White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC's John Kirby hold a briefing — 2/9/24

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC's John Kirby hold a briefing — 2/9/24

Special Counsel's Report on President Biden's Handling of Classified Documents

  • The 15-month investigation concluded that there was no case to be made against President Biden and that he did not willfully retain or share classified documents.
  • The report criticized the President for making "gratuitous and inappropriate" comments about the investigation.
  • The White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, defended the President's actions and announced the appointment of a task force to review how transitions handle classified material.
  • Jean-Pierre dismissed concerns about President Biden's memory and emphasized his cooperation throughout the investigation.

White House Press Briefing on Various Topics

  • Karine Jean-Pierre clarified President Biden's statement on Israel's conduct in Gaza, emphasizing the importance of protecting innocent civilians while supporting Israel's goal of defeating Hamas.
  • She dismissed concerns about President Biden's age and stamina, highlighting his productivity and effectiveness as a president.
  • Jean-Pierre acknowledged occasional misspoken words but attributed them to common human errors and emphasized the President's extensive experience and relationships with world leaders.
  • The White House confirmed that there was classified information in Ian Sams' personal notes.
  • Jean-Pierre emphasized President Biden's frequent engagement with the press and the absence of plans to change his engagement strategy despite concerns about his age.
  • The President has communicated to Prime Minister Netanyahu the need for precise and targeted actions while protecting civilian lives, and there has been no change in White House policy regarding tying aid for Israel to its actions.
  • The President understands voters' concerns about his age but remains focused on delivering for the American people and addressing critical issues.
  • There was no "two plus two" meeting with the German Chancellor during her visit, but the President and Chancellor will be seen together during a pool spray.
  • Jean-Pierre responded to questions about President Biden's verbal flubs and the Special Counsel report, emphasizing the President's focus on fulfilling his promises to communities across the country.
  • The White House announced a National Security memorandum requiring countries receiving weapons from the US to provide written assurances of their adherence to the law of war.
  • Jean-Pierre dismissed the Special Counsel report's suggestion of President Biden's memory limitations, highlighting his accomplishments in various areas.

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