White House Conference Center Briefing Room
12:48 P.M. EDT
MR. SNOW: Ready for questions.
Q: Did anyone bring up Gonzales at the meeting with the Republican leaders today?
MR. SNOW: No.
Q: No one talked about it at all?
MR. SNOW: No.
Q: What did they talk about?
Q: What was the question?
MR. SNOW: Did the Attorney General come up in the conversations with the Republican leaders? As we said, it was pretty predictable, talking about the ongoing discussions of the budget supplemental, immigration reform, a number of other issues that are still on the docket for the next few weeks and months. People had lots of different concerns. But kind of the two major things were obviously the ones that are top of mind right now, which is the supp and immigration.
Q: When you say concerns, what do you mean?
MR. SNOW: I mean when you're talking about things that are topics of conversation. You've got a lot of action and negotiation going on in terms of the budget supplemental. At the same time, certainly among senators, there's been a bipartisan effort to put together legislation on the immigration front. And members of the House and Senate were both sharing their views on how to proceed.
Q: What did the President tell them?
MR. SNOW: For them to know and me to remain discrete about.
Q: Tony, in the past we've heard that some Cabinet members who have been in the midst of trouble, in the midst of controversy, have gone to the President and asked him, should they resign, and the President has declined.
MR. SNOW: April, you are so overplaying this.
Q: No, I'm not. Don't go there. (Laughter.) No, seriously. The AG --
MR. SNOW: Seriously, you are really overplaying this.
Q: No, I'm not. I'm asking, has the Attorney General -- this Attorney General gone to the President and asked him, should he resign?
MR. SNOW: I have no knowledge of that. I would doubt it.
Q: Why would you doubt it?
MR. SNOW: Because.
Q: We know Rumsfeld had asked the President --
MR. SNOW: There is no question of the President's support. You really are -- you're over --
Q: I am not.
MR. SNOW: No, you are. Trust me.
Q: I know of another Secretary who asked the President --
MR. SNOW: I understand, but you're overreaching. I'm trying to be helpful.
Q: Tony, two questions. One, this -- Senator Hillary Clinton, for President, she was speaking on Capitol Hill at the Holiday Inn, celebrating the Haitian Heritage Month. She said as far as illegal immigration is concerned, she's very much concerned about unity -- family unity -- because so many thousands of families are waiting outside the U.S. for to come here. And the President should focus on this, that unity for --
MR. SNOW: Well, I'll tell you what's happened. I mean, Senator Kennedy, who certainly is no slouch, and I suspect has those concerns -- and, frankly, Senator Kyl, and others all have concerns about family -- worked together very hard on pulling together a comprehensive immigration bill that was going to balance a whole series of highly complex needs and concerns, beginning with national security, then moving on to the issue of what do you do with 11 million or 12 million illegals; how do you create an orderly flow of people in and out of the United States, so that you do not invite problems in terms of lax security in the future; how do you also do it in a way that's consistent with the needs and dictates of economic growth; and how do yo ...
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