'This Week' Transcript: White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

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January 26, 2014— -- Update: This transcript has been updated.

Below is the rush transcript for "This Week" on January 26, 2014 and it may contain errors.

KARL: Good morning. Welcome to This Week.

Olympics alarm, terror threats, emergency evacuation plans, State Department issues a brand new travel alert and a warning to our athletes not to look too American. Is Sochi safe? What if terror strikes? This morning, Martha Raddatz with the breaking details.

Then, make or break moment.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States.


KARL: The stage is set for President Obama's state of the union. The powerhouse roundtable takes it on.

Plus, shocking scandal -- how lavish tastes brought down a power couple.

Clinton's cover making waves.

And Mitt Romney...


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can't believe you're going to lose. Yeah.


KARL: Feeling the Sundance spotlight. It's all right here this Sunday morning.

ANNOUNCER: From ABC News, This Week with George Stephanopoulos starts now.

KARL: Hello again, I'm Jonathan Karl. Great to have you with us. Much to cover this morning, including later White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. We go head to head every day in the White House briefing room. Occasionally it gets a little heated.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These memos say that at the end of the day we are all stuck in the same queue because they all have to go through the same portal.

JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: John (ph), I get it. But the person who calls isn't the one who continues to wait after the paper application is filled.


KARL: OK, well we'll see what happens when Jay joins us shortly for his first Sunday show interview.

But we begin with an Olympic alert, new warnings out this weekend about security in Sochi. Let's go straight to Martha Raddatz who is reporting this morning from the Middle East -- Martha.

RADDATZ: Good morning, John. With opening ceremonies only 12 days away Russia, and indeed the world, are on high alert.


RADDATZ: The U.S. State Department issued a new travel advisory Friday, noting the possible presence of so-called Black Widow suicide bombers in Sochi. The warning followed new threats this week vowing attacks on the games with the potential female suicide bombers still at-large.

Retired Lieutenant General Michael Barbero who led U.S. military efforts to prevent terrorist bomb attacks explained the tough task facing Russian authorities.

LT. GEN. MICHAEL BARBERO, U.S. ARMY (RET.): They have to try to defeat the toughest IED challenge there is, a suicide bomber in a crowd. There's no silver bullet. There's no technology. There's some facial recognition, some body scanning, but it's not a gamechanger. It's not full proof.

RADDATZ: Some Olympians are taking no chances. One U.S. speedskater advising his family not to make the trip to Sochi.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He wanted us to stay home so that he wouldn't have to worry about us, one less thing to be concerned about.

RADDATZ: Diplomatic security agents will accompany U.S. athletes to all events. And the U.S. Olympic committee has warned athletes not to wear U.S. gear outside Olympic venues to avoid being targeted.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The only thing I said to my family was bring a jacket that doesn't scream America.