President Obama Remarks on Jobs and Economy

Obama touts "longest streak of private sector job creation."
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Transcript for President Obama Remarks on Jobs and Economy
BBC news. Good afternoon I'm Ron Claiborne from ABC news headquarters in New York. We are interrupting your regular programming because President Obama. Is about to come to the briefing room of the White House briefing room to deliver. A statement and he's likely to take questions on the broken cease fire in the Middle East a phone call that he had earlier this -- With the Russian president Vladimir Putin. Today's jobs report and congress' latest vote on immigration reform wanna bring an ABC's chief White House correspondent now Jon Karl. On a lot going on there and now congress in order -- recess a little more than five weeks. Beginning today jobs. That's right Tehran the president will likely tout the good economic news more than 200000 jobs -- in July but also take a swipe at congress. As you mentioned going on a five week August recess. Before addressing the issue of the border crisis all -- unaccompanied minors crossing over the border. -- of the house of the senate has been able back and here's the president. That's -- -- -- -- happy Friday and I thought I took some questions. But first let me say a few words about the economy. At this morning we learned -- that our economy created over 200000. New jobs in July. That's on top of about 300000. New jobs in June. So we are now in a six month streak with -- at least 200000. New jobs each month. That's the first time that has happened since 1997. Over the past year we've added more jobs than any year since 2006. All told our businesses -- created nine point nine million new jobs over the past 53 months that's the longest streak of private sector job creation. In our history. And as we saw on Wednesday the economy grew at a strong pace in the spring. Companies or investment. Consumers are spending. American manufacturing. Energy technology. Autos. -- -- -- Thanks to the decisions we've made -- am very grit and resilience of the American people we've recovered faster and come farther. From the recession than almost any other advanced country on -- So the good news -- the economy. Clearly is getting stronger. Things are getting better. Our engines -- -- -- a little bit louder. And the decisions that we make right now can sustain and keep that growth and momentum going. Unfortunately. There are a series of steps that we could be taken. To maintain momentum and perhaps even accelerated. There are steps that we could be taking that would result in more job growth. Higher wages higher incomes more relief for medical middle class -- -- And so far at least in congress. We have not seen them willing or able to take those steps. I've been pushing for common sense ideas like rebuilding our infrastructure in ways that. Our sustained over many years and support millions of good jobs and help businesses compete. I've been advocating on behalf of raising the minimum wage. Making it easier for working folks to -- off their student loans. -- Paid leave. All these policies have two things in common all of them would help working families feel more stable and secure. And all of them so far have been blocked or ignored. By Republicans in congress. That's why my administration keeps taking. Whatever actions we can take on our own to help working famines. Now it's good that congress was able to pass legislation to strengthen the VA -- I want to thank. The chairman and ranking members were involved and that. It's good that. Congress was able to at least fund transportation projects for a few more months before leaving town. Although it falls far short of the kind of infrastructure. Effort that we need that would actually accelerate the economy. But for the most part. The big ticket items that things that would really make a difference of -- middle class families those things just are not getting done. Let's just take a recent example. Immigration. We all agree that there's a problem that needs to be solved in a portion of our southern border. And we even agree on most of the solutions. But instead of working together. Instead of focusing on the 80%. Where there is agreement between Democrats and Republicans. -- between the administration and congress -- House Republicans as we -- are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable. Versions of the bill that they already know. Is going nowhere. They can't pass the senate and that it worked -- -- -- I would -- they know what. And I've been trying to actually solve the problem this is a message bill that. They couldn't quite pull up yesterday estimated -- more extreme so maybe they can pass it today. Just so they can check a box before -- leaving town for -- month. And this is on an issue that they all insisted had to be a top priority. Now our efforts administratively. So far helped to slow the tide of child migrants trying to come to our country. But without. Additional resources and help from congress. We're desire to have the resources we need to fully solve the problem. That means -- there are out on vacation I'm gonna have to make some tough this choices to meet the challenge. -- -- -- And yesterday even though they've been sitting on a bipartisan immigration bill for over a year. House Republicans suggested. That. Since they don't expect to actually pass a bill that I can sign that actually should go ahead and act on my own assault brought. Keep in mind that. Just a few days earlier they voted assuming. For acting on my own. And then when they could pass the bill yesterday. They put out statements suggesting I should act on -- because they couldn't pass a bill. For immigration has not gotten done. A student loan bill that would help folks who have student loan debt consolidate. And refinance at lower rates. That in past. The transportation bill that they did -- gets us through the spring when we should actually be planning years in advance. States and businesses are raising minimum wage for the workers. Because this congress is failing to do so. Even basic things like. Approving career diplomats for critical ambassadorial posts. Are getting -- last night for purely political reasons senate Republicans. For a certain period of time blocked our new ambassador to Russia. It raise such an uproar that finally they want. Hadn't left. Our Russian ambassador -- at a time when we are dealing every day -- the crisis in Ukraine. They're still blocking our ambassador to Sierra Leone where there is currently an Ebola outbreak. They're blocking our ambassador to Guatemala even as they demand that we do more to stopped. The flow of unaccompanied children from Guatemala. There are a lot of things that we could be arguing about on policy that's what we should be doing as a democracy but we shouldn't be having an argument. About placing career diplomats. -- bipartisan support. In countries around the world where we have to have a presence. The -- was this we have come a long way over the last five and a half years. Our challenges are nowhere near as daunting as there were when I first came in office. But the American people demand and deserve. The strong and focused effort. On the part of all of us to keep moving the country forward and to focus on their concerns. And the fact is we could be much further along and we could be doing even better in the economy could be even stronger and more jobs could be created. If congress. Would. Do the job that the people. Sent them -- to do. And I will not stop try to work -- both parties to get things moving faster for middle class families of those trying to. Get into the middle class. When congress returns next month. My hope is that instead of simply trying to pass. Partisan message bills on party lines. -- don't actually solve problems. They're going to be willing to come together to at least focus on some key areas where there is broad agreement. After all that we've had overcome. Our congress should stop standing in the way of our country success. So -- -- let me take couple questions and I will start with Roberta -- -- Reuters. Why do you think Israel. Should embrace -- -- -- -- that -- one of its soldiers. Appears to have been abducted -- Hamas he's used it ever has much. I don't know what he's -- Israel acts. Your -- to you why can't protect them -- Well. First of all I think it's important to note that. We have and I had unequivocally condemned. Hamas and the Palestinian factions that were responsible for killing two Israeli soldiers and adopting a third. Almost. Minutes after a cease fire have been announced. And the UN has condemned them as well. And you know I want. Make sure that they are listening. If they are serious about trying to resolve this situation that soldier needs to be unconditionally released. As soon as possible. -- I have been very clear throughout this crisis that Israel has a right to defend itself no country can tolerate. Missiles raining down on its cities and people having -- rush to bomb shelters. Every twenty minutes or half hour. No country can or would tolerate tunnels being dug. Under their land. They can be used to launch terrorist attacks. And so they -- not only have -- been supportive of Israel. In its right to defend itself but in very concrete terms for example in support for the iron -- program that has intercepted. Rockets that are firing down on Israeli cities we've been. You know. Try to cooperate as much as we can to make sure that. Israel is able to protect its citizens. Now at the same time we've also been clear that. Innocent civilians. In Gaza. Caught in the crossfire. Have to weigh on our conscience and we have to do more. To protect them. A cease fire was one way in which we could to stop the killing. To step back and to try to resolve. Some of the underlying issues. That. Have been building -- -- -- quite some time. Israel committed to that Sony -- our cease fire. And it was violent. And try to put that back together is going to be challenging but we will continue to make. Those efforts and then let me take this opportunity by the way to give secretary John Kerry credit. He has been persistent he has worked very hard. He -- in -- on many occasions really unfair criticism. Simply to try to get to the point where the killing stops and the underlying issues about Israel security. But also. The concerns of Palestinians in Gaza. Can be addressed. We're gonna keep working towards them. It's going to take some time. I think it's going to be very hard to put a cease fire back together again. If Israelis and the international community. Can't feel confident that a mosque and follow through on a cease -- our commitment. And -- it's not particularly relevant. Whether. A particular leader and Hamas order of this abduction the point is is that when they sign on to a cease fire. They're claiming to speak for all the Palestinian factions. If they don't have control of them and just. Moments after a cease fire signed you have Israeli soldiers being killed. And captured. It's hard for the Israelis to feel. Confident that. A -- -- and actually be. -- I'm in constant consultation root for mr. Netanyahu. Or. National security team is in constant communication -- -- The Israeli military. I want to see. Everything possible done. To make sure that Palestinian civilians. Are not being killed. And if it is heartbreaking to see what's happening. And -- and I think many of us recognize. The dilemma we have. On the one hand Israel has -- right to defend itself and it got to be able to get -- those rockets in those tunnel networks on the other hand. Because of incredibly irresponsible actions on the part of Hamas took to oftentimes house. These rocket. -- is right in the middle. Civilian neighborhoods. We end up seeing. People who have nothing to do -- these rockets ending up being hurt. Part of the reason why we've been pushing so hard for a cease fire is precisely because. It's hard to reconcile. Israel's legitimate need to -- Defend itself -- -- Are concerned what those civilians and and if we can cause of the fighting. Then it's possible that we may be able to arrive at formula. That. That that that spears lives and and also. Insurers -- security. But it's difficult and I don't think we should pretend otherwise there. The plant. President like that she's tired you've called for diplomatic solution only if Israel Gaza but also in Ukraine. In Iraq. -- -- very little effect so far. If America local -- influence the world. Look look this is -- is a common themes. That folks bring up. Apparently. People -- for government. America. As -- most powerful country on earth still does not control everything around the world. And so. -- our diplomatic efforts. Often take time. Very often. Will. -- progress and then a step backwards. That's been true in the Middle East that's been true. In Europe that's been true measure that's. That's the nature of world affairs it's not -- and it's not smoke. But if you look at for example Ukraine. We have made. Progress in delivering. On what we said we would do. We can't. Control. How mr. proven facts. But what we can do -- say to mr. Putin. If you continue on the path of arming separate us. -- Heavy armaments it. Evidence suggests may have resulted in 300 innocent people on a jet dying. And that violates international law anonymous -- the integrity territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. Then you're gonna face consequences that will hurt your country. And there was lot of skepticism about our ability to. Coordinate with the Europeans. For a strong series of sanctions and each time we have. Done what we said we would do including this week when we put in place. Sanctions that have an impact on key sectors of the Russian economy. Their energy their defense their financial systems. It hasn't resolved problem -- I spoke to mr. -- this morning and I indicated to him just as we. Will do what we say we do in terms of sanctions will also do what we say we -- in terms of wanting to resolve this issue diplomatically if he. Takes. A different position if you respects and honors. The right of ukrainians to determine their investment. That is possible to make sure that Russian interests are addressed. That are legitimate. And that ukrainians are able to make their own decisions. And we can resolve this conflict and and and some of the bloodshed. But the point is a bill that. If you look at the twentieth century in the early part of this century. There -- a lot of conflicts -- American as a result. That's always been true. That doesn't mean we stop trying. And it's not a measure of American influence on any given day or at any given moment that -- conflicts around the world that. Are difficult. Conflict in NORTHERN IRELAND -- for very very long time until finally something broke for the parties decided. -- -- there wasn't worth. -- each other. The Palestinian Israeli conflicts been going on. Even longer than -- report. You know -- and I don't think at any point was there a suggestion somehow that. American and have influence just because. We weren't able to finalize -- -- really. Palestinian peace deal. You know and you'll -- all that. In situations like Kosovo. And Bosnia raged on for quite some time and there was a lot more death and bloodshed. Then there has been so for. In the Ukrainian situation before it ultimately did. Get resolved and so -- you are recognized with -- so many. Different issues popping up around the world. Sometimes it may seem as if this is an aberration Boortz -- usual but the truth of the matter is that. -- -- big world out there. And that as indispensable as we are to try to lead -- there's still going to be tragedies out there and they're going to be conflicts and our job is to just make sure that we continue to project. What's right. And what's just. And the other we're building coalitions of like minded countries and and partners. In order to advance not only our core security interest but also of interest. The world as a -- you could have done more. On which one -- -- Well well -- -- -- -- -- the the nature of being president is that you are always asking yourself what more can you do. But -- respect to let's say the Israeli. Palestinian issue. This administration. Invested an enormous amount to try to. Bring the parties together around a framework for peace two state solution. John Kerry invested an enormous amount of time. In the end it's up to the two parties to make a decision we can leave them. To resolve some of the technical issues and to show them a path. But. They've got to want. -- respect to -- frame. I think that. We have done everything that we can to support. The Ukrainian government and to deter Russia from. Moving further into Ukraine. But. Short of going to war. -- going to be some constraints. In terms of what we can do if present to a man Russia. Are ignoring what. Should be their long term interest. Right now of what we've done is there is impose sufficient -- on Russia that objectively speaking. They should. President Putin should want to resolve this diplomatically. Get these sanctions left to get their economy growing. And have good relations with Ukraine. But. Sometimes people don't always act rationally -- -- always act. Based on their medium -- long term interests. I can't deter us so we're just -- stay out. President Republicans point -- from some of your executive orders and reason they say they can't trust you to implement legislation as. Even if you don't buy that argument. Do you call yourself totally blameless and the inability. It appears that to reach agreement with the Republican led house. Why no. -- look let's just take the recent example. Immigration. A bipartisan bill. Passed out of this. Co sponsored by. Not just Democrats but some very conservative Republicans. Who recognize that the system currently is broken. And if in fact we put more resources on the border. Provide a path in which those. Undocumented workers have been living here for a long time and may have ties here. Are. Coming out of the shadows paying their taxes paying a fine learning English. If we -- Legal immigration system -- -- more efficient. If we. Are. You know attracting young people who may have studied here. To stay here. Create jobs here. That that -- is going to be good for the economy it's gonna reduce the deficit. It might have forestalled some of the problems that we're seeing now in the Rio Grande Valley and -- these unaccompanied children. And so we have a bipartisan. Bill Wendell bipartisan agreement supported by. Everybody from labor to the evangelical community it's law enforcement. So the argument is between. Me and the house Republicans. -- between. The house Republicans -- in the senate Republicans. And house Republicans and the business community. And house Republicans and the evangelical commitment. I'm just one of the people racing to disagree. On this issue. So that's on the comprehensive bill so now we have a short term crisis -- respect to. The Rio Grande Valley. They say we need more resources. We need. Tougher border security. In this area where his unaccompanied children. Are showing up. We are great support for for the supplemental. To give us the additional resources and funding. To do exactly what they say we should be -- I can't pass the bill. They can't even -- Their own version of the bill. So that's not disagreement between me in the house Republicans -- some disagreement between the house Republicans in the house Republicans. That the point is that. On -- range of these issues. Whether it's. Tax reform whether it's reducing the deficit. Whether it's rebuilding our infrastructure. We have consistently put forward. Proposals that us. In previous years in previous administrations would not have been considered. Radical are. Left wing. There would have been considered. Pretty sensible mainstream. Approaches to solving problems. I include under that by the way be affordable care but that's -- -- conversation. And it in circumstances where even basic. Common sense. Plain Vanilla. Legislation. Can't pass because house Republicans. Consider it somehow. A compromise. Of their principles or giving Obama -- victory. Then we've got to take action otherwise. We're right -- are making progress on the things that. The American people care about. And action on the -- Or supplement water -- I'm gonna have to act alone because we don't have enough resources we very good very clearly we run out of money. And we are gonna have to reallocate resources in order to just make sure that some of the basic functions. That have to take place down there. Whether it's making sure that these children are properly housed or making sure got enough immigration. Judges to process. Their cases. -- those things get done we're gonna have to reallocate its resources. But but the broader point Wendell is. That. If in fact house Republicans are concerned. About me acting independently. Of congress. Despite the fact that I take in fewer executive actions them. My Republican predecessor. Or my democratic predecessor before that or the Republican predecessors before them. Them the easiest way to solve -- -- passing legislation. Get things done. On the supplemental. It. We agreed on 80%. The issues. -- reporting for some issues that perhaps there were disagreements between Democrats and Republicans as I -- through. One Republican colleague who was down here -- -- was briefing about some national security issues. Why would we just go ahead and pass the 80% that we agree on him. We'll try to work to resolve the differences on the other 40% more when we do that. And he didn't really have a good answer for. So. That there's no doubt that I can always do better on everything. Including. You know. Make an additional calls to. Speaker Boehner and we'll have have been. More conversations -- Some of the house Republican leadership. But in the end. That the challenge I have right now is that they are not. Able to act even on what they say their priorities. And they're not able to. Work and compromise. Even with senate Republicans on certain issues. And they are they consider what I've been traditionally. Republican supported. Initiatives. They consider those -- somehow. A betrayal of the -- They'll take for example -- export import bank. This is this is an interest in the thing that's happened -- -- -- this is a program in which. We help to provide financing. To sell. American goods and products around the world. Every country does this. As traditional we've been championed by Republicans. For some reason right now. The house of problems and decided that we shouldn't do this. Which means that. When American companies go overseas and they're trying to. Close -- sale on selling Boeing planes for example -- -- GE turbines or some other. American product that has all kinds of subcontractors behind -- creating. All kinds of jobs and all sorts of small businesses depend on that sale. And that American companies going up against -- German company. For a Chinese company and the Chinese in the American. German company are providing financing. And the American company -- -- we may lose that sale. What why when did that become. Something that. Republicans opposed. It be like me have a car dealership. For Ford and the Toyota dealership. -- somebody financing and and I don't. We will lose business. And we'll lose jobs if we don't pass it. So you -- that there are some there are some big issues where I understand. Why are we have differences. On taxes. You know Republicans want to maintain some corporate loopholes I think need to be closed because I think that we should be could be given to experts -- Families that are struggling with child care. Trying to save for a college education. On health care obviously their view is is that. We should not be helping. Folks get health care. You the most through the private marketplace. My view is is that in -- country as wealthy as ours. We can afford to make sure that everybody has access to affordable care. Those are those are legitimate. Policy arguments. But. Getting our ambassadors. Confirmed these -- career diplomats not. Political types. Making sure that. We pass legislation to strengthen our borders and put more folks. Down there. Those. Shouldn't be controversial. And I and I think you'd be hard pressed to find an example where I would welcome. Some reasonable efforts -- Get a bill passed congress. That I could sign -- last question Michelle looked at -- it. Unita insurgents -- -- conference in the past but -- -- intention to appoint the retired from -- Do you think that we are actually far from one right now and is it realistic. To try to broker a cease fire right now when there's still tunnel operations the last. Is that it causes a change of approach from this point -- We'll keep in mind that the cease fire that had been agreed to would have given Israel the capability to continue to. Dismantle. These tunnel -- -- But. The Israelis can dismantle these tunnel networks without. Going and major population centers in Gaza. So. I think the Israelis are entirely right that that these tunnel networks need to be dismantled. There is a way of doing that while still. Reducing the bloodshed. You are right that in past conflicts sometimes. People have to. -- -- -- -- -- -- Anybody who's been watching some of these images. I'd like to think should recognize the -- You know you have children were getting killed. You have. -- defenseless were getting killed. You have Israelis whose lives are disrupted. Constantly. And and and living in fear. And -- Those are costs that are avoidable if were able to get a cease fire that. Reserves. Israel's ability to defend itself. And gives it because capacity to have an assurance that they're not going to be constantly threatened by. Rocket fire in the future and conversely. You know an agreement that recognizes. The Palestinians. Need to be able to make a living and the average Palestinians capacity to. To -- a decent life. But it's -- It's going to be hard to get there I think that. There's a lot of anger and there's a lot of despair. And that's a volatile Max. But we have to keep trying. And if it is to -- Bill last earlier about American leadership. Part of the reason why America remains indispensable part of the essential ingredient in American leadership. Is that were willing to plunge in and try. Where other countries don't bother -- There are -- the the fact of the matter is is that in all these crises that have been mentioned. There may be some tangential risks to the United States. In some cases as in Iraq and crisis. Those are. Dangers that have to be addressed right now and we have to take them very seriously. But for the most part these are not. -- -- the rockets are being fired into the United States. The reason we are concerned. Is because we recognize we've got some special responsibilities. We have to be we have some humility about what we can and can't accomplish. We have to recognize that. Our resources are finite and -- we were coming out of a decade of war. And then you know our military has been stretched. Very hard. As has our budget. Nevertheless. We track we go in there and we make an effort. And what I see John Kerry going out there and trying to broker a ceasefire. We should all be supporting him. -- shouldn't be a much complaints and second guessing about well it hasn't happened yet -- Nit -- -- Before he said -- complete his efforts. Because I tell you why there isn't any other country there's going in there and make and those efforts. And more often than not as a consequence of our involvement. We get better outcomes not perfect outcomes not immediate outcomes but we get better -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And -- It's useful for -- -- by just reminding folks that. -- my first term. If I -- -- press -- like this typically. Everybody. Want to ask about the economy. And how come jobs were being creative and how come. The housing market still bad and. You know why is -- work and. Well you know what. What we did work. And the economy's better. And hear what what I say -- we've just had six months. More than 200000 jobs that hasn't happened. In. Seventeen years. You know that shows you the power persistence. And it shows you that if you if you stay out of eventually were made some progress all right. -- thought you guys we're gonna ask me. How I was gonna spend my -- -- burn victim yeah. And I. Are old old -- two points. All address. -- -- -- Hold on guys come on the the there's just. In America government giving you have been -- the questions lately. On Brennan. And the CIA. BRD. Our report has been transmitted. Good the declassified. Version that will be released. At the pleasure of the the senate committee. I have full confidence in John -- I think he has acknowledged and directly -- Senator Feinstein that. CIA personnel did not properly handled an investigation as to how certain documents that. We're not authorized to be released to the senate staff got somehow into the hands of the senate staff and it's clear from the IG report that some very poor judgment was shown in terms of how that was handled keep in mind though that John Brennan was the person who called for the IG report. And -- artists stood up. A task force to make sure that. -- vigilance and mistakes are resolved. -- respect to be larger. Point the -- -- Report itself. Even before it came in office. I was very clear. That. In the immediate aftermath of nine elevenths. We did some things that were wrong. We -- all whole lot of things -- were right. But we tortured some -- We did some things that were contrary to our values. I understand why it happened. I think. It's important. When we look back to a -- how afraid people were. After this time at Twin Towers. Fell and and the Pentagon had been hit and the plane in Pennsylvania have fallen and people did not know. The -- more attacks were imminent. And there was enormous pressure. On a law enforcement and our national security teams to try to deal -- this. And -- you know it is it's important for us not to. Feel too sanctimonious. In retrospect. About the tough job that those folks at. And a lot of those folks. Word it's it's working hard and under enormous pressure. And our real patriots but having said all that. We did some things that. Were wrong. And that's what that report -- reflects. And that's the reason why after. I took office when the first things I did was to -- A summary and extraordinary interrogation techniques that are the subject of that report. And my hope is is that this report. Reminds us once again that. The character of our country has to be measured in part. Not by what we do when things are easy but what we do when things are hard. And and and and when we engaged in some of these enhanced interrogation techniques. Techniques that I believe. And I think any fair minded person would believe we're torture. We crossed a -- And and that needs to be. I mean need needs to be understood. Accepted. And we have to as a country take responsibility for that so that hopefully we don't do it again in the future. -- I've got to get your question. -- we've got we've got a US Africa summit coming up next week it is going to be an unprecedented. Gathering. African leaders. The importance of this. For America. Needs to be understood. Africa is one of the fastest growing. Continents in the world you've got six of the ten fastest growing economies. In Africa. You have. All sorts of other countries like China and Brazil and India deeply entrusted in. Working. -- -- Africa not to extract. Natural resources. Alone which traditionally has been the relationship between Africa and the rest of world. But now because after is wrong and you've got thriving markets and you've got -- -- -- wars and extraordinary talent among among the people there. And Africa also have as we -- -- comments were America's most popular. And and and people feel -- real affinity for. Our way of life. And we've made enormous progress over the last several years in and not just providing traditional aid to Africa. Helping. Countries that are suffering from. Malnutrition are helping countries that are suffering for mates but rather partner and and thinking about how can we trade more and how we do business together. And that's the kind of relationship that Africa is looking for. And and I've had conversations over the last several months -- US businesses some of them. Biggest US business in the world may say. Africa that's warmer toppers. We want to do business with those books and and we think -- -- -- can create US jobs -- send US exports to Africa but we've got to be engaged and so this gives us -- chance to do that it also gives us a chance to talk to Africa about security issues. Because. As we've seen. Those terrorist networks. Try to find places. Where. Governance -- we -- security structures are weak and if we wanna keep -- -- -- little safe keep ourselves safe over the long term the -- so we can do is make sure that we are partnering. With some countries. Really have pretty effective security forces and have been -- themselves. In peacekeeping and end their conflict resolution. Efforts in Africa. And and that ultimately can save us and our troops and our military a lot of money if we've got strong partners. Were able to deal -- Complex in these regions so. It's it's going to be a terrific conference. I won't -- of traffic will be bad here in Washington. I know that Arab has been warned about that. But. But don't we are really looking forward to this -- can be a great success now. Last thing emissary about this because I know that -- that's been on people's minds. Is. The issue of Ebola. This is something that we take very seriously. As soon as there is an outbreak anywhere in the world of any disease. That could have significant effects. The CDC. Is in communication with the World Health Organization. And other multi lateral. Agencies to try to make sure that we've got an appropriate response. This has been a more aggressive Ebola outbreak and we've seen in the past. But keep in mind that it is still. Affecting. Parts of three countries. And we've got. Some fifty countries represented. At this summit we are. Doing two things -- respect to the summit itself we're taking the appropriate precautions folks were coming from these countries that. And even a marginal risk -- an infinitesimal risk. Having been exposed in some fashion -- making sure we're doing screening. On that -- As a leave the country we'll do additional screening -- we're here we feel confident that the procedures that we put in place are appropriate more -- The CDC and our. Various health agencies. Are going to be working. Very intently. We're. The World Health Organization and some -- partner countries to make sure that we conserve some resources down there. And organization. To these countries that are pretty poor -- don't have a strong public health infrastructure. So that we can start containing. The problem keep in mind that the boy is not something that is easily transmitted. That's why general -- Outbreaks. Dissipate. But the key is identifying and quarantining. Isolating. Those who contracted making sure that practices are in place that avoid transmission. And it can be done but it's got to be done organized systematic way and that means a -- to help these countries accomplish that. OK they're going to hold up let's talk about somebody finally -- -- -- -- Although it is until Monday or -- Thank you so much. OK the president at some rather lengthy remarks thirty or forty minutes in the White House briefing -- we touched on. A number of subjects the Middle East and the broken cease fire between Israeli the Israelis and the Palestinians there. The economy the jobs report out today 200000 plus jobs added to the US economy immigration -- -- talked about the CIA. Ukraine his conversation with the Vladimir Putin met earlier today and -- a bowl Ebola. Epidemic an American efforts to -- prevent that from getting into this country and spreading here. And you also had Jon Karl we bring you -- here -- some very a scathing words -- harsh words some tough language. For congress saying to congress was standing in the way of the success of the country -- Yes some real frustration you could hear from the president -- frustration with congress. Not only about its -- to do anything about the immigration crisis that we're now seeing. In the Rio Grande Valley before leaving for this recess but also more broadly on economic measures even as the president was. Just short of gloating about the economy talking about. How the economy has improved how we've seen. Successive months six months of 200 plus jobs created he -- -- -- we have not seen since 1970 -- 1997. He said look the bottom line on the economy is what we did warrant. And he said doing it in you know his first term there have been a press conference like this. It would have been a lot of questions asked about you know why aren't more jobs being traded -- will now it's more to you going around asking me about -- -- -- an international. Hot -- so some real frustration with congress a little bit of patting his own administration on the back. For dealing with the economy and on that's our question of the Africa some wrapup one bit of news they're wrong. Regarding the of all law outbreak is he did say there would be screaming. For delegations coming to the Africa summit. From any countries even tangentially affected. Why the be able operate. Okay Jon Karl at the White House thank you. For that and we'll return you now to you are -- regular programming to get updates on all of these top stories of these and all the top stories. Start them on ABC news phone apps. And of course Diane Sawyer will have a complete wrap up later tonight on world news I'm Ron Claiborn -- New York. -- good afternoon. This has been a special. -- -- --

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