Jen Psaki holds 1st White House press briefing

Psaki, press secretary for the Biden administration, takes questions during the daily press briefing after the previous administration largely stopped briefings.
5:58 | 01/21/21

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Wanted to announce a white house press briefing room and gentle tap he is already talking. And he asked me to incher. We're communicating about the policies across the fighting Harris administration. And the work his team is doing every single day on behalf of all American people. There'll be times when we see things differently in this room I mean among all of us. That's okay that's part of our democracy. And rebuilding trust. With the American people will be central to our focus in the press office and in the White House. Every single day. So we had a very busy and active day today as you on now but I wanted to take a moment to. Goes through the fifteen executive actions or highlights of them I should say. And sanity to the at the steps that the president asked agencies to take today. He should have all received copies of the executive orders as well as the accompanying fact sheets. But I want to take this moment to highlight them for the American public who are watching at home. To combat the deadly virus the president launched his hundred day masking challenge asking Americans to do their part and mascot. For 100 days. She's doing his part as well issuing a mask mandate that will require anyone visiting a federal building. Or federal land are using certain modes of public transportation. To Wear a mask. He sent an executive order reversing Trump's decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization. This will strengthen our own efforts to get the pandemic under control by improving global health. And tomorrow we're not wasting any time. Doctors found she will participate remotely in the meeting of the World Health Organization as the US head of delegation. President Biden also officially appointed a coded nineteen response coordinator a position in teaming it parity previously announced. That made it official today to create a unified national response to the pandemic. And he re establish the national security team responsible for global health security and bio defense. The code in nineteen pandemic has triggered an almost unprecedented. Housing affordability crisis. He took immediate action to confront the crisis and ass relevant agencies to extend nationwide moratoriums on infections and for closures. The pandemic is also increased the hardship on millions of Americans who owe federal student loans in response the president asked the Department of Education. To extend the Pozen student loan payments and interest. She rejoined the Paris climate agreement putting the United States back in a position to exercise look. I exercise global leadership in advancing the objectives of the ambitious African. Saying selfish country there's a few more. And a second brought executive order opal -- back harmful regulatory reversals made by the previous administration to protect public health and the environment. This order protects our nation's treasures Sperry be previewing the boundaries for several national monuments. Cleese is a temporary moratorium. On all oil and natural gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. And re establishes the inter agency working group on the social costs and greenhouse gases. He also launched a whole of government effort to advance racial equity and root out systemic racism from federal programs and institutions. He directed the secretary of Homeland Security in consultation with the actor and attorney general. It's take all appropriate actions to preserve and fortified daka which provides temporary relief from deportation to dreamers. Young people who are brought to this country as children. The president also put an ends the Muslim ban. A policy rooted in religious animus and seen a phobia. He signed a proclamation effective immediately. Halting further funding or construction of the previous administrations. Border wall and terminating the so called national emergency used to gracefully divert billions for wall construction. Also today. Present in about a Biden. Sent sane immigration bill to congress the US citizenship act modernized as our immigration system. It provides hard working people. Who have enriched or communities and lived here for decades an opportunity to earn citizenship. The president's priority reflected in the bill are to responsibly manage the border keep families together. Grow our economy address the root causes of migration from Central America and ensure that America can remain a refuge for those fleeing. Prosecution. With that I'd love to take your questions sequence pick us up. Earlier today what kind of world title if you look at copper. When you're out there you see yourself your honor roll through promoting interest of the president were you there to provide. The unvarnished truth that we can. Well let me first say seek that I come to this podium having served both in the White House and at the state department's as the spokesperson there and I traveled the world on trips to promote democracy or aside apparent the United States and of course. The power of this podium and the power of truth and the importance of setting an example impeachment. And transparency so. I will to state is you gave me the opportunity I have. Deep respect for the role of a free and independent press and our democracy and for the role all of you play. As they noted earlier there'll be moments when we disagree. And there'll certainly be days or we disagree. For expensive parts of everything even perhaps a believe a common goal. Which is sharing accurate information the American people if the president were standing here with me today he would say she works for the American people. I work for him so I also work for the American people but his objective and his commitment is to bring transparency and truth. Back to government. To share the truth even when it's hard to hear. And that's something that I hope to deliver on in this role as well.

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