☷Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean Pierre and COVID 19 Response Coordinator Dr Ashish Jha
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James S . Brady Press Briefing Room3:49 P . M . EDTMS . JEAN - PIERRE: Good afternoon , everybody . So , first I wanted to read you the letter from the President’s physician , updating you on the President’s health:“President Biden completed his first full day of PAXLOVID last night . His symptoms have improved . He did mount a temperature yesterday evening to 99 . 4 degrees Fahrenheit , which responded favorably to…TYLENOL . His temperature has remained normal since then . His symptoms remain characterized as…runny nose and fatigue , with an occasional non - productive , now “loose” cough . His voice is deeper this morning . His pulse , blood pressure , respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain entirely normal , on room air . The President is tolerating treatment well . We will continue PAXLOVID as planned . His symptoms will be treated supportively with oral hydration [TYLENOL] , and…albuterol inhaler that he uses as needed . His… ELIQUIS and…Crestor are being held during PAXLOVID treatment and for several days after his last dose . During this time , it is reasonable to add low dose aspirin as an alternative type of blood thinner . As I stated previously , the President is fully vaccinated and twice - boosted , so I anticipate that he will respond favorably , as most maximally protected patients do . There has been nothing in the course of his illness thus far which gives me cause to alter the initial expectation . Early use of PAXLOVID provides additional protection against severe disease . He will isolate in accordance with CDC recommendations , and he [we] will continue to monitor him closely , during this very common outpatient treatment regimen . As promised , I will keep your office updated with any changes in his condition or treatment plan . Respectively [Respectfully submitted] , Kevin C . O’Connor . ”So I also wanted to update you on what the President has been up to and how he’s continuing to work hard on behalf of the American people . Last night , the President signed the Baby Formula bill Congress passed . He also spoke with Senator Carper to see how he was feeling and to the hosts of yesterday’s DNC event to thank them for their flexibility . This morning , the President received the President’s Daily Briefing virtually , as you all know . He also met virtually with his economic team on the progress being made to lower gas prices for American families , as you all saw yourselves . Dr . Jha and I spoke to the President over FaceTime this afternoon . I asked him if he had a message for the American people . The President said he is still — he is still putting in eight - plus hours of work a day and that he wants to remind Americans to get vaccinated because , in his own words , it matters . Look , the President hopes the country will see that while we should continue to take COVID very seriously , we have the tools we need to deal with this . President Biden is benefiting from two vaccines , two boosters . And he’s advocating for every American to take advantage of these vaccines and boosters , which we have made available for free at 90 , 000 convenient places nationwide . And he’s benefiting from Paxlovid , a powerful antiviral we’ve made available at 42 , 000 locations , including local pharmacies across the country . All Americans have access to the same vaccines , boosters , and treatment that President Biden is receiving right here at the White House . And the President hopes that all Americans who are over 50 get boosted now , if they haven’t already , and get Paxlovid if they test positive . Now I’m glad to return to the briefing room Dr . Jha , the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator , who is joining me today . And we’re happy to take some questions . Go ahead , Dr . Jha . I know you have a few things that you wanted to share . DR . JHA: Yeah . All right , good afternoon , everybody . I’m going to make a few remarks — some things similar to Karine . First of all , good to be with all of you today . Just — you just heard Karine give an update on the President , and I’m happy to answer your questions about his health in a second . We — as you heard , we FaceTimed with the President earlier today . I also spoke at length , multiple times today , with Dr . O’Connor . And as you all saw just a few minutes ago , the President is doing better . He slept well last night . He ate his breakfast and lunch . ( Laughter . ) I — fully . He actually showed me his plate . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: He showed — yeah , he did . Q What was on the menu ( Laughter . ) DR . JHA: Didn’t ask about the menu , but I did see an empty plate with crumbs . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: He did , yeah . DR . JHA: And I have some guesses about what was there but didn’t ask . Q No comfort food DR . JHA: ( Laughs . ) Didn’t ask . I did ask him about his appetite . He joked that his one regret was that his appetite had not changed . ( Laughter . ) Look , he is — he was , he is in a very good mood . I want to take a step back and emphasize the message that you heard from Karine . As the White House COVID - 19 Response Coordinator , what I think every American needs to hear , what the President laid out is that while we have a very contagious variant out there , thanks to this President’s leadership , we have the ability to manage this . We are now at a point , I believe , where we can prevent nearly every COVID death in America . That is a remarkable fact . So if you are vaccinated but have not gotten a booster , this is a really good time to go and get a booster . If you’re over 50 and haven’t gotten a vaccine shot in the year 2022 , this is a really good time to go and get a shot . They are free . They are widely available . And as you heard , if you are over the age of 50 or have any kind of chronic condition that meets CDC criteria , please consider getting treated if you have a breakthrough infection . And if you don’t have a regular doctor , you can go to COVID . gov and find a test - to - treat site near you . I also want to share some data about the progress we are making both on vaccines and treatments just over the last couple of weeks . Over the last seven days , we’ve gotten 2 . 2 million more shots into people’s arms . That’s the highest we’ve seen in a month . More than 900 , 000 Americans have gotten their second booster shot in the last week . That’s the highest number in six weeks . So , as Americans go about their daily lives this summer , they’re heeding the public health message , and not just on vaccinations , by the way; on treatments as well . You know , when I started in this role about three — three and a half months ago , we were seeing less than 4 , 000 prescriptions a day of Paxlovid . Now Paxlovid prescriptions are at their highest level . Last week , about 40 , 000 courses of Paxlovid were prescribed every single day across America . It’s a remarkable fact . And if you think about the fact that we have about 120 , 000 identified infections , even if you assume — assume that some infections are not getting identified because of home tests , it’s a large proportion of people getting Paxlovid . I think that’s really good . It’s preventing hospitalizations; it’s preventing deaths every day . Overall , just so far in the month of July , 920 , 000 , Americans have benefited from Paxlovid . We have secured 20 ma - — 20 million courses of Paxlovid; that’s the most in the world by a lot . And , again , we’ve made it widely available and , of course , free . All right , let me finish by providing what I think is really the bottom line . It’s great to see the President doing better . He’s doing better because he is vaccinated , he is boosted , he’s getting treatments . He is getting world - class treatment , exactly what you would expect for the President of the United States . And the President has made clear to us that it’s incredibly important to him and , therefore is incredibly important to all of us that all Americans have easy , free access to the same world - class treatment that he’s getting — vaccinations , therapeutics . So my message to my fellow Americans really is this: Please avail yourself of this vaccine to build up your immunity . Please avail yourselves of treatments if you qualify , if you get infected . And let’s continue to do everything we can to prevent serious illness and death from this pandemic . All right , thank you very much for listening . And I’m happy to take questions , as I know KJP is as well . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Go ahead . Q A few quick ones . I know the White House released his elevated temperature level of 99 . 4 degrees . Can the White House provide specific numbers on his oxygen levels , blood pressure levels beyond just saying that they are normal Would you be willing to release that information DR . JHA: You know , what I’ll say is: He gets his vital signs checked several times a day . So , of course , there are multiple numbers in there . All of his vitals — including his temperature , I would argue — but all of his vitals have always been in the normal range: his heart rate , his blood pressure , his oxygen level , and his temperature . The 99 . 4 was the highest temperature he’s had in the last — well , 24 hours — but I would say since his diagnosis . But he’s had normal vital signs throughout the entire course of the disease . Q And at — by this point , has the White House identified all close contacts of the President And do they go beyond , I believe , the First Lady , the Vice President , and Ron Klain MS . JEAN - PIERRE: So the White House Medical — the White House Medical Unit has identified and informed 17 people determined to be close contacts of the President , including members of his senior staff . None of the staff members have tested positive to date , and all of them are wearing masks around other people , per CDC guidelines . No members of the press have been identified as close contact as well . And this — this also includes the member of congress that he traveled with recently . Q And I just want to triple clarify the testing dates , because if — so if you said yesterday was day zero , today is obviously day one . Tuesday would be day five . So does that mean he won’t be tested until day six And if he’s negative on Wednesday , then he could resume in - person activities Is that the timeline we should be understanding DR . JHA: Yeah , so the — the — we’re going to — obviously , the CDC guidelines — right — are five days of isolation . He will do that — those five days of isolation . He will be tested after he’s completed his five days of isolation . And once he tests negative , he will return to work . Q So he’d be first tested next on Wednesday DR . JHA: Yeah — yeah , again , I haven’t done the math , but yes , he’s going to do five full days of isolation . Today is day one; yesterday was day zero . And he’ll get tested after day five . And then , again , the moment that he turns negative , he’ll return to work . Q And you guys both talked a lot about , obviously , the message from the President being “get vaccinated at this time . ” But you also mentioned just how extremely contagious this variant is . So why not do additional mitigation — encourage additional mech - — mitigation measures like mask wearing indoors or other ( inaudible ) like that DR . JHA: You mean in general Q Yeah . DR . JHA: Yeah , absolutely . And I have . Like , I did a COVID briefing , I don’t know , about a week ago in which we laid out our two - pronged strategy . I actually think I did it yesterday , where I said , “Two - pronged strategy: one to prevent serious illness , one to prevent infections . ”So in terms of mitigation — very , very clear . CDC guidelines on this are very clear: If you’re in one of the orange zones , people in indoor spaces should be wearing a mask . It’s a great way to prevent getting infected . It’s a great way of preventing spread . Another important mitigation measure is using regular testing . The President obviously gets tested regularly . Many of us get tested regularly . We have made — we have sent out 560 million tests , I believe — if that number is right; I think it’s 560 million tests — to Americans directly for free from COVIDTests . gov . People can go and get tests . Tests have become cheaper . You can get it through your health insurance . We think regular testing is another important mitigation measure . And then we’re doing a whole series of work on trying to improve indoor air quality , improving ventilation , filtration . So we are doing a lot on mitigation , and we talk about it . I’m talking about it now . But , you know , when we’re talking about the President — who is now infected — the key is to also remind people that we have a very contagious variant; people will get infected . Our absolute priority is making sure that when people get infected , they don’t get seriously ill . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Go ahead , Nancy . Q Thanks . Dr . Jha , how frequently is the President being examined by a physician in person DR . JHA: Well , so the President is being — I mean , people are interacting with the President all day through Zoom and stuff . Dr . O’Connor has been seeing him on a regular basis . I think — I don’t have the exact number of times that he saw him yesterday or today , but multiple times a day , either by phone call , by Zoom , physically examining him . But the President is doing really well . So he doesn’t need an ongoing , you know , exam all the time . And — and obviously , he’s getting examined at least once a day . But Dr . O’Connor is interacting with the President on a regular basis . Q And has the President been examined by any other physicians beyond Dr . O’Connor DR . JHA: Physically examined I mean , I’ve spoken to him by FaceTime . Not that I know of . Not that I know of . Q Was there a discussion about the possibility that eliminating the blood thinner , even for just five days , would increase the risk of a stroke because he’s on chronic atrial fibrillation DR . JHA: Yeah , so we , by the way , clinically do this a lot . I can’t remember — probably thousands of patients that I have taken care of over the years in the hospital , who come in who need a procedure , who are on blood thinners like Eliquis or other blood thinners . So we stop for short periods of time where people get procedures . We — they stop it because — he’s obviously stopped it because he’s on Paxlovid . For atrial fibrillation , we think this a relatively low - risk thing to do . But Dr . O’Connor , as was part of the plan , has been consulting with experts around the country . And based on input that he got , he made the decision to give the President a short course of aspirin during that time . Q So this was a discussion that took place — whether or not to go with Paxlovid over , say , a monoclonal antibody DR . JHA: You know , that decision was made by Dr . O’Connor . Paxlovid is the first - line agent that we recommend . That was a decision that Dr . O’Connor made . And then we know that you have to look at somebody’s medication list and determine — do you have to make modifications . Dr . O’Connor made the decision to stop these two medicines . I talked about those are very reasonable . We — that’s what all the specialty societies recommend , that they be paused . And so then he — Dr . O’Connor made the decision to add aspirin for a short period of time . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Go ahead . Q Dr . O’Connor also said that the President is using an inhaler as needed . Does he regularly use an albuterol inhaler Or is this something that was prescribed just to deal with the COVID symptoms DR . JHA: Yeah , so as all — I think all of you know , because it’s been disclosed for years , the President used to have asthma . He has what people talk about as “reactive airway disease , ” which is people often , when they have a viral syndrome , or when they — some people get it when they go out in the cold , or some people get it when they exercise — can get a little bit of bronchospasm and — or a cough . The way to treat it is with an inhaler . So the President has — the last time he used it , before this illness , was when he had a cold , I think , last fall at some point . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Yeah . Yeah . DR . JHA: During that cold , he also had a little bit of cough that that comes with viral syndromes , and used it . So he does not use it on a regular basis . It’s not part of his regular medications , in the context of a viral syndrome . Q You’ve been crediting the President’s boosters for part of the reason that his symptoms are so mild . Should all Americans , regardless of age , be eligible for that second booster And if so , what’s the delay here DR . JHA: Yeah , so the FDA is very clear on this and we follow FDA scientists and their guidelines on this . People over 50 , if it’s been at least five months , should get that second booster . I’ve been very vocal in my advocacy . I think the evidence here is overwhelmingly clear . The data on people under 50 , that’s something the FDA is continuing to examine . They have not made a determination that that is something that is warranted . And we really do follow the FDA guidelines on these things — authorization . Q Dr . Jha , the CDC says that one third of Americans still haven’t been fully vaccinated . And you mentioned , I think it was to the New York Times , that Congress still hasn’t allocated enough funding for boosters into the fall . What is your message to Congress if they don’t allocate funding for boosters in the fall And also , what’s your message to Americans who still refuse to get vaccinated And I have another question after that . DR . JHA: Yeah , so let’s start with talking to Americans . I think what we’re seeing across the country is there are a lot of infections , but when people are vaccinated and boosted , they tend to have far less serious illness . This virus is going to be with us forever . It’s really , really important that people build up their immunity against this virus . And so I’ve been very clear for years — I mean , two years — or a year and a half , I guess , since we’ve had vaccines — that getting vaccinated was — is one of the best ways that people have to protect themselves . To Congress — you know , what I would say is Congress has been a great partner to this administration in terms of funding the COVID response , making sure that vaccines and therapeutics are widely available . And that’s one of the reasons we have plenty of vaccines right now . But the problem is that we need to continue this effort . The reason we have seen so much progress is because we’ve had the resources to do the things that are necessary for the American people . And if we take our foot off the gas and stop , you know , all this work that we are doing , we will slide backwards . And we do not want that . And we can do a lot in the administration , but we need funding to do all those things . And Congress is the part of our government that allocates funding . So , my message to Congress is: It’s really important to continue to protect the American people . As we head into the fall and winter , we will need more resources . We need the resources now to prepare for the fall and winter . And it’s really important that Congress step up and do its part . Q So , anyway , the — Dr . Rochelle Walensky had said that we’re kind of headed toward a “new normal” with COVID . And , currently , CDC says that 41 , 000 Americans are now hospitalized still , and 480 deaths a day — are dying from this disease . What does a “new normal” mean And what is an acceptable number of deaths DR . JHA: Yeah . So , let me say two things . First of all , we’re clearly in a much better place than where we were . You have to have two — there are two sets of things that we have to be able to — things that sound contradictory , but actually we have to keep in our heads at the same time . One is we’re in a much , much better place than where we were 18 months ago when the President took office . Deaths are down 90 percent . Four hundred — three hundred — four hundred — 480 deaths a day , totally unacceptable . I mean , at 400 deaths a day , that’s like 130 , 000 deaths a year . That’s like three times worse than a bad flu season . That is not acceptable . It should not be acceptable . It certainly is not acceptable to this administration . And that is why we are here every day and — working and trying to inform Americans that the best way to reduce that number , the best way to make sure that fewer people die , fewer people get hospitalized is to make sure people have built up their immunity through vaccines and that people get treated when they have breakthrough infectious . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Go ahead , Trevor . Q First for you , Dr . Jha , and then I have one for you too , Karine . So on bringing him down from the Eliquis , a number of physicians have suggested that having the dosage might also be — or might be a preferable option . Could you talk a little bit about why that course wasn’t taken DR . JHA: Yeah , there are several different ways of doing this . What I know is that — I spoke to Dr . O’Connor . He has consulted — and again , we had a plan that — you know , and Dr . O’Connor had a plan to consult experts at Walter Reed , at GW , elsewhere . He’s done those consultations . And based on that input , Dr . O’Connor made the decision to stop it for five - plus days and then start aspirin . Q Why isn’t he briefing Q And just — sorry , just to clarify: And he has started the aspirin course , or that was just something that was recommended DR . JHA: He has started the aspirin course , as I understand it . Q Okay . And then , for you , Karine: I didn’t hear in your introductory remarks a look ahead to next week . And I’m just curious if you’re — if you have anything — if this is going to delay the Xi meeting , for example . Where are we on that MS . JEAN - PIERRE: So as far as President Xi , I don’t have anything to share on that . I know the President spoke to that a couple days ago . And he — his words was he’s expected to speak to him within the next 10 days . Nothing — again , nothing on his schedule to share at this time . Look , when it comes to — when it comes to President Xi , we have kept open communications with China , as we have stated many times before , on the staff level . The President last spoke to him in March . I don’t have anything more to add on that . And , you know , when it comes to his schedule , we’ll — we’ll see how the President does . He’s improving , which we all should be thrilled that the President of the United States is doing better , according to Dr . O’Connor . That is good news . And we welcome that good news . And we continue to — to wish him well . Q Karine , are the chances of serious complications behind the President now Can you all at least speak to that DR . JHA: Yeah . You know , what I would say is he’s being — he’s continuing to be monitored very , very closely . It’s obviously day — this is day one , but it’s his second day that — since his infection was identified . I’m really happy to see that he is getting better . And we will continue monitoring very closely until he is — until he tests negative . Q Are there any chances of serious complications Or —DR . JHA: I think the chances of serious complications for this President have been dramatically reduced by the building up of his immunity and getting him antiviral drugs — the things that really make a huge difference in lowering his risk . And that’s , I think , the most important part of this . We’ll continue monitoring him . I’m — you know , and we’ll see how he does over the next few days . Q Thank you . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: And I just wanted to add , as far a schedule and events: Look , the President was very active today . He has said he’s working eight - plus hours a day . And that is — he’s still doing the job of the President . So that does not end . And we have put out photos and videos . You guys heard from him directly . So , I just wanted to add that as — as you’re asking about , you know , his schedule . Q Just a quick follow - up to Mary’s question about the inhaler . Has the President used an inhaler since testing positive for COVID Or was Dr . O’Connor just saying if he needs it , he will use it going forward DR . JHA: Yeah . What I understand is that he has used it a couple of times in the last — since testing positive . He’s got , as you may have heard , he’s got a cough . And I mentioned this yesterday; it’s in Dr . O’Connor’s note . Oftentimes , when people get viral syndromes and they get a cough , taking an inhaler can be helpful . So , he’s taking that . Q But the use of the inhaler was not noted in his last physical , right DR . JHA: It’s not a regular medicine that he uses . Right He really only uses it intermittently , largely when he gets viral — viral syndromes; when he gets colds , basically . And so it’s not a regular medicine that he uses on an ongoing basis . Q The other question I have for you , Dr . Jha: Vice President Harris is a close contact of the President’s , and the CDC guidance says that if you’re a close contact , you want to wear a well - fitting mask when you’re around other people . She just spoke at a conference in D . C . and she hugged someone without a mask on . She was also maskless for most of that conversation . Would you have recommended that she keep her mask on given that that is the CDC guidance DR . JHA: You know , I think I — I’m not sure what — I have not been tracking the Vice President’s activities , so I don’t have anything specific to say about what she did . My understanding is that the Vice President is following CDC guidelines on close contact . She’s also recently been infected , so within the 90 days of a previous infection . But I don’t know if you have anything else to offer on the Vice President MS . JEAN - PIERRE: No , ( inaudible ) . Q I guess she isn’t following the CDC guidance though — right — if she is hugging someone without a mask on I just wanted your clarification on that . DR . JHA: Yeah , I think the CDC guidance is clear . But I — you know , the problem is me commenting on what the Vice President did when I wasn’t actually — I haven’t seen it or I don’t actually know what happened is very , very difficult , so I’m going to pass on that . Q She took off the mask and she embraced someone . You don’t have to see it . I mean , that’s what happened . DR . JHA: Yeah , so usually when we think about people having contact , it’s for an extended period of time . I don’t — again , I didn’t see the hug . I don’t know how long the hug lasted . But it’s very hard for me to comment on something I really didn’t see . So —Q And , Karine , the President had said that he was going to receive a report on monkeypox today . Is that happening What is the report Do you know DR . JHA: Yeah , I don’t know where that report is . I know there is a report that has been written for the President . Whether the President has had a chance to see it yet today , I don’t know . Q So it’s an internal report that he will be receiving from his advisors DR . JHA: Yes . Q Will that be made public Or —DR . JHA: I don’t know which — I mean , the President gets lots of reports from his advisors . I don’t know which ones are — get made public . It’s just an update on the status of monkeypox . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Yeah , I would just look at that as an update to the President on what we have been doing and responding to the monkeypox . I — it’s not a report to share out . It’s something for the President , which he gets very often , just to get a sense of the work that we’re doing on an issue . So — go ahead . Go ahead . Q Karine , just for — to clarify a couple of details for our accuracy in reporting: You said , of the 17 close contacts , one of them is a member of Congress Is that —MS . JEAN - PIERRE: No , I was saying it includes the members of Congress . I do not have the specific of — of each person . But —Q Is that something you would be able to detail without identifying them — how many members of Congress MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Well , we — we just want to be — privacy is incredibly important here . Q So reach out to their offices directly MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Yeah , I would reach out to them directly . What I’m saying is we’ve contacted 17 people . Within those 17 people , there is senior staff . And within those 17 people , it also includes members of Congress . And as — as to date , no one has — as to date , as far as we know , no one has tested positive . Q And then , I guess , non - specific to those close contacts , but can you tell us: Is there anybody else on the White House campus right now who has tested positive this week MS . JEAN - PIERRE: So , out of abundance of privacy to protect — to protect people’s privacy , our protocol is to only share if someone has had a close contact to the President and the four principals . That is just our protocol . We have to — we have to keep people’s privacy here , and that is incredibly important and we respect that . Q Understood . So just for clarity , even if — without identifying names , we can’t do it Totally get it . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Again , I’m not going to —Q Can I just get —MS . JEAN - PIERRE: I’m not going to share private information or private detail on anybody . Q I want to get your reaction to Steve Bannon . But while we’re on this topic , can I ask you , Dr . Jha , very quickly: We don’t know what this is , but there could be earlier indications of what type of subvariant it is . You said it could happen within less than a week . Just for the sake — and I know it’s a bit of a hypothetical — but over the weekend , we may learn some more details . We may not see you . BA . 5 , which is the most dominant subvariant right now , is that one that after you get that , you could be more inclined to get another one within a smaller period of time In other words , someone who got something recently , is that when they’re more eligible or more able to get Can you help people better understand your concern about it DR . JHA: Yeah , absolutely . So , BA . 5 is the most immune - invasive variant we’ve seen . And what that means is that if you were infected three months ago , four months ago , your protection against getting re - infected with BA . 5 is much lower . If you were vaccinated five , six months ago , you’d have a much higher risk of getting a breakthrough infection . If you’re infected with BA . 5 , what that means for future immunity , none of us know right now . Because it’s BA . 5 — it’s just become dominant; it’s the primary . So , we don’t know what the implications are . And we obviously don’t know what variant or subvariant the President was infected with . Q I guess I should ask: How about if you just had it a month ago Three months ago , I recognize it’s lower . But for someone who had it a month ago , if it’s immune — immune - invasive , does that mean you could get it within a month of having had another case DR . JHA: So , in — so it depends on what you had a month ago , right And if it was — BA . 5 wasn’t dominant then , but it was still present . Obviously , if you had BA . 5 a month ago , then you’re much less likely to be able to get BA . 5 now . So , it just depends . We have seen occasionally people getting infected within that 90 days , but it is still relatively uncommon . Q Thanks . Did you have any reaction to the Steve Bannon case I know it’s over , and I know , obviously — ( Laughter . ) MS . JEAN - PIERRE: What did you say What was your last part I missed the joke . Q Well , I was just saying we could tell you wanted to address that . ( Inaudible . ) Yeah . MS . JEAN - PIERRE: Oh . Oh . So , look , I’m not going to comment specifically on that case . But , obviously , everyone should cooperate with the January 6 Committee . Our administration has made very clear this President finds what the Select Committee is doing — the January 6 Committee is doing very important , and people should be listening and learning from what happened on that very dark day . And this is a very important committee where they’re working to get to the bottom of what happened on that day . It was an attack not just on our democracy , but also an attack on our law enforcement . And , again , I’m not going to comment on that specifically . But , yes , people should obviously — should cooperate with the committee . Q Thanks , Karine . MS . JEA
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