May 21, 2024
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre avoided addressing President Joe Biden's recent comments on a 2024 reelection bid, claiming, "It is so important to focus on what's at hand."

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre avoided addressing President Joe Biden’s recent comments on a 2024 reelection bid, claiming, “It is so important to focus on what’s at hand.”

Jean-Pierre joined the ladies of The View Thursday and was pressed right away about Biden’s 60 Minutes interview, in which he said a firm decision on 2024 “remains to be seen.”

The press secretary said the president is focused on the issues people are facing, such as the economy. According to her, the administration is working on “living up to the promise we made to the American people when it comes to the economy.”

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She further claimed that his campaign promises are “what his focus is,” along with “making sure that the economy works for everyone.”

On the economy, host Sara Haines asked Jean-Pierre about inflation, noting that it is voters’ No. 1 issue and is hurting a lot of people.

“He understands how much that’s crushing families, he gets it,” Jean-Pierre said. She then touted the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act to support her statement. When Haines pointed out that “the Congressional Budget Office said it would have a negligible effect on inflation,” the press secretary dismissed the concern, maintaining that the act will, in fact, reduce inflationary pressure.

“He’s made that his No. 1 economic priority,” Jean-Pierre assured viewers. “It’s on his mind.”

“We’re gonna keep working on it,” she continued.

She then flipped the blame to Republicans, whom she slammed for not voting in favor of the controversial bill. “I think they are not bringing forth solutions,” she told the hosts.

Haines then asked Jean-Pierre, “What does a win look like?” in the 2022 midterm elections, which Jean-Pierre saw as an opportunity to call out Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who recently introduced a bill that would limit abortions after 15 weeks.

“They want a national ban on abortion,” she said of Republicans. She further asserted that her political counterparts want the procedure “completely banned.”

“We cannot be moving backwards,” Jean-Pierre continued, adding that marriage, contraception, and privacy are next.

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Host Whoopi Goldberg thanked Jean-Pierre for coming, saying, “Clarity is everything.”

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