Josh Earnest Articles

White House: Obama Thinks Gun Control Will Deter Terrorists

2:26 PM, Dec 03, 2015

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.

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WH Refuses to Say Whether Hillary's Proposed Executive Amnesty Is Legal

12:19 PM, May 06, 2015

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.

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White House: Paris Kosher Supermarket Attack Was 'Random' (Updated)

1:34 PM, Feb 10, 2015

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 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.

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Earnest: Vote to Defund Executive Amnesty Is a 'Vote for Amnesty'

3:25 PM, Jan 14, 2015

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.

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WH Unsure Whether Murderous Rampage in France Is 'Terrorism'

'If based on this investigation it turns out to be an act of terrorism, then we would condemn that in the strongest possible terms, too'
9:08 AM, Jan 07, 2015

White House press secretary Josh Earnest refrained from calling the attack on a French magazine "terrorism" in an interview this morning on CNN:

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WH to Reporter: 'That's a Clown Question, Bro'

2:23 PM, Jan 05, 2015

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. 

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Press Sec Mocks Obama for Press Conference Announcing He Doesn't Have Strategy

8:50 AM, Dec 03, 2014

At a White House Correspondents' Association holiday reception last night in Washington, D.C., the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, mocked the president for holding a press conference earlier this year to announce he doesn't have a strategy to defeat ISIS. 

Mike Allen reports the line delivered by Earnest:

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WH: 'The President Is Determined as Ever' to Take Executive Action on Immigration

'The president has resolved to use as much authority as he can muster within the confines of the law.'
11:16 AM, Aug 29, 2014

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.

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Getting Serious

1:17 PM, Jul 09, 2014

Six years in and the new White House press person is saying:

“We definitely are in a phase where we are looking for creative opportunities to help the president and his message break through.” 

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WH: 'The Constitutional Lawyer in the Oval Office Disagrees'

12:41 PM, Jun 30, 2014

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:

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White House Misspells Ronald 'Regan'

7:53 PM, Jun 24, 2014

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."

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Press: Has Obama Seen 'The Butler'?

12:51 PM, Aug 14, 2013

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."

From the trancript:

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WH: Egyptians Should 'Resolve Their Differences Peacefully'

11:24 AM, Aug 14, 2013

White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest released this statement on the ongoing violence in Egypt:

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Spokesman: Obama Hasn't Expressed Opinion of Anthony Weiner

12:37 PM, Jul 29, 2013

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:

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The Importance of Being Earnest

9:05 AM, Feb 19, 2013

Josh Earnest, a White House deputy press secretary, answering a reporter's question aboard Air Force One on Friday, inadvertently painted with a broader brush than he intended.

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