Jean-Pierre stops reporters’ pleas to take questions after Biden ‘Armageddon’ warning

“Can you just email it,” Karine?

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre spent nearly half of a seven-minute gaggle Friday on Air Force One reading non-urgent statements and rejecting reporter pleas to instead focus on President Biden’s warning about , that humanity may soon be wiped out in a nuclear “Armageddon”. ” because the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, lacks an “off ramp” from the Ukraine war.

The press en route to a Volvo factory in Hagerstown, Md., was the day’s only scheduled forum to ask either Biden or his top spokeswoman questions about his shocking remark a night earlier that the Russian invasion of Ukraine could end in a nuclear strike. war.

Jean-Pierre, who ultimately said there is no new intelligence to support Biden’s concern, entered the press area of ​​the presidential plane as it neared its destination — arriving later than expected, ensuring the gaggle would be short.

“Hey guys, so this is going to be an incredibly short bunch,” Jean-Pierre said.

A photo of White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined the reporter’s requests to discuss President Biden’s warning.

“Is it ok if we just start with questions?” asked a reporter straight out in an urgent tone.

“No, I actually have things on top that I need to share,” Jean-Pierre replied, before launching into an essay-length statement that provides standard economic talking points.

After finishing his lengthy recap of Biden’s rosy framing of economic news despite 41 years of high inflation and skyrocketing interest rates, Jean-Pierre continued to read aloud the White House’s press guidance on the week ahead, dismissing a reporter’s request that in the site was sent to e-mail. .

Jean-Pierre’s lengthy opening statement on the economy contained little new or pressing content – adding to the frustration of journalists who have noted that the press secretary has recently spent much of his briefing time reading directly from transcripts rather than engaging directly. She said:

“So today’s job figures reflect that [sic] we have been saying for many months, we are in a transition to stable and stable growth. Today’s unemployment corresponds to the lowest level in 50 years at 3.5%.

This kind of job growth is consistent with low unemployment and a healthy economy. More people are working than at any time in American history – black, Hispanic unemployment is at an all-time low, and black unemployment remains low. It includes millions of families with dignity, with the dignity and peace of mind that a paycheck provides.

The President’s strategy of building the economy from the ground up delivers for the American people, brings jobs back from overseas, and that the Inflation Reduction Act accelerates that progress to create new manufacturing jobs across the country and cut the biggest costs families face.

And so it’s fitting that today, on National Manufacturing Day, President Biden gets a chance to highlight the resurgence of American manufacturing during a visit to Volvo’s Hagerstown, Maryland facility. The President – the President will talk about how he and congressional Republicans have two very different economic views for the country.

The Inflation Reduction Act lowers the prices of prescription drugs, energy bills, and health care costs paid off — by ending the ability of giant corporations to pay nothing in taxes. Congressional Republicans want – want to repeal the Inflation Reduction Act, which will worsen inflation, increase costs – raise costs for families and give the wealthy and wealthy special interests a bid [sic], a treasure giveaway. They would also wipe out new clean energy manufacturing jobs created because of the Inflation Reduction Act.

I’ll also make a note, as CNN reported this morning, Republicans in Congress continue to quote ‘vote no, but take the dough.’

Last year they attacked President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill as quote ‘socialism’. Now they are asking for funding, the law provides crucial job-creating infrastructure priorities in their districts. We have seen this phenomenon before with President Biden’s US bailout.

The bipartisan infrastructure law rebuilds our roads and bridges, delivers cheaper and cleaner energy, and creates good-paying jobs across the country. It is sad, but not surprising, that many Republicans in the House and Senate are now trying to claim credit and benefit from parts of the president’s agenda they fought to block.

President Biden ran for president to rebuild the middle class. There is more to do, we are proud to make significant progress for families.”

When she finished reading the statement, Jean Pierre continued, “I also want to finally announce something that people have been wanting. It’s back by popular demand, which is a week ahead of the preview. So let me share the coming week with you .”

A photo of President Biden stepping off Air Force One.
President Biden said humanity could soon be wiped out in a nuclear “Armageddon.”
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“Can you just email it to us?” protested a journalist.

“I think we have a lot to achieve and we are about to land,” the journalist added.

The White House usually sends an e-mail with weekly guidance to reporters on Sundays.

Jean-Pierre said she “needs[ed]” to read the weekly agenda aloud because she was asked by a reporter last week to do so — despite that briefing question being a specific request for early guidance on Biden’s trips to visit hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and Florida.

“I have to do this because I was asked and I – and I’m keeping my promise here. I was asked last week and I’m keeping my promise,” Jean-Pierre insisted, continuing to read:

“On Wednesday, the president will travel out west, starting in Colorado.

On Thursday and Friday, he will have events in California and Oregon. The President will discuss the progress we’ve made from passing a historic bipartisan infrastructure bill to passing the Infrastructure — Inflation Reduction Act. He will draw a contrast between his plan to protect and strengthen the Medicare family [sic] and Social Security and plan for congressional Republicans, which puts Medicare and Social Security on the chopping block.”

“OK, with that, go ahead,” she finally said, letting a good three minutes pass until the plane landed.

A reporter quickly asked, “Does the president plan to use the word Armageddon? Why did he choose that particular reference to Revelation 16:16?”

Jean-Pierre responded: “OK, so Russia’s talk of using nuclear weapons is irresponsible. And there’s no way to use them without unintended consequences. It can’t happen. We’re not going to be intimidated by Putin’s rhetoric. We haven’t seen any reason to adjust our own nuclear posture, nor do we have any indication that they are prepared to use them. But Putin can de-escalate this at any time, and there is no reason to escalate.”

Another reporter asked: “Why were these comments made for the first time in front of a group of donors instead of a press conference or some kind of public forum?”

A photo of President Biden boarding Air Force One.
Biden did not mention a possible nuclear apocalypse during his Oct. 7 speech in Hagerstown.

“The president’s comments have been very consistent,” Jean-Pierre asserted. “He reinforced what we’ve been saying, which is how seriously we take these threats of nuclear weapons, as we have when the Russians have made these threats throughout the conflict. So the kind of irresponsible rhetoric we’ve seen is no way for the leader of a nuclear-armed state to speak, and that’s what the president made very clear.”

Yet another reporter asked, “Do you have new knowledge that caused the president to raise the level of concern?”

“No, no,” said Jean-Pierre. “The president addressed concerns about Putin’s threats to use nuclear weapons, just as he did in the UN General Assembly.”

The reporter followed up, “So there’s no imminent threat?”

“No,” said Jean-Pierre. “I said before, we have seen no reason to adjust our own strategic nuclear posture, nor do we have indications that Russia is preparing to use nuclear weapons immediately.”

Biden did not mention a possible nuclear apocalypse during his Friday speech in Hagerstown. The commander-in-chief is scheduled to spend a long weekend out of sight at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.

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