White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that President Obama thinks that gun control would help deter terrorists. Earnest made the comments today at the White House's daily press briefing.
Peter Doocy: "President Obama yesterday jumped to say that this mass shooting means it's time for commonsense gun laws. Does the President really think that common sense gun laws would deter terrorists now that he has admitted that these two may have been terrorists?"
White House press secretary Josh Earnest: "Yes. The president believes that passing common sense gun laws that makes it harder for people with bad intentions to get guns, makes the country safer.Read more
In a revealing exchange between ABC's Jon Karl and press secretary Josh Earnest, the White House refused to say whether Hillary Clinton's proposed executive amnesty is legal:
After all, as Karl pointed out to Earnest, the White House has maintained that President Obama's own executive amnesty was as far as he could legally go.
Earnest, who said he is not a lawyer or a judge, referred questions Clinton and her campaign.Read more
President Obama referred to the Islamic terrorists who killed several French Jews last month as people who "randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris" in an interview with liberal website Vox.com. In Tuesday's press briefing, ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest to clarify the president's position on the terrorists' motivation to attack the kosher supermarket.Read more
The White House is accusing Republicans intent on stopping President Obama's executive amnesty as "essentially" voting for amnesty. "This vote is bad policy. It is essentially a vote for amnesty. It is also bad politics," the White House spokesman told reporters aboard Air Force One.Read more
White House press secretary Josh Earnest refrained from calling the attack on a French magazine "terrorism" in an interview this morning on CNN:Read more
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a CBS reporter that his question was "a clown question, bro."
"One last thing," said the CBS reporter, "[British PM] David Cameron said over the weekend that the president calls him 'bro.' Is that true? And is there any other pet names he has for world leaders?"
"Well, to paraphrase a local baseball player here in Washington, D.C., that's a clown question, bro," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.Read more
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said today that President Obama "is determined as ever" to take executive action to deal with the issue of immigration:
"You did hear from the president yesterday, where he reiterated his strong commitment to take action within the scope of his authority to solve or at least address so many of the problems that are created by our broken immigration system," said spokesman Earnest.Read more
The White House says "the constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office disagrees" with the Supreme Court's decision today on the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare:Read more
The White House twice misspelled the name of President Ronald Reagan in an email this evening to reporters. The email was of the president's schedule for tomorrow.
The email, coming from the office of the press secretary, said, "Later in the evening, the President will deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capital Dinner at the Ronald Regan Building and International Trade Center. This event is open to pre-credentialed media."Read more
A member of the White House press corps had an important question for the deputy press secretary at today's briefing: Has Barack Obama seen the movie The Butler?
Josh Earnest, the deputy press secretary, actually didn't know the answer to the query, but he said, "That's a good question."
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White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest released this statement on the ongoing violence in Egypt:Read more
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says he hasn't heard President Barack Obama express an opinion of Anthony Weiner's run for mayor of New York City:Read more
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