Showing posts from November, 2021

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, November 29, 2021

 MS. PSAKI:  Hi, everyone.   Q    Hello.   MS. PSAKI:  Happy post-Thanksgiving, salad-eating days, I guess.  (Laughter.)   Okay, a couple of items for all of you at the top.  As you all know, today is Cyber Monday — one of the biggest shopping days of the year.   The President will convene a roundtable shortly with CEOs and leaders of major retailers and grocers to hear about their expectation and preparation for a robust holiday shopping season.  We’ve already seen some evidence of that over the last several days.   This event will include CEOs from Best Buy, Food Lion, Etsy, Walmart, Mattel, and more.  The President will also share a message directly to Americans consumers.  Throughout the holidays, products will be on shelves and consumers will be able to purchase what they want and need.   The event follows early estimates that Black Friday sales were up nearly a third since last year.  In-store sales were up by even more than that.  And we’re hearing similar reports from Small Bus

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, November 23, 2021

 MS. PSAKI:  Hi, everyone. Q    Whoa. MS. PSAKI:  Oh, sorry. Q    What, you got a holiday to go to?  (Laughter.) MS. PSAKI:  Whoa.  We’re a little earl- — we’re just excited to see you guys.  Okay, I realize we’re a little early.  So, good afternoon, everyone.  Take your time.  If people want to shuffle into their seats.  I know this briefing is a bit later than normal, but we wanted to make sure we had a special guest who could join us.  And Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is here for, I believe, her third visit to the Briefing Room with us. SECRETARY GRANHOLM:  (Holds up two fingers.) MS. PSAKI:  Second?  Okay. Today, she’s here to speak about the President’s actions to make 50 million barrels of oil available from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower prices for the American people. We’ll turn it over to her.  She has a bit of a time hardout, so we’ll — she’ll take some questions and then we’ll send her on her way, and we’ll continue to do a briefing after that. With that, I w