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Press Briefing with Press Secretary Jen Psaki

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

3:37 P.M. EDT

MS. PSAKI:  Hi, everyone.  All right.  Just two items to highlight for all of you at the top.  Two short items.

Today, we announced an upcoming Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.  This will bring attention to the burden of hunger and diet-related disease, which were exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the conference, we will release a new national strategy to eliminate hunger and reduce diet-related illnesses such as heart disease and eliminate disparities.  This strategy will catalyze the public and private sectors around a coordinated strategy to accelerate progress and drive transformative change in the United States.

Also, I know the President spoke about this this morning, but I just wanted to lightly touch on the fact that during the President’s first year in office, the deficit fell by over $350 billion.  Again, fell by over $350 billion.  And that announcement this morning in his remarks were based on the Treasury Department’s revised estimates of the government’s financing needs from — for this fiscal year.

The Treasury Department also announced, and the President touched on it this morning, that it will pay down the national debt this quarter for the first time since 2016. 

So, I just wanted to note those items.  And then, Aamer, why don’t you kick us off.

Q    Thanks.  I had just a couple on — related to the Alito draft opinion that leaked.  First, does the President believe that Justice Kavanaugh and Gorsuch misled or lied to senators about their views on Roe?

MS. PSAKI:  Well, again, given that — while the — while the Supreme Court has validated the document, they have made clear that this is not a final opinion.  So the President — I don’t have anything to speak to in terms of his views on where members may or may not be — or Supreme Court justices, I should say, may or may not be on a final opinion.

Q    And, secondly, President Biden again this morning warned that the draft abortion opinion could go beyond the issue and jeopardize other basic rights.  And I think this morning he specifically talked about LGBTQ issues —

MS. PSAKI:  Yeah.

Q    — if I remember correctly.  Does he want the Court — does he think that this opinion needs to be, at minimum, narrowed?

MS. PSAKI:  Well, again, the President, as much as he spoke yesterday — both in a written statement and also to all of you who are traveling — about his strong views about this leaked document, he’s not going to prejudge or have a comment on an opinion that has not yet been issued.
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