Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, September 23, 2022

September 24, 2022

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

2:50 P.M. EDT
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Good afternoon, all people.  Blissful Friday.  Okay, a pair issues on the prime.
So, yesterday, the American School of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a non-profit group representing greater than 60,000 physicians, sounded the alarm a couple of nationwide abortion ban proposed by Republican officers that will put docs in jail for offering girls with important healthcare.
Beneath Senator Graham’s ban, docs and suppliers might be criminalized and despatched to jail for performing an abortion to save lots of a lady’s well being, offering an abortion to a lady carrying a fetus with little to no likelihood of survival, providing essential care within the occasion of a miscarriage, and even treating a rape or incest survivor who has not compiled — complied with medically pointless delays or reporting necessities.
The ACOG discovered that payments like Senator Graham’s don’t have any foundation in science, that docs would change into much less expert if such a ban was in impact, and it could intervene with sufferers’ capacity to get well timed and demanding medical care.
Now, individually, Jen Klein, the Director of White Home Gender Coverage, launched a memo discussing how, if handed and enacted, this invoice would create a nationwide well being disaster, threatening the well being and lives of ladies in all 50 states.
I stated it earlier than and I’ll hold saying it once more: This excessive nationwide ban and plan to criminalize docs is wildly out of step with the American individuals, and President Biden and Vice President Harris will proceed to do every part of their energy to guard girls’s reproductive rights and increase entry to healthcare.
As we speak, the White Home hosted a Restoration Month Summit and introduced over $1.5 billion in funding to beat the opioid disaster and help individuals in restoration throughout the US.  This funding will go to lifesaving applications and insurance policies like increasing entry to medic- — to medication-assisted remedy for opioid use dysfunction; to dispute [sic] — to distribute naloxone to stop overdoses; and applications to stop substance use in our communities.
President Biden acknowledges the devastating affect the overdose epidemic has had on our nation, reaching massive cities, small cities, Tribal lands, and each neighborhood in between.
That’s why, in his first State of the Union, he made beating the opioid disaster a key pillar of his Unity Agenda.  Our main pillars of labor to fight — different main pillars of labor to fight this disaster embrace the Treasury Division’s efforts to sanction traffickers and disrupt the worldwide commerce — drug commerce — and expanded entry to applications and coverings for individuals in want.
To help these and different efforts, President Biden’s fiscal yr 2023 price range request requires a historic funding of $42.5 billion for nationwide drug management companies.
Tonight, as you all know, we might be welcoming Sir Elton John.  The President and the First Woman, they sit up for internet hosting him on the White Home for a spectacular efficiency on the South Garden.
The President and the First Woman will have fun the huge contributions Sir Elton has made throughout his lifetime as an artist and an advocate.  And they’re notably thrilled to welcome to the White Home an viewers of round 2,000 followers and compri- — comprised of lecturers and nurses, frontline employees, psychological well being advocates, college students, LGBTQ+ advocates, and so many others.
Tonight’s efficiency has been organized and — in collaboration with, and is paid for by, the A&E and Historical past channels — community channels, and can air on tv at a later date.
Now, it is a — I believe I can converse for your entire press staff.  It is a very unhappy day for the press staff.  It’s lastly taking place: We’re shedding right this moment — however probably not shedding — however Chris is leaving us right this moment.  As we speak is his final day on the White Home as a part of the press staff.  And we’re additionally unhappy, as I stated, to see him go. 
However we’re additionally thrilled that he’s staying within the Biden household and might be beginning because the Assistant to the Secretary of Public Affairs on the Division of Protection within the coming days.  As you recognize, that may be a very massive job that Chris is about to tackle.
So we are going to — we are going to miss Chris’s good humor, his sharp political instincts, and his simply easy- — easygoing demeanor.  He’s probably the most chillest, coolest cats that I do know round city.
Chris has been a frontrunner on our staff.  We wouldn’t have made it by way of these — this previous yr or so with out — with out Chris by our aspect and serving to to guide the staff, as I discussed, from our earliest days right here in — within the White Home.
And we all know that each one of you on this room will miss him as effectively.  You’ve labored very intently with him.  Chris has gaggled on Air Power One; spoken to all of you from this very podium, as you recognize — it has occurred a few occasions for him — to have carried out that; and handled tons of, if not 1000’s, of essential tales incoming from all of you right here on the White Home.
Chris, we’re so pleased with you.  We’ll miss you dearly.  As — as I do know — that is an inside joke — it’s — we are going to so long, pal. 
And so, till we see you once more, we hope you’ve got a while to do your very, very favourite factor that I do know that you just like to do, exterior of hanging out together with your spouse, is play golf.  Chris likes to play golf.  I all the time ask him to inform me — to take me to play golf, and he nonetheless has not carried out that.
However anyway, to assist ship you off to your subsequent journey, I do know you’re going to take a while off — you informed me that you just’re going to hit the hyperlinks; I don’t know what the lingo is right here.  However we wished to make it possible for we bought you one thing.
(Ms. Jean-Pierre presents Mr. Meagher with a present.)
MR. MEAGHER:  Thanks, Karine.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Okay.  Thanks, thanks. 
All proper, with that, it’s all yours, Zeke.  I do know you’re ready.
Q    Thanks, Karine.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Thanks for indulging us on that.
Q    If we may begin with the Ukraine — the so-called “referenda” happening in Russian-occupied areas there.  Is the administration contemplating any further prices to be imposed on Russia or those that are concerned in organizing these referenda — new sanctions or different types of responses?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, a few issues I do wish to lean into because the votes are taking place right this moment — you recognize, clearly over the following 5 days.
We’re ready to impose further swift and extreme financial prices on Russia, together with our allies and companions, in response to those actions in the event that they transfer ahead with annexation.
As we stated in right this moment’s G7 Leaders’ Assertion, the US won’t ever acknowledge this territory or — as something aside from a part of Ukraine, as a result of it belongs to the individuals of Ukraine.  We stand with our companions around the globe in rejecting no matter fabricated outcomes Russia proclaims. 
Because the President spoke about on the U.N., as you heard from him very clearly, very boldly, these referendums are a flagrant violation of worldwide legislation and an affront to the rules of sovereignty and territorial integrity that underpin the worldwide system and are the inspiration of the United Nations Constitution.
We’ll proceed to face firmly with the individuals of Ukraine and proceed to supply them with historic quantities of safety help to assist them defend their territory, to assist them defend their freedom.
Q    After which, on a distinct subject there as effectively: these dramatic scenes of Russian fighting-age males who’re topic to these conscription orders leaving the nation.  Would the President’s help offering political asylum to Russians who’re fleeing their nation to keep away from serving within the armed forces in Ukraine?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So I don’t have something to preview for you, because it pertains to your query, Zeke, about what we’d
However, you recognize, we’ll say this: What we’re seeing — what we’re seeing in Russia, particularly with the protests, and what we’re seeing with Russians leaving their nation is that that is an unpopular conflict.  We’ve got to recollect that is an unpopular conflict that was began by the Kremlin — a brutal conflict that was began by the Kremlin, an unprovoked conflict in opposition to Ukraine. 
That’s the reason you’ve got heard from this President — he’s been very clear, particularly throughout his U.N. — most just lately throughout his U.N. tackle — that we’ll proceed, with our allies and companions, to supply the help that Ukraine must struggle in opposition to the aggression of Russia.
So, once more, what you’re seeing is — will not be — what Russia is doing, what Putin is doing — he’s not coming from a spot of energy.  He’s coming from a spot of weak point.  And now the Russian persons are being very loud and clear.  That is, once more, an unpopular conflict.
Q    And simply domestically: It’s been a number of days now; the facility continues to be out in components of Puerto Rico.  Does the President plan to go to?  Are you able to replace us?  And does he have any plan to go there?
After which, individually, there’s one other storm that seems to be bearing down for components of Florida subsequent week.  Will that have an effect on the President’s journey plans for Tuesday?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, your final query first.  We’re monitoring the forecast in shut coordination with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart and likewise with FEMA.  As all the time, FEMA has provides staged at varied distribution facilities throughout the nation to deploy as wanted.  So, that is the case right here as effectively. 
As you bear in mind, the President was additionally briefed initially of the hurricane season — a few of your — a few of your colleagues have been there — on preparedness effort and what — how we have been going to maneuver ahead on this hurricane season.  And we are going to proceed to take care of a forward-leaning posture all through the rest of this hurricane season. 
So far as the President’s journey plans, I don’t have any adjustments to learn out presently.
Q    And Puerto Rico, as effectively?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, just a bit bit — so, yesterday, as you recognize, the President joined the New York Governor, Kathy Hochul, and New York Mayor Eric Adams to obtain a briefing from FEMA Administrator Cris- — Criswell and Puerto Rico Governor, as effectively.
As you all know, FEMA — FEMA Administrator Criswell was on the bottom earlier this week to evaluate emergency restoration and response efforts. 
Yesterday, the President introduced the federal authorities is protecting 100% of the price of particles removing, emergency protecting measures for the following month on this restoration.  The President additionally elevated essential wants help from $500 to $700 to help people and households with rapid or essential wants because of being displaced from major dwelling. 
As of right this moment, there are greater than 900 federal response employees on the bottom in Puerto Rico supporting operations, planning, energy restorations, particles removals, and concrete search and rescue. 
And so, we are going to proceed to watch what’s on — on the bottom and proceed to assist Puerto Rico — our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico as greatest as we will. 
Go forward.
Q    Thanks.  First, a follow-up on the referendum in Ukraine.  If Russia does annex these components of Ukraine, may it put the U.S. in a extra harmful state of affairs, particularly if Ukraine makes use of American weapons in these areas?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, simply to be very, very clear right here — we spoke about — I spoke about this simply now: We’ve got despatched a loud message — and our allies, as effectively — about this illegitimate vote that we’re seeing right this moment throughout the following a number of days. 
We’ll by no means acknowledge this — in the event that they go ahead with the annexation, we are going to by no means acknowledge that.  That’s not simply coming from us.  That can also be coming from G7 leaders I discussed; they put out a press release. 
And so, we are going to proceed to be very — converse very forcefully about that.  We might be — proceed to be very clear. 
We all know that these referenda might be manipulated.  We’ve got data that reveals Russian officers setting targets for voter turnouts and approval charges for the referendums. 
For instance, in some areas, they’ve reportedly already set the required figures for voter turnout and help for a session into Russia at over 75 p.c. 
So Russia is speeding to conduct these sham, once more, referenda, however these aren’t acts of confidence or energy.  They’re exact opposite.  We’ll proceed to talk loudly. 
Once more, I don’t wish to get into hypotheticals.  I’m about to reply your query.  I’m not entering into hypotheticals, however we’re ensuring that we’re loud and clear with our G7 leaders.
Q    If — I perceive how the US will not be going to view the result of, such as you stated, a sham election.  But when Russia views the result as now annexing extra Russian territory, is there a danger of escalation?
The — their international minister stated right this moment they strongly urge the U.S. to keep away from a state of affairs able to resulting in direct navy clashes with Russia. 
So if they begin saying that now American weapons are being fired into what they’re contemplating Russian territory, does that danger escalation?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So what — we’ve got stated this earlier than and we’ll say it once more: We don’t search battle with Russia.  In fact, we’re attentive to managing escalation on this battle, as all the time, as we’ve got been for the previous six months or extra of this conflict, and so — all through this yr.
However to reiterate, there is just one nation that’s answerable for this conflict, and that’s Russia.  They’re those who — who’re inflicting this brutal conflict.  They began this battle and will finish this at any time. 
Go forward.
Q    Thanks, Karine.  What’s the White Home’s take and the President’s tackle World Financial institution President Malpass’s feedback on local weather change?  Does the President nonetheless have faith in Mr. Malpass?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So I’ll take your — I suppose — effectively, I suppose I’ll take each your questions first. 
So, we disagree with the feedback made by President Malpass.  We count on the World Financial institution to be a world chief of local weather ambition and mobilization as effectively, of great — of sigvican- — considerably extra local weather finance for growing international locations, as is the enterprise of the World Financial institution.
The Treasury Division, which oversees our engagement with worldwide monetary establishments, has and can proceed to make that expectation clear to the World Financial institution management. 
Q    And with regard to the boldness that the President has or doesn’t have?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Once more, we disagree with the feedback of the president.  I’ll depart it there. 
Q    Okay, I’ve one different —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah, certain.
Q    — query on right this moment’s information.  The markets are falling — the inventory markets are falling.  The greenback is strengthening considerably; the pound has dropped.  What’s the White Home’s tackle that and the broader implications for the U.S. financial system?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, the inventory market, as you’ve heard us say many occasions, is only one measure of the financial system that — that reveals how the financial system is doing.  And so, we’re watching — all the time watching these totally different indicators intently, together with the inventory market. 
It’s additionally essential to have a look at what’s taking place on Important Avenue.  That is one thing that we expect is essential, as you’ve heard us speak about, to additionally take a look at.
We’ve got one of many strongest job markets on document, with 3.7 unemployment fee.  And we’ve created 10 million new jobs within the President’s 19 months in workplace.  Extra persons are searching for work.  And we expect these indicators are essential as effectively. 
So due to the financial plan, the bus- — the companies are investing in America at a document — at document charges, and we’re making extra in America.  And that’s essential to notice, as effectively.
We all the time know, you recognize, we — there’s all the time extra work to do.  However the President, together with his financial plan — whether or not it’s the American Rescue Plan that bought the financial system began, which we see this historic financial system; or the Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation, which goes to create thousands and thousands of jobs and repair our infrastructure, repair our provide chain; or it’s the Inflation Discount Act — all of those are items of the President’s financial plan that we’re going to proceed to work by way of and goes to ensure we don’t depart anyone behind. 
However once more, this is likely one of the strongest job markets that we’ve got seen on document.  And — and so, what we’re seeing — and I’ve stated this earlier than; you’ve heard this from Brian Deese — is a transition to a extra regular and secure development.  And that’s what we’re presently seeing and within the technique of transferring the financial system into. 
Q    Karine, protests are nonetheless underway within the wake of the loss of life of Mahsa Amini within the arms of Iran’s morality police.  I do know the Treasury Division yesterday issued these sanctions.  Are there different instruments the U.S. feels they’ve at their disposal to attempt to reply to this?
And I used to be additionally hoping you would presumably converse to the President’s private response to it as effectively. 
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, Mahsa Amini’s loss of life after accidents, as you all know, sustained whereas in police custody after — for sporting an “improper” hijab is an appalling and egregious affront to human rights.  Our ideas are with Mahsa’s household and family members. 
And as President Biden clearly said at UNGA — he spoke to this: “We want…” — and that is quote — “We want…” — “We stand with the courageous residents and courageous girls of Iran who proper now are demonstrating to safe their fundamental rights.”  Finish quote.
Girls in Iran ought to have the best to put on what they need, free from violence or harassment.  Iran should finish its use of violence in opposition to girls for exercising their basic freedoms.
There have to be accountability for Mahsa’s loss of life.  Once more, you talked about the sanctions; that was introduced by the Division of Treasury simply yesterday.  And Treasury additionally designated seven senior Iranian safety officers as effectively, together with Iran’s Minister of Intelligence, for his or her roles within the suppression and killing of peaceable protesters since 2019. 
And so, we are going to proceed to make use of all accessible instruments at our disposal to make it possible for we pursue accountability. 
Q    And on this storm that’s approaching Florida, I do know that FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell right this moment spoke with Governor DeSantis.  Does President Biden himself plan on talking to the Governor?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I don’t have any — I don’t have any calls to preview presently. 
Go forward.
Q    Are you declining to say whether or not or not the President has confidence in David Malpass?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I simply said very clearly the place we stand on that.
Q    And has the President or any of his advisors spoken with anybody else —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I don’t have a name to preview presently. 
Go forward.
Q    Thanks.  One other one on Iran.  Has the state of affairs compelled the administration to reevaluate its pursuit of a nuclear settlement?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, we’ve got been very clear that our primary purpose is to make it possible for — look, I’ll begin right here: We’ve got considerations.  We do.  We’ve got considerations with Iran.  However the JCPOA is the easiest way to — for us to handle the nuclear drawback.  And we’ve got been very clear that our purpose is to make it possible for Iran by no means obtains a nuclear weapon. 
So so long as we consider pursuing JCPOA talks is within the U.S. nationwide safety curiosity, we are going to accomplish that.  We’ll proceed to make use of different instruments to handle different issues with Iran’s conduct.  However we consider that is the most effective path ahead, to make it possible for we go — we’ve got these negotiations.
Q    And the UK Prime Minister, Liz Truss, is pursuing an financial program, together with tax cuts for the rich, that’s inflicting some financial headwinds in that nation.  And is the U.S. involved about broader financial fallout from that plan?  And are you monitoring what Prime Minister Truss is attempting to push by way of there?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So I can’t converse to the plan.  I’ve not learn it.  I would want to talk to our staff. 
, I’m not going to actually, presently, converse to a different nation’s plan on what they — what they plan or not plan to do on their taxing the rich.  So I’m not — I’m simply not going to reply to it presently. 
Go forward, Steve. 
Q    Thanks.  A variety of retailers matched the Washington Put up report this morning that along with the general public warnings to Moscow, there have been personal communications.  What extra are you able to inform us in regards to the communications to Russia warning in opposition to the usage of nuclear weapons? 
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So I’m not going to talk to any personal or — discussions presently.  We’ve been very clear.  The President was loud and clear throughout his UNGA tackle about what we’re seeing.  We is not going to — it — the votes that we’re seeing — this sham referendum is illegitimate.  We’ve been very clear.  I’m not, once more, going to touch upon personal communications. 
Once more, you’ve heard the President.  He not solely stated it at UNGA, he stated it throughout his “60 Minutes” interview, in his New York Instances op-ed on Ukraine a couple of months in the past.  And so we’ve been very clear.  And we’ve got warned — we’ve got truly warned in regards to the sham referendum for a lot of, many months.  And so now we see the playbook of Putin, what he’s doing proper now.
It’s not — he’s not transferring ahead with any energy right here.  That is weak point that we’re seeing from him.  He has — he has — he’s shedding floor within the battlefield.  And it is a playbook of his that’s not shocking.  However we’ve been very clear about what — if he strikes ahead with annexation, we is not going to acknowledge it and we are going to proceed to sentence these actions.
Go forward.
Q    Are you able to share a little bit bit about what the U.S. evaluation is of how severe Vladimir Putin is about his menace to make use of nuclear weapons?  He has threatened it earlier than however, in fact, it was at the start of the conflict, and the dynamics are very totally different now.  So should you may simply share a little bit bit about what your pondering is of how severe that menace is. 
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So we — we clearly take these threats very significantly, however we’ve got not seen any cause to regulate our personal nuclear posture presently. 
Look, you recognize, the implications of a nuclear use by Russia — the President was very clear about this, particularly throughout his “60 Minutes” interview — could be disastrous for the world and Russia could be a pariah on the world stage. 
However once more, we’re not seeing any cause to regulate our — our personal posture, however we take this menace very significantly.
Let me transfer round.  Go forward, Peter. 
Q    Karine, on the Iranian President, who was right here within the U.S. only recently.  Why did the Biden administration grant a visa waiver for President Raisi to come back to the US, given the crackdown that we’re witnessing happen in his personal nation?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  As a result of he — as a result of he attended the U.N. — you imply — the UNGA. 
Q    He was right here as a part of the United Nations.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  No — no, I do know.  I’m simply talk- — you’re speaking about —
Q    Yeah.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  — UNGA particularly? 
Look, you recognize, it’s — UNGA is a chance for, as we all know, heads of states, world — world world leaders to come back collectively and discuss by way of their agreements, disagreements, how they’re going to maneuver ahead.  And that’s what you noticed.  And everybody had a possibility, as you recognize, to talk to the corridor, but in addition to talk to the worldwide — it was a world stage.  And — and we consider everybody has that proper to do this as — as part of the U.N. Constitution. 
I’m not going to talk any — any particularly on his — on his visa.
Q    However for readability, although, there was no engagement between the US and Iran whereas he was right here?  Whereas it comes with the power to do this, we didn’t take up that chance to interact with him instantly, right?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I don’t have something to share on that entrance.  We’ve got been very — we’ve got been very clear and forthcoming on who he engaged with — who the President engaged with whereas he was in New York this previous week.
Q    You have been requested one thing to this impact a little bit bit earlier, however we’ve heard from the State Division that the U.S. is doing what it will possibly to increase Web entry for these Iranians proper now to nonetheless have entry to the surface world.  Is there something past that the US is doing presently to assist these protesters and others in that nation?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So I don’t have any extra to share on what else we’ve been doing, however completely happy to obviously replace of us if we’ve got extra on that piece.
Okay, go forward. 
Q    Thanks, Karine.  Do we’ve got any updates on the method to get a everlasting U.S. ambassador in Moscow?  Clearly, John Sullivan, who was there, needed to come again.  Are you aware the place you might be in that course of?  Have you ever submitted a reputation to the Russians? 
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So I don’t have something to — we don’t have something to replace you on that piece. 
Q    Is there — is that hindering your capacity to successfully do international coverage, the truth that you don’t have a Senate-confirmed ambassador there proper now? 
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  No, under no circumstances.  We’ve got been very successfully —
Q    You introduced your new ambassador. 
Q    You named an envoy (inaudible).
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Oh, I’m sorry.  I might need misunderstood the query.  What was the query? 
Q    I’m right here to assist.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  (Laughs.) I recognize that.  So what was the query? 
Q    I’m asking the place you might be within the — the place you might be in that course of. 
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Oh, okay.
Q    As a result of there’s a — you recognize, it’s a must to submit credentials, and so they have to come back again.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Bought it.
Q    And it’s a bureaucratic course of to get that accredited.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Bought it.  So —
Q    I used to be questioning should you had timing updates or the place you have been on that. 
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, yeah, she’s asking me the place we’re within the course of.  So we’ve got introduced somebody.  I don’t have something — an replace on the method. 
Q    Okay.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah.  Do you’ve got one other query? 
Q    I — it’s been answered a little bit bit, however I used to be going to ask — I believe you’ve addressed this.  However — so that you’re taking the timing of those referendums in Ukraine, being held by Russia, as an indication of insecurity, not confidence, proper?  You’re — you’re saying that this isn’t Putin pondering he can completely maintain these areas, and that’s why he’s having these referendums.  You’re deciphering it as this timing is the other: He’s feeling insecure, and that’s why they’re holding them now?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah, we’ve been very clear on that.  And we even have been saying for months that that is an motion that Putin would take; that is a part of his playbook, doing these sham referendums, these illegitimate voting course of.
So we’ve got been very clear on that, that he’s — he would take this motion.  However once more, you — we noticed the G7 assertion earlier right this moment.  You heard from the President at UNGA.  He’s been very clear as effectively: These are sham referendums.  We is not going to acknowledge any — if — in the event that they transfer ahead on this vogue, we’d not acknowledge any annexation of Ukraine.  Ukraine belongs to the individuals of Ukraine, plain and easy.
Go forward.
Q    Thanks, Karine.  So, the Federal Reserve is saying that the financial system will considerably decelerate to rising simply 0.2 p.c for the whole lot of this yr after which 1.2 p.c for subsequent yr.  Is that this the secure development the President is transferring us in direction of? 
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  You’re speaking about what — what he stated yesterday?  The —
Q    Yeah.  It was the projections the Federal Reserve got here out.  They projected the financial system would develop at simply 0.2 p.c this yr and 1.2 p.c subsequent yr, which is fairly gradual development.  And I’m simply curious: Is that this the secure development that you just’re speaking about?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, I imply, I talked about this a little bit bit already, how we’re coming off of final yr’s historic financial development.  Numerous that’s due to the work of this President and Democrats in Congress passing the American Rescue Plan, which put us ready the place we noticed probably the most secure development — strongest development that we’ve got seen in trendy — in trendy historical past. 
So it’s no shock that the financial system at this level goes to decelerate, goes to chill off only a bit because the Federal Reserve takes motion to convey down inflation. 
So the Fed’s projection, as you talked about, of development over this calendar yr implies development between 1 and a couple of p.c within the subsequent two quarters.
So our purpose is to convey down inflation.  That’s what we’ve been doing for the previous a number of months: ensuring that we’re doing every part that we will to present the American public a little bit bit extra respiration room with out sacrificing the entire historic positive aspects that we made this previous yr and life-changing economics positive aspects this nation has made during the last 19 months — this previous yr, yr and a half. 
So, given the encouraging preliminary indicators that we’ve got seen on inflation and the continued energy of development within the job market — so we consider in — the transition stays attainable.  We consider that we’ll get to a robust and secure development.  We consider that we’ll — we are going to see that cooling that you just hear economists speaking about.
Q    Now, on inflation, another if I may.  Individuals are making powerful selections associated to inflation.  And final week, they noticed the President do the celebration through the Inflation Discount Act, when core inflation rose for the primary time in 5 months on that day.
This week there’s one other celebration 48 hours after the Fed Chairman stated there’ll be extra financial ache.  Is that optics of these two celebrations insensitive to what Individuals are going by way of? 
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, the President has all the time in — when he talks in regards to the financial system, has made clear to know what the American households are going by way of, what the American persons are going by way of.  He understands that the financial system and inflation particularly, excessive value, is — is giving some ache, to your level, to Individuals. 
That’s the reason we handed — that’s the reason Democrats in Congress handed Inflation Discount Act.  By the way in which, no Republicans supported that.  And as you recognize — you’ve heard me say it many occasions; you’ve heard the President say it many occasions — it’s going to decrease value on the subject of prescribed drugs.  It’s going to decrease healthcare prices and power prices.  And it is likely one of the most — probably the most historic funding to struggle local weather change.
As we’re speaking about excessive climate, I’ve gotten a number of questions on Puerto Rico and what the individuals — individuals of Puerto Rico, our brothers and sisters, are going by way of; what could occur on this hurricane season.  Numerous that’s — goes to be helped by the work that this President has carried out — Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation; once more, the Inflation Discount Act.
So, we’re doing the work.  We’re going to proceed to do this.  We’re going to proceed to work.  We’ve seen gasoline costs go down for 14 weeks straight.  And that, once more, is due to the work that this President is doing.  So, sure, we perceive what the American persons are going by way of.  However our job — the President’s job is to do every part that he can in his energy to present Individuals a little bit bit extra respiration room.
Go forward.
Q    Thanks, Karine.  Are you able to inform us a little bit bit about Tuesday’s journey to Florida?  Is the President going to be going after DeSantis a bit?  Is he one of many MAGA — or probably not, in a method — however you see what I imply.  Is he a part of the MAGA or the choice MAGA scene that the President goes after? 
And likewise, may you — may you simply come again to the President’s reelection choice, as a result of —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  You want asking me that query, Sebastian. 
Q    No, no — you have been requested this like a couple of months in the past as a result of everybody was going loopy over, “Is he going to — is he going…”  And also you stated, “Sure, he’s.”  And that was meant to cease the entire thing, however —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Effectively, I stated that — look, I’m — I’m —
Q    5 days in the past, he stated it’s method too early.  So which —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Whoa, whoa, wait.  Maintain on.  I’m going to reply your query.
Q    Okay.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I’m on the podium, proper?  There’s a Hatch Act.  We’ve got to — I’ve to be very conscious when speaking about 2022 and even 2024, which is worlds away, as you all know.  You cowl this.  This media cycle adjustments each second. 
So, look, the President was clear even throughout that “60 Minutes” interview.  And I’ve been clear.  He has been clear a number of occasions that he intends to run.  He stated that.  He stated that in that very same interview that he intends to run. 
I’ve to watch out as I’m standing in entrance of you.  I don’t wish to get extra into that. 
However the President’s purpose proper now, as we take a look at right this moment, as we take a look at the following coming days, is to make it possible for we — that we proceed to ship for the American individuals.  That’s the reason we discuss in regards to the Inflation Discount Act.  That’s the reason we speak about CHIPS Act.  That’s the reason we speak about Bipartisan Infrastructure laws. 
And never simply him.  You hear it from the Vice President.  You hear it from his Cupboard Secretaries.  It’s so essential to make it possible for the American public understands what we’ve got carried out right here these previous 19 months, and that’s going to be our focus.
Because it pertains to Florida and Governor DeSantis, look, I don’t have something to preview presently of what the journey will appear like.  We’ll share extra as we get nearer to the day.
Look, we’ve got talked about this as effectively.  , on the subject of extremism, on the subject of behaviors that’s inhumane and merciless — that’s what we’re seeing from Governor DeSantis.  That’s what we’re seeing in — particularly to how he’s utilizing people who find themselves leaving communism, people who find themselves releasing — attempting to free, get away from political persecution — speaking about Venezuela, Nicara- — Nicaragua, Cuba.  They’re fleeing these international locations.  And he’s utilizing households, youngsters, and ladies as a political ploy, as a political stunt.  We’ll proceed to name that out. 
However so far as what that day will appear like, we’ll share extra as we get nearer. 
Go forward, Karen.
Q    Thanks, Karine.  Again to Puerto Rico.  When the President stated yesterday that the federal authorities would cowl 100% of the price for the following month of the efforts down there, do you’ve got an estimate of what that value goes
to be?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  No, that’s an excellent query.  We don’t have an estimate presently.  However the President is dedicated, as you recognize.  You heard him from talking — from New York yesterday.  He’s dedicated to doing every part that he can for Puerto Rico.  He has spoken to the governor a number of occasions.  Our staff has been in contact with the governor and native officers all through this time. 
And so, he’s dedicated to doing every part that he can, and that is how he sees his position.  He’s carried out this a number of occasions after we’ve seen this excessive sort of climate, these disasters hit communities.  And as President, he’s going to proceed to be a loud voice in that and use the sources of the federal authorities to make it possible for we — we assist the individuals of Puerto Rico presently.
Q    And a follow-up on Iran and the Web.  Has the administration heard from any American tech firms that can transfer ahead with providing Web providers in Iran?  And is there any solution to estimate how a lot of an affect that can even have on the Iranian individuals?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So let me return and simply say, look, we’re conscious of the — what the Iranian authorities are doing in blocking Instagram and likewise WhatsApp, in addition to slowing down or stopping entry to the Web on the whole, as you all are asking.
If correct, that is shameful and — but in addition not an unsurprising step within the flawed course by Iran’s authorities to stop the world from watching the Iran authorities crack down on peaceable protesters.  That’s what is going on right here.
We proceed to work with personal sector and Division of Treasury to determine further measures that we’ll help and facilitate the free circulation of data to the Iranian individuals.
As you — as I simply talked about earlier, the Division of Treasury took motion simply yesterday, and we are going to use what is out there to us to make it possible for we — there’s accountability.
I’m going to return a little bit bit as a result of I haven’t been. Go forward.  After which I’ll come again up. 
Q    Thanks.  Two fast ones.  To start with, on this climate, has there been any — have we been involved — has the U.S. been involved in any respect with our Canadian neighbors in regards to the — what I consider will technically not be a hurricane, however the main storm is meant to hit the Atlantic provinces, Canadian Maritimes within the coming hours?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Clearly, that’s one thing that we’re monitoring from right here.  We must examine in with our buddies at NSC, our colleagues to see if we’ve been in shut contact with Canadian officers.  However that’s one thing that FEMA is repeatedly monitoring as effectively.  And when we’ve got any updates on that, we’re completely happy to share.
Q    And the second factor is we’re — we’re every week away from the tip of the federal government’s fiscal yr.  And are there — is there any cause why anybody needs to be involved that there is perhaps a lapse in funding?  Or is the President and the White Home assured that no matter goes forwards and backwards with Senator Manchin’s allowing invoice and the remainder of the CR negotiations, that that can all be labored out by subsequent Friday?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, we’ve got — you recognize, we consider — and I’ve stated this earlier than, there’s nonetheless time for lawmakers on the — on the Hill to enact a short-term funding invoice by the — by the Friday deadline.  We stay assured that Congress will get to — get this carried out so we will proceed to ship important providers, to your — to your level of your query, to the American individuals.  So, we encourage for that to occur. 
We’ve got continued, I’ve talked about this earlier than, to remain in shut contact with Congress to — in a bipartisan method.  However we consider we’ve got been right here earlier than.  We have been right here simply final yr throughout this time, and we expect that there’s nonetheless time to get one thing carried out.  And we’ll name on them to behave.
Q    I simply wish to observe up once more on the World Financial institution president.  You stated that you just disagree with the feedback that he’s made.  However when it comes to having confidence in him or supporting him, you recognize, there are studies suggesting that some within the administration have tried to oust him.  So, you recognize, provided that contest [sic] — context, does the White Home nonetheless help him or have faith in him?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, eradicating him requires a majority of shareholders, in order that’s one thing to bear in mind.  The U.S. believes the World Financial institution have to be a full companion in delivering on the aggressive world local weather agenda, poverty discount, and sustainability improvement.
Once more, Treasury will maintain Malpass accountable to this place and help the numerous workers working to struggle local weather change on the World Financial institution. 
However once more, it could — removing would require a majority of stakeholders right here.  So, it’s — it’s a partnership, is how we see this.
Go forward, Peter.
Q    Thanks, Karine.  Following up in your topper, does President Biden favor any limits on abortion?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  We’ve been very, very clear right here.  Because you’re speaking about my topper, I used to be speaking particularly about Senator Lindsey Graham.
Q    And your place on his plan is obvious: 15 weeks is unacceptable.
MS. JEAN-PIERRE: And I used to be — I used to be talking to — on to what Republicans are attempting to do.
Q    So Republicans —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  They’re calling — they’re calling for a nationwide ban, which takes us backwards. 
Q    A restrict at 15 weeks, proper?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Which can — which is able to — it’s a nationwide ban which is able to take us backwards and can put in danger the well being of ladies. 
And right here’s the factor about this, Peter, it’s not simply nationwide ban on abortion.  We’re speaking about privateness.  We’re speaking about contraception.  We’re speaking about marriage.  That’s what excessive Republican officers are attempting to do.  That’s what we’re talking to. 
I’m not going to get into specifics right here.  I’m simply going to put out what — what they’ve stated that they’re going to
Q    Why not get into specifics?  The Republicans are saying, “We don’t need abortion after 15 weeks.”  Why can’t you say what number of weeks the President thinks the restrict needs to be?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So — so, as you recognize — as you recognize, Kevin McCarthy put out the GO- — GOP agenda.
Q    I’m not asking about Kevin McCarthy.  I’m asking about Joe Biden and his —
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I’m answering — I’m answering — Peter —
Q    — place on abortion.  What number of weeks?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Peter, I’m answering your query.  What Republicans are attempting to do is take us backwards.  They’re attempting to remove the rights and freedoms of Individuals.  That’s what we’re calling out and that’s what we’re going to proceed to name out.

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Home Republicans oppose a pharmacy invoice that will deny girls important drugs.  As of September, 166 Home Republicans have signed on to a heartbeat invoice that will resolve abortion on the federal lev- — degree, regardless that 28 of these members have since stated selections on abortion needs to be left to the state. 
And this week, a Michigan GOP official stated he wa- — he — he desires to ban contraception.

So we must always actually hearken to what Republicans are attempting to inform us.  And that’s what we’re talking out in opposition to.  And that’s what we’re going to speak about — in regards to the nationwide ban that Republicans are persevering with — persevering with to push when majority of Individuals don’t need that.

Q    We’re all protecting the Republican —


Q    — plan.  I’m simply —

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

Q    Why can’t you say what number of weeks —

Q    Thanks, Karine.

Q    — for Biden?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Okay.  Go forward.  Go forward.

Q    However — no.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  No.  Go forward. 

Q    Karine, why can’t you say?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I answered.  I answered your query.

Q    You didn’t reply my query —

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

Q    — Karine. 


Q    Why can’t you say —

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Go forward, Courtney.

Q    — what number of weeks?

Q    I wished to ask you — the President introduced that he was elevating Jennifer Klein to a extra senior position.  What does that do for her sources, for her portfolio?  What’s the aim of doing that, particularly once you’re coping with so many gender points that you just’ve been speaking about?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, Jen Klein — who, as you recognize, is a colleague of mine, and I’ve labored — I’ve labored intently together with her, in addition to our staff right here — has been main on the Gender Coverage Council for the reason that starting, since day one.  And she or he has had all of the sources accessible to her.

She has labored diligently on — on delivering the agenda of this President.  It’s a — it’s a — as you recognize, a historic workplace that offers with — with such an essential difficulty as we speak about gender — gender rights, as we speak about equality. 

So I wouldn’t say there are — there’s going to be any variations, actually.  I imply, it’s an — she is — she is an — actually, an assistant to the President, because the position — as her new title lays out.  She runs an workplace right here.  And once more, she has had all of the sources which were offered to her.

She works intently with a number of companies throughout — throughout the federal authorities to make it possible for we dwell as much as what the purpose of the gender coverage is.

And so, once more, she is — we’re very completely happy for her.  That is effectively deserved for — for Jen.  And she or he — we’re fortunate to have her in that position.

Q    Are you able to additionally present an replace — I do know the Justice Division had a activity pressure that a number of the White Home of us have been collaborating on responding to the Dobbs choice, the way you have been going to proceed with litigation or no matter it’s you wished to maneuver ahead.  Are you able to present an replace on that group’s work?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah, we will — we will return to the G- — GPC and our different companions to get an replace for you on the place we’re.

Q    Thanks.

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah.  Go forward.

Q    Simply one other follow-up on the World Financial institution.  If a majority of the stakeholders wished to oust President Malpass, would the US help that?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  I’m not going to get into hypotheticals.  I’ve stated already that we condemn the phrases of the president.  And — however, once more, was simply laying out what the method could be.  However I’m not going to get forward of — of what that course of is probably going to appear like if there’s a majority. 

Once more, it is a partnership.  This isn’t — this isn’t one thing that we’ll simply do on our personal.

Q    After which, in New York this week, did any of the President’s discussions with different world leaders contact on the proposed oil worth cap for Russia?  And may you give us any updates on what was mentioned?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah, that’s an excellent query.  We don’t have something to learn out for you on that individual difficulty.  It’s one thing that the President has led on, as you recognize.  It got here up when he was in Europe very just lately. 
And it’s — it’s — you recognize, it is a matter that we really feel that’s essential in coping with actually giving, you recognize, one other, sort of, blow to Russia.  However I don’t have something to learn out for you presently on any additional conversations and the place we’re in that — in that house.

Go forward.

Q    There’s movies on the market of drunken males in Russia brawling and resisting going to the entrance.  Do you — in mild of the conscrip- — this conscription order.  So do you assess that Putin goes to have bother producing 300,000 members of the armed forces, or do you assume he’s going for excess of that?  And is he able to doing it?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Look, I can’t converse to what he’s able to doing or not doing, however I can converse to what these acts that — these bulletins and his speech, laying out what he desires to do — proper? — whether or not it’s 300,000 extra personnel.

Look, once more, this isn’t an act of energy.  This isn’t coming from a spot of confidence.  It’s actually fairly the other.  What we’re seeing from Putin is weak point.

He has — he’s been shedding on the battlefield.  He’s not — he has not made any achieve, as we’ve got identified, this previous couple of weeks.  They haven’t been in a position to obtain any of their targets.  And — and they’re shedding their positions, once more, on the battlefield.

So what we’re seeing is Russia that’s scraping for personnel to throw into this struggle.  And we’re seeing 1000’s of Russians protest in opposition to this mobilization, in opposition to this brutal conflict and unjust conflict that Russia compelled — that Russian forces are finishing up in Ukraine and — on President Putin’s, you recognize, whim, on his orders.

So, once more, he — that is — you recognize, this isn’t a energy or confidence right here that we’re seeing.  That is coming from a spot of weak point.

It’s — you recognize, it’s — we’ll — we are going to — it’s as much as Putin to see what he’s able to doing.  However we’re seeing from the protests, proper?  We’re seeing very clearly that persons are protesting on the street as a result of this conflict is extremely unpopular.  This conflict, once more, that Putin has began, that Putin put onto the individuals of Ukraine.

Q    There’s that report out of the U.N. right this moment about potential alleged conflict crimes in Russia, together with intercourse crimes of very younger and really outdated Ukrainian individuals.  In mild of what the President has stated calling Putin a conflict prison prior to now, what’s he doing now?

MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So we’re partaking the Ukrainians to be taught extra about what’s taking place on the bottom.  We’ve got been clear that conflict crimes Russian forces have dedicated have to be investigated and that Russia must be held accountable.

So the latest discovery of mass graves in Izyum is horrifying, as are the atrocities Russia has dedicated in Bucha and lots of different locations all through Ukraine.  We’ve been very clear about that.

We’ve got been working intently with Ukraine on this difficulty and welcome Ukrainians’ perspective on this course of, how we transfer ahead. 
We’re additionally supporting a spread of worldwide and nationwide efforts underway to doc conflict crimes and atrocities dedicated by Russian forces in Ukraine, together with by way of Worldwide Legal Courtroom and investigation by way of the Human — U.N. Human Rights Council, the OSCE Moscow Mechanism, and the Ukrainian Prosecutor Normal’s Workplace.
We’re serving to doc, protect, and analyze proof of conflict crimes and atrocity by way of our Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group for Ukraine, the State Division’s Battle Observatory, and the Division of Justice Warfare Crimes Accountability Staff. 
It’s previous time for this conflict to finish, and it’s as much as Mr. Putin to finish this conflict.  This conflict was began by the Kremlin.  He can finish this conflict right this moment if he chooses to.  He can finish the brutality that we’re seeing in Ukraine if he chooses to.  And it’s as much as him.  He can finish this right this moment. 
I’m attempting to see who I’ve not known as on.  Oh, go forward.  Go forward.  Go forward.  Go forward.
Q    Thanks, Karine.  Two Individuals who have been captured whereas combating Russia in Ukraine have been launched this week.  They arrived again on U.S. soil right this moment.  What involvement did the U.S. have in that prisoner alternate?  Is there the rest that you would be able to inform us about that?  And has the President spoken but to both the boys or their households?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  So, I don’t have something to learn out on any dialog that — that the President has had particularly with these two — two Individuals.
The USA welcomes the negotiated prisoner alternate between Ukraine and Russia, which incorporates the 2 U.S. residents, as you simply talked about, captured whereas serving in Ukraine’s navy.  We’re appreciative of Ukraine together with all prisoners of conflict, no matter nationality, in its negotiations.  And we sit up for these U.S. residents being reunited with their households. 
We additionally thank the Crown Prince and the federal government of Saudi Arabia and the Turkish authorities for facilitating the alternate of prisoners between Ukraine and Russia.  We as soon as once more reiterate the State Division’s journey advisory warning U.S. residents to not journey to Ukraine, and that those that do take part in combating there — within the combating there, face a big danger, and the US can not assure their security.  We’ve been very clear about this from the very early days of this conflict.
We proceed to encourage Individuals to commit their energies towards the numerous different alternatives that exist to assist the nation of Ukraine and likewise the individuals of Ukraine.
Q    On one other subject actually fast.  The President, over the summer season, was contemplating declaring a public well being emergency over abortion rights.  He was additionally at one level excited about taking government motion on the subject of DREAMers.  And he was additionally contemplating declaring a nationwide emergency over local weather.  Are you able to present us with a standing replace on potential government actions referring to these gadgets?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  We don’t have any updates on these specific gadgets, and after we do, we might be completely happy to share them.
Go forward. 
Q    Karine, what’s the President Biden message to the individuals of Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua that are actually on their solution to the U.S. border or pondering of coming to the U.S. border?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Yeah.  And we’ve got stated this earlier than; Secretary Mayorkas has been very clear on this as effectively: It’s a harmful journey.  We perceive the political persecution.  We perceive what — what the individuals of Ukraine — I’m sorry — not Ukraine — I used to be simply speaking about Ukraine — what the individuals of Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba are going by way of.  However, once more, these are very, very harmful — it is a very harmful journey. 
We — you recognize, we suggest that they don’t put their lives in danger.  However, once more, you recognize, what we’re seeing — how they’re getting used as political pawns — is one thing that we’re going to proceed to name on.  It’s inhumane.  It’s unacceptable how of us who’re fleeing, once more, political persecution, who’re fleeing communism are being handled. 
And that’s one thing that you just’ll proceed to listen to President Biden condemn, you’ll proceed to listen to us condemn.  What Republican governors are doing is unacceptable.  It’s shameful.  And never solely that — it’s inflicting chaos and confusion. 
And that’s not how we repair the system.  If we wish to repair the system, the President put forth, on his first day within the White Home, a legislative resolution, a complete immigration reform to cope with these very points. 
Within the meantime, we’re going to proceed to work with our companions and our allies within the area within the Western Hemisphere, as a result of that is certainly a brand new sort of migration that we’re seeing.  We’re seeing a bounce from these three international locations — about 121 p.c in only a yr.  And that may be a totally different situation that we’re coping with.  So, we’re going to — that’s inflicting — that’s inflicting havoc throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Q    I’ve a follow-up.  President Biden stated final week that it’s not rational to ship these individuals from Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua again.  Does that imply that President Biden is ultimately — or the White Home — ultimately encouraging them to come back to the U.S.?
MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  What the President is saying is that these of us — these moms, these youngsters, these households — are leaving the nation due to communism.  They’re leaving the nation due to political persecution. 
And he was saying that they shouldn’t be used as a political pawn by Governor DeSantis or any Republican governor.  That’s what he was talking to.  He was calling out the inhumane nature of the way in which that they have been getting used due to a politi- — for a political headline, due to somebody’s political future. 
And so, he’s going to proceed to name that out.  It’s, once more — I’ll say this once more: It’s inhumane.  You hear the President speak about this many occasions all through his profession, not simply as President: You will need to deal with individuals with dignity.  You will need to make it possible for — you recognize, that — once more, that folk who’re fleeing communism aren’t handled this fashion.  And so we’ll proceed to name that out. 
Thanks, all people.
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