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with our free video app c-span now. >> now available in the c-span shop, go there to order a copy of the congressional directory. this spiral-bound book is your guide to the federal government with -- contact information for state governors and the biden administration cabinet. scanned the code with your smartphone. she officially announced president biden and the first lady will be traveling to buffalo, new york following a mass shooting at a supermarket that left 10 people date -- dead. he will continue to call on congress to address gun violence.
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good afternoon everybody. ok. let's get >> hello. i know that was a long 2 minutes. i apologize. let's get started. before we start the briefing, i want to take a moment to recognize the lives lost and forever changed in buffalo.
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former buffalo police lieutenant erin salter, 55 is a hero. a security guard who engaged the suspect to save lives and was killed in the process. ruth whitfield, 86, was mother of buffalo's retired fire commisioner, garnel w. whitfield. groceries. katherine massey, 72, was a well-known community figure who wrote for her local newspapers, assisted in elections, and dressed up in costume as mr. broccoli. to teach local schoolchildren to eat right. pearl young, 77, was a substitute teacher and a true pillar in the community who volunteered at a church, food pantry every saturday. heyward patterson, 68, a driver and church volunteer. heyward worked as a driver who
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gave rides to residents to and from the grocery store and would help with their groceries when he was killed. celestine chaney. she had been visiting her sister and they went to the supermarket because she wanted to get strawberries to make shortcakes which she loved. she survived cancer, a grandmother, was a regular churchgogher. robert drury, 32, a resident of the syracuse area. she was at the supermarket to get food for dinner while visiting in town with her brother. she made whole rooms smile and laugh. her sister said. geraldine talley, 62, was doing her regular grocery shopping with her fiance when she was shot and killed. according to her niece, she was
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the person who always put our family reunion together and mother of two beautiful children. andre mackneil. she was getting a birthday cake for her son when she was hilled. her cousin said he used to check on everyone. margus morrison. he was a father of three and resident of buffalo. we recognize their lives today and those lost affected by gun violence this weekend in houston, in southern california, milwaukee, and communities across the country. and we honor the bravery of those in law enforcement who responded quickly and with professionalism in buffalo and who risked their lives every day to protect and serve their communities. tomorrow, as you all know, the president and the first lady will travel to buffalo to meet with families of the victims,
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first responders, and community leaders. they will comfort the families of the 10 people whose lives were senselessly taken in this horrific shooting. and they will express gratitude for the bravery of the members of law enforcement and other first responders who took immediate action to try to protect and save lives. couple more toppers for you here. items for the top. in just under an hour, the president will host prime minister of greece and a senior delegation, including their minister for foreign affairs, minister of national defense for a bilateral meeting. the two leaders will discuss the u.s.-greece bilateral relationship, which both our government agreed is at a historical high point. the president and the prime minister will discuss our defense partnership, efforts to bolster energy, security while also combating climate change. our shared commitment to democratic values and efforts to
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provide ukraine with the support it needs to defend itself. the two leaders will also discuss ways to further expand the bilateral trade relationship and u.s. investment in greece where several u.s. tech and renewable energy companies have made significant investments. the president and first lady, jill biden, will then host the prime minister and his wife for a reception honoring the conclusion of the greece bicentennial year on march 25. also today, the administration announced an action plan to ease the burden of housing costs, taking a series of actions to address one of the largest items in a typical family's budget and one of the largest drivers of inflation in our economy. as president, biden has said tackling inflation is his top economic priority. the best thing we can do to ease the burden of housing cost is to boost the supply of quality housing, including building more new homes and preserving existing federal support and
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market rate affordable housing. today's action plan includes legislative and administrative actions that will help close america's housing supply shortfalls in five years, starting with the creation of preservation of hundreds of thousands of affordable housing units in the next three years. this is the most comprehensive all of government effort to close the housing supply shortfall in history. when aligned with other policies the president has proposed to reduce housing costs and ensure affordability such as rental assistance and down payment assistance, closing the gap will mean more affordable rent and more attainable homeownership for americans in every community. also today, we have a lot -- we have a lot. today marks six months since president biden signed the bipartisan infrastructure law. since then, the team has hit the ground running to deliver results for communities across the country. in six months, the bipartisan
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infrastructure law has already begun helping fight climate change, advancing environmental justice, boosting domestic manufacturing, strengthening critical links in our supply chain, and lowering costs for working families. to date, the biden-harris administration announced over $110 billion to rebuild roads and bridges, modernize ports and airports, replace lead pipes to deliver clean water and high -- and expand high-speed internet. this includes funding for over 4,300 specific projects, touching over 3,200 communities across all 50 states including d.c. and puerto rico as well. 53 states and territories have appointed state infrastructure coordinators, responding to the call from infrastructure coordinator landrieu to appoint an individual to coordinate efforts in a state -- in a state along with serving as a single point of contact for the white house infrastructure implementation team. the president, vice president,
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and cabinet have traveled on more than 125 trips to over 40 states as well as d.c. and puerto rico to demonstrate how the president is delivering on this once-in-a-generation opportunity. the last thing i promise -- and i will go to your questions, but before i do that, i just want to say a few words about how honored i am to be here with all of you today in this role, in this room standing behind this podium. i am obviously acutely aware that my presence at this podium represents a few firsts. i am a black, gay immigrant woman. the first of all three of those to hold this position. i would not be here today if it were not for generations of barriers -- barrier breaking people before me. i stand on their shoulders. if it were not for generations of barrier breaking people before me, i would not be here.
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but i benefit from their sacrifices. i have learned from their excellence, and i am forever grateful to them. representation does matter. you hear us say this often in this administration. and no one understands this better than president biden. which is why his administration is not only the most diverse in history, it is filled with barrier breaking women and men from the vice president to the cabinet secretaries to his supreme court nominee to senior staff throughout this administration. when i did my first briefing as principal deputy press secretary last year, almost a year ago, i said at this podium that this podium, this room, this building belong to the american people. we work for them. it's not about me. it's about them. it was true then and it is very true, indeed, today. on jen's first briefing, she
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made clear that the president and her priority was to bring truth and transparency back to this briefing room. jen did a great job at that. i will work every day to continue to ensure we are meeting the president's high expectation of truth, honesty, and transparency. i also have tremendous respect for the work that you all do. which i know is not easy. the press plays a vital role in our democracy, and we need a strong and independent press now more than ever. we might not see eye to eye here in this room all the time, which is ok. that give and take is so incredibly healthy and it's a part of our democracy. and i look forward to engaging with all of you on that. with that, please kick us off. reporter: thank you and congratulations. in this vain, i just want to ask you, do you view your primary
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role here as speaking for both the president and promoting his interests or do you commit to the unvarnished truth to the american people, they know what they're government is doing? karine: i think it's hand in hand. i don't think there's any separation to that. as i said at the end of my opening here, the president believes in truth and transparency. that's what he expects from us. clearly, we're here to talk about his platform and what he is doing to deliver for the american people. but he wants to make sure we're doing this in a transparent way and a truthful way and an honest way. reporter: [indiscernible] hoping you'd like to take -- [indiscernible] karine: yes, absolutely. reporter: and this attack in buffalo, the shooter professed an ideology, the hateful rhetoric of the charlottesville white supremacist -- that
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motivated the president to run for the office back then. what more does the president believes he has to do, the country has to do to combat that sort of hate? karine: let me say, we still need to learn more about the motivation for the shooting as law enforcement does their work. but we don't -- we don't need anything else to state a clear moral truth, right, which is a racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. hate must not have a safe harbor. this is something that the president says very often. especially in these horrific incidents that we've seen time and time again. we must do everything in our power to end hate-filled domestic terrorism and we must reject hate red and extreme -- hatred extremism ideology whenever we find it in our society. it is antithetical to who we are as a country and fuels -- it
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fuels violence as well. reporter: congratulations, also. in that vain, there's polling that shows one in three americans believe in some element of replacement theory. you have spoke in broad strokes there. are there spefls this administration -- specifics this administration is willing to take from stopping this further thinking out of the fringe and into the mainstream? karine: so we're going to continue to call this out. as we have talked about many times. the president, every chance he's had, when we've seen a violent attack like this that is as we say with hatred and racially motivated. he calls it what it is. so one thing i do want to touch on is domestic terrorism a little bit. which kind of hopefully touches on your question. you know, we have been working to implement the governmentwide national strategy to counter domestic terrorism, which
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president biden directed his national security team to devolve on his first full day in office. recognizing that has evolved into the most urgent terrorism threat the united states faces today. that work includes improving information sharing throughout federal, state, and local law enforcement on domestic terrorism, threat, and analysis, adding resources to prevent domestic terrorism recruitment and mobilization to violence, including online by increasing information sharing with the technology sector, increasing our support for federal, state and local law enforcement in addressing domestic terrorism nationwide. confronting long-term contributors to domestic terrorism. and rooting out hate and bigotry. this weekend's terrible events in buffalo are just another vivid reminder of the urgency of that work and continuing to move towards that. reporter: on this notion that immigrants and others are -- are
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somehow taking over and pushing white people out of the position of authority in this country, which is the heart of so much of the terror that's seen online, does the white house believe these are being amplified by tucker carlson? karine: look, we're still figuring out the motivation of all of this. and we are very clear. look, you know, as you all know, watching what happened in charlottesville was a major factor in the president deciding to run, right, and back in 2017. you know, many of those dark voices still -- forces still exist today and the president is determined, as he was back then and he's determined today to make sure that we fight back against those forces of hate and evil and violence. so that's what we're going to keep doing. that's what we're going to continue to call out. we reject hatred and extremism ideology. karine: are there elected officials that this
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administration views as threatening in this way? karine: what we're going to continue to do -- anyone, any one person, right, doesn't matter who they are, who spews this type of hate, hatred, we're going to -- we're going to call out. we're going to condemn that. i am not going to speak or call out any individual names. i'm saying this is something that we need to call out. and so this is what the president has been doing and will continue to do that. you saw him say that in his statement over the weekend. and that's -- now he's going to go to buffalo and visit with the victims that were -- that were affected by this violence that we saw on saturday. go ahead. reporter: thanks, karine. congratulations. karine: thank you. reporter: president putin said today russia has no objections to finland or sweden going to nato. can you give us an update on
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what efforts to help bridge the gap between turkey and finland? karine: on the turkey part, i'll take that first. i know that there was a question about how they were feeling or what the turkey government -- turkish government said about finland and sweden. the secretary spoke to this, again, as i said yesterday, during his press conference in berlin in meeting with his counterparts in nato. he said they're confident they'll reach consensus should they decide to apply. that's what secretary blinken said yesterday. i cannot speak for the kremlin. you know, this is -- we believe -- we believe in nato's open doors policies. that's what we believe. and so we welcome the recent statements from governments of finland and sweden on their intention to seek nato
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membership. we will strongly support these applications when they are formally presented in brussels. both finland and sweden are close and valued defense partners of the united states and of nato. reporter: when and why did the president decide to have additional troops -- [indiscernible] karine: yeah. i know that was just announced, i believe today, earlier today. so the president has approved the request from the secretary of defense to re-establish a persistent u.s. military presence in somalia to enable a more effective fight against al shabaab which has increased in strength and poses a heightened threat. this is a repositioning of forces, already, in theater who have traveled in and out of somalia on an episodic basis since the previous administration made the decision to withdraw. that was back in january, 2021, as you might recall. as we've emphasized throughout his administration, we're
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approaching counterterrorism in a manner tailored to the particular terrorist threats we see emerging from particular countries. today in somalia, we face al qaeda's largest and wealthiest global affiliate and one that holds substantial territorial safe haven. the decision to reintroduce a small but persistent presence was made first and foremost to maximize the safety and effectiveness of our force and enable them to provide better support of our partners. additionally, our partners can benefit from our more consistent support and engagement in addressing the threat posed by al shabaab by having a small but persistent u.s. military presence and while there is risk, it is manageable. that's the way that we are seeing this approach. d.o.d. is working to elevate local conditions, including those following the somalia presidential election yesterday and is engaging partners in the region, including the somali
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government to determine the best way forward. reporter: two questions. one, there are some elected officials and media figures who are publicly spouting racist, xenophobic views that may help spread white nationalism. you said you don't want to call out any names. why don't you want to do that? is that from the president himself? karine: no. it doesn't matter who it is. if a person espouses hatred, we need to call that out. i am not going to get into a back and forth on names and who said what. we're just saying, if someone does that, if there's an individual that is espousing hate, xenophobia, has white supremacy type of extremism, we need to call that out. and this president has done that. he's done that at every -- at every unfortunate -- every
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unfortunate violent event that we have seen. as we know, charlottesville, as i just mentioned, was the reason that he decided to jump into this election back in 2020. reporter: can you explain to people who are watching -- karine: for folks who are watching, the president is getting ready to have -- [indiscernible] no, no. it's ok. you know, that would be a great -- that would be a great first day. one for the books. if the press gets up and walks away. sorta. yeah. the president is much more important than i am, for sure. reporter: [indiscernible] will be rewarded, for sure. karine: you guys all deserve rewards, how about that. go ahead, nancy. i'm so sorry, m.j. go ahead.
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reporter: my colleague asked the administration on baby formula shortage if we had been better mind readers i guess we could have. this doesn't seem like the situation that would have required mind reading. as you know the recall dates back to february. i believe "politico" reported months ago the f.d.a. was first warned about the suspected bacteria issue as early as september. are there any specific actions that this administration took meeting phone calls, briefings or any earlier to begin addressing this potential shortage? karine: i mean, you heard us talk about this. you have seen my colleagues on your networks talking about what we have done since, you know, since february. we've been working on this 24/7. but i do want to give you a little bit of an update of where we are. so getting more safe and fit formula onto shelves across the country is one of the president's top priorities. this is something he's focusing on very acutely and, again, i
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said 24/7 we have been working on this since we have -- since we learned about this back in february. it's important to remember the shortage exists because abbott closed the facility -- closed a facility because of safety concerns from the f.d.a. the f.d.a. is working closely with abbott to bring the facility back online safely. that's the key here, safely. we want to make sure this is done in a safe way. we're very -- we are very close to having a path forward to safely reopening the facility. you can expect an announcement from f.d.a. later today on that that will go into more details. we're also moving as quickly as possible to safely bring in additional product from other countries as soon as today as well. we will be able to make an announcement on the expedited process to bring additional safe product to the american store shelves and throughout the weekend, we've been working closely with manufacturers and
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retailers to identify transportation and logistical needs to increase the amount and spread of f.d.a.-approved formula being shipped into the country and ensure that formula is quickly moving from factories to retailers. the president understands. he gets this. he gets how stressful it is for parents trying to feed their children, which is why we're leaving no stone unturned to make more safe formula available. help finding formula, i encourage them to consult their pediatrician or visit but we have been working on this from february. our administration has been. reporter: curious whether there are specific meetings, briefings, you know, phone calls you can point us to. karine: i don't have anything specific to point to. i'm happy to go back and get that. make sure that we are fully transparent on what we've been doing. this has been -- this is an important, you know -- this is
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an important priority, top priority for the president. his team has been working overtime to make sure that we get formula back on the shelves and we want to do this in a same way. -- safe way. again, we can't forget how we got here. abbott closed the facility because of safety concerns from the f.d.a. the f.d.a. wanted to make sure that formula was going out in a safe way. and that is the job of the f.d.a. and that is the job of this administration as well. reporter: just very quickly on abbott. secretary becerra said yesterday in terms of when things would be back to normal but abbott is the one that can tell you the timeline. we don't run their plant. do you know if anyone from the administration is at the plant or visited the plant to see where things stand? karine: i don't know. i can get back to our team and find out more specifically. what i can say, there are a lot of dates floating around out there. at the end of the day, the infant formula market is tight
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because the michigan abbott facility is off-line currently which is what we're trying to do. this is the announcement you'll hear from f.d.a. later today how we're helping them do that. we're taking a range of steps to get more supply onto shelves from domestic and international locations and offering a suit of resources to move supply onto the market. as the secretary said, abbott can speak to an exact timeline for reopening, but f.d.a. is and will be prepared to effectively and quickly certify moving out safe products onto shelves as it is obligated to. and so that is going to be our focus. f.d.a. is going to work closely with abbott and make sure we get them running again. reporter: thanks, karine. congratulations. when you talk about bringing -- importing more products imminently, what is the criteria going to be for which formula can be imported?
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will the administration allow formula that was not produced in f.d.a.-approved factories overseas to be imported? or european brands, for example, that aren't currently sold in the u.s.? karine: so as dr. calif was on various net works today -- networks today, the f.d.a. has said it will release guidance as soon as today on how major formula manufacturers can bring in product that is not currently being produced for the u.s. market, as you're alluding to, nancy, and your question. companies will need to apply with the f.d.a. and the f.d.a. is prepared to review applications quickly and respond rapidly. f.d.a. will prioritize review of applications that are most likely to be successful and will get the most formula to u.s. shelves as quickly as possible. all companies will meet the f.d.a.'s gold standard for quality control and only safe products will come to america's
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shelves as the f.d.a. commissioner said in explaining in detail this morning. at the white house, our role, what we'll be doing, we will have alerted embassies, retailers, and manufacturers to identify potential companies that will make use of the new f.d.a. importation process. once f.d.a. has finalized its rules, we will be ready to provide information to the public on using the new system quickly and safely and bring new supply to the market. reporter: and hear gillibrand said the president should be invoking the defense production act to increase supply for quickly. is the president still considering that? if not why not? karine: we were pretty much before on the d.p.a. we're leaving no stone unturned. and every option is on the table, as we have been saying for the past several days. i have no update on the d.p.a. and where we are. what we are taking action is to make more supply as possible as soon as possible, as you have
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been hearing me say. that's our priority, our main goal. that's happening by increasing imports, as i just laid out, how we'll do that process and working closely with manufacturers to help them quickly ramp up production. so that's going to be our focus. reporter: when you say you're offering these retailers and producers more assistance, what kind of assistance are you talking about? what kind of assistance can the white house and administration provide to get supply to store shelves? karine: we are talking about logistical needs and any technical help. since the president called on thursday to manufacturers and retailers, which we read out, the white house has been in close communication to follow up on those conversations. the white house is having ongoing kwfrgss with the -- conversations with the four major infant formula to work with them to have logistical and supply hurdles to increasing production of formula at their
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u.s. and f.d.a.-approved facilities, to expand the amount and speed of f.d.a.-approved formula being shipped into the country and ensure that formula is quickly moving from manufacturers to retailers. we're in ongoing communication with target and amazon and walmart and other leading retailers for baby formula to identify parts of the country that may be at risk of critically low supply of infant formula and have offered to work with manufacturers and retailers to bring more formula to those parts of the country, including the u.s. government transportation and logistical support. last, we are also contacting suppliers to infant formula manufacturers to inform them their materials are critical for boosting u.s. infant formula production and they should prioritize their production and delivery. essentially in short, we want them to know we're standing
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ready to provide the resources or support needed to move safely to get -- to get this to the shelves as soon as possible. go ahead. reporter: covid cases are up 61% in the last two weeks. hospitalization is up almost 25%. is the white house concerned that the pandemic has not moved on from us? karine: look, dr. shah was here not too long ago, very early in his tenure he stopped by and answered all of your questions. he said this is tricky, right, when it comes to covid. and the thing we have to: and we keep saying from here is that people have to get vaccinated, they have to get boosted. that is the way to really start moving forward from covid and that's been the president's focus to put together a comprehensive strategy to make sure that is happening. and that's why you have seen that success of more than 200 million people who have been
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vaccinated. and so we're going to continue to have that message. again, it's a -- covid is tricky, right? this is a once-in-a-generation pandemic. you know. what we're going to do is do the job of the federal government and make sure that we -- you know, we keep the american public as safe as possible and communicating on what we need to do to move forward. reporter: it was a while ago. the regular covid briefings with the c.d.c. director and other health advisors have fallen off a cliff. what is your view on whether these briefings should be happening? karine: i think they will be happening. i don't have any update on that. dr. shah is asked to come back to the briefing to speak directly to you, to all of you. i'm sure they will be having a briefing pretty soon. i don't have a list in front of me to read out to you. yes, it is important to continue to communicate to the american public and we're going to do
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that. reporter: couple questions on buffalo. we understand that the shooter did purchase his gun legally but he did have a history of mental health issues and was held for an evaluation last year. does the white house believe he should have been prevented from owning a gun because of that history? how do you prevent from doing so in the future? karine: our nation is facing a mental health crisis. it's important to call that. one that's worsened by acts of violence, like the one we saw in buffalo that can traumatize communities, especially communities of color. and anyone seeking support in the wake of shootings like this should contact disaster des tres helpline at 900-985-5900. help is available at 24/7, 365 days of the year for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human caused disaster.
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we're committed to expanding access to mental health for all americans. the american rescue plan made historic investment in mental health and substance use care. in his first state of the union, the president unveiled his vision for transforming mental health in the nation. his comprehensive strategy focuses on building a system that works for everyone by increasing the supply and diversity of the mental health workforce, connecting more people to care by lowering costs and other barriers and creating environments that help prevent mental health problems and support recovery. while we are committed to this work, i want to also underscore that the overwhelming majority of individuals with mental health problems do not commit acts of violence. and so comments that make this about mental health only further stigmatizing mental health issues and detract from the other issues like gun violence that must -- that must be confronted in our society. so just want to make that clear
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we're not stigmatizing. i mean, look, this goes back to making sure that, you know, we have gun reform. right? this goes back to making sure we -- you know, the president is going to continue to call on congress to make sure that happen. and so, you know, when it comes -- i just wanted to make sure when we talk about mental health we talk about in its fullness. like i said, not every -- it's not -- not every individual that has a mental health problem commits acts of violence. i just want to make sure we don't stigmatize it. reporter: will the president support the death penalty for the shooter if he's ultimately convicted? karine: this is being investigated by the department of justice. it's not my place from here, this podium, to go beyond that. reporter: regarding gun violence, does the president plan to use his remarks tomorrow in buffalo to push for gun control, gun reform? will that be a key part what his
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message is tomorrow in buffalo? karine: so the president, you know, is going to go -- he really wanted to go to buffalo. he made sure that he went there before he went to asia. he wants to go there and comfort the people who are -- who went through this violence on saturday. and wanted to offer -- you know, offer some comfort and listen to them, talk to them, see how they're doing. and so that is going to be his priority with the first lady. i don't want to get ahead of what he's going to say. i will let the president speak for himself when he gets there tomorrow. reporter: will he use this moment to call on congress to pass gun reform measures? or is there recognition that's just not something that's possible right now in congress? obviously push for these things here in the past in the first term in congress? karine: he will continue to call for gun reform. that is not going to -- that's
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not going to change. that is something that he has done this past year every time we have heard of this gun violence. you know, our country is facing an epidemic on gun violence that's costing lives every day. we saw that in buffalo as we're talking about an example every day that may not make the news but tear up families and communities. this is a top priority for the president and it's been through -- been throughout his career. i do want to say what we saw in the country this weekend are an urgent reminder how important it is to have confirmed leadership at a.f.t. so i do want to take that moment to say a.f.t. agents are playing a key role in investigating buffalo and they're combating domestic terrorism and crack down on traffickers to keep our streets safe from violent crime. if the senate wants to get their back and they should confirm steve to lead the agency.
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he's a career prosecutor who was confirmed unanimously last time he was before the senate. he was the support of -- he has the support of former federal prosecutors from both parties, including the team that prosecuted the deadly oklahoma city bombing, domestic terrorism case. he has the backing of major law enforcement groups, including one that represents many of the rank and file a.t.f. agents he's going to lead as a.t.f. director. that's something that's really important we make sure we get that done and we're calling on congress to do that. reporter: karine, congratulations. karine: thank you. reporter: the president's twitter account, you want to bring down inflation, let's make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share. how does raising taxes on corporation reduce inflation? karine: so are you talking about a specific tweet? reporter: he tweeted, you want to bring down inflation, let's
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make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share. karine: we have talked about -- we have talked about this this past year about making sure that the wealthiest among us are paying their fair share. and that is important to do. and that is something that, you know, the president has been, you know, working on every day when we talk about inflation and lowering costs. so it's very important that, you know, as we're seeing costs rise, as we're talking about how to, you know, build an america that's safe -- that's equal for everyone and doesn't leave everyone behind, that is an important part of that as well. reporter: but how does raising taxes on corporations lower the cost of gas, the cost of used cars, the cost of food for everyday americans? karine: so i think we encouraged those who have done very well, right, especially those who care about climate change, to support a fair tax code that doesn't charge manufacturers, workers,
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cops, builders a higher percentage of their earnings, that the most fortunate people in our nation and not let that stand in the way of reducing energy costs and fighting this existential problem if you look at that as an example. and support collective bargaining rights as well, that's also important. look, by not -- without having a fairer tax code, which is what i'm talking about, then the manufacturing workers, cops, it's not fair for them to have to pay higher taxes than the folks that -- who are -- who are not paying taxes at all. reporter: what does that have to do with inflation? the president said, you want to bring down inflation, let's make sure the wealthiest corporations pay their fair share. jeff bez oes came out and said the newly created disinformation board should review this tweet. karine: it's no surprise that one of the wealthiest individuals on the earth opposes an economic agenda that is for the middle class, that cuts some
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of the biggest cost, fights inflation for the long haul. that's what we're talking about lowering inflation here. and adds to the historic deficit reduction the president is achieving by asking the richest taxpayers and corporations to pay their fair share. that's what we're talking about. reporter: on the trip tomorrow, how come the president is visiting a buffalo but couldn't visit with a kesha -- waukesha? karine: he's able to go tomorrow to buffalo before the trip. that is something that's important for him to do. he's visited other communities. buffalo is not the first community, sadly, that he has to go up to. that's not the first one. he's been to many others. reporter: you outlined some steps the administration taken
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related to the baby formula. do you have any sense of the timeline the f.d.a. is considering, obviously, for parents, this is an hour by hour, day-by-day concern. is the president expressing any worry about how quickly this can be resolved since parents are dealing with this? karine: this is something that's incredibly important for the president. we want this to happen as soon as possible, as quickly as possible. that's why we're working with manufacturers and retailers, as i laid out. that's why f.d.a. is working with abbott to open up that facility so we want to get this done as quickly as possible. that's why we've been working 24/7 to make that happen. reporter: do you have a sense of the timeline? does that mean production will be up and running in a matter of days? karine: i don't have a timeline on that. i know, again, we want to make
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this happen quickly. f.d.a., again, is going to be working with the abbott facility. they'll have an announcement later on how that's going to happen. they're going to work closely with them to make sure we do it as quickly as possible. we know how urgent and important this is to parents who need to make sure they have safe formula for their babies and infants. >> in the back. karine: go ahead. reporter: karine, two questions. does this president see any link of the white supremacist theory, like the replacement theory, and what -- ultra-maga, extreme republican politics [indiscernible] karine: look. i think what the president believes and has done is call it out. i think this is not about politics. this is about people's lives. what we saw on saturday and many times. you think about el paso in
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texas. you think about the tree of life in pittsburgh. you think about the pulse nightclub in in florida. the mother emanuel in south carolina. these are events that are very -- that have been led by some dark forces that still exists today. and so it is important to call that out. we understand that there is still a lot of work to do. and so that is -- when you talk about people's lives in this way, it's not about politics. it's about making sure we're doing everything that we can, you know, to uproot this evil that we're seeing. this hatred that we're seeing. and so that's what the president's going to continue to do, to make sure we're working -- we're working towards that. reporter: when he talks about [indiscernible] can you include that in the bundle that is ultra-maga? karine: these are people taken in a very violent way, in be a abhorrent way. the focus of the president is to make sure that, you know, we
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call this out, we call out white supremacy, we call out hatred. as i said before, this is still being investigated. this is still being looked at. but the moralness, right, the moral center of this should be called out. and that's going to be the focus. that's what you're going to see the president do tomorrow. he's going to meet with the victims. he's going to have conversations. he's going to offer them comfort. he's going to listen to them and hear what is it that they want to share with him. and he's going to continue to work with congress and call on congress to call -- to work on gun reform which is really important here as well. reporter: i have a second question. very quick one, i promise. are there any updates on whether cuba, nicaragua with a, venezuela, will be invited to the summit? karine: so i don't have any update for you on that on invitations on when we'll announce invitations or who's invited. as soon as we have that, we'll promise to share. ok.
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go ahead. reporter: congratulations. karine: thank you. reporter: to questions on internal policy review that have actually fallen out of the headlines. the first is on the investigation of the border patrol agent that -- september of last year -- del rio arrival of dozens of haitian migrants. it's been eight months at this point and we don't have a conclusion of that review. the president has demanded accountability. secretary mayorkas said there would be a conclusion to that review. so why is it taking so long? is there any urgency given the fact the administration is now preparing for the arrival of potentially a surge of migrants?
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karine: no, it's a very good question. i don't have an update on that. the department of homeland security, that's where you mentioned secretary mayorkas, that's where that review sits. as soon as we have an update, i promise to share that. they will share that. that would not come from here. i just don't have an update. but i understand the question. reporter: the second review that hasn't -- hasn't been concluded, it appears. the administration said that after the terrorist attack in fort worth at a synagogue, they were going to review how an individual, british-born citizen who has been on a watch list two years prior somehow was able to enter the united states. and they were going to look at lessons learned. you mentioned how there are increased threats of foreign-born terrorists as well as domestic-born terrorists.
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where is that review? what lessons have been learned? karine: well, i don't have an update on that. i will have to check in with our team to see if we have something to share on that particular review. and so i'll do that. i'll check in with the team. you should reach out to us afterwards and see what we can do. reporter: two on the economy. china's industrial output and consumer spending came at the worst levels since the pandemic began. are you worried this will cause a global recession? karine: can you say that again? what came back? reporter: china's industrial output. it has an effect on the world economy. came in at the worst levels since the pandemic began. are you worried about a global recession? karine: you know, i -- one thing i can tell you is that i know that there's always a question about the economic strategy around china. i can give you that update. i have not seen that specific
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data that you're speaking of. but the united states has strong economic trade ties in the indo-pacific. we agree, it's important for us to step economically in the region and to do it fast. we need a new model of economic engagement and trade as we talk about that region specifically. the past couple of years have highlighted a real gap like vulnerable supply chains, tax havens, lack of innovation and creativity holding us back. the old model did nothing to address these issues that underpin our growth and we'll define the -- will define the coming decades in our ability to deliver for our people. that's why we're working intensely on developing an independent e-pacific -- indo-pacific economic framework. we've gotten a lot of interests from countries in the region. we also spent months engaging congress and labor. so as it relates to our economic framework, it's going to focus on building agreements with
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indo-pacific partners and one developing a modern digital economy, including opening the door for small and medium businesses. reducing -- two, reducing supply chain vulnerabilities and diversifying the supply chain that will create good jobs for people at home and in the indo-pacific. three, treating climate change, like the economy issue it is by investing together in the green economy. and also building a fairer economy with tax and anti-corruption practices that level the playing field, not just for workers but businesses, too. that's our economic strategy in the region. that particular data i have not seen yet. i need to check in with our team. reporter: the dollar is very strongly right now. all indications is that it's damaging the domestic and global economy. i'm wondering if you share that view and if it's time for the biden administration to address this? karine: again, i will have to check with our team.
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i have not seen that report but i'll check in with our team on that. reporter: quickly, the follow-up on the economic strategy in the indo-pacific. is the president expected to lay that out on his trip there? karine: i don't have anything new to share or preview for you on his trip. as you know, jake is going to be here. jake sullivan, national security advisor, the president's national security advisor will be here on wednesday and talk more and give a little bit more in depth on what's happening, on what we're going to be doing, the messaging and goals in asia. we'll also have calls, as you know. we tend to do the background calls leading up to the trip. those background calls will give you information on the goals and what we're delivering. i don't have anything specific on that. reporter: does the white house have a response to the indian move over the weekend to block wheat exports? karine: i don't have an update. i don't have anything for you on that. reporter: karine, on the -- several groups are calling for a
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forum, a summit on hate crimes. is that something you all are considering? karine: yeah, we heard of this, of the summit. i don't have anything for you to preview or to confirm on if we're going to have that summit here at the white house. clearly, we're constantly talking to organizations and leaders in the communities and having constant dialogue. but i just don't have anything new on that. reporter: this morning the supreme court ruled against a man who immigrated from india. he -- they ruled he was deported because he checked the wrong box on his driver's license application. is that something the biden administration might try and intervene on? what do you think of that decision? karine: my guess it's going to be -- that would be a department of justice for it to decide, not for us to decide on. so i'd refer you to the d.o.j. reporter: thank you. and congratulations. i was hoping you could offer a
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little more of an explanation on smug you said earlier -- something you said earlier where you said you don't want to call out by name individuals who have racist theories that may be viewed as violence. why not? particularly individuals that have very large platforms and who carry a lot of influence. this would be the number three republican in the house and the host of the number one show on television. karine: look, what we saw saturday was horrifying. what we need to do is make sure we send a clear message that hate must not have a safe harbor and we must do everything in our power to end hate-filled -- and those that seek to divide americans wherever we find it in society. it's antithetical as to who we are as a country. it doesn't matter who it is.
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this -- this is something like morally -- the moral truth of this is that, you know, it is a racially motivated hate crime and it's abhorrent. so that's what we need to call out. it doesn't matter who that is. and that's what we're trying to make clear here. we're not getting into politics here about this. we want to make sure we're calling out what we're seeing. these are people's lives. at the top of this at the briefing i talked about 10 people, 10 people who are doing what many of us might be doing on a saturday is going shopping. you know, i know i go to the supermarket with my 7-year-old very often. if it's not on a saturday it's on a sunday before the week starts to get the needs -- to get what we need for the week. i mean, this is what happened to everyday people, from 20 years old to 86 years old. that's what we saw on saturday. and so we need to call out -- call that out and do everything that we can to really deal with
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this issue. and we know we have a lot of work to do. reporter: it matters to some, right? it does matter to some people who it is that is calling it out. when you don't call -- when you don't call out the individual, they feel as if you're backing away from the issue. karine: no. we are not backing -- how are we backing away from the issue? here's the thing, we're calling out what is happening. we're going to the heart of the issue, the hatred of the issue. why -- i guess my point is, you know -- this is a president who decided to run because of what he saw in charlottesville, right? and he talked about the soul of the nation. and it was something that propelled him to jump into the 2020 primary. because of what this showed because it was, again, against who we are as a country as he believed it to be. and so, you know, it is something that is important to
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remember, and this is a president that calls it out every time we see these horrific violence. and it's not about -- once you get into calling out people's names, then you move away from that issue, right? you move away from that issue. so that's why i'm not going to do that from here. i'm going to focus on, as i did when i started, the 10 lives that were murdered, everyday people doing everyday things and that is why the president is going to buffalo tomorrow. go ahead. reporter: karine, first of all, congratulations. two polar opposite questions. one -- i know, i know. [laughter] karine: oh, boy. reporter: one on the issue from saturday. i want to take something else. the president ran on the issue of the soul of this nation, charlottesville. he speaks now of equity and inclusion.
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he's strengthened civil rights in the d.o.j. strengthened civil rights in other departments in this white house. but where are the teeth when it comes to changing the hate that has been plaguing this nation since the inception of this nation? where is the teeth from the president people are speak approximating on the -- speaking on the summit issue. what bill clinton did, having the race initiative, we want people from all walks of life together to discuss race. is the president looking at that? i have another question -- karine: oh, ok. stop. you know, this is a president that has been very clear about race in this country. when he walked in, he talked about the multiple crises that were facing us as a country. he talked about covid, the economy, climate, and where we
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are with race. and he's called it a crisis. and he made it a point in his administration what he can do on the federal level to really deal with that in a way that we've not seen before. you know, one of the first things that he signed when he walked into this presidency is an executive order to make sure there's fairness, equality, and representation in the federal government, in federal agencies. and that is something that susan rice and her team, the domestic policy council, has taken on and they've made that a priority. look, i know, april -- we all know there's still so much work to be done. this president is committed to that work. and he's not shied away from it. he's called out the hatred we have seen, the violence that we have seen when it comes to
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racially motivated attacks. he has been very, very clear on that. is there more work to be done? absolutely. is the team here looking to see what else we can do? absolutely. and so we're just going to continue to do that work. but i do want to say, you know, tomorrow, again, tomorrow, you know, the president wants to go to a community, he wants to grieve with them, and he wants to send a message to the entire country that we stand behind them and with them. and that is so important as well as a president. he'll try to bring some comfort to the he'll try to bring comfort to the community, particularly to those who lost loved ones. we hear him discuss things he said saturday about the hate must have no safe harbor. you heard me say that, probably the third time i've said that in this briefing and it really doesn't in this country. any racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. and so that's what you're going to see him do. and that is going to be the
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focus tomorrow. reporter: the second, other opposite question. you're making history. son many levels -- on so many levels. so many communities are so proud of you. we're hearing it on social media everywhere. you're the first. what does that mean for the broader community, particularly washington, white-male dominated still, even though we had the first black president. the majority does not look like you. what does this say? because it's not window dressing. it's more than that. karine: it's a very good question, april. i'm going to answer it in a kind of personal way. if that's ok. since you asked it in a personal way. so i have not read a lot of the things that have been written about me because i wanted to focus on the work at hand and i do believe it's not about me, it's about this place. it's about the work i have to do every day, that we all have to
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do as a team to make sure we communicate with you and communicate with the broader public. but there was something that moved me and i think this speaks to what you're asking. which is there was a story about my elementary school. i went to frank lynn middle school -- franklin middle school, elementary school, in new york. and they did a story and went to the class, i think i was in sixth glade when i went there, i went there for one year. and they talked to the students about me and this moment and this administration too, which is very important because i don't think i would be here, yes, i stood on so many shoulders, but it does matter who sits in the oval office as well. that is very, very real. and these kids wrote me a letter and in the letter they talked about how they can dream bigger because of me standing behind this podium. and that matters. as i started out at the beginning, representation matters. and not just for girls but also for boys. so what i hope is that young people get to dream big and dream bigger than they have
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before by seeing me stand here and answer all of your questions and have a healthy dialogue, as i discussed. and so i think it is important and so i appreciate the question. thank you. reporter: i have to follow that with some questions about somalia and ukraine. but first, happy birthday. [laughter] karine: and now? ok, all right. reporter: sort of a hard left. sorry. karine: that's ok. that's what this is all about. that's ok. reporter: has president biden spoken to somalia's new leader? did he plan to congratulate him and has there been any discussion about the new troop deployment? karine: so i'll say this. and i think i said earlier that having, making sure that we're working, we're having -- engaging with partners in the region, including the somali government, so i did say that
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about the announcement about what you're asking me here. but on the election, i want to get back to that. we congratulate the somali people and their new president who was sworn in last evening, as you know. somalia now has an opportunity to focus on the political, economic and security reforms necessary to advance the interests of the people of somalia. we encourage their new president and all the somalian leaders to prioritize strengthening democratic governance and institutions, developing security forces to defeat terrorism, enacting economic reforms and facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid to the millions of somalis suffering from devastating drought. we look forward to the timely formation of a new government and to partnering with somalia's leader to achieve our shared goal to a peaceful, democratic
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somalia. reporter: have the two presidents spoken yet? karine: i don't have a conversation to preview for you. reporter: the president wants to go to ukraine for a visit. any movement on that issue? karine: i know that to your point he wants to visit ukraine. clearly in the future, but there's no plans to go at all at this time, i should say. he sent secretary blinken and secretary austin to kyiv to address the house for one minute straight our -- to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to ukraine. the first lady went for mother's day to send an important message that the american people stand with the people of ukraine. the president, as you guys know, because we've read out some of these calls, speaks to president zelenskyy and leaders around the world regularly as we organize the world's response to russia's invasion. thank you so much, guys. i'll see you on wednesday. hopefully i'll see some folks in buffalo and we'll do this again.
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