Monday Briefing


Egypt and impending budget top Gibbs’s session with reporters.

And: Gibbs’s last day Friday.

On Egypt: “The most important thing is that there has to be a process towards meaningful change.”

On 44’s visit to Chamber of Commerce: “The president didn’t go there so everyone would clap when he came in the room.”

On Colombia/Panama Trade Pacts: “Be patient… We’d like to move forward, and those are discussions that are beginning.”

On confronting Mubarak on human rights: “I think this is a topic on human rights, on democracy, on freedom of assembly, that the president has [brought up] on a number of occasions. It’s brought up in every bilateral meeting that I am aware of.”

On potential rise of Muslim Brotherhood: “Obviously, we have significant disagreements with the Muslim Brotherhood. But the U.S. does not pick the leaders of other countries.”

On Palin’s reaction to WH Egypt crisis response: “I really don’t know what she said.”

On Budget: “The introduction of the president’s budget will contain some very significant cuts and significant decisions, resulting in the five-year discretionary freeze.”

“We don’t spend enough in discretionary spending for that alone to solve the problem.”

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