Fact Check: WH Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Did NOT Say US 'Deeply Concerned' About Brazil And China Switching To 'National Currencies' To Do Business With Each Other

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  • by: Ed Payne
Fact Check: WH Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Did NOT Say US 'Deeply Concerned' About Brazil And China Switching To 'National Currencies' To Do Business With Each Other Never Said

Did White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre say that the United States is "deeply concerned" about China and Brazil switching to national currencies when conducting business with each other? No, that's not true: A search of sections of the White House website covering "Statements and Releases" and "Press Briefings" produced no such statements by Jean-Pierre or any other White House official.

The claim appeared in a post on Twitter published on April 3, 2023. The social media post said:

Astounding statement from White House official talking head Karine Jean-Pierre:

'We are deeply concerned about the transition of Brazil and China to national currencies when conducting mutual settlements. This is a violation of the rights of our citizens who rely on a stable dollar exchange rate on the world market .

America will not allow other countries to dictate their terms to it in mutual trade. We want to warn that the violation of the rights of ordinary Americans will not remain without consequences for these countries.

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

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(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Mon Apr 3 22:51:32 2023 UTC)

WhiteHouse.gov, the official White House website, posts all official statements, releases and press briefings by the administration. In this case, the Biden administration. An advanced Google search of the website produced no such statement, attributable to Jean-Pierre or any other official. A screenshot of the Google search appears below:

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(Source: Google screenshot taken on Mon Apr 3 22:51:32 2023 UTC)

In addition, a Google search of news articles produced no credible reports of the purported statement by Jean-Pierre.

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  Ed Payne

Ed Payne is a staff writer at Lead Stories. He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist as part of CNN’s coverage of 9/11. Ed worked at CNN for nearly 24 years with the CNN Radio Network and CNN Digital. Most recently, he was a Digital Senior Producer for Gray Television’s Digital Content Center, the company’s digital news hub for 100+ TV stations. Ed also worked as a writer and editor for WebMD. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Ed is the author of two children’s book series: “The Daily Rounds of a Hound” and “Vail’s Tales.” 

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