Notes from White House Press Briefing / Jay Carney

See notes below from my FNC colleague Kimberly Schwandt:

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TOPICS COVERED: Benghazi report, Clinton’s health, Hagel, gun control/culture/why POTUS didn’t do more earlier, Fiscal Cliff, Detainee transfer bill, furloughs, Inouye

 

**In addition to what Kelly already sent out, more follow-up questions on Behngazi & Cliff and other topics:

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

FISCAL CLIFF:  In addition to Carney saying Plan B is an act of futility and Obama would veto…said the president’s proposal is NOT final offer, there is room for negotiations, Carney wouldn’t read out any updated convos or deals

BEHNGAZI ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT: Ed and other reporters pressed if POTUS has said he is ultimately responsible (and Clinton too) then is it sufficient that 3-4 people took fall.  Carney got a little testy with Ed, and continued to repeated what he said which was the review was thorough, highlighted inadequacies and changes are being implemented, referred to State too on anything else.  Didn’t know if the president had actually read it.

NRA: On whether NRA invited to talks re: Newtown and Biden group – wouldn’t read out any invitations, didn’t say they’re not, just didn’t have any updates, said Biden is heading up

CLINTON HEALTH: Didn’t know or wouldn’t say when POTUS found out about Clinton health

GUN CULTURE: Asked if appropriate for gov’t to be policing culture, Carney said it’s a complex issue and basically should be part of discussion just as gun laws and mental health

POTUS TALK WITH GIRLS: Wouldn’t read out how the president told his daughters

GUNS/WHY DIDN’T DO MORE EARLIER: Referred to what president said, and repeated that they do believe they should have done more, dealing with economic crisis made hard, but did say they wish they could have done more

FURLOUGHS TO FEDERAL WORKERS/OMB:  Said what’s happening part of good governance give these notifications we remain focused on balanced approach and agreement is within reach

DETAINEE BILL: Detainee transfer bill in conference, does veto threat stand and reports of signing statement but no veto – no update, what put out is still position

HAGEL: defended Hagel’s service – that he fought and bled for our country

REID/27th No schedule updates on news of Reid saying they’ll come back on 27th, said watching closely

 

 

FISCAL CLIFF:

 

CARNEY

 

12:53:12 Let me start with observations review where we are.  on Monday pres put forward to Boehner a compromise proposal that would achieve sign long term deficit that would protect the middle class, protect seniors and help our econ to grow and create jobs

12:53:48 the diff between that proposal by every measure his willingness to come to the republicans and proposal speaker boehner put forward was not that great

12:54:08 unfortunately response speaker had is to walk away and pursue plan B.

12:54:20 Plan B which is the only thing the House of Rep all focused on, multi day exercise in futility *** we do not have luxury of exercises in futility, twist arms and wrangle votes within own ranks, exercise in repub vote counting will not result in anything for the American people *** It cannot pass the senate, the pres would VETO if it got to his desk would be a step backward, for american people

its proposal give a tax cut for millionaires and billionairs 50,000 hardly what american people thought getting election

12:56:05 if you’re a mill or bill you get 50,000, if you’re a wealthy american, get 260.00 tax cut, make less you get less

12:56:20 and 25 million american families get a tax hike, this is not what the American people want, this is not what the american people are looking for, this would be a giant step backward

12:56:42 still an opp for compromise on a big deal, doesn’t just resolve the so called fiscal cliff reduces deficit

12:56:57 helps our econ grow, protects middle class strengthens entitlement programs that’s the deal the pres put on the table, revenue or spending cuts demonstrates his good faith effort factual willingness to come half way

12:57:31 house repub and have no capacity to reach a compromise there is a fall back that has been languishing

12:57:45 there for months and months tax cuts it would not give a 50,000 tax cut to millionarires and billionaires, not sitck it to american families,

 

Q- THIS BILL IF PASSES NOT TO SENATE, WHAT ABOUT OBAMA SAY HERE’S MY PLAN PASS IT

12:58:30 pres not interested in strategizing through the media interested remains even at late date opp to do something big and good for the american people what we know about this exercise we have seen this movie before the repub leadership irrelevant

12:59:09 and it does nothing for the effort to achieve a bipartisan compromise nothing that will become law brings us closer to the fiscal cliff

12:59:28 that is not what the american people expected to be leaders expected as pres said, message sent they wanted leaders to work together to compromise to do big things in a manner that’s balanced and helps econ grow

12:59:57 what they really wanted to see bill million and billion tax cuts, something you could not divine from exit polls doesn’t exist

 

Q- CLIFF ALLEY

13:08:04 what i’m confident don’t have bat plane wasn’t where I was going

13:08:31 the president is ready right now compromsie what put forward, it’s available it’s a good deal at some point need to say yes, compromise can’t get all they want, do get significant deficit reduction, something they couldn’t get when repub had control of both houses

13:09:21 do something big short of that bill langusihes extend tax cuts all but two percent, all working except top two percent that would create a lot of certainty and it would not be something so twisted around ends up as plan b

13:09:55 rewarding millionaires and billionaires and sticking it that cannot be what the message received from election

 

Q- PRES SEE EXERCISE STRENGTHENING BOEHNER HAND

13:10:24 I hesitate on his behalf or try to divine the motivations strategyif you can call it that, at present leading nowhere that is good nowhere that brings us closer to a deal or compromise, closer to the fiscall cliff

 

Q- ARE YOU SAYING OFFER IS FINAL WORD?

13:11:14 I am not saying that *** I’m saying there is an offer on the table and there was, proffered by speaker of house, members at least a measure of them that is not all that far from what the president was offering, within reason there is room to compromise

13:11:49 speaker pursued plan b option exercise in futility doesn’t help anyone not even sure if it helps him

 

Q- PREPARED TO GO FURTHER SPENDING AND REVENUES

13:12:21 I’ll leave it at he never said private or public that this was his final offer, reach deal further negotiations not much further he could go unlike counterparts, he has already gone half way but he remains adhering to principles hopeful we can get a better deal, benefit to econ and middle class really believes that’s

 

Q- CLIFF, AT WHAT POINT PRES INSERT

13:04:53 idea that pres hasn’t been in process is refuted by all the evidence pres cannot do the work congress has to do ***

13:05:08 cannot force the house to accept what is by any measure a reasonble compromise

13:06:14 repub in house have decided to run down alley that has no exit while we all watch, something seen in past produces nothing positive

13:06:39 nothing closer to resolution and does not help the cause of trying to find compromise

 

Q- COMMUNICATION LINES OPEN

13:24:47 He would like to have a big deal reaction from house leadership paln b rather than bridge gap between pres off and speaker’s laast offer he can not negotiate cannot bring to vote on on wasting a log of time on an effort pointless and futile taking days enormous amount of time,

 

Q- SENIOR STAFF HAVE BEEN

13:26:14 i’m not aware of any additional conversations

 

 

Q- NEGOTIATIONS PRIOR TO PLAN B SAID MUST HAVE HAD SOME SUPPORT ELABORATE ON THAT HE PUT THAT OUT WHY NOT TALK ABOUT RIGHT NOW

13:44:34 I think we can speculate in the end we don’t whip votes we engage with

13:45:06 good for middle class unfortunately that process stopped when might bear fruit hope that is renewed as pres said yesterday certainly case after the year we’ve had some of things happened in recent

13:45:40 help the country and middle class this is doable take this opp and obviously up to them in terms of analyzing

 

Q- THINK VOTES EXIST ENTIRELY REASONABLE DEAL

13:46:17 have long sought that is balanced that protects seniors he hopes and expects repub will do the same

 

 

BEHNGAZI:

 

Q- ACCEPT CONCLUSIONS SCATHING REPORT – HE IS ULTIMATELY RESPONS IN DEBATE ROMNEY

13:00:31 the pres does accept the report he believes admiral mullen pickering impt service to their country, his admin is adopting and sec of state some of those recommendations are being acted on and have been prior to issuance of report

13:01:07 what happened is a tragedy we have an obligation figure out what happened and prevent from happening again, purpose of accountablity review board, it is problem and needs to be fixed board has put forward recomm, clinton said implementation by time next sec of state, not soliciting personnel moves, haven’t just been waiting admin work all overseas security safe and secure

 

13:02:11 as you heard action already being taken

 

Q REPORT ON BEHNGAZI SYSTEMATIC FAILTURE WHILE NO CLEAR WARNING WARNING SIGNS SHOULD HAVE SOUNDED ALARM BELLS DOES TH PRES ACCEPT MORE AWARE TO WARNING BELLS

13:29:17 I think the pres accepts and wants implemented extremely helpful and he appreciates the effort of both pickering and mullen

clearly as report demonstrates ambassador we needed to find out in that effort what went wrong and why hold accountable

13:30:03 and take actions to ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect sec clinton said we cannot seal diplomats would not be able to do jobs risk they do, taking risks unfortunately

 

Q- ALL THE ACCOUNTABILITY REQUIRED HAS HAPPENED

13:30:53 beyond actions already taken, refer you to state on other, I thinkit’s been fairly sophisticated in its analysis, effective in prescriptions pres accepts all of that

13:31:21 there has also been in that report interagency great deal of reporting much inaccurate speed of attacks

13:31:46 interagency continued through the night pres notified first thing ordered 13:32:06 the board found no evidence quite the contrary the safe evacuation subsequently to ramstein air force military response and helped save life of two wounded

13:32:35 marine fast team as additional on sept 12

 

Q- ACCOUNTABILITY IN DEBATE SAID HE TOOK RESPON, CLINTON SAID SHE DID, NOW AFTER WE HEAR ABOUT 3/4 STATE TAKING FALL, HOW THEY ARE WHEN SEC AND PRES (Ed’s question)

13:33:12 The pres and sec of state review board who are respected dip and mil, it is detail it is critical of inadequacies immediately accountability brought to bear four indiv very senior your question this is state dept sec of state understood embassy security on her watch

 

Q- THOSE TAKING FALL WHAT ARE THEY DOING

13:34:04 taking the fall accountability

 

Q- WHETHER ACCOUNTABILITY PEOPLE AT HIGHER LEVELS SAID BUCK STOPS WITH THEM DID THEY SAY THAT

13:34:23 indiv who did reporting based on what I just ead ED – and indiv who took

 

Q- SEC CLINTON FALLEN AND GOT CONCUSSION BUT HAPPENED DAYS EALIER WHEN INFORMED

13:35:13 i don’t have  day for you, spoke sat

 

Q- REVEALED SOONER AND JUST HASN’T

13:35:25 I think state dept has been telling pub spoke sat, i don’t have any more info

 

Q- SHE IS STILL SEC OF STATE A LOT OF FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES NORTH KOREA SHE COULDN’T TESTIFY

GOING TO FILL IN, IS SHE ABLE TO DO JOB

13:36:05 refer you to state dept dep sec of state, many able people advisers and the pres has spoken she is ill and recovering state dept remains under her watch and sec burns

 

Q-PRES READ ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW

13:19:43 i don’t know if read, been briefed, he’s a voracious reader so may have

 

 

GUN VIOLENCE

 

Q- GUN VIOLENCE CULTURE AS PART OF REVIEW, ROLE OF GOVERNMENT, MONITOR AND CHANGE THINGS LIKE VIDEO GAMES MUSIC BROADER CULTURAL INFLUENCE?

13:02:47 the president believes this is complex problem, multifaceted, that requires solution that takes into consideration. not single legislation that deals w guns that will solve problem. not action in terms of mental health services that will solve problem. variety of things that could help address problem. 13:03:25 cultural matters: i think thats an idea that bears exploration and is one of the areas the president hopes will be topic of conversation he wants to undertake. wants to hear ideas from lots of stakeholders, not just administration, lawmakers, but broad array of ppl who might have ideas on how to pursue. 13:04:00 no specific proposal on cultural matters, but certainly the case we in washington have potential to help elevate issues of concern. elevate issues that contribute to scourge of gun violence. that has been case in the past, could be in the future. but don’t have specific prescription on any matter related to that bucket of issues.

 

Q- GUN VIOLENCE, WHY NOT DO MORE

13:16:50 successfully enhancing establishing ruile info to ATF multiple including assault investigative leads

13:17:18 nobody is suggesting that that is enough, rapid action to move this forward and already called right away

13:17:36 ban high capacity pass a law background checks before cannot take advantage someone who won’t do

13:17:53 improve state and local law enforcement confirming the head of agency head to do just that

13:18:08 not enough has been done more needs to be done, president is committed to doing it

13:18:18 not just calling on congress this is something even these steps if all addressed much more needs to be done

13:18:33 as well as culture and why asked VP who authored crime bill to

Q- TRANSFER AND POSESSION

13:47:45 We’d have to take a look at bill language, weapons ban signed 1994 and expired in 2004, included ban on sale, whatever bill comes forward

 

Q- PRES SOUNDED DEFENSIVE POLITICS GOT IN WAY OF HIS PRINCIPALS

13:19:00 no what pres said happens to be true, global economic

 

Q-WALK AND CHEW GUM

13:19:15 did take steps make no mistake, he believes we didn’t do enough, committed to doing more you saw yesterday how serious he plans to address

 

 

ON SEN REID DEC 27:

 

Q- SEN REID SENATE MAY GO OUT AND COME BACK NEXT THURSDAY

13:13:28 I don’t have any scheduling announcements plan b no prospects in the senate voted on extend tax cuts for the vast vast majority and eminently more fair what remains case when talk about deal addresses deficits what so perplexing plan b

13:14:09 instead of taking deal would substantially would address ways have demanded health care entitlement spending

13:14:28 take a deal that does none of that that doesn’t seem like a great option, not one going to become law

13:14:41 closely monitoring developments, hope opp achieve something good for american people can’t do jobs for them

 

HAGEL

Q- HAGEL – COME UNDER FIRE

13:07:15 no personnel announcement, hagel fought for this country, two purple hearts, has served admirably, and I’ll let pres make announcements when time is right

 

Q- HAGEL INTIMIDATES, DOES HE DENY HAVING SAID THAT, ROLE IN ADMIN

13:15:22 address that to sen hagel, effort to go after somebody and you want we haven’t nominated made no personnel announcements not going to engage, hagel fought and bled, served country well excellent senator, say that as someone who covered him beyond not going to engage in this kind of process

 

Q- RICE AND HAGEL

13:41:08 rice served admirable any post, hagel served admirably, what we’re not going to do engage in process is a side doorway in talking about decisions on personnel has not made nor announced

Q WHAT ELSE CAN DO

13:42:10 there will be other efforts doesn’t as we said from beginning doesn’t begin and end undertake this effort

 

 

Q-  THREE STEPPED DOWN ENOUGH ACCOUNT

13:20:09 report sharply critical and blunt both about problems exist and need for accountability as you just noted

13:20:39 recommendations made adopted in full and already been in this short period of time actions to demonstrate I haven’t had discussion I think both appreciate for service they provided for the depth that they delved into in this report

13:21:11 speed with which they acted he intends to make sure the admin begins implementation before next sec of state takes office

13:21:28 ensure congress provides necessary funds diplomatic missions obviously more action very serious report and president has indicated expects to be implemented fully. Four people

 

Q- DOES PRES BELIEVE FOUR ENOUGH?

13:22:12 pres believes sufficient

 

 

GUN VIOLENCE/CULTURE

Q- LOOK AT RENEWED INCREASE, GUN SALES GOING UP SOME MEMBERS OF HOUSE, GRANDFATHERING IN

IS THIS ADMIN CNOCEPT OPEN FEDERAL BUY BACK UNDER SOME CIRCUMSTANCE

AMMUNITION CLIPS, LIMIT ACCESS REDUCE VIOLENCE IN ANTICI

13:27:13 what I can tell you is that the effort that the VP will oversee examine a variety of proposals and will do so quickly

13:27:30 I don’t know whether that’s one of them

13:28:09 any single piece of legis will not solve, doesn’t me won’t improve doesn’t mean from outset never stop all need

13:28:31 to take action appaling atrocities beyond that others are being in effort led

 

Q- STORIES PARENTS WHO DEAL WITH MENTAL HEALTH

13:22:55 he reads widely, more likely to have read than seen with all due respect to broadcast media

13:23:13 mental health area that needs to be addressed as we take comprehensive approach, gun violence mental extremely important overall approach to health care which is why health care law he passed ensure 30 million access to mental health makes avail without a copay or deductible issues of mental health as impt for society as much as physical health

13:24:06 as result to gun violence needs more action which is why taken action had

 

Q – INVITED NRA?

13:37:07 pres not issuing invitations as you saw biden will be, i haven’t conversations, simply echo what pres said

13:37:26 they are mothers and fathers brothers and sisters, everyone has a stake, as we saw in newtown conn most vulnerable citizens children who should be first duty

 

Q- WHY NOT ENGAGE THEM

13:38:00 not saying we won’t VP biden on pres behalf that will be ongoing it is pres view and vp view any stakeholder in this who wants to help take steps to end this problem is welcome constructive steps number of indiv how they are viewing this diff in wake of tragedy they’re assault weapons ban re evaluating recog we need to do something what happening around the country

 

Q- SPOKE TO AMERICAN EULOGIZED AS A FATHER YOU’RE A FATHER AS WELL CONVO WHAT CONVO WITH OWN DAUGHTERS

13:39:31 it’s an excellent question not one I would talk about he might at some point some he has as a parent

 

Q- WHAT DOES HE ENCOURAGE TO TELL PARENTS

13:40:40 refer to pres

 

 

INOUYE

Q INOUYE,

13:43:46 served for so long no idea heroism and service entirely fitting in coming days

 

Q- NEGOTIATIONS PRIOR TO PLAN B SAID MUST HAVE HAD SOME SUPPORT ELABORATE ON THAT HE PUT THAT OUT WHY NOT TALK ABOUT RIGHT NOW

13:44:34 I think we can speculate in the end we don’t whip votes we engage with

13:45:06 good for middle class unfortunately that process stopped when might bear fruit hope that is renewed as pres said yesterday certainly case after the year we’ve had some of things happened in recent

13:45:40 help the country and middle class this is doable take this opp and obviously up to them in terms of analyzing

 

Q- THINK VOTES EXIST ENTIRELY REASONABLE DEAL

13:46:17 have long sought that is balanced that protects seniors he hopes and expects repub will do the same

 

DETAINEE TRANSFER BILL

 

Q WHITE HOUSE DETAINEE TRANSFER BILL CONF, DOES THAT VETO THREAT STILL STAND

13:47:10 i have no updates,

 

Q- DO SIGNING STATEMENT, BUT NOT VETO,

13:47:33 What we put out is still our position

 

Q- TRANSFER AND POSESSION

13:47:45 We’d have to take a look at bill language, weapons ban signed 1994 and expired in 2004, included ban on sale, whatever bill comes forward

 

FURLOUGHS/OMB

Q- FURLOUGHS FEDERAL WORKERS

13:48:34 what’s happening part of good governance give these notifications we ramin focused on balanced prevents us from going over and we believe that even now that agreement is within reach partner to agree, less than 2 weeks sequestration order anybody is watching hear the remotes just turning off with less than two weeks leftthey don’t work like thise any more tank you jackie

 

 

 

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