Q When he was running for President, the President said that President Clinton should get on the phone with the OPEC cartel and say, we expect you to open up your spigots. But it doesn't appear that he's doing that --
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I think that's wrong. No, this -- go ahead.
Q Well, excuse me, I was just going to ask, could you tell us what calls the President has made?
MR. McCLELLAN: This administration remains actively engaged with our friends in OPEC, as well as non-OPEC producers from around the world. Secretary Abraham, Secretary Powell, the White House, we are in constant discussions with producers from around the world. Condi Rice has certainly been in touch with individuals in OPEC, and we will continue working for America's consumers to make our views known to our friends in OPEC, as well as other producers around the world.
Q But he's not making calls, himself?
MR. McCLELLAN: I'm sorry?
Q He's not making calls, himself?
MR. McCLELLAN: The President makes his views known on a regular basis to leaders, and this administration remains actively engaged in discussions -- over the last few days, today, we remain actively engaged in discussions with our friends in OPEC, as well as others.
Q Scott, our friends in OPEC don't seem to be paying any attention. It seems as if the President has been unpersuasive with our friends in OPEC. Is it fair to conclude that --
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I disagree with your characterization.
Q Well, they're jacking the price on us. Is it fair to conclude that he's not -- what he's doing isn't working?
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