White House Press Secretary: ‘Of Course He’s Going to Say He’s Willing to Work’ with Republicans

Melanie Arter | November 10, 2022 | 6:46pm EST
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Biden said Wednesday that he’s willing to work with Republicans now that the midterm elections are over, but the White House said Thursday that it’s too soon to say what those issues are, because all the election results aren’t in.

As CNSNews.com reported Wednesday, Biden said he’s willing to work the the GOP, but he refuses to support any proposal that worsens inflation by raising the cost of prescription drugs, makes changes to Social Security and Medicare, or “any attempt to pass a national ban on abortion.”


“President Biden yesterday drew some red lines on issues where he will not compromise with Republicans - Medicare, Social Security, and national abortion ban. He also did say he could be willing to compromise with Republicans on some other issues, but he didn’t say which ones specifically, so what are the areas where you guys do see room for compromise with Republicans?” CNN White House Correspondent Jeremy Diamond asked White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday.

JEAN-PIERRE: So as you know, the results are– all the results are not in yet, so I don’t want to get ahead of that, and we’ll have a better sense hopefully in the next couple days if not the next couple of weeks of what the Congress, the complexion of the Congress is going to look like. I think what the president was trying to say is that the American people made themselves very clear,” Jean-Pierre said.

The last couple of months, you’ve heard the president lay out the stark contrast. He laid out the choices that the American people had to make just a couple days ago, and they were very clear about that, which is making sure that we continue to lower costs, making sure that we do not repeal the Inflation Reduction Act, making sure that we continue to deliver for the American people, making sure that– let’s not forget democracy was also a choice that the American people made, and so that’s what he’s talking about. 

He’s talking about basically the wins that we have been able to deliver for the American people. He’s not willing to roll that back, and as we know, congressional Republicans made themselves very clear leading up to Tuesday that they were going to roll back Medicare.

They were going to roll back Social Security, not even roll it back, just cut it all off, right? Chop it out, and so the president’s saying he’s just not willing to do that, and let’s not forget these are issues that the American people see as very popular and important to them, so that’s what he’s talking about.

DIAMOND: I understand you don’t want to get ahead of the results, but it was the president who said yesterday that he’d be willing to compromise on certain issues, so has he not thought through what those issues would be?

JEAN-PIERRE: No, I hear your question. You’re saying he’s been willing to compromise, but at the same time, we have to see what the results are, and of course he’s going to say that. He’s the president of the United States. Of course he’s going to say I’m willing to work with the other side. We’re talking about President Biden who has done that. 

He also laid out that he has since his administration the past 20 plus months he has passed 200 bipartisan laws, well, signed 200 bipartisan laws, and so he is saying that he’s willing to work with the other side as he has said before, but once we know what we’re working within the next hopefully couple of days if not longer, then we’ll have this conversation and can talk more. 

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