gone down. sec. psaki: we are not reconsidering. >> i was wondering if there is concern in the u.s. government about the lack of specifics from beijing. sec. psaki: we are always encouraging in country around the world, including china, to be as transparent as possible. i do not have any additional concerns to express written >> the president said the travel
ban on south africa does not punish them and neighboring countries. but south african leaders say it does. how long does the white house envision this travel ban taking place? sec. psaki: we will continue to assess that. the objective is not to punish. it is to protect the american people. the president just said this will not prevent, it will delay. that delay will help us have the necessary time to do the research to get more people vaccinated and boosted. he will always be on the side of protecting the american people. the difference between south africa and european countries as they are already hundreds if not thousands of cases of the new variant in south africa. a much lower number at this point in europe. >> are you imposing any new testing or tracing on americans
or green card holders who come from those countries? sec. psaki: we already have stringent requirements in place. individuals need to be tested within three days of traveling. i don't have any additional requirements. >> this trip to minnesota by the president, you will continue to aggressively travel and sell build back better. is there any talk of restricting his travel or movements at all in the coming weeks? sec. psaki: there is none planned at this point. we can continue to assess. he is a pivotal player. >> given that congress is back, what is the plan this week in
terms of white house engagement with the senate? to republicans who say this is something that could contribute to them nation, pushing for this at a time when inflation is up, what would you say to that? sec. psaki: i would tell you that our team of senior white house officials have been in close touch already over the past several days with moving our agenda forward. i think they had a couple of meetings over the last several days. i can assure you we are moving forward. the. we expect action on it. we will continue to press for that. for anyone who is criticizing, the way we saw in recent weeks with votes of republicans, every
republican on the house went on record voting again that many economists have said this will ease inflation. they will raise taxes on middle-class families. inflationary costs are a problem. we are out there and we welcome republican support. we are taking steps to lower costs. build back better will cut childcare costs in half. it will make preschool free for many families. what is the republican plan for lowering costs and addressing inflation? they don't seem to have any solutions. >> before joe biden was president, he said travel restrictions were hysterical
xenophobia. what changed? sec. psaki: you have to put it in full context. what he was critical of is the way the former president put out a xenophobic tweet and what he called the coronavirus. the president has not been critical of travel restrictions. we put them in place ourselves in the spring. he believes we should follow the advice of health and medical experts. >> we saw the president shopping indoors on saturday behind glass that says face covering required. his face was uncovered. why? sec. psaki: he follows the recommendations and advice of the cdc. i don't know what the circumstances were at that particular moment. >> he was shopping in a store and it said face mask required.
his face was uncovered. sec. psaki: our recommendation and advice continues to be for people to wear masks when they are required in establishments. the president follows the advice of his health and medical team. >> is their concern if he does not do that? will it make it harder for people to follow him? sec. psaki: i think you see the president wearing a mask every time he comes out to an event. he will certainly continue to model behavior. to save lives. >> joe biden once described that policy as dangerous and going against everything we stand for. why is he doing it? sec. psaki: he continues to stand by those comments and statements. psaki: -- because he
continues to stand by exactly those comments and statements. the secretary of public security put out a memo conveying we want to end this program. reporter: since the president said that this administration is monitoring the situation in waukesha closely it has been revealed by prosecutors that the assailant swerved his truck side to side as part of an intentional act to run over as many people as possible. six people are dead, children remain hospitalized. why hasn't the president visited the members of this christmas parade attack? sec. psaki: well, i would say, first as you saw the president convey last week our hearts go out to this community to the people in waukesha. we've been in touch obviously with officials there and we're all watching as people are recovering and this is such a difficult time of year for this to happen. it is difficult any president going to visit a community requires a lot of assets, requires taking their resources.
i don't have a trip previewed at this point in time, but we remain in contact with local officials and our hearts are with the community as they have gone through such a difficult time. reporter: for the american public that knows that there's been a rise in covid in their communities that may be related to the delta variant it may be part of this winter search if -- winter surge, if people are experiencing symptoms, should they have an expectation that their tests will be in some way compared to what we do know about the omicron variant? is there a surveillance capability for that kind of study at this point in hospitals, testing settings? sec. psaki: f.d.a. is closely reviewing the performance of covid tests and emergency use authorization against the omicron variant. importantly, test manufacturers with fda emergency use authorization, are required to assess their tests as new variants emerge, and that's
exactly what they are doing now. preliminary view at this point in time, our science and medical experts believe high volume pcr tests, which is what you get in a lot of medical facilities, and antigen tests widely used in the u.s., show low likelihood of being impacted and continue to work. that is encouraging, something we are continuing to look at. that is what our early assessment is of our health and medical experts. reporter: in terms of the surveillance ability around the country as cases are positive. what is the president's view of our ability to catch that new variant if the expectation is it will be here? is there a big run-up before we're actually able to do that? sec. psaki: i would not say that. we are in close touch, as i noted a little earlier, with state and local public health officials. we are in constant contact, and as i noted earlier, we will be very transparent about when we see, if we see a case here, which dr. fauci made clear that while these restrictions can
certainly slow, we are not conveying that they could prevent. reporter: does this change the tempo of how often the president will be briefed related covid is , is that changing his schedule? sec. psaki: he will be briefed on a daily basis. go ahead. reporter: the president said dr. fauci told him that he believed current vaccines will provide at least some protection from the omicron variant. are you able to explain why that is why dr. fauci would come to that conclusion, you laid out the steps that have to be taken before we can determine the vaccine's efficacy. how does the president's medical advisor get to that conclusion ? sec. psaki: that is a question i also asked this weekend. not that you need my validation, but i think what dr. fauci has conveyed and what he would explain if he was standing here is that there is no question that vaccines and the additional boosters help boost up your antibodies to fight the covid virus. these are variants of the virus, something we're tracking, and, of course, as i noted, our health and medical team is doing
necessary data analysis to make an evaluation about the efficacy. and if there is anything that needs to be done by manufacturers to make any changes, which i think you have seen a number of manufacturers, and said they are prepared to lose if needed. but we are not predicting that at this point. what he is conveying as a medical expert is that because these vaccines and boosters help boost your antibodies, that it would provide some protection. if not the protection that we have already to date from other variants, and that's why this is the step that the american people can take. reporter: the president on thursday is going to nih. is there anything more you can tell us about the purpose of that visit and how it might differ from what we just heard from him today? sec. psaki: the president is going to the national institute of health on thursday and he will put a detailed strategy of learning how we're going to
fight covid this winter. not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more. that is something that we had every intention of providing an update to the american people on around this time of year anyway , that that's what people can expect on thursday. go ahead. and i will come back to you again. reporter: thank you, jen. the president said earlier today that there haven't been any recommendations to put in place domestic travel requirements but what we saw with the delta variant is that once it was already here, it spread rapidly across the country. why not have any testing or vaccination requirements whatsoever for domestic air travel since people are flowing fairly openly across the country ? reporter: i think you heard the president say -- it was hard to hear the question, i think it is a question that was asked, was that he was not taking any options off the table, but he is going to rely on the advice of his health and medical experts . i would point you to them. i know we will have a covid
briefing in the coming days. reporter: and the president said during a cnn town hall that he was open to carve outs for the filibuster including for raising the debt ceiling. you said at an october 22nd briefing he'd have more to say in the coming weeks. it has been more than a month. have there been any decisions? sec. psaki: i don't have any additional update for you at this time. the president stands by his comments. i will let him speak for any additional updates. reporter: i just want to clarify on when the first case of a macron is detected in the u.s., since it has been described as essentially inevitable, is the white house going to announce that or the cdc or how will that be made publicly available? sec. psaki: good question. i think the most important thing is we will make it available from the government, not sure what source it will come from initially. reporter: what lessons did the president learn from the delta variant that he is applying here? sec. psaki: there are a lot of lessons we have learned that he
is applying throughout. one is to be very transparent with the public and direct about where there are unknowns and clear that there is information we have at this point, and then there is information that we still need more detailed analysis from our experts. in his view, it is important to make clear to the public that we have a plan, and we do, and we are in a different place than we were six months, at months, and certainly a year ago, because more than 82% of adults in this country have had their first vaccine. they are widely available. boosters are widely available. schools are open. steps have been taken to put us in a different place to fight any variance. there are a lot of knowledge that has been built upon for the president but also our medical team and we are using that to apply that as we take steps to fight this new variant. reporter: would it help if boosters were made more widely available to americans?
sec. psaki: that is a difficult thing for me to assess as a nonmedical expert, so i would point to them for that question. reporter: the president said earlier that south africa doesn't need anymore vaccines, has south africa ever turned down vaccines from the united states? sec. psaki: they have not requested additional vaccines. reporter: have they turned down vaccines offered to them? sec. psaki: we have sent close to 8 million doses to south africa, 13 billion to southern africa, over 93 million to africa, and 275 million to the world. this is not meant to be a criticism ,it is meant to give people understanding of what the challenges are in a lot of countries. it is about ensuring there is operational capacity, which is not meant to be a criticism of any leaders in government. but it is challenging to have public health officials in all communities of every country available. also, there are hesitancy issues in not just the u.s., but many
parts of the world. it is about having not just the vaccines but also the apparatus, the capability, and also addressing vaccine hesitancy, which is something we have worked hard to address in this country. reporter: you know when south africa had turned down vaccines from the united states? sec. psaki: i don't have any additional details beyond that. i would just note that we are prepared to provide them with additional doses when they're prepared to receive them. thank you. reporter: just to follow up on caitlin's question, you outlined some of the problems that countries face in vaccinating their own citizens. does usaid or any other us government agency plan to help with some of those capacity issues whether on the operations side, or just in the hesitancy side? is there any effort to go beyond just sharing vaccines but actually help with getting shots in arms? sec. psaki: yes, absolutely. there is a lot usaid is doing to date and we will continue to build on that. usaid has provided over 267 million dollars of covid-19 supplemental support to south africa, southern african countries, to deliver and distribute the vaccines, reduce coronavirus transmission through infection prevention and
control, provide key public health information, improve diagnostics and surveillance, train health workers, strengthen case management capacity, deliver emergency food and critical humanitarian supplies and services, and respond to some of the social and economic effects of the pandemic. and that is responsive to the fact that not just now, we have long known that there are challenges beyond having vaccine doses, and if we are going to be the world leader in fighting the pandemic, it is not just about doses, it is about additional capacity as well. included in that 200 70 million, 12 million to south africa on vaccinations cologne, and usaid's covid-19 vaccine funding has mobilized and trained health care workers, established and equipped vaccination sites, supported vaccine service delivery in rural areas and supported a national campaign to
promote vaccine acceptance. we will continue to build on that, not just usaid, it is across government, including nih and cdc, as we work to partner with and work with a range of countries to get the pandemic under control. reporter: i know you said that president biden himself, his travel will not the restricted. that in terms of events the white house is hosting this holiday season -- the christmas party, hanukkah party, are there any plans to restrict size or gathering, capacity issues with this new variant? sec. psaki: i know that the first lady's office put out some information this morning including the theme of the holiday season. and there will be more details on holiday parties. but they are not restrictions that have been announced to date by our health and medical experts. so that has not impacted or changed our approach. reporter: one more, the fundraiser late last night, senator gillibrand said democrats are terrible at messaging. it is just a fact. representative susan wilde said that one of her constituents firmly believes the extra money in their bank account from the
child tax credit is thanks to the former president. do you agree with senator gillibrand's assessment? how do you plan to address some of the challenges the party has faced in selling its agenda? sec. psaki: i would say in my experience, working in communications, it is challenging to sell something before it exists. now we have a package that the president is out there selling, including a trip to minnesota tomorrow, a couple of trips he already took, and our message is very clear and coordinated and united across democratic party. now is the time to do that, which is that the president's democratic agenda is going to lower costs for people and give them some more breathing room. that contradicts what we're seeing from the other side, which is not a lot of ideas in the cupboard. i think you will see people out there -- we now have a package to sell. we are working to get build back better across the finish line and the president will be out there selling it. i will stop there. go ahead.
reporter: is the economic team have any projections for what the new variant might do for growth, for inflation, for the job market? sec. psaki: not quite yet, that i am aware of. it is something obviously that we will continue to assess. but at this point in time there has not been additional restrictions beyond travel put in place. as it relates to cdc guidance. so i don't have any new projections from our academic team. reporter: the holiday spending figures, if those hold, and the entire holiday shopping season is higher than it was last year by a lot, does the president expect that supply chains will be able to handle that, and are you bracing people for shortages, higher prices, etc? sec. psaki: i think what you will hear from the president when he meets with these ceo's shortly and hear from these ceo's, many of whom we have been in touch with privately, many of whom have been outspoken publicly, is that they have plans in place. the leaders of these companies
and retailers, to ensure that shelves are stocked, that people can go buy goods they want can go and buy presents. and they can do that online, as well. that is the message we're consistently hearing from them privately even as we're seeing projected increases or record in some cases, sales. go ahead. reporter: i have a question about the vaccination mandate for federal workers. american federation of government employees praised the administration for announcing today that no unvaccinated worker will be suspended or dismissed until after the holiday season. why did obm make that decision? sec. psaki: that is an inaccurate statement which i believe they are fixing or putting an update on. the deadline was last week, november 22. we already have 96 .5% compliance across a diverse workforce that is the largest in the united states. i can't assess exactly what led to any confusion.
what o.m.b. put out in the public statement this morning conveying that counseling would be our first step, that has long been our approach. and our policy from the u.s. government. it is inaccurate to suggest or any reporting that we have delayed anything or changed the deadline. reporter: how many workers have requested religious exemptions and how many have received them? should that information be publicly available for each agency? sec. psaki: we did release the percentage of people who were vaccinated, which i believe was 92%, and then 96 .5% compliance across the federal government as well as agency to agency numbers. we know what the exemptions are, there are different types. some are religious.
agency by agency, i would encourage you to ask the agencies for additional data. reporter: we have been asking the v.a. for weeks. they headed earlier deadline to be vaccinated. they did not respond to requests of how many employees got exemptions. sec. psaki: again, we put out quite a bit of transparent data that included what percentage of people received exemptions based on just subtraction as well as what percentage of people were vaccinated. i can see if there's any additional data will provide. reporter: you had said there would be a covid briefing in the coming days. will we see more press briefings from the president's covid response team? sec. psaki: i believe that i think they're going to have one tomorrow or wednesday. and we'll see if there is another one planned this week. reporter: the president's advisors have said we heard this
from the president, that it would take two weeks to get a full picture of the new variant. two weeks before the holidays. should americans at this point feel okay going forward with their christmas plans if that information is still two weeks away? sec. psaki: nothing has changed on our guidance. what we are trying to do is be as clear and transparent and direct as possible. including the fact that there are unknowns here and we are working to get to the bottom of them. what any american can do who's planning on traveling or thinking about traveling is ensure they are vaccinated ensure they get the booster if , they're not yet boosted wear a mask, take all the precautions. what we rely on and abide by is the guidance and their guidance has not changed. go ahead. reporter: the president was pretty clear that he is not interested in lockdowns. is the white house and the administration encouraging some of these cities including
washington, d.c. to rethink decisions to lift the mask mandates that they have? sec. psaki: again, we rely on the guidance and the recommendations by our public health officials, including the cdc washington, d.c. based their recommendations on what the percentage of cases were in washington, d.c. as other communities across the country. we continue to recommend that any cities and localities follow cdc guidance. if they are going to change that, i can't make a prediction of that. we have continued to advice any locality to follow that. reporter: would the government to reassess that? sec. psaki: again, we rely on what public officials would advice based on the new variant, which we are currently assessing. . but there isn't guidance that they have changed at this time. reporter: any deliverables you can share more about the president's remarks later today on the supply chain? sec. psaki: he is going to be providing an up date in advance
of meeting with ceo's about the work that's been underway for some time now to address the holdups in the supply chain, something we have made a great deal of progress on, and to report to the american people, sitting with a number of ceo's through private conversations and what they have said publicly, that people can be assured they are going to be toys on the shelves food in your , grocery stores. that is something these retailers have been working on, we've been working closely with them on, but i expect that's what you will hear from him shortly. reporter: is the administration think that moderna in particular has a role to play here with fighting the new variant and should it share its ip with south africa? sec. psaki: we have first in the past -- we have pressed in the past for any from simple company to be a productive player in the
efforts to fight the pandemic. just to be clear, we cannot compel or force anyone to share their intellectual property data, that is not something written into these contracts, which obviously were done prior to the president taking office, but, our broadview, the president's broad view is that we all have a role to play, government and pharmaceutical companies, in fighting the virus. we have not only provided doses, the president supports the ip waiver, something that ambassador tai is in the lead on . we are continuing to provide know-how and support in a range of ways from the federal government. reporter: two questions. one covid-related, or one on another topic. today a federal court issued an injunction causing the enforcement of the vaccine requirement for health care workers in 10 states. -- causing the enforcement of -- pausing the enforcement of
the vaccine requirement for health care workers in 10 states. what's the reaction to that ruling and how does a ruling like this affect the country's ability to prepare for the new variant? sec. psaki: we are officially going to abide by the law and fight any efforts to prevent local authorities, officials, leaders in the health-care care industry and other industries from protecting their workforces. individual companies and health care leaders and others can put in place requirements in order to protect their workforce. that is something a number of companies and health care providers across the country have done and done successfully. so we continue to encourage leaders to take steps to protect their workforce, to provide efficiency and security, health security for these workforces. reporter: kevin strickland was released from prison after 42 years behind bars for a wrongful , conviction. it's one of the longest wrongful convictions, incarceration periods in the u.s., but it's uncertain whether he's going to get any compensation from the state. does the president think that
mr. strickland deserves compensation after 42 years behind bars? sec. psaki: obviously, the case of mr. strickland is something that we all watched closely. i don't have any further comment from the u.s. government on discussions with the state. i will see if there's anything more we can add. reporter: on the common summit for democracy, how is the president planning to approach the leaders and how or what are his specific actions or commitments to the leaders? and if you can give us more details on the summit? sec. psaki: sure. so the summit for democracy is coming up on december 9th through 10th. it will convene a group of governmental and nongovernmental leaders to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal around the world. it will bring together 110 governments representing diverse democratic experiences around the world. as well as civil society and private sector leaders. this is an opportunity for leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities
facing democratic governments and how democracies can deliver for their citizens. based on the summit pillars of strengthening democracy, defending against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting respect for human rights. the summit will feature remarks from president biden and other senior u.s. government officials , plenary sessions with heads of state, and thematic sessions with governmental and nongovernmental leaders. i'm sure we will have more to convey as we get a little bit closer later this week but this is something the president committed to and he's delivering on. reporter: what is the president's response to andy slavitt who, of course, was a covid advisor here in the white house just a few months ago, saying that it would be better to provide mass shipments of the vaccine, hundreds of millions of vaccines, southern africa, rather than having travel bans? sec. psaki: well we are far and , i would say, away the world's largest provider of vaccine doses, vaccine know-how, vaccine
support, as i noted, including to southern africa, of any country in the world. and the president on the advice of his health and medical team, put in place these restrictions because he is going to err on the side of protecting the american people. and even though our expectation is it will slow, not prevent, the movement of this new variant , that will give us time to get more people vaccinated and boosted in the united states and ensure we learn more about this variant. so we are going to do both. reporter: you said a few moments ago, there are hundreds of cases in africa and only a few, or not as many in europe. can you talk about the science behind that? is that what the president's scientists are telling him that because there are hundreds, thousands of cases, in africa, and not as many in europe, that is the science behind why a travel ban needs to be in place. because i am just trying to understand why, if one person
let's say, in germany or , somewhere else gets on a plane and comes to the united states, isn't that person just as likely to have the variant end up in the united states? can you just talk a little bit more about the science behind the reasoning there? sec. psaki: sure. i think the larger point yamiche, is that it is a much , larger spread in south africa than it is at this point in europe and other countries. we will continue to assess if there are additional restrictions to be put in place. but again, this is not about punishing anyone. this is about protecting the american people, so when there are thousands of people or hundreds of thousands of people who have been tracked for a variant in a particular country and a much larger number than another country, obviously the health and medical advisers assessed that it would be helpful in protecting the american people to restrict travel from those countries where there is wider spread. reporter: -- it is fair to say? sec. psaki: the president made
the travel restrictions in place on the pure basis of recommendation of his health and medical advisors. reporter: can you talk a bit about the nuclear talks that reportedly president biden wants to have with china? there are reports he wants to sit down and talk about that. is there any sort of goal there , an arms deal or anything like that on the president's vine nuclear talks? sec. psaki: i am not sure what you are referencing. he just spoke with president xi recently and had a summit with him. there is follow-up to that at a higher level with our national security team. i can see if there's anything more that would be at his level, but nothing that i am aware of. thanks, everyone. [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] ♪ >> cyber monday.
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