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-- 50 minutes. ms. psaki: hi, everyone. i don't want to disappoint you, but i have no toppers today. darlene would you like to kick , us off? reporter: i want to follow up about being on the lookout for biological weapons and ukraine and possibly creating false flag operations. what is the evidence beyond what you said? is there more to this?
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ms. psaki: they have a large biological and chemical weapons program, so it's a pattern. but they also have the capacity. i am not going to get into specific intelligence. we look at all of those factors and we also know, the main issue that prompted my twitter thread yesterday was that russia has a of inventing outright lies like history also of inventing outright lies like this which is the suggestion that the united states has a chemical and biological weapons program or ukraine does that they are operating. russia is the one that has a chemical and biological weapons program. so the objective was to make , clear the inaccuracy of the information, the misinformation they are trying to put out and make clear to the world that they not only have the capacity, they have a history of using chemical and biological weapons and that in this moment, we should have our eyes open for that possibility.
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this moment, we should have our eyes open for that possibility. >> would use of chemical or biological weapons be a redline for the president in terms of direct involvement in the war? >> we are directly involved. we are providing $1 billion in security assistance. we are the largest provider with that. with the u.s. military engaging and ukraine and fighting a war against russia, we do not have any intention to do that. go ahead. >> one other question, the intelligence agency director told congress that this agency underestimated the ukrainian military preparedness and willingness to fight. does the white house share that sentiment? >> we do and i think the world does. when we saw the preparations of president putin and the russian military on the borders of ukraine, we saw the power of the russian military, we saw the intentions of president putin and i do not think anyone
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anticipated the level of courage, bravery, capacity to fight back that we have seen in the country. at the same time, we have also seen some miscalculations by president putin as well in terms of that capacity and willingness, but also in terms of their own planning and logistics of their military. >> can you talk about the state of the covid money, the $15 billion that came out of the bill yesterday? how confident is the white house that you will ultimately get that money? >> i wanted to let you continue. we need this money. without additional resources from congress, results are dire. just to give you some specifics, in march testing capacity will decline this month. in april, pretesting and treatments for millions of americans without health insurance will end. in may, america's supply of monoclonal antibodies will run
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out so families need to take action now. that is why we requested $22.5 billion to avoid severe disruptions to our covid response. the reason we have made the progress we have at this point is because we have been ahead of where the pandemic is in terms of having the preparations for the most part of vaccines and of supplies needed and we want to continue to stay ahead of that if we can these are conversations that are happening with members but we will need that funding in order to continue to fight the pandemic. >> are you detecting any sign of any imminent use of illegal weapons over there? >> i am not going to get into any intelligence. we continue to assess the declassification of that as we have done throughout the course of the last several weeks. what we endeavor to do when we
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put out that information yesterday is to remind the world of the large biological and chemical weapons program that russia has, the fact that they have used it in the past against decisions on their soil and on nato soil and that they were taking a step to put out misinformation about our own programs capacities. >> the president spoke this morning with the president of turkey. did they discuss access to the black sea? >> we just put out -- they had a constructive lengthy call, almost one hour and the president was very grateful for the role that turkey is playing and has played even earlier today in hosting diplomatic negotiations at this time but in terms of specifics, letter -- there is not much more i can get into here. >> are you saying that if russia
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does conduct a chemical weapons attack and ukraine, ms. psaki: i'm not going to get into hypotheticals but what i am saying is they have the capabilities. the president's intentions towards sending troops to fight in ukraine has not changed. >> it sounds like if there is any attack that calculus will not change. ms. psaki: there has not been a chemical weapons attack. we are committed getting with the capabilities of russia are, what steps they have taken in the past. let's hope we are not having a discussion about that. our president and nato partners have not changed their assessment about plan to send u.s. troops in. >> would he let a chemical attack in ukraine go unanswered by the u.s.? ms. psaki: we have not let anything go unanswered president putin has done. we have not let anything go unanswered to date, and he steps president putin has taken to date. what that site, i cannot give
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you any assessment of that. >> u.s. says their assessment is that ukraine has claimed they don't think it would be effective to send more ukraine -- more aircraft to ukraine. president zelensky has pleaded for more aircraft saying they needed. how do you square u.s. assessment with what president zelensky who is on the ground in ukraine says he needs for his air force? ms. psaki: u.s. military is one of the best militaries in the world. what we are basing our assessment on is the intelligent text intelligence assessment -- is the intelligence assessment of our experts who are in touch with their counterparts in ukraine and nato allies. what they expressed is that adding aircraft will not change the effectiveness of the ukrainian air force. ukrainian air force has several squadrons of mission capable aircraft. although ration -- although
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russian aircraft capabilities are significant, they are -- compared to ukrainian tactical air defense systems. the other detail is how are we going to continue to provide assistance that is helpful to them and most effective and useful to them in this moment? the assessment of our military has in that continuing to provide assistance and materials in that form is what is most useful at this point in time. >> just to follow up, the conversations are going on. if this bill has the dark consequences you described -- the dire consequences you described, where else can you go to get money for treatment? there is not going to be a stand-alone bill that gives you it, what are you going to do? ms. psaki: you need additional
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supplemental assistance. >> what are the chances of that? ms. psaki: as i just outlined, and i appreciate you asking the question, we will have to stop and number of components of our program that are essential to the american people. >> there is no way you can move money around that has already been --? ms. psaki: if we had that money to move around, we would be moving it. our assessment is that we need additional funding in order to meet the needs of the american public. i would also note that a lot of these programs are widely popular across the board regardless of your political affiliation, providing antivirals and test, providing free vaccines. those are all programs we are talking about continuing. >> the administration has been
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criticized on condemning one dictator and then going to another dictator, like venezuela. ms. psaki: the -- we don't recognize as the leader of venezuela but his first -- was to bring venezuelans home. there are topics that would be discussed. the discussion was our approach to the western hemisphere. venezuela is the largest producer of oil in the world. one of them in the world. ed gave me a look, i appreciate that. our conversation was about a range of issues, including encouraging them to be engaging in steps towards peace. maduro has announced to be on
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top of the opposition in mexico. i would not focus a lot of your attention on conversations about the future of the u.s. importing oil at this in time. >> the inflation numbers we received show almost 8% more than a year ago and this was before russia's invasion of ukraine. how much higher does the administration expect inflation to rise? ms. psaki: a large driver of these inflationary numbers were from energy prices. we have seen the increase happen as a result of russia's invasion of ukraine. while we are looking at year-over-year, and there are numbers that came out a month ago, there are predictions from the federal reserve and outside economists about inflation moderating toward the end of the year. they make those assessments on a regular basis.
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in terms of prices going up, we anticipate gas prices and energy prices will go up. that is something the president has conveyed to the public. we also believe it will be temporary and not long-lasting. what our focus is on is doing everything we can to mitigate and reduce those prices and ensure there is not a longer-term impact. i cannot make new projections for you from here other than to convey that it is accurate that the invasion by president putin into ukraine has impacted global inflation, inflation in the u.s. because of the fact it has had on energy prices. that is a contributor to the inflationary numbers we saw today. >> you said this is temporary and you have noted that inflation is expected to wait i the end of the year. is that your belief? ms. psaki: that continues to be the objection by the and outside economists. we rely on them for their projections.
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there is no question that inflation a be higher the next few months than it would have been without putin's invasion into ukraine, particularly with higher energy prices. they will watch that and we are watching that but that is having an impact. >> the president said this week that american companies, you urge them -- ms. psaki: that is something we asked the -- two answer. that is something we have to continue to monitor. obviously at this point, when americans are paying higher prices at the pump, this is an area we need to watch closely. >> can i ask about the transportation mask mandate. it was made on ac/dc recommendation. can you explain the rationale, science, logic about doing it in places where the testing level is low? ms. psaki: i would point to the
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cdc to provide further details. but when you get into an airplane, you travel to different places. whether it is a green zone or yellow zone or red zone. what they also announced is that tsa -- the cdc will work with agencies to revise policy framework for under what circumstances masks should be required because it is unique. if we are in washington, d.c. and in a green or yellow zone, you can make it clear assessment. if you're moving from one zone to another and picking people up, it is different. that requires some consultation which is what they are going to endeavor to do. >> the window on an iran deal is closing. does the u.s. share that view? ms. psaki: our view is that we are close and we have been close for some time now. we have been for the last
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several weeks. we also know from having been through these negotiations before that the end of negotiations is always when the difficult and challenging parts of the conversation takes place. i would not make that assessment or echo that from here. we are continuing to have his diplomatic talks. it is in our interest to stay at the negotiating table. >> you said earlier that nothing russia has done has gone unanswered. obviously none of what we have done to answer russia has steered them from continuing this invasion. why not consider alternate strategy to communicate to russia the consequence if they are to do a bio or chemical weapons strike in ukraine? ms. psaki: like what. >> i am asking you. is there any redline for russia the u.s. would have with notary
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involvement in ukraine? ms. psaki: i will not get into redlines from here. when i said we have not let anything go unanswered, what i mean is that we have amped up a range of military security assistance to ukraine, including a range of defensive weapons which we have expedited the delivery. even the last 10 days we have delivered $240 million of that and provided humanitarian assistance and we have crushed the russian economy, where the stock market is not even open. it is inaccurate to say it has not gone unanswered. >> i'm not saying it has gone unanswered. we witnessed the answer in the form of sanctions. given the potential you have indicated that russia could use bio or a chemical weapons strike , why would the u.s. not communicate to them something that is not an answer preemptive to communicate the consequence if they are to take a horrific
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development? ms. psaki: the president's most important objective is the national security of the united states and being clear and direct with the american people. he is not intending to send u.s. troops to fight in ukraine against russia to start another war. that would be any escalatory step that would not be in our security interests or in the interest of nato. we have conveyed russia's capabilities, capacities, and pattern of using biological weapons. >> what would you say to the american people -- what does he say to vladimir if the heads of russian government considering that? ms. psaki: we have been very clear and our actions have been evidence of this that there will be significant consequences for every escalatory step taken by president putin and the government. >> you close the door on supplying combat aircraft to
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ukraine, we heard from john kirby that it was high risk. that romney said there is a seminal -- a sentiment that we are fearful of what putin might do. it is time for him to be fearful of what me my to do -- of what we might do. why is it's not a risk to wait? ms. psaki: to wait to what? >> do not act in supplying migs to ukraine. why is that a higher risk than not providing them? ms. psaki: i would say that our assessment is based on how to prevent a world war here which is a significant weight that the intelligence community, the defense department and the president of the u.s. ways at any time. i would note that there was also a very interesting comment made that is important for people to understand how we look at this
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which is that there is an escalation ladder. there is a difference between an antitank weapon, a shoulder missile, and a fighter jet that can conduct operations on russian soil. how we assess things is what kind of assistance can we provide that will be the most impactful in protecting, defending, providing assistance to the ukrainian people as they are fighting boldly. we are also trying to for -- to prevent ourselves from taking steps that would be further escalatory. i don't think we have held back in providing assistance, having backs of the ukrainians. we are not going to do things that were not in the interests of the u.s. or our allies. go ahead. >> you think inflation is going to be temporary, we heard you say it is going to be turned very last spring. how long do you think temporary is? ms. psaki: what we do is rely on
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the assessments of the federal reserve and outside economic analysts who give an assessment of how long it will last. the expectations at their assessment continues to be it will moderate by the end of the year. there's no question when a foreign editor invades a foreign country and when that former dictator is the head of the country that is the third largest supplier of oil in the world, that will have an impact. >> and goes up today -- goes out today, the president blames putin. are you going to start limning putin for everything until the midterms? ms. psaki: we have seen the price of gas go up $.75 since president putin lined the border of ukraine. >> last month the statement did not mention of the putin price tag. why is that? ms. psaki: the last two years there was a global pandemic.
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global economists have agreed that has been the biggest contributor to date because of inflation. that impact the global economy as well as inflation. -- >> the president has hosted electric vehicle stakeholders here at the white house. would he host oil and gas producers. would you be open to that? ms. psaki: i don't have anything planned on that front but the president has been clear that he believes the -- he believes he has the tools they need, the
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capacity they need to go get more oil. he encouraged them to be -- to do that. >> your pushing electric vehicles today. does he own an electric vehicle? ms. psaki: the president of the u.s. does not do a lot of driving. >> he owns cars. ms. psaki: yes also driven electric vehicles to give a model to the rest of the country. >> does he own one? ms. psaki: i think his record is clear on this. they typically are not doing a lot of driving. the war crimes investigation -- >> the war crimes investigation in russia, why is the president not addressing the bombing of a maternity hospital? ms. psaki: let me say first that the coming of the maternity hospital is horrific and barbaric rate i don't think anyone was that could not be
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emotionally impacted. if they were targeting civilians, that would be a war crime. but we need to go through the legal assessment and review to make a formal conclusion. >> the journal is reporting that -- declined to speak with president biden. [indiscernible] why has that policy changed? ms. psaki: that report is inaccurate. the president did speak with the saudi king a few weeks ago -- several weeks ago? it is all running together. there were no rebuffed calls, period.
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when they spoke, they talked about a range of issues and global issues that we can continue to work together on, including to train -- inside of saudi arabia, supporting the war in yemen, ensuring the stability of global energy supplies. the president's focus is on for forward, how we can work together on national security here at home. he looks forward to that continuing. >> [indiscernible] ms. psaki: he uses appropriate counterparts, but there are different leaders attend different global events from a range of countries.
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-- >> the president said during the state of the union that [indiscernible] i was wondering if you could walk me through why you would take what senator manchin called -- [indiscernible] ms. psaki: i know you gave a little preview of what i might say there, but we don't have any change in our approach. it is important to note that it is not a lack of votes on the committee to move nondominant -- move nominees forward, it is a lack of republicans to show up to actually vote against this slate of nominees. that is where we had a core
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issue. senator grassley said senator should not degrade their advice and consent possibilities and do their job that the american people pay them to do. our hope is that banking committees will show up and do their job. . >> was that more important than the broader inflation issue? more important than getting nominees on board in a time of crisis? ms. psaki: we believe all nominees are qualified entry be -- and should be given an opportunity. we have the votes, republicans are just not showing up to give that quorum. >> you said that ukraine has
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already driven up gas prices and contributing to inflation for a couple of months. what effect does that have other economy? do you expect that growing inflation will affect gdp or job growth? is there if you're you are grappling with and that is what the white house -- and what moves the white house will take to mitigate those? ms. psaki: we will continue to monitor the risks and impacts but we think the u.s. economy is positioned well to deal with the challenges ahead. since the president took office, we have seen historic recovery and we added jobs last month and seven 4 million jobs since he took office. we have seen the fastest decline in unemployment on record. when you heard the president of the u.s. talk about that in the state of the union, inflation and costs will continue to be a focus and priority for him.
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in terms of the strength and stability of the economy, we feel we are positioned well to deal with the challenges ahead. >> there are 2 million ukrainians who have left the country. i am wondering what steps the administration would consider to take in more refugees. for example, many ukrainians already have pending applications as refugees. are there steps the white house would take to bring them to the u.s.? ms. psaki: there are steps not related to refugees but related to the ukrainian population which includes to very protected status which we announced for anyone who has been here since march 1. the reason it is important to note is not just many, the vast majority of refugees we believe
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we want to stay in neighboring countries in eastern europe where many of them have family come have work, have friends and others. that is our assessment. that is why we are continuing to provide humanitarian assistance to neighboring countries who are welcoming refugees from ukraine and providing them the assistance. that is where we feel our efforts are best focused. >> on refugees, the president when he was speaking to the vice president asked if the u.s. could speed up the procedures for ukrainians to come to the u.s. because they have relatives here. they want to stay here until the war is over. is that something the u.s. is considering and how quickly do you think the u.s. could do that?
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ms. psaki: our communication continues to be that the best way the u.s. can contribute to the refugee crisis is by providing humanitarian assistance and funding to a range of countries welcoming refugees. >> i also wanted to ask about comments that representative addison, for -- representative madison cawthorn made. he said the ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt. he said some other things and said that zelensky is pushing misinformation on america. the administration talks a lot about which in on short-term effects on russia so americans might be wondering when the medium-term might start you have any indication that putin is being pellucid by -- he is being
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squeezed? ms. psaki: being squeezed? >> what can you tell americans about how long? ms. psaki: because of our efforts the ruble is worth a penny. it is the lowest rank currency in the world and the russian stock market has not opened in days. you have seen outcries from a number of president putin's buddies in the form of the oligarchs whom we have been squeezing. our calculation is that these financial sanctions and that we have rallied the world to some worked would have an impact. our objective is to bring an end to this conflict. i am not in the mind of president putin, but in terms of the act on his financial sector, the response from people close to him and from the courageous outcries from thousands of people in russia, that has been
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clear. when he will change his calculus, i cannot give it -- cannot give a prediction. >> can you talk about senators who have met with the supreme court nominee judge jackson, how is it going and what is his level of engagement? ms. psaki: the president has been closely engaged in this process even as he is rallying the world to stand up to president putin. yes made a number of calls, i will not confirm those from here. judge jackson has been meeting with a range of members on the hill as you have seen every day, including members who may not have had any record of voting for nominees in the past. he is committed to meeting with every member of the judiciary committee before her hearing and she is working to that. she is committed to eating to
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others beyond that period of time. many have come out and spoken about their meetings with her after that. i think that gives the best assessment of how things are going. >> this morning, lawmakers sent in the open letter to the is a dent to enact the -- protection act. if the president considering that -- is the president considering that? ms. psaki: without ruling out or in any options, that would be provided money to oil companies to do something that probably already have the capacity to do. >> have you been in conversation with the oil companies since this latest gas price increase? ms. psaki: we have been in contact with oil companies, yes. >> with resident biden's conversation with the colombian resident today, with the talks with venezuela, was columbia
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involved? [indiscernible] ms. psaki: i don't believe they were part of the conversation with maduro about releasing americans. i can check on that front. i am sure we will have a readout after the meeting. >> another migrant crisis, columbia has been dealing with their own migrant crisis coming out of venezuela. he said migration is going to be a major part of these conversations. if the administration prepared to help with the refugee crisis going on in that country and manage -- venezuela and colombia ? ms. psaki: columbia has been a model in many ways in trying to not only welcome refugees, but also to crackdown in many ways on migration. that is part of the conversation the president will have. we have provided a range of assistance in the past but i
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don't think there is a package coming today. that has been part of our engagement with them. >> in the readout of the call between the resident and the present -- between the president and the president of turkey -- how would you characterize the white house's role in supporting diplomatic resolutions to the crisis? ms. psaki: the u.s. is leading the global effort to -- we have been engaged with ukrainians on a daily basis and have provided more assistance than any country in the world. there would not be the unity in financial actions without the u.s. we are putting the ukrainians in a position of increasing strength in their negotiations. >> does the u.s. play any concrete role in facilitating talks? ms. psaki: we are supporting efforts by a range of features including president erdogan, our
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turkish air israelis, the french and others who are engaging directly with president putin over this. >> we talked about a lot of work. long-term strategy. supporting manufacturing in the u.s., semi conductors. is there something you want to point to that the white house is doing to provide short-term relief, immediate relief? ms. psaki: i would say a huge part of what we have done has had an impact already. one is inflationary pressures have been caused by the pandemic and getting the pandemic under control. we have seen hospitalizations go down, people return to the workplace, 99% of schools open
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across the country. steps that are supply chain task force has taken, including increasing movement through ports by 60%. shelves at stores, 89% of them are stocked. that is a result of the actions of the supply chain task force and this president. it is true that the early stages of inflationary pressures were caused by the pandemic and impact on the supply chain, right now, what we are looking at is different pressures, the pressure of the energy sector that is a direct result of president putin's invasion of ukraine. we are leading the world in responding to that and looking at every option possible, including a coordinated relief from the petroleum reserve to make sure we are increasing supply to reduce prices. there are a range of steps that
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have already had in norma's impacts across the board. -- already had major impacts across the board. that is why we are seeing inflationary pressures go up. >> you said administration officials have been in contract with oil companies. can you say which ones? ms. psaki: i will not detail it further but we have clearly met with them and remain engaged with them as we deal with a range of private sector companies. >> one other on ukraine we talked about biological weapons, are they moving toward circling kyiv? something that could take several days if not weeks. is there concern about getting enough military equipment into kyiv in advance of that? what would be done to make sure they could still be supplied if this encirclement happens? ms. psaki: what we have been
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able to do to date is provide even in the last 10 days since we announced the new package was provide $250 million in military assistance, defense of assistance, but as we noted earlier is what the military has identified as most helpful to them in the moment. there are many parts of that that we do like that will have $13 billion in additional assistance. some of that we will be able to provide rather quickly. we have effectively and efficiently been able to provide a range of assistance to the ukrainians and we expect we will continue to be able to do that. >> there was an off-camera conversation yesterday about the colombian president visit and details of venezuela.
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one of the officials said there were no talks between us and the regime. we travel down there to secure the release of detained americans. they did not speak with maduro officials about getting the americans released? ms. psaki: we were working to free americans detained. i do not have more details and who exactly was engaged in that with venezuela. >> do you know the last time u.s. officials talk to anyone in the maduro regime before they went to venezuela? ms. psaki: before they were detained in venezuela? >> before they got there this weekend. ms. psaki: it has been ongoing for months. >> was it prompted by what is going on in ukraine? or was it the result of
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something unrelated? there are some looking at this and sang they are techie advantage of the ukraine situation, potential vulnerability, the need for oil globally, this must have been why they went this weekend. ms. psaki: the issue of detainees is our first priority. we are also, as you know, had discussions about a range of issues even through different channels. i would note there have also been developments, including maduro being willing to engage with talks with the opposition. the release of the detainees was not far sanctions relief or buying oil. as i noted earlier in the briefing, this is not currently -- they are in large producer of oil -- this is not currently at this moment an active conversation about importing their oil. that is where things stand at this time. when there is opportunity to
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bring american citizens detained home, we will take advantage of that opportunity. >> the timing of this meeting with nicolas maduro, when did this meeting actually start? when was there an engagement between the u.s. government and nicolas maduro? ms. psaki: the engagement has been ongoing for months. >> can you be any more specific? ms. psaki: i can see if there is something i can get you that is more specific. >> the president is already here , the district of columbia, and about to meet with president biden, was there a courtesy call from the u.s. regarding this engagement with nicolas maduro given the circumstances and given that there have been one of the most vocal critics in the
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region against nicolas maduro? ms. psaki: i am happy to check and see if there are any more details we can provide on our diplomatic engagement. our top priority was bringing american citizens home. typically those conversations and the briefing out of them happens in a very, very small circle. i would just note that. i will see if there are more details we can provide. >> are there any sanctions to declare colombia as a nato ally after meeting with the president or prior? ms. psaki: let's left the meeting happen. we will have a readout of the meeting after the meeting and i am sure there will be some developments coming out of it. >> following up on the covid funding. one of the issues was the offset. was the white house on board with that arrangement, taking
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half of the funding from the pre-existing funds, and is that something that would be workable in a standalone legislation? ms. psaki: i will not negotiate on this from here. our objective is to make sure there is additional funding to meet the needs of the american people. those conversations are ongoing. we will be a part of them from here and our legislative team. >> on gas prices, you spoke about the gas tax before, there was a group of democratic governors who wrote to leadership who wrote about a potential gas tax holiday, something the president would engage on? ms. psaki: we have not taken any options off the table, including that one. i would note the gas tax is about $.18. obviously, gas has gone up by a larger amount than that. the biggest impact we believe we can have is working through a range of channels to increase supply in the global marketplace
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and that is where a lot of her energies are focused on. -- a lot of our energies are focused on. >> the u.s. is supporting -- have there been conversations about america getting more involved? ms. psaki: i would say the what our biggest focus is on is continuing to support the ukrainians, the ukrainian leaders, and we are doing that by being the largest provider of military assistance and humanitarian assistance in the world. our objective is to strengthen them, boost them as they participate in these negotiations. the president has never closed the door to diplomacy. he has been leading the diplomatic effort, largely, around the world as we rally opposition to president putin's efforts. we have been engaging before and after everyone of these conversations with the
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ukrainians, the europeans to discuss where we can support and get readouts of these conversations. >> former vice president mike pence was at the ukrainian border today. did the administration know he was going today? ms. psaki: i am happy to check. >> two questions. i want to find out the latest on britney greiner. what is the end goal when it comes to the situation for the biden administration? ms. psaki: the end goal of the war? >> britney greiner. ms. psaki: we have seen the reports. i cannot speak to the specifics of it because we do not have a privacy act waiver what are priority is to bring american citizens home detained in
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foreign countries. i cannot speak to the specifics of this case. i certainly understand why you are asking but our focus right now on how we will bring an end to the conflict is to support and boost up the ukrainians to support diplomatic conversations and to continue to provide a range of assistance in that light. >> can you speak to why she is detained? some my new show into what you are doing and how you can bring her back? ms. psaki: i cannot speak to that. we do not have a privacy act waiver. we typically do not get into specifics because that is not constructive to bringing people home. >> the president laid out the next year -- can you give us a
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