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My point of view, and more importantly, the president's point of view, is that the story is not about me or a debate with news outlets, the story is about the plans of the administration and what we're trying to project to the American people. And when he pledged to govern for all Americans, that means talking to a range of outlets — liberal, conservative, people who have different areas of interest. So that's exactly what I try to do every day in the briefing room.
When people ask a question that is based on a false premise or a question that skips over some details... what we try to do, on our best days, is be informative, explain how a process works, how does a bill become a law ? What's the importance of communicating or going to the G7 or NATO ? We don't need to completely dumb things down. We need to speak about things in an accessible way. But we have a responsibility to peel the curtains back in governing and government and how things work. And we think the American people will hopefully respond to that.
While the White House does not intervene in criminal investigations, the issuing of subpoenas for the records of reporters in leak investigations is not consistent with the President’s policy direction to the Department, and the Department of Justice has reconfirmed it will not be used moving forward.
We spent a lot of time looking at the promises that Biden made on the campaign trail and thinking how we’re going to implement those and execute them, for my team, that means preparing written materials, thinking through QA, thinking about how we explain Joe Biden’s priorities to the American people. That’s one big piece of the work.
The president has made clear that he believes that through follow-on diplomacy, the United States seeks to lengthen and strengthen nuclear constraints on Iran and address other issues of concern. Iran must resume compliance with significant nuclear constraints under the deal in order for that to proceed, we would expect that some of his earlier conversations with foreign counterparts and foreign leaders will be with partners and allies and you would certainly anticipate that this would be part of the discussions.
If debates matter, Joe Biden wouldn't be the Democratic nominee, it is an opportunity to speak directly to the American public. So, of course, it matters for that reason. But Joe Biden is not the nominee because of his debating prowess and clearly the Democratic electorate didn't think that mattered.
In response to our request, Hillary Clinton provided State Department with emails spanning Hillary Clinton time at State Department, after State Department reviewed those emails, we produced about 300 emails responsive to recent requests from the Select Committee. The New York Times also reported that Clinton's personal email account was discovered by Gowdy's House committee when State -- through Hillary Clinton -- provided those emails to the committee. However, Gawker reported in 2013, based on emails obtained by a Romanian hacker named.
At this time, it is critical that all sides avoid violence, the future of Yemen should be determined by the Yemeni people in accordance with Yemen's constitution ... All Yemenis have both a right and responsibility to peacefully participate in this process. The United States remains firmly committed to supporting all Yemenis in this endeavor.
We are greatly concerned by reports that human rights activist Raif Badawi will start facing the inhumane punishment of a 1,000 lashes, in addition to serving a 10-year sentence in prison for exercising his rights to freedom of expression and religion, the United States government calls on Saudi authorities to cancel this brutal punishment and to review Badawi’s case and sentence.
In coordination with the AURTF (African Union forces), U.S. military forces took custody of an individual claiming to be a defector from the LRA. That individual later identified himself as Ongwen, efforts to establish full and positive identification continue, so I don't have confirmation of that at this point.
Department officials routinely meet and consult informally with a wide range of private groups, certainly including executives from movie studios and a range of private-sector companies and individuals seeking information about U.S. foreign policy and U.S. views on developments around the world, our message in public and in private is the same: we respect artists' and an entertainer's right to produce content of their choosing; we have no involvement in such decisions.
He wanted to have a discussion with a former colleague ... about foreign and policy implications of the release of the report, ongoing efforts -- everything from our ongoing efforts related to ISIL, the safety of Americans being held hostage around the world, he was simply raising the fact that these are issues that are ongoing right now, and certainly, he wanted to have a discussion and make sure that they were factored into the timing.