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josh has delivered 20 million doses by the end of march. the company has submitted 24 million by the end of april and importantly to be at or near the 100 million by the end of may. we have seen with all of the vaccine manufactures and with pfizer they ramp up across time to modernity visor are in a steady cadence this week. that's not something that johnson & johnson has yet achieved so 20 million delivered today, 24 million is the target that the company submitted to for a appropriate most importantly the company is committed to being at or near 100 million doses by the end of may. stepping back we will have enough supply for all adult americans by the end of may which is what is most important here. >> thank you for joining today and i hope everybody is a good
he led 140,000 jobs secured hourly minimum wage paid sick leave and currently to stab his universal high-quality prekindergarten for all children and free community college for low income students. after following his father and boston secretary walsh headed the building and construction trade counsel from 2011 to 2013. before serving as mayor he was a state representative of one of the most -- massachusetts protecting workers rights expanding mental health treatment and investing in public transit. as always i'm happy to take questions. i will be the bad cop and with that we will start with you. thank you very much. i want to thank resident biden and vice president harris for inviting me to share an update on the economic recovery at this
important moment in time. the news today under the present leadership to the american rescue plan, america's workforce climbing out of the people that covid has put us in. a recovery is building momentum and many more americans are returning to work as you can see but we still have a long way to go and there's a lot of work to do. today's her of labor statistics reported american economy added 916,000 jobs in the month of march and the unemployment rate edged down to 6% from 6.2% in february. that is certainly good news for 900,000 working men women and families in this country. who saw significant job growth in most sectors of our economy and it's clear the national vaccine program is not only saving lives but enabling more people to get back to work very at the unexpanded employment benefits are not only putting food on the table at stimulating or local economy. supports are put in place for
rent mortgages childcare school small businesses and emergency paid leave or giving workers the security they need to hold on and stop -- start planning for better future big american rescue plan certainly has had effects across economy laying down the foundation for recovery. at the same time over 8 million jobs that existed a year ago today are yet to return. millions of people in this country are still hurting. and his 30s with a workforce continues to be a concern to the african-american unemployment rate in march was 9.6% and the hispanic rate was 7.9% and 5.4% for whites. in addition the labor force participation for women continue be a problem that has been exacerbated during this pandemic rate we must continue to address the fact that working people and communities already suffering the most from inequality were hit the hardest during the covid illness and job loss. that's why the american jobs
plan proposed by president biden is so vital to our future. it tackles each of these issues head-on and with bold action. the plan offers the necessary path forward to a sustainable economic growth that is robust competitive and inclusive. as a former mayor is jen mention i know all about infrastructure needs. this plan would move us into the 21st century into the forefront of the world and transportation, clean energy and high-speed internet and create millions of good jobs across the united states. a report issued by georgetown university on education workforce found the american jobs will create a 8 million jobs for people with just a high school diploma london would increase the share of infrastructure jobs from 11 to 14% of the jobs in this country. revising the blue-collar middle class of economy across our country. as labor secretary it would make an investment by merck and workers and their skills, and
their opportunities and in their right organize and advocate for better pay working conditions and jobs. those investments will create an open up access to good manufacturing and construction jobs. there's also major investment in professionals. in an industry were one in six workers disproportionately women of color live in poverty. we have seen amateur family depends on tacair over the last year. those skills of compassion workers need and deserve a better deal. the american jobs plan would also double the number of apprenticeships over 1 million while ensuring these programs reach those who have been left out in the past. i've personally seen the benefits of apprenticeships up close. as mayor i -- launched in the. issue program and is later -- labour labor leader of sena changed the lives of women and people of the city of boston per for those reasons and many others this planet feels a chew
engine of our economy. though working people will run off that. this is about the conversations americans are having a kitchen tables across the country. her last two weeks have taught the parents and childcare providers i talk to small business owners members of the labor union frontline public employees and federal and local employees mayors across erica -- american cities large and small. they continue be concerned about the situation and what they are saying in their communities but everyone seems to be optimistic and hopeful they all see a pathway forward to today's data shows while jobs are coming back unemployment remains a necessary lifeline for too many for millions of americans that new opportunities and good jobs providing for your families building on on the community those are the things that will allow us to dream again and that's aware working for in this administration and all across
america. with that i will take questions. >> with that some factory owners in the midwest who are really struggling to get people to take their jobs and we are going to add 19 million jobs. where are the people who take those jobs going to come from and how will they do extra training? >> in this builder is war job money in the biggest that a lot of what i have heard of what workers are concerned about his covid-19 three people are still afraid of the impact of covid-19 and they are still too many deaths and loss of life and i think i know the president's plan is that competent plan of vaccine plan to get more and more shots out and the president doubled down on his efforts in the day about the vaccine. as he reaches his vaccine goal of 100 million vaccine shots and jumping to 200 million that will make a difference.
people need to feel safe. the president stressed today where a mask wash your hands with soap and warm water physical distance and be careful, stay separate. all of those things are still very much something you have to do in any state or city in this country. >> they are gaps even now before covid there were gaps between what was available in terms of jobs and people who are willing to take them. >> i think the numbers now i think it's 8.4 million people out of work area and there's another 2 million people who aren't even on the workforce. it comes down to fear even within the department of labor for a lot of conversations i've had with employees at of the department of labor asking when we come back and we are not bringing people back right now. as mayor of the city of boston i heard everyday. people want people to come back
to work with people are still fearful. as to get through the next couple of weeks i think that will shift and change. as people get vaccinated and more more people continue to be vaccinated to see more and more people who want to come back into the workforce. >> no what will the impact on the travel changes taking place and hospitality travel and entertainment have suffered a great deal. what do you see as the combat timeline for those areas of the economy? >> again that's a great question. again it comes back to people feeling safe and comfortable. i don't mean to keep going back to being the mayor of a boston but we have until the convention at the convention center in boston for over year. my office overlooks the hall and today there would be thousands of people shopping. if i looked out the window today
there had be have a dozen. i think the more we can get the vaccine out to people the more we can get shots in get shots in the people's arms the more we can control the virus and eliminate the virus. that will be the key. i know president biden said it today i can't stress the fact enough of wearing a mask. there are people who won't wear a mask. where a mask for the people around you making sure you are as getting testing. all of those things are so important as we move for. per the hospitality industry had a pretty good day today when you look at the numbers and the numbers show that for a lot of our restaurants are starting to reopen. but they are not there yet so we need to do everything we can within our power to combat this virus and beat this virus down if we truly want full recovery and it's great to see more and more people traveling but there are many more people who won't get on a plane right now even with the vaccine they are worried rate we have to continue to educate.
thank you mr. secretary. as you know the 50-dollar -- $15 hour minimum wage in the covid relief villas in your expectation that will be part of phase 2 of the infrastructure and jobs plan? >> yes very supportive as i am of raising the minimum wage and we will work until we get a vehicle to vote on minimum wage. the minimum wage when you look at the aspects of the state plan one of the areas we saw a lot of growth in low-skilled mostly a lot of high school dropouts that came into the workforce low-wage earners. minimum wage changes that dynamic. it puts more money back into the economy and it's something the president is focused on and i'm focused on the secretary of labor and other members of the mr. schnur looked on that as well. >> you think i will be part of
face to? >> that's a conversational have to have that the president. >> the unemployment will for asian-americans went up almost a full percentage point even though the numbers dropped from every other doma crab -- demographic reads the mac that came up in him a conversation with my briefing this morning. we will get the information for you. it seems a little lax. that number jumped out at everyone saying there's something not right. >> on the infrastructure plan should union jobs be prioritized in that infrastructure plan? >> in a lot of ways a lot of those jobs will be union jobs and it's important to make sure those jobs that are inside building roads and bridges or water or va all those construction jobs if you will they think it's important that there could wage is with those jobs. i believe in collective bargaining and the president
believes and collective organ in. we'll have to see where this goes and what is in the bill but we believe in those areas the building trades piece the -- support this piece of legislation because it's about building roads and bridges and all the other things that will be in it so i think it's important to have obviously make this part of the bill certainly one of those it creates entry points. >> is the labor department doing anything different as far as numbers and changing the way you take data? >> i had my first briefing at 8:00 this morning and adequate briefing yesterday but not about the numbers today and one of the things i did ring up in a conversation was about women who've been pushed out of the workforce. too many women have been pushed out of the workforce during covid so we talked about that
greatest mayor dealing with inequality, women's inequality when it comes to getting paid and what a man makes and looking out a white woman in comparison to a woman of color are brought that today. what i want to do is look at the stats because you can't fix a problem, you can't address the problem directly if you don't have the stats. i have a whole different group of people and economists that are going to help me and i intend on using that to help close these gaps and people of color as well. part of the american jobs plan when we think about as it goes to through the process through congress we think about what the numbers say and how do we. and draw programs to workforce to government union apprenticeships and how do we make sure those investments are targeted so those are things we can collectively do on also worse -- work with
transportation. all of my colleagues think this issue of inequality is not just a labor issue but across-the-board. >> 916,000 jobs do you think that is sustainable? >> i hope so. i was asked a question like that earlier today. again there were too many variables with the virus. next month could be better. we think about this summer and as we go back to a year ago the virus was surging and in the month of may june july august september started to get that and started to look good and people started to come back out and go to work. we saw spike after thanksgiving in another spike after christmas and the virus is unpredictable. that's why they are a couple of different components here. the american jobs plan number one and number two cover making sure we contend you have the cdc talking about wearing masks and
to be careful. we have to pay attention to that and all the other questions i've gotten today for factory workers not wanting to come back, i just think we have to have a plan and we are confident when president biden was sworn in he came up with the covid lan. he he had a direction where you want to go and he's been talking about vaccinations in 100 days, 100 million doubling that number so we need to continue to work with her partners in state and local governments. we need to work with her mayors and city councils and town councils and we need to continue to work with all those groups. >> last one. >> i appreciate it. the president just spoke about his concerns for the long-term unemployed. you know right now that the per portion of people that are out of work or it is anything you
can do and is there a specific effort underway to help people that are facing long-term unemployment? >> the plan addresses some of that right now this is my second week here. i've had some conversations with their workforce development folks to think about how we can target investments in some places but some others folks for example restaurants around the country they have gone out of business as they lost their business. some of those folks may not want to go back and do that position so how do we help those folks at the president was talking about today and get them trained into other opportunities and skills that they can take advantage of. that's one of the things we have to do. >> to support the push for farmworkers and alabama? >> i support everyone's right to collectively bargain. we are waiting to see what the result of that election is but i believe everyone has a right to
join a union. >> thank you mr. secretary. >> thank you. >> i did tell him next time he comes back he won't get as nice an introduction so he's prepared for that. just a couple of items for all of you at the top. three new reports over the last 24 hours to ensure the critical importance of passing the american jobs plan. it's jobs will create the workers who will benefit from it and paid for by asking big corporations to pay their fair share. a report from moody's analytics that came out yesterday afternoon suggests the economy will create in 19 million jobs over the next decade if congress passes the americans jobs plan to moody's projects the plan will help reduce the unemployment rate and drive up the labor force participation on a sustained basis. a lot of benefits will continue once the american rescue plan
goes through. second are the blue-collar workers who will benefit from the plan but according to another report from georgetown university center on education and the workforce investment like the jobs plan would reverse the long-term decline in jobs and earnings for those with high school diplomas or less creating a million jobs for this population. the majority of infrastructure jobs will be for people with no more than a high school diploma. finally it's why we can pay for this once in a century investment and jobs and growth by asking corporations to pay their fair share. and number of reports by the institution on taxation and economic policy he revealed that 55 big corporations paid $0 in federal taxes on 2020 profits than about these companies received billions of dollars in tax refunds so we believe they can do their fair share so we can help fund this one ended
generation investment. a couple other scheduling announcements president biden looks forward to welcoming prime minister to the white house, the japanese prime minister in case you weren't following to the white house on friday april 16 through this will be her first in-person visit of a foreign leader in the biden/harris of administration reflecting the importance we place on our bilateral relationships with japan in rich edson partnerships with the japanese people. we look forward to hearing more and the kit -- details in days to come. on monday the president will have the -- he will deliver remarks on the tradition of easter and the white house and he will participate in an event on the state of vaccinations on wednesday he will participate in advance on historic investments in the american jobs plan. arlene. >> i have a covid question in a little while ago we heard the president appealed to people who
to take the coronavirus seriously who say too many people are asking if the fight is over and it's not that i'm wondering why is the president is saying review or the white house why do you think it's not breaking through for some people and why do we have to keep saying it again and again and again? and again? >> we have ours anticipated there would be ups and downs and that's why the president the vice president all of us have continued to reiterate that we are at war with the virus and we have it went in that's the message we have heard from him and members of art health team throughout the past several months even when people are feeling more and more confident in the brick and public prelude out few the observation of public health guidelines as a political set. we view it as something that's help save lives. some people view it otherwise but our focus is on ensuring that we are expediting getting
vaccinations out to pharmacies doubling the number pharmacies and more than doubling expediting increasing the amount of vaccines going out to states which we saw a dramatic increase in and working with mayors business owners and at the individual level to continue to reiterate what has long been a consistent message. >> do you think it's too early to celebrate and how often or how much of that is part of the public education messaging and the psas that the administration is doing, how much of that message is part of that campaign? >> the big focus of the public campaign is we can do this and it's important to take the vaccine. obviously increasing partnering that public messaging with their efforts to expedite getting more vaccines out increasing the number of vaccinations cites the number of vaccinators. we are doing these in partnership and also working and
investing i should say a significant amount of our public education efforts in local partners which seems to be the most effective ever. that's one of the reasons why that is where the majority of our funding through the public campaign is going. >> one other quick question regarding the call the president had. donald trump in the investigation he sought in the ukrainian government did that come up and they invest -- conversation? >> we have a readout and i don't recall that coming out during the call. >> are you concerned about russian disinformation about the activities of the border continuing. >> you are absolutely right and rear. it's a continuing theme and we have seen this movie before. the disinformation campaign that
russia has implemented in the past as it relates to their aggressions at the border of ukraine's about something where watching. we are concerned about it and we will continue to communicate from here but also with their partners. >> just on the jobs and infrastructure, there's there is wide support for the infrastructure package but when we ask republicans their support is very partisan. there's a sense that republicans won't support anything under a democratic president rate how do you change that narrative? >> the president talked about this before and said he thinks republicans voters would -- but our polling shows.
>> i've looked at your particular point but we have seen 80% of the public believes me the need to invest in art the structure across the country and that is long outdated. the president doesn't believe that's a political issue whether it's roads railways bridges access to broadband. access to broadband is certainly a challenge in inner cities and low income communities but also an issue across her america. many parts of the country that are rather in a political sense and have a republican population. what our focus is going to be on his continuing to communicate the different components of this package and how will help the american people. we don't see it as a politically charged package or a partisan package in most polls you look at when you look at the components as you alluded to are consistent with that. that is what our focus will be
on. we just announce it two days ago >> indiana there's a discussion about u.s. and iranian -- an indian at the same time but not meeting directly. can you say a word about what you expect to come out of that and do you think they can sit down together at the table with iran is? >> we have agreed to participate in talks with their european russian and chinese partners to identify the issues involved in a mutual return to compliance with iran. this is a welcome and potentially constructive early step even if the diplomatic road ahead may be long as it was during the first negotiations around the jc opa. we are clear-eyed about the hurdles that remain. these talks are structured around working groups with
remaining partners in the jcpoa including iran and the primary issue will be the nuclear steps that iran will take to return to compliance with jcpoa and the sanctions the united states would need to take to return to compliance as well. we don't anticipate presently there will be direct talks between the united states and iran so that we certainly remain open to them. >> on the southern part of united states border protection has preliminary numbers about unaccompanied minors crossing over and they are way up 18,500 preliminary numbers but a big jump suggesting it's more than just the conditions on the ground. is there a sense now that the administration needs to do something different in terms of the message of this is not the time to come but children who are unaccompanied will be
protected and cared for and be able to stay producer and a movement on that as the message? >> that continues to be our message and we continue to look for ways to project it more broadly and more effectively in the region but that is a sliver of what our efforts are we don't feel simply telling people with more psas not become that is going to be the only way to reduce the number of people who are taking the journey. in addition to that we have these conversations is started last week that will be ongoing and will continue with our envoy and officials who will be working with governments and officials in the northern triangle to talk about addressing conditions and talk about reducing the temptation to travel. some of that will be aid and assistance and assistance end of discussion about the president has proposed $4 billion has planted some of it will be continuing to communicate directly with the region and we
will continue to reiterate our policies remain in place in terms of implementing title 42 authority and the vast majority of adults are turned away. these numbers are certainly, we are not naïve about the challenge but our focus is on solution and actions to address miners coming across the border in making it less of an incentive to come including also continuing to implement the central american program that they can apply that people under 18 can apply for. >> is there stuart ship in this issue dealing with more than diplomacy and the operational issues that are being dealt with along the border with the bureau and border patrol and hhs? >> that's a role that the department of homeland security is deploying. now we also have the secretary of health and human services who
is in place who can work in partnership and oversight over the number of shelters which is a key part of the partnership but the vice president is focused on the northern triangle >> if it's such a precedent issue why hasn't the administration named the commissioner i.c.e. directory at? those are certainly important roles in one sense we are eager to fill. i don't have an up to it on the personnel there but we also have a number of experienced leaders including the secretary of homeland security who has served as deputy secretary in the past and other stuff agencies who are implementing our work on a daily basis. >> you are asked if there's consideration for -- and you had that conversation. >> i don't have anything more about the character of the personnel other than someone who is qualified and prepared to implement as quickly as possible
but we don't have a shortage of experienced and qualified personally dressing these issues. that's not the biggest challenge where focusing on right now. the biggest challenge is expediting processing ensuring we have more shelters available. we made some progress in those areas but there is more work to be done. >> on the georgia law i have a conversation with representative canon who was arrested there and she said the justice department needed to get involved and the president last week said the justice department is looking into the options and he was looking into options pink can you up data is on the options next. >> the independent justice department that would refer you to them and they plans that they have read and make can you give us an update on anyway and whether the white house will respond? >> down the department justice?
>> would only come from a justice department? >> i don't understand what you're saying rates in at the president said he was looking into his options. are there other options beyond the justice department? >> there is one category and legal action and that's in the department justice's hands. they will make independent decisions. the present talks about the importance of advocating for voter access and expansion making it easier for people to use their civic duty to elect officials. there obviously pieces of legislation working their way through congress and that's the way they will continue to be involved. they will continue to communicate with work with leaders like stacy abrams and others who are implementing grassroots activism across the country so there are a lot of roles the president can play. obviously the different category
than the legal steps. that would be after the tourney general. >> thanks jen. on the issue of voting rights of president said he would support major league baseball moving the all-star game out of atlanta and now they are -- so does the president believe that texas businesses should move out of the state or boycott the state if this bill is signed into law a? >> businesses have made that decision themselves of course. he also is not dictating major league des ball mover games out of georgia. he's conveying if that was the decision that was made he would certainly support that and that's true in the context of the remarks he made in that interview. >> what does the president believe the responsibility of businesses is in this debate? >> in terms of activism?
>> when it comes to voting rights and bills in the states where they reside and where they call home what does the president believe the responsibility is a businesses when it comes to this issue voting rights quick scan the president has made his view clear that he believes he has major concerns about the bill passing in georgia. he has consistently argued it should be easier not harder to vote and he believes making it a criminal act to deliver water to people in mind is not making it easier and we are not calling for specific actions. >> the president said this morning his infrastructure plan would create 19 million jobs. can you explain how he came up with that figure? >> it's not our figure. >> and on another subject is the president aware of the reporting and investigation into congress on matt gates and does he believe the congressman should resign?
's. >> i would refer you to the legal on that. >> can i ask you about the plan for medicaid expansion. and how flexible on weaver quest that would have to be put in the in order for them to agree. spent the present is supportive and an advocate for states expanding medicaid and he thinks it's a way to insure more people are covered and have access to affordable health care but in of flexibility have to talk to gene and i want to talk to you guys about any specifics about those discussions. >> by you doing anything in terms of reaching out to them in an outreach campaign in general whether you are talking about
specifics and [inaudible] is there anything going on pacific that the medicaid plan? >> with aegis referenced that effort. >> thanks jen. on russia again in their integrate -- international payment system is the white house considering disconnecting them from that system? >> let me see if i have anything specifically on that. i know we talked about the soul of that in the past. i don't know if i have anything new. i'm happy to talk to our national security team. >> is there any update on the document that the white house was talking about? >> we expected to be soon but not today or this weekend. go ahead and. >> i want to ask about the
presence of easter plans. he told committee leaders that he would spend easter with his family because they are all vaccinated. [inaudible] >> i don't have a specific number family of family members but i can assure you the president is a role model in every aspect of how he's living in this difficult time. he obviously has a wife he has been married to for some time in a couple of grandkids whom he sees when he goes to delaware but it's a limited group and not the big irish biden clan that many of you have seen throughout the course of his time in public office. i don't have any more updates on the family. you have another question? >> i did want to ask about matt
gaetz. is the president concerned since he sits on the committee that sits on the overseeing department is investigating him? >> that the decision to let leaders in congress make. >> a couple of quick questions during the pandemic we have seen seen -- increase and there's concern with ricard to schedule one for folks on capitol hill. because it expires may 1 they are wondering if that's scheduling doesn't get renewed by members that more of that drug could come across the southern border. i know manchin and portman have a bill on this. does the resident support making analogs to primarily schedule one? >> it's a really good question. i know the president is addressing the flow at the border and that would be up to
the state department to dress my did talk to her legislative team about our role in this legislation trades back the president has voiced his support for mlb making a decision about the all-star game in georgia. i'm wondering when can we expect a final termination about the united states participating in the beijing olympics given he said the chinese president doesn't have a democratic known in his body. >> i think the u.s. olympic committee would play a big role. stay it gets major league hazelmack states. >> the question we addressed a few minutes ago i answered the question. >> the first one is we have stern -- seen cases in canada in
québec and on terry olympic there. the best way to -- is to vaccinate. i'm trying to understand why the u.s. wouldn't send more doses to canada? >> as you all know i think everybody here knows we are give a 1.5 million doses of astrozeneca to canada sooner than they would in the normal or c.a.r.e. process and we agreed the vaccine -- the virus i should say knows no borders and it's important we play a role in or global effort to get the pandemic under control. the president of the united states is focuses on ensuring adult americans in the american people are vaccinated. as we have been talking about in this briefing we know there will be ups and downs but that i'm we have seen some areas where the virus numbers have gone up from where they have been before. we know this is going to be up-and-down with this virus of
that's where focus remains the rear and open to the response from canada and other countries around the world. >> you are talking about respecting borders and i have questions on this because the earliest we could open the border and -- how much it will help the u.s. economy and the growth of new jobs. if the restrictions of the border were quickly. >> i don't have any numbers on that. i will say we certainly are eager to continue the constructive productive relationship we have with the government of canada and with the people of canada but her first priority right now is defeating the virus and ensuring the mac and people are vaccinated are you.
>> can you -- india and south africa have made a formal request of the wto about an property protections for covid vaccine and treatment. is the u.s. ready to consider this? >> i know within us about this before but i don't have an update on the. >> a follow-up on the -- is there reason why it was delayed? >> i expected to be very soon and i don't have the exact date for you but i expected to be quite soon. i would read into it or the map trades back on infrastructure package we saw the campaign released the much larger package that would address climate change needs in a similar way to how this package does.
[inaudible] >> first let me say this package recognizes the urgency and existential threat of the climate crisis and the recognizes the opportunity to rebuild our nation's infrastructure and our nation's clean energy and right the wrongs of past of our mental injustices. there's a significant amount of this package on climate and green jobs. will position you estimate president biden's goal of being carbon-neutral by 2035 and a clean energy economy by 2050 so have a lot of woodwork and their by building modern sustainable and resilient infrastructures and including save target waters are right in every minty revolutionizing electric vehicle conversation and resilient workers. climate in the crisis is a
priority one of the four crises the present is talked about being a priority for him as president and it's not the end of our work in addressing climate change. >> i expect we will continue to work on solutions and options for addressing the climate crisis but this package that is then proposes 2 trillion-dollar packages they climate bill in many ways and there is a lot of work in their that will revolutionized the clean energy jobs market. >> you talked about the new cdc guidelines on travel and if you are fully vaccinated -- and how do you police that? >> release that? >> police that. >> that's a private-sector initiative in one we expect they would be the drivers of to
determine. these are public health guidelines and that's why the cdc updated them. >> people are wary about coming back to work do you think there might come a time where you need to have vaccine -- which will be a gateway to carry on? >> this was a proposal made. a lot of private-sector industries and companies whether the airlines or venues where they are looking forward to having big ticket events or soccer games they are looking for ways to figure out how they can bring people back to normal and make things normal again. this is driven by the private sector but we will see what they come up with. >> there's a security situation at the u.s. capitol. can you remind us who is with him to brief him on issues if
there's a lock-down going on right now there were works of gunfire as we are sitting here but can you remind us how the president is informed of these things? >> i'm not aware of the situation at the capitol to the president of the united states always travels with the national security rap of course essentially an acting chief of staff typically a member of the press team who travels regularly to reconstruct the changes the white house present there are changes to the promoter outside with the vice president no longer in the blair house. >> in response to events right now i don't have any updates but we will venture to get one for you should there be an impact. thanks everyone. >> i certainly can, thank you
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