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harris in charge, and all i've seen heard do is go to chicago for snacks. she has not been down to the border like ted cruz did an jim jordan did in the past couple of weeks. so we do not have a southern border as we speak right now. host: one of the things republicans and democrats have done over the years with comprehensive immigration reform is is it possible and would you support it? guest: we already have all of the immigration reform we need. melania trump is an immigrant to the united states who went through a legal immigration process. it is already on the books. before she was a citizen, or -- her immigration status was about to expire and she went home to europe, reapplied, and came back and did it legally. what you are talking about is not having any type of immigration process, just to test -- just to everyone who wants to be here. i have been in mexico three times in the last couple years on listener cruises we have done
the last couple year. i have to have a passport, can't go to mexico without my documents. why did they not need documents to come here? >> another day, we have another member of the jobs cabinet joining us today is secretary buttigieg, he served two mayors as mayor of south bend, indiana where he worked across the aisle to change the future and improve everyday life, poverty, unemployment was cut in half. he promoted citywide job growth and facilitated innovative public-private partnerships. including to enhance transportation experience for workers. one of his initiatives led to that of its encoding small business growth along no affected dust along neglected corridors and investment downtown. he served for seven years in the u.s. navy reserve, taking a leave of absence for deployment
to afghanistan in 2014 and the first openly gay person to serve in the president cabinet. i know you know these things about him. he will take a few questions at the end. we have a time limit. i will turn it over. >> all right. -- alright. thanks a lot jen, it is an honor to be here. especially at such an important and exciting moment. i'm convinced this is the best chance in our lifetimes to make a generational investment in infrastructure. that is what the job spline does. the deed is clear and growing by the day. after decades of underinvestment we have fallen to 13th place globally in infrastructure. delays caused by traffic congestion cost over $160 billion per year. a motor survey used -- motorists are forced to pay over $1000
each year in wasted fuel. motorists are spending too much money on transportation in the runway or gerard have access to it. they making people want us to get that done and they're not asking to tinker around the edges. we have been presented with this challenge before. elting bolt infrastructure has always been central to america's story. we built the area canal -- erie the interstate highway projectcanal,. each of those were audacious, transformative, because it challenged the american people to expand our concept of infrastructure. in doing so, the projects change the nation for the better and feel the u.s. economy and way of life. now it is our turn. the american jobs plan will transform america's roads and bridges, rail and transit for the better. it's going to help modernize
transportation infrastructure so we can compete in the first century. it will create millions of good jobs and communities across the country. this is the biggest investment in american jobs since world war ii. it is important to demystify the kind of jobs this plan will create. these are good jobs. they are not mysterious or overly futuristic. or inaccessible. we need workers who are good with steel to make the cars and trucks of the future. we are talking about building retrofits that will require union carpenters, insulators, painters and placers. we will need electrical workers more than ever. will not be able to build the roads we need without construction workers, laborers, plumbers and pipefitters will be a huge part of the story of how we overhaul led service line. this is building the economy from the middle class out at the right time.
it is meeting the challenges we face today and it is paid for by making corporations pay their fair share. it is unacceptable that there are major profitable corporations paying less in taxes than a teacher or firefighter, not in terms of a percentage but in terms of dollars. specifically paying zero. there has been talked at this moment, about what for structure is and is not. infrastructure is the foundation that makes it possible for people to live and work well. you cannot live, work or thrive without roads, clean water, electricity, rock band. investing in a full vision of infrastructure is how we build a safer america. ultimately critical to the american dream. that is why i am thrilled to be in this role, delighted by the american jobs plan, spending
time every day speaking to stakeholders about how we get it through. >> peter go ahead. >> president biden wants $80 billion for rail, he is talking about having trains going across the country as fast as a plane. as the transportation secretary, do you see demand for that? >> there is excitement around america ensuring that the american people can enjoy a high standard of passenger rail. i do not think americans should settle for less than citizens and other countries enjoy as a matter of course. we have a backlog to deal with in addition to making sure that we can create new routes and capacity. what is great about the skill of the job plan is support both of those. maintenance will be needed all along and a chance to build new routes and expand what americans can access. >> how far away are we from a high-speed train? >> we need to add a lot to what
we got. we can build new routes with the resources here, it is not the end of the story but is a beginning of a fantastic chapter. >> thanks for doing this. there has been criticism about corporate tax site, some say that -- should fund infrastructure. user fees often covered maintenance repairs, does the initiation have a plan to cover maintenance and repairs? >> the plan is being covered through corporate taxes and the present believe strongly this is not something that should burden ordinary american families at the time when we have 70 corporations that pay literally zero -- so many corporations that pay literally zero. there is evidence that american corporations can be competitive at a tax rate click 28%, if they can handle 35% they can handle
28%. which is lower than it has been for most of my lifetime. we have heard a lot of ideas, it is a good time to take inputs on board. for my time it is hard to beat the vision going forward. >> mother be a dedicated revenue stream? >> we'll keep talking with congress for some time. we have seen general funds go into maintenance. the best way i've seen for these capital improvements is what is in front of this plan. >> having covered local government for almost 20 years before coming here, i have seen the divisions that can corrupt with an estate between regions of the state as they fight over limited pots of money to build these projects. how involved do you think that the federal government,
department of transportation, congress, white house should be in making the choices that will have to be made in terms of which bridge will get fixed first, which roads get widened? this will not have enough money to fix everything, how much we live up to the states to wage war -- leave up to the states to wage war? >> communities often know what is most needed for them, our design recognizes that. our role is laying out broad policy strokes even in the discretionary grants. the formerly known fast grants we made sure the first wave of calls clarified that we were looking for great projects that bear on things like equity and climate. you will continue to see that in program design. there is going to be competition for limited funds.
that is most ferocious when the funds are limited, what we are trying to do is make sure there is an ample set of resources to go around. so some communities may be the most successful in rounds of competition but it does not feel like other communities are left behind. we have to make sure there is enough to raise the bar in the country. >> follow-up, to the extent that decision-making gets put to the local level because they know how to allocate the need. how does the federal government retain oversight over what is an enormous amount of money? in terms of waste product and making sure that it is -- but that it adheres to the broader equity issues. >> that is a big responsibly for a department like mine.
the president has made clear his high expectations for us just $40 billion out of the rescue plan. he takes pride in the remarkably low rate of wage fraud and abuse in the recovery act. now is the mom to make sure that we double down on those principles to make sure the dollars are well spent. went to make sure that they can meet the goals motivating us. >> secretary, thanks for doing this. it is like an alternative universe. [laughter] since you are transportation secretary, travels a big part of what you have to worry about, for americans eager to go back overseas, biplane or cruise ship, there questions about the cruise industry especially, there is guns, the kinds had
concerns that there was not enough specifics. for specific benchmarks. have you been in touch with the cdc about the industry's concerns and the request to be treated like the airlines. >> the bottom line is safety. i cannot wait for us to be on the move as much as possible and safe and responsible. airlines -- airplanes f-150 profile, cruise ship's have another, the vehicles of another. each wendy's is to be treated on what a safer that sector. i care a lot about -- each one is to be treated on what is safer for that sector. i care a lot about that. laying out the specific aids that they need to get the is an important step. >> to those saying that the mid-summer is too late, the
governor saying that is too late for the economies. >> we want to do this as soon as we responsibly can but we have to make sure it is safe. >> once you get the money from the rescue plan, is there a process for getting the construction started? there is always delays. >> this is another thing i was glad to see discussed in the jobs plan. which is the importance of efficiently delivering these dollars. we have seen a lot of countries that have rigorous standards around environment of concerts have found ways to make sure the delivery is sufficient. -- is sufficient. -- is efficient. make sure that we can do it without cutting corners, we can find ways to make sure the process is more efficient. that is going to be an important part of think ensure that these others do the most good. -- these dollars are doing the
most good. this is not the same stimulus is 2009. we are looking for shovel ready and shovel worthy projects. >> to pivot quickly, there has been promised discovered with the boeing max, months after the faa said they are safe to fly, are you confident in the decision to lift the grounding? >> my understanding is that this is different from the other issues. we need to make sure there is full confidence, that is what they will be monitoring. >> thank you. >> many administration officials frame infrastructure in the
language of competition with china. why do that? my design policy -- why design policy in that context? >> we need to make sure that we have american competitors in a certain context, when we see our allies and strategic competitors doing more than we are, it challenges the idea that american life is what it is because america is in first place. america is not in first place in for structure, we are in 13th. you have a strategic competitors like china, investing multiples of what we are in forms of transportation, we have to make a decision about whether we are content to be left behind or want to remain number one. for my dime there's no reason we should settle for less. it is nothing against chinese
citizens, i'm not happy that chinese citizen can relate a better system of public transportation. >> is it a messaging strategy to get republican support? >> i have heard voices from across the aisle expressing concern about whether america is falling behind in any number of strategic or economic dimensions. a lot of that depends on what we are investing. part of what made the interstate highway system so important was understanding that our national security in the eisenhower era was well served by making sure that we had a more connected economy and country. we are not in the cold war, this is not the eisenhower era. the principle that national security applies when you concert tonight one of the biggest? national security is the google
security threat posed by climate change. >> have you spoken with senator manchin about this? >> i look for to speaking with him soon. >> next week? >> i am not sure the day. >>'s counterproposal was 25%, can this plan be successful with 25%? -- >> his counterproposal was 25 percent, can this plan be successful with 25%? >> i do not know if he envisions another element that. the gap between 25% and 28%, we can have a good conversation. for anybody on board, i've yet to talk to anybody, including an conversation with republicans who is against the idea of
investing in infrastructure. most of the dialogue is about how we are going to pay for to. we are eager to hear the alternative suggestions. >> have republicans giving you suggestions that you believe are viable? >> not in any detail. [indiscernible] >> you would be willing to lower the corporate tax rate -- 20% is not a fixed rate -- 28% is not a fixed rate? >> we are going to take ideas on board, there is going to be refinement as we go. i've not heard a proposal that i would consider better but it is early. >> make it a good one. >> i have a couple from people cannot be here today.
from chris of l.a. times, to follow-up on the high-speed train question, how about california high-speed rail, for that to be funded through the infrastructure built? >> -- infrastructure bill? >> perhaps. communities in different parts of the country can benefit from high-speed rail or raising standards of regular speed rail. this is not targeting any one area, this is about lifting our game as a country. >> from wabc in new york, do you support congestion charging and new york city? -- in new york city? what we do for the citizens who will pay that? >> our responsible has to do with the environmental assessment process. we are interested to see that
unfold. we think different solutions work differently for different parts of the country. it does not example of something that is best designed in washington and imposed on local communities. there is a real challenge of congestion there. >> thank you very much. honor to be here. >> we have to invite them back. >> thank you. >> and thank you for chris beard >> i was concerned when i saw him to be deputized. >> the indoctrination we agreed upon. >> okay, chris will always be the bunny in our eyes. [laughter] a couple of items for you while we are wrapping up. the administration has submitted to congress, the discretionary
funding request for fiscal year 2022. we did a call this money but to give you more from here. as congress prepares to begin the annual appropriations process, laid out the discretionary funding recommendations across a wide range of policy areas and outlined a strategy for reinvesting in the foundations of our countries resilience -- our country's resilience and strength. the request which represents only one element includes proposed investments in k-12, cutting edge medical research, housing, civil rights and other priorities vital to the future. in the spring we will release the full budget. which will give the unified conference a plan to address the overlapping crises we face in a physical and economically responsible way. that will include the proposals you have seen him introduce and other proposals he will introduce between now and then.
our country is confronting historic crises, pandemic, economic downturn, reckoning on racial justice, we are also inheriting a legacy of chronic underinvestment and -- in priorities vital to long-term success. we are focusing on reversing the strength and reinvesting in the foundation of our strength and this provides another opportunity to do that. this is an indication of priority. you may have noticed another fog about the white house today. in keeping with the president and first lady's commitment to honor the sacrifices of those who served, including veterans, their families, survivors, they have restored the p.o.w.-nia flag to its original location on top of the white house -- pow mia flag to its original location on top of the white house. there is a request that it be
flown high above the residence following a partisan legislation in 2019 led by the same senators which required the flight to be displayed wherever the american flag flies. today happens to beat national former prisoner of war recognition day, a date where we remember and honor those who were in captivity in service to our nation and those who await the return. the semi conductor summit of great interest to many of you, monday afternoon following president biden's release -- hold on. monday afternoon national security advisor and a nac director will host a virtual summit on semiconductor resilience of this by chain and to strengthen the resilience of the macon supply chain. something as we discussed quite
frequently, there will be joined by the secretary of commerce, one of the leading voices in the administration. we have provided a list of the attendees and companies that will be represented which you should have, if you do not, we will give it to you directly after the briefing. the week ahead, the president will continue making the case in public and with meetings of congress -- with members of congress to make the macon jobs plan. he'll meet with democratic and republican members of the house and senate on monday to discuss their and jobs plan and the need for a bold, once in a generation investment. i expect we will provide that list monday once attendees are confirmed. it will be bipartisan and bicameral. as speaker pelosi's office announced, present but it will pay his respects to officer william evans as he lays and honor in the rotunda. later he will meet with members
of the congressional black caucus. he'll meet with members of the congressional asian-pacific congress and welcomed the prime minister of japan, this will be the president's first in person limit -- visit with a foreign leader. i expect they will take questions after. >> three things. the discretionary spending proposal, trying to make investments in the country, that the administration said could not be made because of the 2011 budget control act. i am curious, what gives you more confidence that an increase in discretionary spending can be reached with today's republicans than of a decade ago? >> any budgetary proposal, including the discretionary proposal is an opportunity to outline the priorities of the administration.
it is a reflection of his view that a number of these discretionary programs were underfunded over the last several years and prompted a plusup. if we're are going to address a range of issues that have agreement among republicans as well, we're going to support additional funding to address these crises. i will say we are the beginning of the process. this is the beginning of what we know is a long journey. -- it's meant to give discretionary guidance about officials and staffers on the hill, the people who followed in the footsteps of shalonda young can get to work. we are looking forward to having those conversations. >> does the president have any thoughts on amazon workers against unionization? press sec. psaki: the president
has said whether to organize a union is their choice. there's a process for ensuring that there is an accurate count of the votes cast, so we can know what choice the workers have made. the president is going to wait for it to finish its process and declare its results to make further comment. but i will say, broadly, as you alluded in your question, we know it's difficult for workers to make the choice to form a union. that's why the american jobs plan includes the right of protecting the rights to organize act, giving workers the ability to organize and bargain collectively with employees. that's a fundamental priority for him, something he has fought for throughout his career. but we will wait for further comment. >> and north korea's leader says the country's economic growth is -- since 1990. are we under any obligation to
deal with their humanitarian crisis? press sec. psaki: i would say no actions that we are taking is related to sanctions are meant to be targeting the north korean people. they are in the conditions and circumstances they are in because of the actions of their leadership area we continue to -- leadership. we continue to work with international leaders and organizations to provide assistance, something we believe is important and vital. even as we have issues with nuclear aspirations. >> we looked at the pentagon budget and you are proposing a modest increase. there are priority set up by the administration you are facing china and russia with a threat to ukraine. press sec. psaki: you're right, we spoken about those issues and our concerns with them. this is a proposal to give guidance to the hill. and hard-working budget staffers on the hill as they put together
the budgetary plans. the focus is meant to address the couples -- the couple of issues over a period of time, including diversity and inclusion in the arms forces, fulfilling our commitment to military families, part of it goes to pay increases, or that's what's proposed, right or ties in defense investments in climate resilience. we believe it provides robust funding for the military forces needed to deter war and ensure national security is grounded in the guidance. but, there will be a full budget later this spring proposed by the white house. >> china has been conducting military exercises around taiwan area how do you interpret these moves? are you going -- are you concerned they might invade? press sec. psaki: let me first say that we are not looking for confrontation with china.
we are focused on our relationship of competition. we have been clearly, publicly, and privately expressed growing concerns about china's aggression towards taiwan. it has taken increasingly coercive actions to undercut democracy and we have seen concerning increases in the taiwan strait which we believe is potentially destabilizing. we are watching that closely. i cannot make any other predictions. >> thank you. the commission on expanding the supreme court, what is the president's view of the calls for justice breyer to step down? press sec. psaki: he believes that the decision justice breyer will make when he decides it's no longer time to serve on the supreme court. >> is it -- to back off? press sec. psaki: i can only speak to the president's view of
supreme court justices abilities to make his own decision. >> and outside of the inauguration, did he have any conversations with the supreme court justice? press sec. psaki: not that i'm aware of i'm happy to check. >> you are interesting and interesting phase where in the house and the senate, there's now a single vote margin between the two parties. in essence, three members of your own party could upend the president's legislative agenda. how are you recalibrating to deal with this closer margin in both chambers as you try to get these ambitious plans past? press sec. psaki: what an interesting time to be in washington. our focus has long been working with democrats and republicans. that's the objective.
obviously the close margins make that a necessity. when we're inviting, when he is inviting members here, he's inviting not just one wing of a party or even of his own party. he wants to have the discussion about how we can work together to address our nation's outdated infrastructure, and rebuilding our workforce for the future. from our vantage point and viewpoint, we have seen a number of republicans in the senate come i will give you more homework what you probably know it at the top of your head, who have supported infrastructure bills. who have supported the w rea bills. who have supported legislations that are consistent. and i sec. buttigieg just conveyed, in a lot of discussions, most of the disagreement is about the size, something gets too small or too big. like goldilocks, we have those discussions, but also how to pay for. those of the conversations we will have.
largely, the margins in washington don't change our approach. the president was elected because he was committed to working with both parties. to address the crisis our country was facing. >> to follow up questions on the supreme court, president biden once said that in 1983 he thought -- press sec. psaki: a back machine. >> oh yes. he thought that court packing was a bad idea when fdr tried it. why now? press sec. psaki: the panel is big enough to take a number of steps, including weighing the pros and cons of that issue. but they will also be looking at the court's role in the constitutional system. the length of service and turnover of justices on the court, the knupp -- the membership and size of the court, the court case selection, rules, and practices pre-the makeup of the commission has
progressives, conservatives, people will present different opinions and different points of views and there will be report at 180 days. >> and about immigration, the u.s. government is accordingly -- reportedly spending $50 million a week to shelter migrant children. that's $3.1 billion a year. where's the money coming from? press sec. psaki: as you may recall, the prior administration requested and received nearly $3 billion in supplemental funding from congress for the program back in 2019. that came after the previous administration made multiple transfers of hundreds of millions of dollars. our commitment is to ensuring hhs has the funds it needs now to safely and humanely care for children. which is resource intensive. we know that. there are 200 permanent shelters around the country and the -- needs related to the social
distancing, enhanced ventilation and testing, additionally -- traditionally given to the time we are living. >> and the shelters might be drained -- as they're concern the shelters might be draining pandemic responses elsewhere? press sec. psaki: that's not our concern at all. we have funding for the pandemic response. i am conveying to you what we feel the cost is and why it is that the readers. >> and texas governor greg abbott said he asked the biden demonstration to shut down the tempora shelter for migrant kids at the freeman coliseum in san antonio. he says he has information to children there are being sexually assaulted. is that facility going to be shut down? press sec. psaki: we take safety and the well-being of children in our care very seriously. hence our early conversation about the funding to keep them safe during the pandemic. his claims will be looked into,
and investigated by the department of health and human services. currently we have no basis for his calls to shut down the san antonio freeman coliseum as an intake site but we will take these allegations seriously and they will be investigated. >> he said, this week, that you guys are trying to make a process that's more efficient and effective and in a humane way that keeps kids as safe as we possibly can. if these allegations are true, how is that consistent? press sec. psaki: we are looking into the allegations and we take them seriously. our focus remains on safety and well-being of children. so we are taking it very seriously. >> on the issue the supreme court, when president biden was a candidate, he said he wanted recommendations as to how to reform the court systems.
by the commission will not actually make recommendations? press sec. psaki: they will do a report at 180 days. >> but it's not them action making recommendations to the president? press sec. psaki: i'm sure he'll take a look at the report, that this diverse group of members are putting together, thinking through over the next 180 days and it will impact the thinking moving forward. >> but it will not ask illicitly say here's a recommendation for what we have studied? press sec. psaki: it's meant to be a summary of discussions and findings. i don't know what it will look like and i will not get ahead of their process. >> lawmakers are being invited. press sec. psaki: these decisions are made in coronation -- these are made in coordination and whenever we have the final list, this'll be the first what we envision.
>> will senator manchin be there? press sec. psaki: i don't know if you will be invited or not. we look forward to moving the program forward. >> and with how much money the federal government has given johnson & johnson has he spoken with any executives at johnson & johnson? press sec. psaki: we always expected there to be up and down production. as you all know, because we have been discussing, they worked closely with hhs to work towards
fda approval. that's up to the fda for the -- which will enhance their production capacity. we see this as, our role is to take the steps we can from the federal government along the way to help ensure that we are getting as much j&j supply and doses to states, out to the american people, so it can contribute to our recovery to the pandemic. but we have known for some time that there would be ups and downs. >> we also thought we would have more ready by now than what could be produced, according to the initial federal contract. obviously there are issues, but did the president feel that this rises to the level that he should make a phone call to discuss what's going on? press sec. psaki: he's confident in the role that the covid team plays pre-we've also been assured by johnson & johnson that they remain committed to meeting their contract of delivering 100 million doses by the end of may. >> two things.
to follow up on caitlin's question, it's my understanding that the commission is actively deciding not to make any recommendations for or against the issues they are examining. whether that's term limits on justices, or expanding the size of the court. that does differ from what the president seemed to say is a candidate. are you suggesting that he wants the commission to change that direction and come to him with specific recommendations? press sec. psaki: i'm only suggesting that he asks the team to put together the commission to reflect the diversity of you, -- other viewpoints, which it certainly will. the work is not even begun. once he signs executive order, it can officially begin. it will impact his thinking moving forward. he wants smart, legal experts.
and you can all read, once it's completed. >> and on afghanistan -- and in afghanistan, there are reports out about the president's indecision on the question of what to do by may 1. what do you say, what is the president say to his generals and the people dealing with in afghanistan, as to why we are just weeks from this deadline and we still have no answer. press sec. psaki: there was a report with unnamed sources, we don't know who those sources are, which is typically frustrating.
but the commitment is to bring a responsible and to the conflict. and ensuring that afghanistan can never again become a haven for terrorists which would threaten the united states or any of our allies. he wants to make that decision in close consultation with partners around the world, with the advice of his national security team, and do it in a way that we are protecting our national interest and the safety and secretive our troops. all the same time, there is diplomatic negotiations with the taliban. it is operationally challenging to get troops out by may 1. i certainly expect you will hear from him on what his decision is in advance of that period of time. >> we talk about responsible management of the situation, is it responsible to let a deadline like that come within a matter of days with the military not really knowing for sure what
their postures is going to be? press sec. psaki: i can if jerry you -- i can assure you that he's taking the consultations and members of his military leadership in diplomatic leadership and partners and friends around the world into consideration as he makes his decision. his view is the responsible approach. >> i would one friday to go by -- [laughter] press sec. psaki: -- >> and the speech had come i will not be next week, you said yesterday or the day before you were still working with the speaker's office, nothing new to add? press sec. psaki: nothing new to
report, i would remind you that when the date is finalized it will be a fit -- the imitation will be officially issued from the speaker's office. >> part of the question about that is, you are stacking up things that you and the president need to sell to the american public, you have the jobs plan, the budget, the president typically could use these moments of speech as an opportunity to make the pitch, are you depriving yourselves of the opportunity to do that by delaying this? press sec. psaki: i promise that we will have something to sell in the speech and we will use it for that opportunity. >> my question is about the global response to the pandemic. $4 billion was given to covax,
we have heard from the administration that there is a comprehensive and detailed strategy in terms of what the u.s. is doing to help the world recover from the pandemic, not just one vaccine sharing but also supporting financing mechanisms or manufacturing. and i know that he just risk -- appointed the coordinator, but when can we expect them to share this with us? press sec. psaki: we are happy to invite her, she works out of the state department so i suspect she would speak their first, if you are a colleague is over there covering. our approach is that the president remains committed to playing a constructive role in the global effort to defeat the virus. that includes contributing through covax. it includes lending doses to canada and mexico and it
includes considering a range of requests coming in from around the world. but as we have seen, this is an unpredictable virus, his first priority is ensuring the american people are vaccinated. that means we need to plan for supplies so that when we know was most effective for kids that we can land around the different things that come up as we have seen over the last week coming up with johnson & johnson that we have enough supply and capacity and done enough contingency planning. that's our first priority, but we will continue to work to play a constructive role. >> i understand that the a strategy is to be oversupplied, but what point should the administration consider pivoting from just focusing on domestic need and responding to global need, particularly at a time when china and russia is increasing in terms of their vaccine diplomacy. >> when we are confident in our supply at home we will continue
to share vaccine. >> you mentioned that the administration is concerned about russia's increased military presence on the border of ukraine, can you confirm reporting that the administration is considering sending warships as i show support to ukraine? >> i would point you to dod for military assets. >> i think we are now two weeks away, i asked a couple of weeks ago there was a plan to have a bilateral with the chinese president on the sidelines of the g20. and were any bilateral's plane on the sidelines about any business outside of the overall climate summit taking place? press sec. psaki: it's a great question and we are something out with the additional components of the format will look like. we've invited about 40 leaders so there's a lot of scheduling to be done, but i expect we will
not have a final update on that until we get within days of the summit. >> thank you very much. i have a question on ukraine, do you have a response [indiscernible] -- is there any concern that the new challenges from russia are tightening up? and is the new administration ready for that? does this administration have a response ready to go if russia moves in the ukraine? if you do have a response ready to go, how do you commute -- have you communicated this? press sec. psaki: of the actions that have already been taken that we've had ongoing reviews about, we've been clear but i will reiterate that there will
be consequences, some unseen and some scene. i know you are all tired of hearing that but hopefully, we will see that soon. as it relates to the escalating russian aggressions, including russia's treatment movements on ukraine's borders, we are in close consultation working with partners and allies in the region to assess and share intelligence and determine what's happening and what can be done about it. but i'm not can get ahead of that internal diplomatic process >> have you made that call to the kremlin to try to put them off? press sec. psaki: i would not say that's exactly how it goes down, but we do communicate at many levels. there was a call done at the defense secretary level last week with the russians. also call done by our secretary of state.
we communicate at many levels that are far below that. and the president spoke with the president of ukraine just last friday. so there is ongoing diplomatic engagement between us and the number of countries in the region, including russia and ukraine and our partners and allies who share a number of our concerns about the aggression of russian movements on the border. >> and where on the scale of one to 10 -- press sec. psaki: i always love yes and no questions. go ahead. >> a president, bipartisan guy, getting one or more republicans to support, [indiscernible] press sec. psaki: we don't say
it doesn't matter, it's just an impasse. and there's a question that i hope your colleagues on the hill will address which is why would they oppose investment in our nations infrastructure when the vast majority of the american public thinks it's imperative we do? but secretary just said, for disagreement does not really about the need to modernize our infrastructure. it's about the size and paying for it and we understand there will be compromise and debate. that's part of the process. >> is it a little dangerous to always be fighting the pulse? press sec. psaki: do you not think the american people's views are important as per elected officials on the hill. there's been pretty consistent support for infrastructure. it's important point. we feel like important because when we talk about bipartisanship we're talking about how we meet the needs of the american people. republicans, independents, rebuilding bridges is not a democratic idea. ensuring kids have access to
clean water is not a democratic idea. broadband access probably impacts more rural areas that might lean more republican than democratic if you look at the maps across the country. our point is that this is addressing not a political issue , but a vital need in the country that impacts all of the american people. i don't even know what the rating numbers are about anymore. >> has the president been in touch with buckingham palace and does he have plans to attend the funeral? press sec. psaki: he has not directly been in touch, we did put out a statement in his name and the first ladies date -- first ladies name earlier. i'm not aware of any plans. >> to what number does the white house and the president might be
involved in [indiscernible] press sec. psaki: it was a book he wrote himself, the president and the first lady put out a statement making clear in february when the book was announced that they are deeply supportive of their son sharing his account about his painful experiences with the diction, which is what the book does. they are hopeful that it could help millions of people who have struggled with the same challenges. >> [indiscernible] i have a question from allison harris of news nation, almost half of the -- troops will not get vaccinated. press sec. psaki: because of their hesitation? >> yes, the present -- members of congress have asked the president to waive informed consent so that troops would be mandatorily vaccinated. is that something president is considering? press sec. psaki: i think you
would refer to the advice and view of the secretary of defense . i would point you to them for any point of view on that letter. >> we are looking at the number of unaccompanied migrant children at the border, its increased 100% from february to march, if these numbers continue to rise as their point that the administration would consider reversing or modifying the policy of accepting unaccompanied migrants press sec. psaki: -- migrants? press sec. psaki: when we no longer accept children who are under 18? the reason for accepting these children is that we feel it is not humane to send these kids back on their treacherous journey. our focuses on addressing the needs, opening up shelters, ensuring that there is access to health and educational
resources, expediting processing at the border. those are the steps we feel are most effective from a policy standpoint. >> does the president support the [indiscernible] particularly if infrastructure is not [indiscernible] press sec. psaki: how does he expect to get the proactive past? it is something that he strongly supports and is consistent with his advocacy the for the ability and rights of workers to organize. i don't have anything on the legislative strategy and what that will look like moving forward. i would certainly point you to the hill. >> i want asked about the case of a 10-year-old boy who had a video going viral when he was seen walking the desert by himself, he was dropped off by the group he was with. we now know that this child had been deported with his mother, his mother was 8 -- was kidnapped in mexico and he was able to free himself with a
family member. why does the u.s. government continue to force people back to mexico to dangerous situations and not to their countries of origin? and the president, back in october of 2020, and a conversation said that he would address deportation moratoriums for cubans and venezuelans but not nicaraguans. what has that happened? press sec. psaki: i will check with our diplomatic team on what the status is and if there is an update. in terms of deportation. it's handled as you know on a case-by-case basis. i would have to look into the specific details of this case. the department of homeland security may have more specifics if you can share them on why they were sent back to mexico. >> it's not just his family -- his family, there sent back to mexico and not their home
country. press sec. psaki: i don't have any more information. we don't specifically speak about each case because there are privacy concerns. but i can look into -- >> the president how can you work with that government? ms. psaki: when special convoy was in el salvador, he did not meet with the president but he had productive meetings with the foreign minister and other senior officials such as the attorney general and private sector leaders and others so we felt it was quite a constructive trip. this laid the foundation to build only already strong bilateral dialogue we have with the administration at all levels and we will continue from here. >> to you look forward with the president being involved? ms. psaki: they are not predicting that he won't be involved. he had a number of other
meetings which we feel are strong bases and foundation for moving forward. >> thank you, do you see any changes in the chinese behavior -- ms. psaki: the masks make it hard to hear. say it one more time. >> the president has spoken to the chinese president. do you see any changes in the chinese behavior? ms. psaki: i would say we were less than 100 days into the administration what we control is how we approach our relationship with china. we see it as one that is about competition, not about conflict. our focus is also on approaching the relationship from a position of strength. that includes rebuilding, investing in a work force at home and things like infrastructure investment,
ensuring we have broadband access across the country and and working very closely with their partners and allies in the region and across europe. that's how we are approaching it. in terms of the assessment of their changes of behavior, i would leave that to you to assess. >> [indiscernible] ms. psaki: i don't have an assessment from here. we are approaching this from a position of patients and we are not in a hurry. we are working to strengthen our conditions at home to better support our workforce and ensure we are approaching the relationship from a position of strength. >> the prime minister of japan is coming here next friday. can you give us a sense of what kind of relationship, will there be a joint press conference? ms. psaki: i expect they will be statements and they will probably take questions as well. >> the blue book has said the
review is over [indiscernible] ms. psaki: i can confirm there will be consequences. some are seen and some are unseen and we hope to have more on that soon. go ahead. >> i wanted to ask about the infrastructure plan and climate specifically clean energy. treasury released a summary recently with a few more details on this but i was wondering if the white house how it will affect the overall climate impact of the plan and how this might play in selling the plan to those who have suggested they don't think the plan goes far enough. ms. psaki: the plan we feel reflects on the president's view that there is a profound urgency
and existential threat we are facing from our climate crisis. the climate crisis is presenting a more existential threat and we believe he wants to take every opportunity to help address that. the american jobs plan will position the united states to meet president biden's goal of creating a neutral dish a carbon neutral sector by 2025 and carbon free by 2050 by building infrastructure, ensuring safe and clean drinking water to all communities, revolutionizing electric vehicle manufacturing, mobilizing the next generation of conservation and resilience workers. this will not be the totality of what we do to address the crime -- climate crisis. it is certainly an important step and one we have had positive response from a number of members. >> on the clean energy part, do you have top line numbers or when they may be forthcoming?
ms. psaki: the top line numbers in terms of the impact of the tax credits? >> the credits you want to extend, etc. but the white house might have actual dollar fixture ms. psaki: -- figures? we put out a 25 page fact sheet. we will certainly get to more specifics and have state-by-state details early next week. >> thank you. ms. psaki: he is a new member? i'm just kidding. we are going to start taking questions from a regional reporter who does not live in washington. he can't be here and many of you started your career that way. thank you for reminding me. i was going to walk off. it's nice to meet you. you are from anchorage, alaska? >> yes, i'm here at the capitol in juneau today. ms. psaki: thanks for joining us. this is the white house press corps. how can we help you?
what questions you have for us today? >> thanks for. the opportunity. the secretary discussed the cdc limit on cruise ships but here in alaska, there is a second block that applies because ships must stop in canada on the way to alaska and canada is not allowing cruise ships right now. in the state, republicans and democrats have requested a temporary waiver of the law that requires [no audio] ms. psaki: oh uh oh. mute button? >> can you hear me now? ms. psaki: we apologize for that. we're the first part of your question but you may have to repeat it. >> ok, republicans and democrats here have requested a temporary waiver of the rule that blocks cruise from coming to alaska
without the canadian stop. i was curious what the administration thinks of those requests and whether action is possible before the end of the tourist season. ms. psaki: we heard that from some of your colleagues here but the cruise industry in general. it's an industry we want to drive and we want to ensure we are reopening capacity in a safe manner and doing that as quickly as we can. we have been working with senator murkowski and alaska officials on engaging canada and finding ways to assist the cruise ships. that process is ongoing but importantly i don't have more details but is something we are aware of and working with your senators on to help address and we certainly recognize the importance of the cruise ship industry to the alaska economy. thank you so much for joining us from alaska. ok. thank you, guys, happy friday,
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