Tax deal, START and North Korea top the agenda in PressSec’s session with reporters.
Highlights from Gibbs’ press briefing:
On the tax deal:
“If everybody took out what they didn’t like…we would have nothing…We know the consequences of doing nothing.”
This plan has components that Obama “campaigned against” and “fought against” and “it is that part that makes it compromise.”
“A perfect deal? Not by any means.”
Gibbs predicts treaty will pass before year’s end with a “pretty big bi-partisan vote.”
Admin officials will make trips to Beijing to call on the Chinese to be “clear with the North Koreans about their belligerent behavior and its destabilizing effect on the region.”