White House Daily Briefing
Mr. Fitzwater spoke to reporters in the White House during the daily media briefing. Cameras are usually not allowed to record… read more
Mr. Fitzwater spoke to reporters in the White House during the daily media briefing. Cameras are usually not allowed to record the White House daily briefing, but on this occasion they were allowed to record the first fifteen minutes of the briefing while Mr. Fitzwater discussed the Kurdish refugees in Iraq. Mr. Fitzwater announced a message had been delivered to Baghdad by the U.S. government warning them that no Iraqi military ground or air forces would be allowed in the region occupied by refugees fleeing persecution from Iraq. The refugees, whose numbers have been estimated by the State Department to be approximately 1.3 million, have been denied entrance to Turkey and are encamped in northeastern Iraq. Mr. Fitzwater said the U.S. was taking part in a huge relief program for the Kurdish refugees, including airdrops of food and supplies, which involves 30 countries donating a total of $200 million, $11 million of which is from the United States. He also said the administration would ask Congress for supplemental funds to cover further costs of the program in the future. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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