Wednesday Briefing

Reuters
Reuters

Gibbs departure, Hu’s visit, health care repeal top PressSec’s session with reporters.

Highlights from Gibbs briefing:

On his departure:
It’s been an “honor” and “remarkable privilege” to have served Obama and the nation.

Gibbs plans to “step back” and “recharge some,” hopes to give speeches, continue providing counsel to White House.

“It does an administration good” to have new blood come in.

On Hu’s forthcoming visit:
“Tremendously important” issues of human rights, North Korea and currency will be on the agenda in meeting.

“China has to take steps to re-balance its currency.”

On WH staff changes:
Changes likely to be wrapped up “in the next few days.”

Economic personnel announcements expected Friday.

Plouffe slated to start Monday.

On GOP’s plan to repeal health care law:

“This is a bit of huff and puff.”

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