Joe Biden

Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters Prior to Departure for Camp David, Maryland

January 13, 2024


Q. Mr. President, do you have a reaction to the Taiwan election?

The President. We do not support independence. [Inaudible]

Border Security/Immigration Reform

Q. Mr. President, would you call the situation on the southern border a "crisis"?

The President. No, but I wish they would react. I've been pushing them—my Republican colleagues—since I got into office. I think we have to make major changes at the border. I've been pushing it. I'm prepared to make significant alterations at the border. And there are negotiations going on for the last 5 weeks, so I'm hopeful we'll get there.

[At this point, several reporters began speaking at once.]

The President. Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Q. Any comment—any comment——

Q. What's your message to Iran——

Q. What's next with support for Ukraine?

The President. Pardon me?

U.S. Assistance to Ukraine

Q. What's next with support for Ukraine?

The President. Well, if my Republican colleagues don't fund Ukraine, they're going to have an awful lot of—to pay for, in terms of—[inaudible].


Q. Mr. President, any comment—any comment on the political change in Poland as the new pro-European Union government is taking over?

The President. I think that's very good, pro-European.

Q. Are you going to invite Polish—the new Polish Prime Minister to the White House?


Q. Do you have a message to Iran in the face of all these attacks from the Houthis?

The President. I've delivered—we've delivered it privately, and we're confident we're well prepared.

Q. Mr. President, can you finish your answer——

Q. [Inaudible]—Polish Prime Minister to the White House?

Border Security

Q. Are you—[inaudible]—executive action when it comes to the border to address the border crisis if Republicans don't pass more funding?

The President. Well, Republicans have to pass funding. They have to—I've read one Republican said, "We don't want our border—[inaudible]—it will only help Biden."

I've been pushing for fundamental change on the border for a long time—a long time. And so, I'm hopeful. I'm going to let those negotiations play out. But other than that, I'm going to take action myself.

Thank you.

NOTE: The President spoke at approximately 9:50 a.m. on the South Lawn at the White House prior to boarding Marine One. In his remarks, he referred to Rep. Troy E. Nehls. A reporter referred to Prime Minister Donald Franciszek Tusk of Poland.

Joseph R. Biden, Remarks in an Exchange With Reporters Prior to Departure for Camp David, Maryland Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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