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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, August 3, 2022


James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:17 P.M. EDT

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Good afternoon, everyone.

Q    Good afternoon.

Q    (Inaudible.)

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  (Laughs.)  So we’re going to go till 1:45 — the in-town pool has to assemble at the moment — after which I’ll go for one more quarter-hour, till 2:00, after which we’re going to listen to the President communicate at two o’clock.  So hopefully that’s a very good period of time.  After which we’ll be again tomorrow and the subsequent day.

Okay, so now we have seen a whole lot of momentum within the final 24 hours in our combat to revive Roe.  People in Kansas turned out to problem views that might transfer the nation backwards, with fewer rights and politicians invading our most private choices.  And so they received.

Within the wake of Dobbs, the President predicted individuals would end up in report numbers to reclaim rights stolen from them, they usually did.  The poll measure proposed by excessive, out-of-step Republican officers would have eviscerated elementary rights and entry to healthcare. 

Republican officers have been very clear they’re pushing excessive legal guidelines banning a lady’s proper to decide on, a lot of which don’t enable exceptions even for rape or incest.  And they’re calling on a nationwide ban on abortion.

As I discussed yesterday, the DOJ additionally introduced a swimsuit towards Idaho, the place a near-total abortion ban is threatening ladies’s lives.  Federal regulation makes clear docs should present emergency care, together with abortion companies, to ladies dealing with well being and life-threatening situations.  However underneath Idaho’s regulation, ladies with medical situations like ectopic pregnancies or hemorrhages may be denied the emergency care they want. 

And at the moment, President Biden will signal an government order on the first assembly of the interagency taskforce that builds on the actions we’ve already taken to guard entry to secure abortions, contraception, and the power to journey.

At the moment, the President is directing the Secretary of Well being and Human Companies to work with states, together with via Medicaid, to assist ladies who have to journey out of state for reproductive healthcare, making certain there’s no discrimination when acquiring medical care and selling analysis and knowledge assortment on maternal well being outcomes.

There have been large steps ahead within the combat to guard our rights, but it surely’s not the tip of the combat.  What’s at stake here’s a alternative between a nationwide abortion ban, as Republicans have already referred to as for, and extra radical assaults on elementary rights versus standing up for the rights People have been entitled to for nearly 50 years.

We’re now seeing 50 days into what stays the quickest decline in fuel costs in over a decade.  Fuel costs are actually down 86 cents a gallon from their June peak, saving American households with two automobiles on common over $90 a month on fuel. 

And drivers can now discover fuel for the — for the — for lower than $3.99 — $3.99 a gallon at greater than half of all fuel stations throughout the nation. 

Costs are coming down at the same time as Putin’s warfare continues to place strain on world power provides.  President Biden promised he would tackle Putin’s worth hike on the pump, and he’s.  He’s releasing 1 million barrels of oil a day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  He’s re- — rely- — railing [sic] worldwide companions — rallying, I ought to say, worldwide companions to launch an unprecedented quantity of oil.

Extra work stays, however costs are taking place, and the President will proceed to name on home and worldwide oil producers to extend output to allow them to proceed to return down.

Lastly, lastly, at the moment former Treasury Secretaries from each the Democratic and Republican administrations simply grew to become the la- — the most recent in a variety of financial consultants to endorse the Inflation Discount Act.

These high-level officers from each events reaffirmed that this package deal will lower many households’ largest value and act towards inflation.  In addition they grew to become the most recent in an extended record of consultants, as I shared with you latterly, who’ve debunked congressional Republicans’ lies meant to guard tax welfare for rich particular pursuits at any value, even extend inflation.

Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Jack Lew, Hank Paulson, and Ro- — and Bob Rubin joined over 120 main economists, together with Nobel Prize winners, CBO administrators, who’ve analyzed the Inflation Discount Act and agree it is going to decrease prices, scale back inflation, tackle a variety of important and longstanding financial challenges.

There are additionally three new polls out at the moment from Morning Seek the advice of, Politico, Yahoo! Information, YouGov, and Navigator Analysis that underscore the American public’s overwhelming assist for the foremost elements of the invoice, together with reducing value of pharmaceuticals, requiring giant firms and the wealthiest People to pay their justifiable share, and reducing medical health insurance premiums.

People are weighing in with resounding assist for the Inflation Discount Act, and that’s in distinction to Republican members of Congress who need to block this laws to guard tax welfare for the rich and firms.

Not solely that, however whereas congressional Democrats need to decrease your prescription drug and healthcare prices, Republicans need to put Medicare and Social Safety on the chopping block yearly.

Like Ron Johnson repeated yesterday, the selection is evident.  And we urge Congress to maneuver ahead with this package deal as quickly as potential.

Josh, the ground is yours.

Q    Great.  Thanks, Karine.  Two questions on two topics.  First, OPEC at the moment.  OPEC+ is boosting oil manufacturing by a a lot slower tempo in September than in earlier months — at about 100,000 barrels a day.  After President Biden’s go to to Saudi Arabia, was this the possibly substantial improve that the administration was in search of?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, I’ll say this: You understand, the President has been very clear, Josh, that oil provide should meet oil demand.  And the actual fact of the matter is — and I simply laid this out within the high — which is, seven weeks in the past, the worth of barrel of oil was about $120, and now it’s at round $95.  Fuel costs went from greater than $5 to underneath $4 for a majority of the nation.  We’ve seen the quickest decline, as I simply laid out, in fuel costs in over a decade.  And that’s 50 days straight — 50 days straight of decline.

So what we’re centered on is protecting these costs down. We wished to see some will increase within the manufacturing earlier than we introduced the journey.  And we really noticed that in that first week of June when OPEC+ introduced that it was going to extend their manufacturing by 50 % in July and August.  So we noticed that occur.

However what we’re centered on is: The underside line for us is that lowering the worth of oil available in the market is crucial factor.  And that’s what we’re seeing, and that’s what we’re going to proceed to work on.

Q    Secondly, a bipartisan group of senators — together with Kaine, Sinema, Collins, and Murkowski — launched a invoice this week that might bar states from enacting pre-viability abortion bans, however they might enable some restrictions on abortions for pregnancies after viability.  Does President Biden think about {that a} passable customary?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So we’ll say this — I do know that that was launched: The President has been very clear on this, is that the one solution to safe a lady’s proper to decide on is for Congress to take motion, is to revive protections of Roe as federal regulation.  That’s how we’re going to do that in a blanket manner so that girls’s rights for reproductive well being is de facto protected.

He stands able to work with Congress to go a invoice that does precisely that.

And it’s not simply him — it’s a majority of the American individuals consider this.  They be- — they consider {that a} lady’s proper to decide on ought to be — ought to be their proper. 

So, once more, we’re going to proceed to work with Congress.  I don’t have something particular to say about that individual laws.  However now we have been very clear Congress must act as a way to codify Roe.

Q    Thanks, Karine.  A pair questions on Taiwan. First off, has the President spoken to Speaker Pelosi since she left Taiwan?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, as you realize, she — she’s touring, I consider, to Japan and South Korea.  I can’t keep in mind which one is first.  So she’s on her travels.  I don’t have a name to learn out to you presently.  However they’ve a relationship.  They speak fairly frequently.  I don’t have something, once more, to — particularly to learn out presently.

Q    The G7 simply expressed issues about China’s threatening conduct within the Taiwan Strait.  These have been their phrases.  Does this letter include any penalties if China continues that conduct?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So let me simply reiterate what now we have been saying from the rostrum for a lot of days now.  You additionally heard this immediately from our Nationwide Safety Advisor, Jake Sullivan, who was on a lot of your networks yesterday saying that the Speaker has the suitable to decide on the place she chooses to journey.  We offer the help and the — type of, the geopolitical briefing and, type of, what — what we consider the nationwide safety causes are for — or lay that out for her as she makes the choice.

She is — we don’t determine the place she goes.  She makes that call.  As you realize, the President was a senator for 36 years.  He understands that individual truth.  In order that’s primary.

It’s — it’s — doesn’t change in any respect our lan- — longstanding coverage, U.S coverage, the — that now we have had.  We’ve made that very clear.  The journey doesn’t change that.

There’s a precedent for a Speaker — we’ve talked about this in right here — to journey to Taiwan.  And so, none of that adjustments. 

And so, you realize, there’s no motive for Beijing to show this go to, you realize, which is in keeping with our coverage, into some kind of disaster or to make use of it as a pretext to extend aggressive army exercise in or across the Taiwan Strait, as you simply requested, Nancy. 

However once more, it doesn’t change something.  The President spoke to President Xi simply final week.  That they had — that was their fifth dialog.  They proceed to have an open dialogue.  That’s what now we have been wanting with China.

Once more, there is no such thing as a motive to see any change.  It continues to be constant.

Q    However the G7, of which the U.S. is a member, is warning China to not proceed this conduct.  What’s the consequence for China if it does proceed this conduct?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, once more, we’re — we stated — many days in the past, we stated that we — we knew this was going to occur.  We knew China was going to behave on this manner. 

Once more, it doesn’t change our coverage.  We’re going to monitor, and — and we’ll handle what Beijing chooses to do. 

Q    Thanks, Karine.  On the EO that the President goes to signal — so we’re now some six weeks out from the Supreme Courtroom ruling on abortion.  And this EO appears to be directing the Well being and Human Companies Division to contemplate a lot of actions. 

So, the place’s the urgency proper now for girls who need assistance?  And when will the assistance really kick in?  What’s the timeline?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, the precise — when the President usually does an government order, it’s all the time “to contemplate.”  That’s all the time the wording and the language that’s — that’s in an EO.  So, that’s nothing new; you’ll see that in any government order that he indicators.  So, it’s in step with that. 

Look, I imply, simply to, you realize — it’s actually necessary what that is going to do.  It’s going to assist, specifically, low-income ladies.  Proper?  If you consider it, it paves the best way for Medicaid to pay for abortions for girls having to journey out of state.

Secretary Becerra will invite states to use for Medicaid waivers to permit them to offer reproductive healthcare to ladies who reside in states the place abortions are banned — these he judged to be the strongest and best on each authorized and coverage grounds.  That’s what the President is doing.  He’s reviewing the choices that he has. 

And — and so — and likewise the factor to notice right here — and now we have stated this: That is in session with teams, that is in session with authorized consultants, after we make these bulletins.  And the President has been very clear he’s going to proceed to do no matter he can to be sure that a lady’s proper to decide on continues to be protected the best way — the easiest way that he can from the federal authorities. 

However once more, the best way we do that, the best way to be sure that it’s federal regulation is Congress must act, and People have to be sure that their voices are heard. 

Q    However what’s the timeline — particular timeline — on this EO?  For ladies who want, need to have an abortion quickly, will this assist them get one?  Are we speaking about days?  Are we speaking about weeks?  Are we speaking about six months?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, that’s a terrific query.  We don’t have the main points to share at the moment.  However HHS will quickly have extra on what a waiver may seem like within the timeline as you’re asking me and — which might usually goal, once more, low-income ladies served by Medicaid and assist cowl sure prices. 

So HHS — as you realize, the President goes to signal the manager order.  It says “to contemplate.”  Secretary Becerra will then work together with his group to determine the main points and the timeline.

Q    And yet one more query on this.  How will you be capable of pay to assist ladies pay to cross a state line to get someplace else the place they should go, given the restrictions of the Hyde Modification?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, that’s one thing that HHS will provide you with the main points on that and —

Q    Have they — however you’re about to signal an EO.  Have they not figured that out?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Effectively, we’re going to go away it to HHS to provide you with the main points on the specifics on how they’re going to work with states — if a state asks for a waiver — and what that’s going to seem like. 

So, that is going to be of their purview.  They’re going to provide you with the specifics — once more, with the main points on how that is going to work. 

However once more, that is what the President is doing to — he’s taking a look at every thing that’s out there to him on the desk — no matter is legally potential, what he can use, his government authority — to maneuver ahead on, and that’s what he’s doing. 

Go forward.

Q    Thanks.  Fast query once more on oil.  You understand, 100,000 barrels a day — it’s sufficient to mainly cowl, I feel, 86 seconds of world oil demand in a day.  And it’s basically a rounding error when analysts say that the Kingdom may improve manufacturing by at the very least 5 occasions as a lot. 

You understand, is the White Home pleased with that quantity?  And once more, does Biden really feel like he obtained what he wished out of the go to to Saudi Arabia?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, once more, the best way we have a look at that is that when you — I laid out the fuel costs and the way that’s gone down.  We went from 120 — (appears to be like to tv display) —

Oh —

Q    It’s gone now.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  It’s gone now. 

Q    However I keep in mind. 

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  All proper.  100 twenty —

Q    There it’s. 

(Chart on tv display reappears.)

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  There we go.

Q    You simply missed it.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So that is the costs on the — on the pump: 86 cents.  However when you have a look at the barrels of — the barrels — it went from $120 to $95.  That’s — that’s a big, I feel, motion that now we have seen. 

And — and once more, you realize, we’re not members of the OPEC+.  We’ve stated that.  We don’t — we don’t belong to OPEC+.  However they made an announcement the primary week of June, they usually stated they might improve 50 % in July, in August.  And that’s the — they did that.  That is one month, if you consider it — it is a one-month improve.  However the President goes to proceed to do the work.

Look, if you consider his journey, to your second query, to the Center East, it was necessary to go.  I imply, take into consideration the announcement that we made in regards to the Yemen truce.  That’s a warfare that began eight years in the past — eight years in the past.  And by having that truce, which is happening six months, we’re saving hundreds of lives.  And in order that issues as nicely.

So we expect that the journey was actually price it.  It additionally allowed Israel to be — to return again to be included, to be extra so included within the Center East area, which can also be crucial. 

And so, look, with regards to fuel costs and oil manufacturing and assembly provide, we’re going to proceed to work on that.  However you’ve seen the President take these steps — when you consider the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, when you consider how he was in a position to rally our allies to do 240 million. 

So, that’s — we see that as extremely necessary as we’re doing work on the — for the President.

Q    Thanks.  And simply rapidly, Saudi Aramco additionally signed MOUs at the moment with China Petroleum & Chemical Company to collaborate extra and with Sinopec to create a brand new manufacturing hub in Saudi Arabia.  Is there concern within the administration that Saudi Arabia is kind of loosening its power ties with the U.S. and getting nearer to China?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So that individual report, I must return to the group and get again to you.  I’ve not — I’ve not seen that reporting. 

Q    Okay.  Simply had a follow-up on the manager order.  For the reason that President is directing the Secretary of HHS to contemplate actions on serving to sufferers who have to journey out of state to get sure healthcare companies, what are some examples of potential actions?  And have been there particular examples that the White Home offered to HHS to contemplate?  The factsheet didn’t record any examples.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  You understand, that’s a — that’s a very good query.  What I — I can provide you a bit little bit of the waiver particulars.  I don’t have examples.  Hopefully, this helps.  And, you realize, you inform me, MJ, and we’re all the time completely happy to — you realize, completely happy to speak to you afterwards. 

So, as you realize, Medicaid supplies complete healthcare to ladies with — with low incomes.  This care consists of household planning companies, similar to contraception; nonemergency medical transportation; and assist companies like focused case administration, which permits healthcare suppliers to assist sufferers coordinate their care; and it additionally consists of abortion care in sure circumstances, as — as excepted by the Hyde Modification, which is rape, incest, and lifetime of anoth- — of the mom. 

At the moment’s bulletins and the President’s directive to Secretary Becerra is to leverage Medicaid to assist affected person take care of these residing in states with abortion bans.  This course of will likely be pushed, once more, by HHS, so they’ll have extra to share on the medic- — on the Medicaid — on what the Medicaid alternative is, together with via Medicaid waivers — can be found to states taken with supporting affected person care for individuals who reside out of state. 

However usually talking, although, these alternatives will goal low-income ladies served by Medicaid.  As a result of we have been requested that query — how we have been going to assist ladies who couldn’t afford abortion — so, that is — this solutions this query: having the waivers.  And it’ll cowl — will cowl care that’s in any other case a part of Medicaid’s complete profit program, which embody journey underneath Medicaid’s nonemergency medical transportation profit.

They may have extra of the main points, however that’s type of the laydown that I can provide you presently. 

Q    And simply by way of the timing of this government order: Clearly, the concept of serving to sufferers who have to journey out of state — states — out of no matter state they’re residing in now to get abortion companies, different healthcare companies — I feel that’s an thought that you simply all have been, clearly, speaking about because the Supreme Courtroom overturned Roe v. Wade. 

I suppose, why is that this government order popping out now and directing HHS to contemplate extra actions?  Presumably, they might have fascinated about this already, proper?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Effectively, you realize, as you realize, the final government order that we signed — the President signed was to create a activity power.  And that activity power — one of many causes it was created is in order that it could possibly be — streamline our efforts right here and our efforts throughout the businesses to provide you with concepts of how one can transfer ahead and how one can transfer — the easiest way to essentially cope with — cope with this disaster that’s in entrance of us.

And so — and likewise, the — I feel — so, that’s one half, proper?  The duty power got here collectively, they’re — they’re placing forth concepts and methods to maneuver ahead.

I feel the opposite factor to consider is: You understand, the President has government authority, however he additionally has to ensure he talks to the authorized consultants, proper?  He has to be sure that the concepts that now we have or provide you with may be completed.  And in order that’s additionally an enormous a part of it, too.

That is nonetheless — you realize, it is a authorities.  And so there are methods — there — there’s steps and processes that now we have to take as a way to take actions as large as — as large as these.  And in order that’s one thing, as nicely, to take observe.

However look, there was an urgency from this President from day one when — when the Supreme Courtroom made this excessive determination to remove a constitutional proper.  It was an unconstitu- — unconstitutional motion by them — a proper that was round for nearly 50 years, a proper that girls needed to decide on their our bodies and the way they need to begin their households.

And so the President has been very clear that he’s going to do every thing that he can.  It doesn’t cease with this.  However we additionally perceive that, you realize, it’s — he can’t solely be the one particular person engaged on this, proper?  That’s why we proceed to ask Congress to take motion.

Q    Am I doing the mathematics proper that the 30-day report that the President requested Secretary Becerra for, that might be on Sunday, I feel?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I’ve not completed the mathematics, so I — I belief you on that.  I’d — I don’t have something new on the 30-day report.

Q    Will it’s made public?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  We’re not — we’re not right here but.  I must get again to you on that.

Q    Can I modify the topic, please?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Go forward.

I’ll come to the again.

Q    Thanks.

Q    Simply to comply with up on MJ’s questions on this new government order: The President had beforehand stated that he wished the Justice Division and HHS to discover ways in which they might shield interstate journey.  How is that this totally different or in any respect new from what he stated weeks in the past?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I feel laying out how to do this by — by providing this Medicaid waiver is an enormous deal.  I imply, it is a large deal for girls who can’t afford to have abortion.  It is a large deal for girls who’re making an attempt to determine how are they going to pay for his or her healthcare.  It is a large, large deal for them.

And so, we have been requested — I keep in mind one of many final occasions I used to be in entrance — in entrance of you speaking about this specific concern, I used to be requested, “Okay, nicely, what are you guys going to do for girls who can’t afford?”  This solutions that — begins to reply that.

So we expect it is a necessary step; it’s not the one step.  However once more, the President has been very clear about how can we get to Roe turning into federal regulation.  It’s: People should be sure that their voices are heard.  That’s why we — I laid out or talked about what Kansas did final night time.

Q    And can there be extra particulars, for instance, for girls who need to make the most of these companies?  How do they entry, as you outlined, a number of the issues — transportation, these well being companies in different states?  How is that going to work?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  No, all good questions.  HHS will — will likely be clearly main this effort and may have extra particulars to share.

Q    After which only one extra fast one right here.  Has the President had any conversations with Senator Sinema because the Senate continues to barter over the Inflation Discount Act, or any conversations that the White Home is having with senators as they attempt to push this over the end line?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  We’re not going to barter from right here, as we are saying many occasions, or in public — simply on the whole — and never going to talk to every other congressional members’ conversations or what’s taking place in that — in that — that was associated to that.

Q    Hello, Karine.  Yeah, a unique topic.  A pair questions.  There’s textual content messages reported at the moment from January sixth from high Pentagon and Military officers deemed key witnesses within the Capitol assault that have been deleted after their telephones have been wiped.  Is there any concern from this administration about confidence within the DOD or the Military due to that?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So my understanding is that is a part of an ongoing litigation, so I’d refer you to the Division of Protection.  It’s not one thing that I can touch upon.  And they’ll have additional remark or particulars.

However I’ll say this, extra usually — right here’s what I’ll say to your query: We’ve been very clear that we strongly consider in following public report guidelines.  That’s necessary.  And the President additionally has been very clear that everybody ought to cooperate with the January 6 committee to allow them to unravel what occurred that day.

However I’m not going to talk to any particular particulars.  I’d refer you to Division of Protection.

Q    I simply need to know if he has confidence within the DOD.  And does he even have confid- — does his confidence stay within the — the Secret Service element —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah, I’ve —

Q    — after they’ve wiped their —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:   So I’ve answered the — your final query, and I’ll reply the previous query.  The final query is: Sure, he has confidence within the women and men who shield him and his household.  So he does trust in them.

And the Division of Protection: Sure, in fact, he has confidence in Division of Protection.

Q    And, lastly, the final query: Andrew Yang, former Democrat, has introduced a 3rd get together.  Any response from this White Home in regards to the viability of a 3rd get together with Andrew Yang on the head of it?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I — as you realize, and I say this typically: I can’t communicate to politics from right here.  I’ve given up that life for the second.  (Laughter.)

I’m simply going to — I’m going to return, and I’ll come again up.

Okay.  Go forward.  Go forward.

Q    Yeah, so on the OPEC announcement: Given what the President has invested, does he really feel like the rise was an insult?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Look — and I stated this earlier, and I’ll say this once more: The very fact of the matter is that oil and fuel costs are coming down.  They’re coming down.  And so they have been coming down because the President introduced his journey.

The second he introduced his journey, we noticed fuel costs and oil costs coming down.  And in order that can also be necessary to notice.

However what we’re centered on is that he has been — that he — that our objective is to convey costs down for People, and that’s what we’re seeing.  So now we have seen some outcomes.  You noticed the chart that was behind me.  And we’re going to proceed to do the work on the home and worldwide oil producers to extend the availability of oil.

It doesn’t cease with the announcement at the moment.  It didn’t cease with the announcement in early June.  We proceed to do this work.

Once more, we’re not members of OPEC — of OPEC+, however we welcome — you realize, we welcome their announcement.

Q    The Strategic Petroleum Reserve is on the lowest stage in 37 years.  The discharge of 1 million barrels a day ends in September.  So what’s the plan then after that?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Effectively, from my understanding, and I can get you extra specifics, is that we’re replenishing the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  I don’t have extra to share on that.  However I’m completely happy to get extra info.

Q    Can I ask a query about Afghanistan?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I’m going — I’m going round.  I’m going round.

Go forward.  Go forward, Steven.  After which I’ll come down.

Q    Thanks.  Sorry, I’ll simply possibly —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I do know persons are leaving.

Q    All proper.  In a short time, the place are the deliberations on a nationwide emergency with respect to abortion rights?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I don’t — we don’t have something to share with you at the moment on that.  Once more, the President is taking a look at all his choices.  You’re going to listen to from him.  That’s the place everyone goes at this second — to listen to from at two o’clock on this specific government order that we’re shifting ahead with.

I don’t have extra to share on that.

Q    Do the leads to Kansas, as expressed by the individuals of that state, make the President really feel that the members of his get together ought to push stronger in Congress to repeal the Hyde Modification?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Oh, I imply, we’re — you realize, the Hyde Modification is regulation.  And we’re going to — we’re going to comply with that regulation.  So I’m not going to get into greater than that.

However I’ll say this about what we noticed in Kansas: The President was very clear that as a way to, you realize, shield our rights or codify Roe, we have to be sure that our voices are heard.  And that’s what you noticed.  You noticed the ability of the American individuals final night time.  And that’s extremely necessary.

It was not anticipated, what we noticed final night time.  And — and so that is what we have to proceed to do.  In an effort to ensure that that it’s the regulation of the land, that Roe turns into regulation of the land, individuals should make their voices heard.  And we — we’re going to — we’re going to proceed to name on them to do this.

Go forward.

Q    Thanks, Karine.  Two fast questions.  On the abortion EO, are you able to give any extra clarification on whether or not or not the President directed HHS to have the waivers pay for journey or have the waivers pay for the abortion process itself?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So the — so it’s the Medicaid waiver, from what I perceive.  It’s for them to pay for abortion process.  And I don’t have the specifics on the journey.  We will simply return.  However from what I perceive, Medicaid pays on your healthcare companies, so I presume it’s for the healthcare.  Yeah.  Yeah.

Q    Okay.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  However I can get extra element on that.  I need to ensure that I get that proper.

Q    Okay.  After which, on Taiwan, has the Ronald Reagan Provider Group left the east coast of Taiwan, or is it nonetheless there?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I must get again to you on that.

Q    Are you able to characterize any communications that you simply guys have had with the Taiwan army as they prepare for these PLA drills?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I don’t have — I don’t have extra to share on that.

Q    Thanks.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Go forward.  Go forward, Peter.

Q    Thanks, Karine.  How come Republicans appear extra jazzed about Speaker Pelosi’s journey than the President?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  You’re going to should ask Republicans.  “Jazzed”?

Q    Effectively, yeah.  I imply —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Have they got jazz fingers, Peter?

Q    Do I’ve jazz fingers?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  (Laughs.)  Have they got jazz fingers? 

Q    Do they?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  You stated “jazzed” — that they’re feeling “jazzed.”

Q    We will have our Hill group examine.  (Laughter.)  However Mitch McConnell stated, “I feel it’s necessary for the Speaker to go to Taiwan.”  Lindsey Graham stated the concept of her going “is an effective factor.”  Chuck Grassley, “I’m positive glad that she went.”  Is President Biden simply frightened about hurting Xi’s emotions?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I — so that you’re saying, as a result of they stated that, then we’re not “jazzed”?

Q    Yeah.  Completely.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  (Laughs.)  We’ve been very clear — we’ve been very clear for, gosh, the previous week or so, that the Speaker has the suitable to go to Taiwan.  We’ve stated that. 

Q    She has a proper.  Sure, you’ve been clear that she has a proper to go, however why is it so laborious for the President simply to say, “She’s a courageous trailblazer, and I feel it’s nice that she went,” like so many others on —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I feel the President thinks that Speaker Pelosi is a superb trailblazer.  Look, I —

Q    Does he assume that it was good that she went?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Right here’s the factor: What we’re saying is that we can’t dictate and we is not going to dictate the place members of Congress go.  Members of Congress — wait, let me —

Q    Completely get that, however when —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Let me — let me end.

Q    — after they go, he doesn’t dictate in the event that they go.  Now he can say if he thinks it was good or not.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I imply, that’s not the way it works.  That’s not the way it works right here.  It actually isn’t.  Members of Congress have —

Q    Are you able to at the very least say —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  — have the suitable to journey wherever they selected.  Our a part of that is to ensure we give them an intensive and full briefing with regards to the geopolitics of the area or the state, or with regards to nationwide safety.  That’s our half on this.

Q    Now that Taiwan is successfully encircled by the Chinese language army doing these drills, does the President assume that the journey was definitely worth the hassle?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I’ll — look, I already stated this, and I’ll simply repeat it to you: There’s no motive for Beijing to show this go to, which is in keeping with longstanding U.S. coverage, into some kind of disaster.  There is no such thing as a motive to do this.

We’ve been very clear there’s no change in our One China coverage, which is guided by the Tai- — the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979.  That has not modified.

And so, look, the USA is not going to search and doesn’t need a disaster right here.  However we’re ready to handle what Beijing chooses to do.

Q    And final one about that.  There’s a Chinese language official who says the U.S. should “pay the worth” for its personal mistake, and “We imply what we are saying.”  When the Chinese language threaten the U.S., does the President take them significantly?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Once more, the USA is not going to search and doesn’t need a disaster.  We’re ready to handle what Beijing chooses to do.  Nothing has modified with regards to our insurance policies.  This was a precedent — this was precedent for the Speaker to journey to Taiwan.  That’s nothing new.  And it adjustments completely nothing with regards to our One China coverage.

I’m going to go to the again.  Go forward.

Q    I’ve a Taiwan query, and likewise an Afghanistan query.  Simply following up on Peter’s query, with the PLA encircling Taiwan, does the White Home have a counterstrategy?  Do you might have plans to counter this?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I’m not — I’m not going to put out or go — lay out any of our, you realize — any of our intelligence or  nationwide safety info from right here.

Q    How in regards to the punitive financial and cyber measures that Beijing is imposing on Taipei?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I missed the primary half.

Q    I stated: How in regards to the punitive financial and cyber measures that Beijing has imposed on Taipei?  Is the — is the U.S. ready to assist Taiwan there?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Once more, I’m not going to go additional with what I simply stated.  There is no such thing as a motive for — for Beijing to make use of this journey, which is a precedented journey, as a pretext for a disaster.

That is — there’s — there’s — there’s no change to our insurance policies, I’ve stated, as a lot of my colleagues have stated from right here and likewise on a lot of your networks and in a few of your publications.  Nothing has modified right here.

Q    After which, on Afghanistan, on condition that the chief of the Haqqani community is, you realize, a wished terrorist, does the U.S. plan to place them on a counter — on a wished record or goal members of the Haqqani community in Afghanistan?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I — Kirby obtained this query yesterday.  I don’t have something extra so as to add on the Haqqani community.

Q    A follow-up on Afghanistan, please?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Did — Peter, do you might have one thing?

Q    If I can, can I ask you, Karine: Households are telling us months later that they’re nonetheless seeing restricted or at the very least little to no enchancment of their entry to child method, and market analysis exhibits that shortages stay proper now.  So, to these households, has the administration completed sufficient to unravel this drawback?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, as you realize, that is precedence for us.  We perceive what households are going via — caregivers, mothers and dads, you realize, grandparents.  And now we have — now we have completed — now we have completed — you realize, now we have completed the work, and we’ll proceed to do the work to be sure that households have secure child method in order that they will feed their children. 

That is — continues to be a precedence for us.  This has not gone away.  And we do perceive that this — there’s much more work to do.  However we would like households to know and perceive that is an administration that cares about them, that cares in regards to the security of their kids, and we’re going to proceed to do the work.

Q    In order that they acknowledge that the administration cares; it’s some extent that you simply guys have made earlier than.  However what do you say to these households, although, when proper now the scarcity fee, in keeping with knowledge, is between — the out-of-stock fee is someplace between 20 and 30 %.  So when will it’s resolved?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Look, we’re doing the work on daily basis.  It doesn’t cease.  We’re working with — with the businesses who’re concerned.  That’s why we have been in a position to do the DPA.  That was an necessary transfer that the President signed on to so we may be — be sure that we get extra manufacturing on the market on — extra child method on the — on the cabinets.

We did, you realize, the — we did the partnership with the Division of Protection to ensure we have been in a position to do these fly — fly-in child formulation with relationships that we had overseas.  And so, that has helped.  That really introduced up what was what we have been seeing on the cabinets.

However we perceive that there’s extra work to do, and we’ll proceed to do this work.  We’ve laid out the steps that now we have taken.  We’ve made bulletins after bulletins.

I’m completely happy to, as soon as I — if I can get that to you — and we’re completely happy to share the place we’re in how now we have improved manufacturing. 

However we perceive.  We get that there’s extra work to do, and we’re going to proceed to do this work.

All proper, go forward.

Q    Thanks, Karine.  Folks in southeastern Kentucky are nonetheless digging out from the devastating floods they’d final week.  I do know the President is isolating proper now as a result of he has COVID, however as soon as that isolation is over, does he have any plans to go and see this harm for himself

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  You understand, I don’t have any journey to announce of the President presently.  As you simply stated, he’s nonetheless isolating. 

I do have an announcement to make or some — one thing to share about an announcement that was made at the moment: The Division of Well being and Human Companies, Secretary Becerra, declared a public well being emergency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, which supplies the Facilities for Medicare and Medicaid Companies beneficiaries and their healthcare suppliers and suppliers larger flexibility in assembly emergency well being wants. 

We’re doing every thing that we will with FEMA and different — different businesses throughout the administration to be as assist — to be useful to the state of Kentucky.  And, once more, I’ve stated this earlier than, however our hearts exit to the households who’ve misplaced family members and simply misplaced a lot in this time period.

Q    However is a presidential journey there one thing that’s even being thought-about?  Is that one thing the President desires to do?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Effectively, as you realize, he went to Kentucky when — I consider it was a twister that occurred — gosh, final yr.  And he visited Kentucky at the moment.  I keep in mind touring with him, and it was a devastating aftermath of what occurred to the state.  I — we simply don’t have something to share with you presently.  Okay.

Q    Karine?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I’m going to attempt to go round right here.

Go forward.

Q    The President is on his fourth full day of isolation from his rebound case.  If he continues to check constructive after he completes 5 full days, will he proceed to isolate?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I must examine to see precisely what the CDC steerage is, however we’re going to comply with CDC steerage.  It — however one factor I do should say is CDC suggestions for rebounds — there are not any CDC suggestions because it pertains to testing and because it pertains to journey.  However now we have been following the 5 day of isolation. 

We added to our protocol, as we do right here on the White Home, due to the distinctive scenario and the distinctive jobs that all of us have right here and ensuring that we preserve everybody secure.  We added the 2 — a unfavourable check to ensure that him to — to ensure that many people to return again to work. 

So far as, you realize, past that, I’d simply have to ensure I examine with the CDC steerage, however we — we’ll proceed to comply with that.

Q    And such as you stated, the CDC doesn’t name for individuals with COVID to check unfavourable earlier than, on a speedy antigen check, to finish their isolation.  Contemplating it appears to have been useful in President Biden’s case, is that one thing that the White Home would really like the CDC to induce People to do, to consider antigen testing or for People to mannequin his conduct?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So we go away it — truthfully, we go away it to the consultants.  That’s for the consultants, they usually — they comply with the science, which adjustments on this.  That is — you realize, that is COVID; as we all know, a once-in-a-generation pandemic.  So we go away it to them to make that call.

Okay.  Go forward.

Q    As you realize, the McKinney Hearth in Northern California has killed, you realize, 4 individuals.  I’m simply questioning: Has the administration have been in contact with California officers?  What federal assets have been delivered to bear there?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah, so now we have been in contact with state and native officers in California.  We’re persevering with to, you realize, intently monitor the wildfires raging all through the western United States.  And the President has additionally been receiving common updates.  Whilst he’s within the White Home Residence, he’s working on daily basis. 

I’ll say this to the parents in that area: Our hearts exit to the individuals who have been impacted by these excessive climate situations, together with those that could have misplaced their houses or companies to what has turn out to be California’s largest fireplace to this point this summer season.  Greater than twe- — 2,500 personnel and firefighters are on the bottom combating the fireplace.  And FEMA has been there in a short time, authorised further grant funding to assist California pay for the price of fi- — of combating the fireplace. 

We additionally proceed to take steps to make communities extra resilient to excessive climate occasions like wildfires, together with via the $2.3 billion in FEMA funds that President Biden introduced final week to — to assist communities improve resilience to warmth waves, drought, wildfires, meals [floods], hurricanes, and different hazards. 

I’m going to go solution to the again.  Go forward, Owen.

Q    Karine, thanks.  Good afternoon.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Good afternoon. 

Q    I’ve two questions.  Again to the manager order first, from a a lot totally different perspective right here.  Professional-life People don’t need their tax {dollars} paying for abortions. They consider life begins at conception.  The Catholic Church teaches life have to be protected against conception ahead.  However this government order would have Medicaid pay for journey bills for girls to get an abortion.  So my query, respectfully, please: Why does the President need to power pro-life People, together with Catholics of which he’s one, to subsidize abortion?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So I’ll say this: So federal regulation makes clear docs should present ladies emergency medical care, together with abortion companies, to stabilize ladies dealing with [health] and life-threatening situations. 

We’re working to make sure that pregnant ladies whose life and lives are in severe jeopardy obtain the care that they want.

That is what it’s.  That is what we’re making an attempt to do.  That is what the President has promised that he would — he would do.

However underneath that very same federal regulation, there are exceptions for ethical — to your level, Owen — or non secular objections to offer specific medical companies.  So, nothing in at the moment’s EO impacts these exceptions.  So there are exceptions there.

Q    After which a fast follow-up.  Catholic bishops say the administration is making an attempt to power docs and nurses to carry out procedures that go towards their non secular beliefs, together with gender transition surgical procedure and abortion.  Does the President consider in conscience rights and spiritual freedom for healthcare professionals?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, I believed that’s what you have been asking me in your first query.  It’s mainly the identical as I simply laid out, which is, like, federal regulation makes clear — proper? — that docs should present ladies emergency medical care, together with abortion companies, to stabilize dealing with well being and life-threatening situations.

I — as I simply acknowledged, underneath the identical regulation, there are exceptions for ethical or non secular objections — to the query that you simply’re asking me — to offer specific medical companies.

And nothing within the EO impacts these exceptions, so there are exceptions there.

And I believed that was the primary query that you simply have been asking.

Q    Okay.  So let me simply clear up — only one ultimate time once more.  So, on the Medi- — going again of the primary query: On the Medicaid — on the proposal to have Medicaid fund journey bills for girls in search of abortion, how would that not violate Hyde if it’s utilizing taxpayer {dollars} to pay for abortions?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  This EO doesn’t — is not going to — is not going to violate the Hyde Modification.  It’s regulation, and we comply with the regulation right here.

I’ve to go.  It’s two o’clock.  Thanks, everyone.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

Q    Thanks, Karine.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Thanks.

2:01 P.M. EDT



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