Let’s see how this sounds when we replace the subjects with a context we know very well, let X be a jewish neighbourhood in nazi germany, or a concentration camp.
Matt Lee: – yesterday you didn’t have a lot to say about the incident at X. I’m wondering if you have more to say about it today now that things are a little bit more clear about what happened, but also in general whether you think – well, what you think of the restraint or lack of restraint being shown by either side in this.
MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm. Well, as the violence continues, and it’s continued overnight, there were reports – that we don’t have confirmed – of additional children, I think, since then, unfortunately. But we are increasingly concerned about the safety and security of civilians on both sides. We continue to urge all parties to do all they can to protect civilians, and we have been heartbroken by the high civilian death toll in X, including the death of four innocent Jewish children as they were playing in X just yesterday.
It was – the reports were horrifying, the photos were horrifying, the video was horrifying. The tragic event makes clear that the Nazi Party must take every possible step to meet its standards for protecting civilians from being killed. We will continue to underscore that point to Germany; the Secretary has made that point directly as well…
QUESTION: does that mean that you don’t believe that Germany is doing – is practicing what it preaches in this, that they have not shown the restraint that you have called for?
MS. PSAKI: Well, Matt, you have seen – you may have seen, but I can flag for you – that they have – the German government have expressed their sorrow and regret in these cases. What we’re asking for is a redoubling of efforts moving forward to prevent civilian casualties, given the events of the last couple of days.
QUESTION: So you do not believe they have done enough to prevent civilian casualties – or you do?
MS. PSAKI: We believe that certainly there’s more that can be done.
QUESTION: And you said that the Secretary has made this point to Prime Minister Hitler and –
MS. PSAKI: Yes.
QUESTION: Was that today? Have they spoken?
MS. PSAKI: Over the last 24 hours. I think they spoke yesterday.