White House Spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre answered journalists’ questions at the daily press conference.
Leaving unanswered questions about former US President Donald Trump’s appearance in New York district court at the same time of the meeting, Jean-Pierre reiterated that the White House would not comment on an ongoing criminal case.
Jean-Pierre was asked why President Joe Biden had spoken on the subject many times during the legal proceedings regarding the events of the January 6 Congressional raid, but for the first time in American history they did not comment on the impeachment of a former president.
Defending the congress raid as “an attack on American democracy” and “a different moment”, Jean-Pierre evaluated that people including security guards died in this process and Biden did not spare his word when it comes to democracy.
Although tensions sometimes rose between Jean-Pierre and journalists, the White House remained silent about the impeachment of Trump.
“This is not what President Biden is focusing on,” spokesman Jean-Pierre said. used the phrase.
Jean-Pierre said that they were prepared for the demonstrations that could occur in New York.
Arrest of US journalist in Russia
“Evan never spied. He never worked for the US government,” Jean-Pierre said of Evan Gershkovic, who worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal’s Moscow office and was arrested by Russia on charges of espionage.
Stating that Biden attaches importance to the event, Jean-Pierre stated that Foreign Minister Antony Blinken met with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.
Noting that Blinken conveyed that the arrest of the journalist was unacceptable, Jean-Pierre said that he brought up the issue of the release of another imprisoned US citizen, Paul Whelan.
Jean-Pierre underlined that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs works in cooperation with different institutions for the release of American citizens detained abroad.
Production cut decision of OPEC+ countries
Regarding whether the OPEC+ group member countries are worried about the impact of the production cut decision on fuel prices, the White House spokesman said, “Analysts said prices would increase last year, but it did not happen. In fact, gasoline prices fell by $50 when they were at their peak last summer. Most of that is what this President bought. due to measures.” he said.
Jean-Pierre said Biden will continue to work with all producers and consumers to secure energy markets, support economic growth and lower prices for the American consumer again.
Regarding possibilities such as the reuse of strategic oil reserves, Jean-Pierre stated that he would not make any assumptions about any issue.
Jean-Pierre stated that Biden focused on securing the energy independence of the Americans and took steps in this direction.
The claim that the spy balloon conveyed the intelligence it collected to China
Jean-Pierre did not confirm the claim that the Chinese “spy balloon”, which the US dropped in its airspace on February 4, was able to instantly transmit the intelligence gathered from some sensitive military facilities in the US to Beijing.
The spokesperson stated that they took precautionary measures to prevent the spy balloon from accessing sensitive information and that the investigations on the subject are continuing.