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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and NSC Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby

  MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Hello.  Hi, everybody.  Good afternoon, right?  All right.  Good afternoon, everyone.  I hope you guys enjoyed a long holiday weekend.  It’s good to see everyone here.  Today I’m joined by John Kirby, who is the National Security Council — was it — Coordinator for Strategic Communications.  I got to get that right.  And he’s happy to take a few questions.  I know there’s been some news out there in his world.  So, why don’t you take it away.  MR. KIRBY:  Thank you, Karine.  Just a couple things at the top, everybody.  I think you saw this morning that the administration announced important policy changes with respect to anti-personnel landmines.  After conducting a comprehensive policy review, the United States is now joining the vast majority of countries around the world in committing to limit the use of anti-personnel landmines.  The use of these weapons put more civilians at risk of being injured by unexploded mines, including children, long after the fighti

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby

  MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Hi.  Good afternoon, everybody.  So today we have — John Kirby has joined us.  And he’s going to talk — talk to us a little bit, talk to you all a little bit about the trip, give a preview of the trip, G7 and NATO — the President, as you all know, is leaving on Saturday for five days — and give a little bit of an update on the PDA, right? MR. KIRBY:  Yes, ma’am. MS. JEAN-PIERRE:  Our next security assistance to Ukraine.  Okay.  All yours, Kirby. MR. KIRBY:  Thank you.  Okay, just off the top here, I think today you saw that the United States announced another additional $450 million worth of security assistance to Ukraine as part of our commitment to help Ukraine defend its democracy in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression. This package contains weapons and equipment, including new High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, tens of thousands of additional rounds of ammunition for the artillery systems that have already been provided as well, and patrol boats to