1. Mid of White House spokesman Raj Shah entering room
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Raj Shah, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:
"Today is a great day for Israel and the United States, and a reminder to everyone that when President Trump makes a promise he keeps it."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Raj Shah, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:
"Well, we're aware of the reports of continued violence in Gaza today. The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response, and as a secretary of state said Israel has the right to defend itself."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Raj Shah, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:
"And, as I said earlier, we believe Hamas bears the responsibility. Look, this is a propaganda attempt. I mean this is a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt. I think the Israeli government has spent weeks trying to handle this without violence and we find it very unfortunate."
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Raj Shah, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:
"This president has taken China to task for its unfair trade practices through the Section 301 investigation. He's introduced and proposed over, or rather, up to 150 billion dollars of tariffs on China for intellectual property, property theft, dumping, and a range of inimical Chinese economic actions. So he's been tough and he's confronted them, but on this issue, specifically, he's asked the secretary of commerce to take a look at it."
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Raj Shah, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:
"China has engaged in decades of unfair trade practices, forced technology transfers, and the like. That was part of the discussion that went on, you know when the U.S. delegation, or U.S. group of administration officials went to China, and that's going to be continued continued later this week."
11. Wide of Raj Shah at podium
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Raj Shah, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:
"I don't think it hurts the peace plan. The peace plan will be introduced at the appropriate time. But what today is about is following through on what the president promised and believes, and it's also a recognition of reality. I think we've for decades walked on eggshells pretending that Jerusalem isn't the capital of Israel when it obviously is. And this is just a recognition of reality."
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14. SOUNDBITE (English) Raj Shah, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary:
"I know that I think Pastor Jeffress you know has had a strong relationship with many people in the faith community, as well as folks in the administration, and Republicans on the Hill and others. I believe Democrats as well. So I think that he has a long standing involvement with public officials. Beyond that I don't really have a whole lot to add."
The White House says responsibility for dozens of deaths in Gaza coinciding with the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem "rests squarely with Hamas."
White House spokesman Raj Shah was responding to reports of Israeli soldiers shooting and killing at dozens of Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday.
It's been the deadliest day there since a devastating 2014 cross-border war.
Shah says that "Israel has the right to defend itself" and is blaming Hamas for the "dire situation."
He's also calling Monday "a great day for Israel and the United States."
The White House says Chinese concerns over U.S. sanctions on a Chinese telecom company have "been brought up at a number of levels" during U.S.-China talks.
Shah also told reporters the sanctions against ZTE are "a significant issue of concern to the Chinese government."
And he says the president has asked Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to look into it "consistent with laws and regulations."
Trump had tweeted over the weekend that he and China's Xi Jinping were "working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast" because "Too many jobs in China" were being lost.
The U.S. government cut off ZTE's access to American suppliers in April in a case involving illegal exports to North Korea and Iran.
Shah also batted aside a question over why a controversial pastor, Robert Jeffress, was included in the ceremony celebrating the opening of the embassy.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Jeffress a "religious bigot," and denounced the choice of allowing him to deliver the blessing at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.
Jeffress has drawn criticism for calling Islam and Mormonism "a heresy from the pit of hell" and saying Jews "can't be saved."
"I think that he has a long standing involvement with public officials," Shah said. "Beyond that I don't really have a whole lot to add," he said.