Tag Archives: Josh Earnest

09Jan/17

WH declines to comment on Kushner appointment, points to own ethical standards

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says Obama administration officials went through great lengths to comply with strict ethical requirements of working in the White House. Continue reading

29Nov/16

White House weighs in on Trump’s flag-burning tweet

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest takes issue with a tweet from President-elect Donald Trump that said burning the U.S. flag should be punishable as a crime.

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 29, 2016) (WHITEHOUSE.GOV) – White House Spokesman Josh Earnest weighed in on Tuesday (November 29) on a tweet made earlier in the day by President-elect Donald Trump which read that the burning of the American flag should be punishable as a crime.

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag – if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

Earnest said that while he and many other Americans might find the burning of the flag “offensive”, the country also had a “responsibility” to “carefully protect” constitutional rights like freedom of speech.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that flag burning is protected speech under the Constitution’s First Amendment.

23Nov/16

White House: We will not undermine ability to implement Iran nuclear deal

White House says it will not sign any legislation that would undermine the ability to implement the Iran nuclear deal.

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10Nov/16

Obama-Trump meeting ‘less awkward’: White House

U.S. President Barack Obama’s Oval Office meeting with his elected successor, Donald Trump, was “less awkward” than some might have expected, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Continue reading

31Oct/16
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White House says FBI director not trying to influence election

The White House says President Barack Obama believes the FBI director is not trying to influence the U.S. presidential election by announcing scrutiny of additional emails linked to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s private server.
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19Sep/15

Trump under fire for not correcting man who called Obama a Muslim

The White House and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are condemning Republican candidate Donald Trump for failing to correct a supporter who incorrectly called President Obama a Muslim, while fellow Republican candidate Ben Carson is more reserved in his reaction.

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24Aug/15

Obama briefed on global financial markets developments -White House

Amid volatility in global financial markets, White House presses China to increase financial transparency and to move toward market-determined exchange rate system.

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03Aug/15

White House praises Biden amidst speculation of presidential run

The White House on Monday (August 3) lavished praised on Vice President Joe Biden in reaction to speculation that Biden may launch a presidential run, saying that he would bring a “unique set of skills and experience” to the role and would make a good president.

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31Jul/15

U.S. condemns ‘vicious’ attack that killed Palestinian baby

White House condemns the arson attack in the West Bank that killed an 18 month old Palestinian boy.

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10Jul/15

Head of U.S. federal personnel agency resigns after massive data breach

Katherine Archuleta, the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, resigns after a massive data breach compromised the personal information of more than 22-million people, including two U.S. Senators. A White House spokesman says it was “quite clear” new leadership was needed at the agency.

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