Wednesday, April 07, 2004


You think the white house press corps is getting a little frustrated? Check out the end of the session yesterday:

MR. McCLELLAN: I think that, one, they were playing that role previously. They have been playing an important role recently, as well. And we look forward to continuing to work with the U.N. so that they can continue to play a vital role. They certainly have a lot of expertise to offer in the areas of elections and the drafting of a constitution, and so forth. So, yes, we believe that they have a vital role to play and that they are playing more and more of a vital role to help the Iraqi people.

Q Has a date been for the testimony yet -- meeting, has a date been set for the meeting yet?

MR. McCLELLAN: I don't have anything to announce on that.

Q But has a date been set? Forget announcing the date. Has a date been set?

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think the chairman and vice-chairman addressed that on some of the Sunday shows on Sunday. But there's nothing to announce on that at this point.

Q But a date has been set, you just can't announce it?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm just not going to get into announcing a date or anything at this point. But the President looks forward to the meetings.

Q Scott, we're trying not to look like idiots in front of our editors with this New York Times story on Blair. Can you tell us, on background, if everyone agrees, whether Blair is coming next week?

MR. McCLELLAN: There's nothing to announce at this point. Obviously, when there are meetings with world leaders, such as ones you're asking about, those announcements are typically arranged in a way that is mutually agreed to, so that both countries can announce those at the same time. And I'm just not in a position to announce anything at this point.

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