Josh Earnest


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There is one page in the Trump White House crisis management playbook, and that is simply to tweet or say something outrageous to distract from a scandal. And the bigger the scandal, the more outrageous the tweet.
Mar 05 2017
Josh Earnest has been quoted 202 times. The one recent article where Josh Earnest has been quoted is Congress must probe alleged Obama power abuse. Most recently, Josh Earnest was quoted as having said, “There is one page in the Trump White House crisis management playbook, and that is simply to tweet or say something outrageous to distract from a scandal. And the bigger the scandal, the more outrageous the tweet.”.
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The president has insisted that the intelligence community should not hesitate to present to the president what could be considered bad news, because a whitewashed assessment doesn't serve anybody well.

The decision he makes about that I think will have long-term consequences for the way he chooses to govern the country.

The more the people understand what's included in the Affordable Care Act and how they benefit from it, the more popular the program is, and the harder it is for Republicans to have political support for tearing it down. The president's message to them is that they should be out there telling the stories of their constituents who are benefiting from this law. I think that's certainly the most important thing they can do.

The president's priority and the president's motivation is rooted in looking out for the interest of the 22 million Americans whose healthcare would be taken away if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act.

I would expect at this point additional transfers to be announced before January 20.

I'm not aware that that assessment has changed. If it has changed it's something that will come from the intelligence community.

You didn't need a security clearance to figure out who benefited from malicious Russian cyber activity.The president-elect didn't call it into question. He called on Russia to hack his opponent. He called on Russia to hack Secretary Clinton. So he certainly had a pretty good sense of whose side this activity was coming down on.

Only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.

It is just a fact – you all have it on tape – that the Republican nominee for president was encouraging Russia to hack his opponent, because he believed that would help his campaign. It is not a controversial statement. I'm not trying to be argumentative. But I am trying to acknowledge a basic fact.

Those comments are deeply troubling, and they certainly are at odds with the Philippine government's stated commitment to due process and rule of law.

If the incoming administration determines that they want to base their policy on something other than science, it looks like they're going to get at least four years to try that out and we'll have an opportunity to see how it works.

I don't think anybody at the White House thinks it's funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyber activity to destabilize our democracy. That's not a joke.

If Congress does blow up the deal that prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, they're going to have to deal with the consequences, and the consequences are grave.

Disrupting this policy, could have a disruptive effect on our ability to work with China in those areas where our interests do align. That reflects the high priority that China puts on the policy and on Taiwan.

The experts at the Department of Treasury that are responsible for constructing and enforcing the sanctions regime will carefully look at a transaction like this.

Members who were running for re-election got to go home and say ... we'll take care of it when we come back after the elections.' Well, here we are.

The regulatory work that's being done in this administration is not going to be characterized by a last-minute rush on the way out the door. I think what it will be characterized by is a continuous and persistent effort to complete the work that's already been started.

Republicans are bragging about the kind of support they have from workers in coal country, particularly retirees in coal country, and now are prepared to just extend their health care for five months.

Some of the statistics that have been cited, shall we say, don't appear to reflect the nature of the financial arrangement between Boeing and the Department of Defense.

The strategy that President Obama has put in place is more effective, it keeps us safe, it has fewer American men and women in harm's way, and it costs American taxpayers a lot less.

There certainly is a not entirely unreasonable tendency to want to loop together the outcome in the U.K. and even the outcome of the U.S. presidential election with this outcome. But each of these is different.

So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this. We have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States.

Unfortunately, for those of you wondering, Bob Dylan will not be at the White House today, so everybody can relax.

It's just not as simple as one tweet might make it seem. To cancel all of that would deal a significant economic blow to those Cuban citizens.

The view of Democratic and Republican presidents has been that the robust health of those alliances makes America safer. And presidents in both parties have been committed to investing in those alliances, and that certainly is what's happened in the past.

The president believes that's a right that should be protected. It is a right that should be exercised without violence. There are people who are disappointed.

We would be focused on ... maximizing the opportunity that currently is available for millions of Americans to go to during the open enrollment period and sign up for healthcare.

The two men did not relitigate their differences in the Oval Office. We're on to the next phase.

That commitment has served our country very well for more than two centuries. And the president is hopeful that it will continue.

There is a tradition, particularly with regard to executive agreements, of successive presidents preserving some element of continuity. I don't know whether or not that will fly in this case.

And I think it's going to be a difficult – again, less than 12 hours after the outcome of the election is known– it's difficult to offer a lot of precision in answering those questions today.

President Barack Obama hopes the U.S. tradition of people in power not using the criminal justice system against their opponents will continue.

This administration will be committed to implementing those policies through January 20th, and we will live up to the commitments that we have made in each of those areas as we do so.

I'm not saying it's going to be an easy meeting.

Our deep concerns have already been expressed by senior U.S. officials to their Turkish counterparts.

This comes on the heels of what appears to be an increase in official pressure on opposition media outlets in Turkey.

I'll neither defend nor criticize what Director Comey has decided to communicate to the public about this investigation.

He's in a tough spot, and he's the one who will be in a position to defend his actions in the face of significant criticism from a variety of legal experts, including individuals who served in senior Department of Justice positions in administrations that were led by presidents in both parties.

There's nothing that President Putin had to say today that I find particularly surprising or that in any way undermines the president's confidence in the analysis that's been released by the Department of Homeland Security and the intelligence community.

We don't know yet that it was the Assad regime or the Russians that carried out the air strike, but we know it was one of the two. Even if it was the Assad regime that carried it out, the Assad regime is only in a position to carry out those kind of attacks because they are supported by the Russian government.

First of all, this is something members of Congress (were) confronted with two years ago, and as with so many other things, failed to engage in a kind of constructive effort that could make things better for the country. We're not going to hold service members responsible, unfairly, for unethical conduct or fraud perpetuated by someone else.

The president would hope and expect that regulators would carefully consider the potential impact of this deal on consumers.

There will be a very strong case to make to the Senate about why they should approve this agreement, if in fact their approval is necessary.

But based on what you've read me that seems to be a change in tone that is more consistent with the seven decade-long alliance between the United States and the Philippines.

It's appropriate that people might be suspicious of their motives.

This operation demonstrated that coastal states may not unlawfully restrict the navigation rights, freedoms and lawful uses of the sea that the United States and all states are entitled to exercise under international law.

That added competition in all 50 states would, we believe, have the effect of further challenging private health insurance companies to improve their offerings and reduce their prices.

That's consistent with the values that we lift up in this country. There is no justification for the use of violence to advance a political agenda.

Dislodging them from the city would be a significant strategic gain.

The real value of having somebody as high-profile as the president or the first lady on the stump campaigning for you is that you don't have to also go there in order to get attention. You've got somebody else there who can make a forceful case in support of your candidacy.

The president has talked before about the significant capabilities that the U.S. government has to both defend our systems in the United States but also carry out offensive operations in other countries. So there are a range of responses that are available to the president and he will consider a response that is proportional.

It is certainly possible that the president can choose response options that we never announce.

All of that combined would explain why the United States is so disappointed and even sharply critical of this decision announced by the Israeli government.

I guess when we're talking about how good friends treat one another, that's a source of serious concern as well.

And we have seen a sustained commitment on the part of Republicans to trying to tear down that law.

The good news is that all sides, including the voters, I think are still focused on trying to reach this negotiated peace.

What is clear is that there is nothing more for the United States and Russia to talk about with regard to stopping the ongoing violence in Syria and that is unfortunate.

Within minutes of casting their vote to put that bill into law you had members of the U.S. Senate write a letter expressing deep concern about the potential impact of the bill they just passed.

I don't think the president should avoid traveling to a military base just because it's an election year. If anything, in the midst of an election year, we should have all that much more appreciation for the service and sacrifice that's made by our men and women in uniform and their families.

The speaker of the House says he opposes adding funding for Flint to the continuing resolution and believes that it should be handled in the water resources bill. But it's not included in the water resources bill that's advancing through the House. And then he has the nerve to suggest that it's Democrats who are the ones causing problems.

As we've made this case, members of Congress in both parties have indicated that they are open to the concerns that we've expressed ? in many cases, they share them. And the real question for members of Congress will be whether or not they're prepared to cast a vote that is consistent with the views and feelings that they express in private.

We're aware of the reports but don't have any comment at this time.

White House officials and other senior officials on the president's national security team have engaged members of Congress and their staffs in both parties in both houses.

We're going to continue that engagement up to and through the president vetoing this legislation in the hopes that we can find an alternative that preserves the effective response that we've already designed to counter state sponsors of terrorism rather than leaving that designation subject to individual decisions by individual judges.

We have been pleased to see the Turkish pursue this kind of decisive, strategically significant action that will aid our efforts.

We're in unexplored territory here, and the president is quite interested in trying to establish international norms.

I'll let the FBI speak to what evidence they have amassed, but I think they're also cognizant of the fact that as soon as they make a declaration like that, most people are going to understandably be interested in seeing that evidence. And some of that evidence may not be something we want to show.

I think the real stumbling block, the real impediment, the obstacle here is (the U.S.) Congress.

The United States has not made a formal determination in public about who may or may not be responsible.

Snowden is charged with "serious crimes, and it's the policy of the administration that Mr. Snowden should return to the United States and face those charges.

The president does a lot of influence over a large number of voters that haven't previously been regularly engaged in politics.

Italy is one of our closest and strongest allies and we cooperate across a range of shared interests from addressing climate change and the global refugee crisis, to promoting global security and inclusive economic growth.

I do anticipate the president would veto this legislation when it is presented to him.

It's not hard to imagine other countries using this law as an excuse to haul U.S. diplomats or U.S. service members or even U.S. companies into courts all around the world.

It's difficult to imagine the president signing this legislation. That continues to be true.

The president will ... lead the discussion at the G-20 about combating tax avoidance strategies that are implemented by some multinational corporations.

But I would anticipate that this is an issue that the President will engage in, in the context of discussions at the G20.

We know that Canada shares our views about the importance of transparency and good governance when it comes to these kinds of international institutions.

The United States welcomes the overnight calm between the Turkish military and other counter-ISIL forces in Syria.

I anticipate that when he travels to Europe in mid-September that they'll be engaged in substantive discussions and hopefully will be able to make some additional progress.

Apple could deduct the payment from those back taxes to the amount owed the United States government.

The US is committed to tax fairness and we want to insure that the kinds of agreements you reach with other countries are not manipulated to allow certain companies to shirk their responsibilities.

The President is quite proud that this piece of beautiful land in the United States will be protected for generations to come.

The administration worked very closely with the officials in Maine, both to reach this determination and to make sure that the concerns that were raised by Mainers in the area were addressed.

We want to keep that kind of charitable work moving. This is an opportunity for the American people to make a donation to this effort.

I think the effectiveness of the response thus far speaks for itself. And I think frankly, it's the most effective way to answer any of the politically motivated criticism that the president has faced.

The president has confidence in the integrity of our electoral process, and everybody else should too.

We'll certain rely on the advice of experts in making decisions about the most effective strategies to deploy to fight the mosquito population.

The president's expectation is that people from Turkey want to see a full investigation and accountability for those who are complicit.

This provocation only serves to increase the international community's resolve to countering the DPRK's prohibited activities. North Korea is isolated like never before. The international community is united like never before and hopefully that will lead to a situation where North Korea makes a strategic decision to come out of the shadows of the international community and try to rejoin the international community.

Now, despite Chief Judge Garland's extraordinary qualifications, Republicans in the Senate have refused to do their job, and Chief Judge Garland's nomination has now been pending longer than any Supreme Court nominee in history who's nomination was not otherwise withdrawn.

We certainly would urge all parties not to use this as an opportunity to engage in escalatory or provocative action.

(He) has developed a deep appreciation for her toughness under fire and her commitment to a set of values that the president shares... Those values are principally the reason the president believes that she is the best person to succeed him.

Both the president and the attorney general understand how important is it for the Justice Department to conduct investigations that are free of political interference. It has been a "bedrock principle since our country's founding.

The Istanbul airport, like the Brussels airport that was attacked earlier this year, is a symbol of international connections and the ties that bind nations together.

Once again, Republicans have put political games ahead of the health and safety of the American people, particularly pregnant women and their babies. This plan from Congressional Republicans is four months late and nearly a billion dollars short of what our public health experts have said is necessary to do everything possible to fight the Zika virus and steals funding from other health priorities.

The president recognizes that he is a symbol for the rest of the country. But it would be impossible for him not to be personally affected by these kinds of conversations.

We urge leaders in both parties to build on today's bipartisan momentum and help Puerto Rico move toward lasting economic prosperity.

I assure you that Sen. Sanders was not surprised. the video was recorded on Tuesday.

Certainly somebody who claims a majority of the pledged and superdelegates has a strong case to make. once voters weigh in on Tuesday, we may be in a position where we have much greater sense of what the outcome is likely to be.

The president thanked the pilot for his service to the country and expressed his relief that the pilot was not seriously injured.

The United States stands ready to provide our full support and resources to the governments of Egypt and France as they investigate this incident.

US national security and aviation experts have been in touch with their counterparts in France and Egypt to offer assistance. Many of you all have probably also seen the announcement from the Department of Defense that the United States Navy is working to deploy a P-3 Orion aircraft to provide support for the search of the missing jetliner.

It's too early to definitively say what may have caused this disaster. The investigation is under way. And investigators will consider all of the potential factors that could have contributed to the crash.

This legislation would change long standing international law regarding sovereign immunity, and the President of the United States continues to harbour serious concerns that this legislation would make the United States vulnerable in other court systems around the world.

We have to consider the significant unintended consequences of moving forward with legislation like this. It could put the U.S. at risk around the world… it is a dangerous proposition.

Mr. Fanning is somebody that has extensive experience at the Department of Defense. He's served in a number of roles there. And he would bring that experience and that judgment to the secretary's office. The president believes that he is exactly the right person for the job. And it's unconscionable for Republicans to continue to block his nomination for no good reason.

It could not be clearer that Congress needs to take action to help our states and our local officials fight the Zika virus. That is critical for health and safety of the American people.

The Republican-led House of Representatives, which brought the case, ultimately would lose. It's unfortunate that Republicans have resorted to a taxpayer-funded lawsuit to re-fight a political fight that they keep losing. They've been losing this fight for six years, and they'll lose it again.

It's unfortunate that Republicans have resorted to a taxpayer-funded lawsuit to re-fight a political fight that they keep losing. They've been losing this fight for six years and they'll lose it again.

Frankly, at this point, given the delays and given the heightened stakes, we welcome any sort of forward momentum in Congress.

Certainly some of the challenges that they're facing right now could be alleviated if they got all of the funding that we would like to see them have. So once again, a problem that people have noticed can be traced back pretty directly to the inability of Republicans in Congress to govern the country.

It's hard to look back and second guess him too much. he thought Truman's paramount concern was America's national security, and that the question should be left to historians.

There is no justifiable excuse for carrying out an air strike against innocent civilians who have already once fled their homes to escape violence. These individuals are in the most desperate situation imaginable, and there is no justification for carrying out military action that's targeting them.

There are additional resources that could be used to make some changes to their aging water infrastructure and to provide additional assistance to help the city of Flint recover and rebuild. Unfortunately, we've seen Republicans refuse to embrace that responsibility, and that's unfortunate.

Unfortunately there have been thousands of people kidnapped in Nigeria.

In some ways, it's akin to passing out umbrellas in advance of a hurricane. It's not going to do anything to help local communities across the country. It doesn't include any funding.

Everybody's patience with Russia has run out. They've also spent a great deal of credibility in making a series of commitments without any clear indication that they were committed to following them.

There are some NATO countries that meet that and some that don't.

Mr. Trump's suggestion that somehow we should encourage our allies in South Korea to develop nuclear weapons is directly contrary to a policy that the United States has long pursued and that the international community has long supported.

The fact that the former president felt compelled to respond so forcefully to the president's visit, I think is an indication of the significant impact of President Obama's visit to Cuba. The president made clear time and time again both in private meetings with President Castro, but also in public when he delivered a speech to the Cuban people, that the U.S. commitment to human rights is rock solid and that's not going to change.

Obama "did not indicate or specify a preference in the race. As Democrats move through this competitive primary process, we need to be mindful of the fact that our success in November in electing a Democratic president will depend on the commitment and ability of the Democratic party to come together behind our nominee.

The president has relied on Brian in a variety of critical situations to do important work and to take on important projects.

We know there are a lot of obstacles and there are sure to be some setbacks. After all, for years we have been trying to reach a diplomatic resolution to the many problems that plague that nation, which has broken apart. But this is a moment of opportunity.

It has been a transparent strategy on the part of Republicans to play on people's anxieties, to target religious minorities to advance their political ambition.

It's just offensive to a lot of Americans who recognize that those kinds of cynical political tactics run directly contrary to the values that we hold dear in this country. And I think the president is looking forward to the opportunity to make that point.

They all have their own story to tell about the way that they contribute to and enrich the communities in which they live.

We've made clear that some of the items that we have prioritized are things that they strongly support in their own right.

I feel confident in telling you that the international community would regard a step like that by the North Koreans as just another irresponsible provocation and a clear violation of their international obligations.

That is a decision to be made solely by independent prosecutors. But again, based on what we know from the Department of Justice, it does not seem to be headed in that direction.

The situation is anything but being ignored by the White House.

The governor has made a request through the formal process, and that's a request that we'll consider expeditiously.

The capture of Mr. Guzman has been a high priority for both Mexico and the United States.

The U.S. is concerned about the situation and wants Saudi Arabia and Iran to show restraint.

It's the people's facility – owned by the people. And it has been provided for us to be able to come together and unite in making a hard stand against this overreach – this taking of the people's land and resources.

They should say right now that they would not support Donald Trump for president. What he said is disqualifying. And any Republican who is too fearful of the Republican base to admit it, has no business serving as president either.

Donald Trump sounds more like a leader of a lynch mob than a great nation like ours. He and others are playing into the hands of ISIS.

Again, there are significant resources, investigative resources that are being dedicated of getting to the bottom of what exactly transpired, to learning as much as we possibly can about the shooters, about their foreign travel, about their foreign contacts, about their use of social media, about their potential motives. And that work is well underway.

This is a time when the French people are grieving knowing that they can count on the most powerful country in the world to have their back, as they determine what is necessary to strengthen homeland security in their own country.

The scale of this tragedy is significant enough… So there are actually three different investigation ongoing. Each of these investigations will be aimed at trying to get as much accuracy as possible around the details of what transpired and the lead up to this tragedy.

If true, and the reports are coming from a variety of sources, it would be a rather apt and even powerful illustration of how Russia military intervention inside of Syria, focused on an indiscriminate bombing of Syrian opposition targets has worsened the sectarian conflict there.

It's fair to say that we are quite concerned by some of the reports that we have seen about the conduct of this particular company but ultimately this is the responsibility of the EPA to take a look at it and that is exactly what they are doing.

There are consequences for their ability to govern the country, and there are the consequences at the ballot box too, because I'm confident that voters are paying attention.

What we would prefer to see form the Russian is a more constructive engagement with the 60 member coalition, that's led by the united States, that's focused on degrading and ultimately destroying ISIL. We would welcome Russia's participation in that effort. As we've said before we continue to believe that their efforts to support Assad, and continue to offer him support, are destabilising and counterproductive.

We are aware of reports that Russia may have deployed military personnel and aircraft to Syria, and we are monitoring those reports quite closely. Any military support to the Assad regime for any purpose, whether it's in the form of military personnel, aircraft supplies, weapons, or funding, is both destabilising and counterproductive.

There are a variety of concerns that we have with the way that the Castro regime treats political dissidents, the way that they treat individuals who are trying to freely express their views. Even the way that they treat some reporters.

It's clear that there are a wide variety of disagreements between the United States and Cuba, and more directly, between the US government and our values and the Cuban government and the values that they so often fail to codify.

There is evidence to indicate that we have seen destructive activity with malicious intent initiated by a serious actor and it is being treated by those investigative agencies, both at the FBI and the Department of Justice, as seriously as you would expect.

We want to make sure that whatever policies are put in place in this country to protect the American public do not serve as a disincentive to doctors and nurses from this country volunteering to travel to West Africa to treat Ebola patients.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr Sotloff and his family.

We're still gathering facts and consulting with General Idris and the Supreme Military Council staff to inventory the status of US equipment and supplies that had been provided to the SMC.

As a result of this situation, as you pointed out, the United States has suspended all further deliveries of non-lethal assistance into Northern Syria. At the same time, it's important for people to understand that our humanitarian assistance, which is distributed through international and non-governmental organisations, including the United Nations, is not affected by this suspension.

They gave us a heads up and this is something they did not do at our direction and it's not something we were involved with. This is something they did on their own.

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