Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon Make Joint Appearance at CPAC CSPAN February 24, 2017 1:04am-1:30am EST
so when in doubt, just say "i will have what he is having." thank you. mercedes: thank you. [laughter] [applause] ♪ [cheers] >> all right, guys, let's take a seat. [laughter] [cheers] >> all right, cpac is known for having important moments, and i think it is safe to say by a full room and a couple of cameras, that this is one of those moments.
[cheers] >> and i think the first thing that would be appropriate after 30 days of running a continual sprint is to thank these two guys for what they have been doing. [cheers and applause] >> thank you. thank you. >> on that front, i also think it is a perfect moment to thank all of you for helping us elect what will be one of the greatest presidents that has ever served this country. and because of your work, that he made it happen. >> i want to thank you for finally inviting me to cpac. [applause] [laughter] >> matt: what was the name? >> the uninvited. [laughter] >> there are many alumni in the audience. >> i did not like the uninvited. matt: we decided to say that
everybody is part of our conservative banner. >> that's r ighight. matt: that is what donald trump has done for many of us around the country. and you guys have put together an amazing operation. i know you all know this, but the last time a president came to cpac in his first year, it was ronald reagan. [laughter] matt: saint ronald in 1981, and you put together this most conservative cabinet we have ever seen according to our cpac ratings, and i think a few of us were pretty happy about what looks like is going to happen on the supreme court, too, so -- [applause] matt: now, let me ask you too -- i'm looking in the back of the room as well. -- let me ask you >> we all read, except the opposition party. [laughter]
matt: we read a lot about you two -- >> it's all good. matt: but i bet it is not all accurate. i bet there is some things that do not get written correctly. let me ask each one of you, what is the biggest misconception about what is going on in the donald trump white house? >> in regard to us two, the biggest misconception is everything your reading. we share an office suite together. we are basically together from 6:30 in the morning until about 11:00 at night. >> i have a war room and he has a fireplace, nice sofa. and it is actually something that you all have helped build, which is, when you bring together, and what this election showed, and what president trump showed, and let us not kid ourselves. i can talk about data and ground game and steve can talk about big ideas, but the truth of the matter is, donald trump,
president trump, brought together the party and the conservative movement. i have got to tell you, if the party and the conservative movement are together, similar to steve and i, it can't be stopped. and president trump was the one person,e was the one and i can say it after overseeing 16 people kill each other, it was donald trump that was able to bring this party and this movement together. steve and i know that and we live it every day. our job is to get the agenda of president trump through the door and on pen and paper. steve: we have known it since august 16 and if you look at the opposition party and how they portrayed the campaign and the transition and the administration, it is always wrong. on the very first day kellyanne and i started, we reached out to sean spicer.
it is the same team that every day was ground away on the campaign, the same team that did the transition and if you remember, the campaign was the most chaotic by the media's description, most chaotic, disorganized, unprofessional, had no idea what they were doing, and you saw them all crying and weeping that night, when -- [cheers and applause] mr. bannon: and the reason it worked is president trump. i mean, trump had those ideas, had that energy, had that vision that could galvanize a team around him. look, we are a coalition. a lot of people have strong beliefs about different things, but we understand you can come together to win and we understood that from august 15, and we never had a doubt and donald trump never had a doubt that he was going to win, and that is the power of this movement. priebus: on top of that,
first of all, president trump laid out his vision for the five years ago here at cpac. if you go back and watch the tape of president trump four or five years ago, that was the trump agenda. i think president trump found it, which is what this country, what all of us were starting for the whole time, because we are so sick of politics and politicians. in spite of the fact that we love being here, what we were starving for what somebody real, somebody genuine, somebody that was actually who he said he was. and the media attacks us on the campaign. you can't spend the money on trump, go give it to the senate. attacked us on the transition. president trump put in the best cabinet of the history of cabinets, i think. ridiculousare stories and all we do every day
and all president trump does every day is hit his agenda every single day, whether it is deregulation,t is whether it is neil gorsuch, whatever it is, his promises coming through every day. even leaving bathrooms along. the points go back to a second.e made for and this
is another thing the mainstream media or opposition party never caught. if you want to see the trump agenda, it is simple, it was all in the speeches. he went around to these rallies were the speeches had a tremendous amount of content in them. i happen to believe that he is the greatest public speaker in the larger arenas since williams jennings bryan. we did not have any money. $2lary clinton had over billion and we had a couple hundred million dollars. it was those rallies and those speeches. all he is doing is he has laid
out the agenda with the promises he made and our job every day is to execute on that, to simply execute those. and he is focused on that and that is one of the powers of the transition, where many people try to come in and convince president trump, hey you won on this, but this is what you want to do. and he is like no, i promised the american people this and this is what we are going to execute on. and that is where you see the executive order, the supreme court, the week you've got the supreme court, and by the way, the other 102 judges we are eventually going to pay, it is methodical and that is what the mainstream media will report. just like they were dead wrong on the chaos of the campaign and transition, they are absolutely dead wrong about what
is going on today, because we have a team grinding it through on president donald trump promising the american people. and the mainstream media better understand something. all of these promises are going to be implemented. matt: that is awesome. [cheers and applause]
steve, you are a really likable guy. you should do this more
often. >> he is not the bad. not so bad. [laughter] action and0 days of you guys have touched on some of that action. each one of you, tell me the one or two things that have happened in the last 30 days that you think are most critical, and the one thing, like you said, steve, maniacally focused, that have got to happen early in the administration to turn this country around. start with the first 30 days and what is the focus after that? mr. bannon: there is a lot that have happened in the first 30 days. mr. priebus: a lot. mr. bannon: you look at our world order and some of the things that are going on that i think will be dealt with soon, but the first thing i think is neil gorsuch. for a couple things. number one, we are not talking about a change over a four year
period. we are talking abut a change of potentially 40 years of law. number but more important than one. that, more important, it establishes trust, it established that president trump is a man of his word. we always knew that, but when he said, here is 20 names on a piece
of paper back in july, remember, he says, i'm going to pick my judge out of these 20 people on this piece of paper, and he did it. that is number one, because neil gorsuch represents a conservative, represents the type of judge that has a vision of donald trump and fulfills the promise that he made to all of you and all americans across the country. second thing. deregulation. about a not been talked lot is president trump signed an order that puts in place a constant deregulatory form within the federal government. what it says is for every regulation presented for passage
, that cabinet secretary have to identify two that that person would eliminate. and that is a big deal. lastly, immigration. immigration. protecting the sovereignty of the united states, putting a wall on the southern border, making sure that criminals are not part of our process. these are all things that 80% of americans agree with and these are all things president trump is doing within 30 days. mr. bannon: i think the same thing. if you look at the minds of work, the three verticals or three buckets. the first is national security or sovereignty. that is your intelligence, the defense department. the second line of work is what i refer to as economic nationalism and that is wilbur ross and commerce, steve mnuchin treasury, peter nabarro, stephen miller. these people rethinking how we are going to reconstruct our trade arrangements around the world.
the third line of work is the deconstruction of the administrative state. and if you -- [laughter] -- [applause] mr. bannon: i think the three most important things, one of the most pivotal moments in modern american history was his immediate withdrawal from tpp. that got us out of a trade deal and let our sovereignty come back to ourselves. the mainstream media do not get this, but we work in consultation with the hill and with bilateral relationships, bilateral trading relationships with people that will reposition america in the world as a fair trading nation, and start to bring jobs, high value-added manufacturing jobs back to the united states of america. on the national security part, it was certainly first, the first that you started to see implemented under general kelly, that is the rule of law is going to exist when you talk about our
sovereignty and immigration. general kelly and attorney general sessions are adamant. you will start to see with the defense budget, we will thought about next week when we bring the budget out and also with certain things about the plan on isis and what general mattis and these guys think. you will see the other part of that. the third, regulation. every business leader we have taxes, but itjust is also the regulation. if you look at these cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason and that is the deconstruction, the way the progressive left runs is if they cannot get it passed, they will put it in some regulation in an agency. that will be deconstructed. had dr. larrye on the state today. he brought up the fact that we are promulgating war laws and --
more laws and regulations than we ever had before, mostly from independent agencies on autopilot. matt: also coming from the federal bunch, we fight out the political wars over issues we care about and all of a sudden, liberals on the bench like a lightning bolt out of the sky just change things, so what you guys are saying about changing that order is amazing. we all consume a lot of names, we watch and read a lot of things. there has been a great democratization in news. people get their news from under them thousands of sites. there are all these polls being put out again, is donald trump doing a good job or bad job? i know what you all think. we have been hearing it all day. what is it that they keep getting wrong? do you think it ever gets fixed? what does the media keep getting wrong about this trump phenomenon? is there hope it changes? >> i think there is hope that it is going to change. we sit here every day and the president pumps out all this work and the executive orders and punching through the promises he made to the american people. we were hoping the media would
catch up eventually. i am personally so conditioned to caring about why president trump is not going to win the election, why a controversy in the primary is going to take down president trump. i lived through it as chairman of the party. and it really hit me because it andmaybe the summer of 2015 you remember, the media was constantly pounding president trump. and the polling kept getting better and better for president trump. but it was when i went home and got out of this town and i went back to kenosha and i talked to my neighbor and i said, "bob, what do you think?" he said, "man, i really love that trump." i said, "sandy what do you think?" she said, "i am for that trump." you had different people you were for, but you kept running into your neighbors and running into people that you know, and
what did they keep telling you? trump, trump, trump. [audience chanting "trump"] mr. priebus: tomorrow, tomorrow, ok? just be patient. i knew, it was that than for my -- it was back then for my family and my sister, who is a doctor in san diego. it was back to what i said before, which is that the country was hungry for something far bigger than one story or a oene off issue. it was something people wanted in this country and it was going to change the direction we were heading in president trump was the answer. mr. bannon: the great reason reince and i are good together is because we can disagree. the internal logic makes sense. they are corporatist, globalist media. they are adamantly opposed, adamantly opposed -- [applause] mr. bannon: to a economic
nationalist agenda like president trump has. he laid this out many years ago at cpac. it is cpac that originally gave him the springboard. the first time at breitbart we started seeing him, saw how his speeches resonated with people, and then we would go out to these smaller town halls later and he really, he got traction with the same message he is bringing today. here is where it is going to get worse. he is going to continue to press his agenda and as economic conditions get better and more jobs get better, they are going to continue to fight. if you think they are going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. every day, every day, it is going to be a fight, and that is what i am proudest about donald trump. all the opportunities he had to waiver office. all the people who came to him and said, you have to moderate. everyday in the oval office, he this to committed t the american people, i promised this when i ran and i'm going to deliver on this."
[applause] >> how novel. how interesting. i was being asked by some reporters, why is trump doing x, y, or z? and i said, because he said he would do it on the campaign trail. it is not that complicated, is it? ok, i like that. there are some parts of this though that are fitful. the american conservative union which puts on cpac, in an effort to take in all different kinds of voices from the right and conservative movement and bring them together. there is this question, there are those folks that consider themselves, you know, a classical liberal, or conservatives, or reagan conservatives. there are other folks consider themselves libertarians, or part of the new trump movement. trump brought a lot of new people. there are people in the crowd who would not have been in this crowd before, so there is a lot of diversity here. we all know it when we are in the bar at the end of the day.
can this trump movement be combined with what is happening at cpac and other conservative movements for 50 years? can this be brought together? this is going to save the country. >> first of all, and we have to stick together as a team. i think that what you have got is an incredible opportunity, an incredible opportunity to use this victory that president trump and all of us and you and everyone who made this happen put together and work together, continue to communicate. it is very similar, some of the core principles of president trump are very similar to those of ronald reagan, when you look at peace through strength and building up the military. how many times have you heard president trump say, i am going to build up the military and take care of the vets? i am going to make sure we don't have a navy that is decimated and planes that are nowhere to be found. peace through strength, deregulation.
you think about the economy and the economic boom that was created and some of that is going to take a little time. i mean, to get the jobs back, to get more money in people's pockets. those things are going to happen. and in the meantime, we have to stick together and make sure that we have got president trump for eight years, and he is somebody that we know that we are going to be very proud of as these things get done, but it is going to take all of us working together to make it happen. >> i have said that there is a new political order being formed out of this and it is still being formed, but if you look at the degree of opinions in this room, whether you are a populist, a limited government conservative, libertarian or economic nationalist, we have a wide and varied range of opinions. but the central core of what we believe, that we are a nation with an economy, not an economy in a global marketplace with open borders, but a nation with
a culture and a reason for being, and i think that is what unites us and what is going to unite this movement going forward. president trump tomorrow is coming to express his appreciation. >> absolutely. >> the vice president is coming tonight and he understands in thatthere are many voices, he is here to express his appreciation and bring hope to drive this movement forward. this is where he got his launch with his ideas in the conservative movement six years ago, five years ago, and he wanted to show his appreciation. we are at the top of the first inning of this and it is going to take just as much fight and focus and determination and the one thing i would like to leave you guys today with is that we want you to have our backs, but more importantly -- [cheers and applause] mr. bannon: by the way, president trump, we never doubted that for a second. more importantly, hold us accountable for what we
promised, hold us accountable for delivering on what we promised. mark: let me just ask as we close this out, it is time for -- you guys have been so kumbaya, it is time for a group hug. i'm going to do the barbara walters thing, for those of you who remember barbara walters. the me ask you. you have worked really closely with steve. your offices are very close to each other. what do you like the most about him? [laughter] mr. priebus: i love how many collars he wears. [laughter] mr. priebus: one thing, we are different, but we are very i think he ist, thatdogged in making sure every day, the promises that president trump has made and the
promises we are working on everyday, number one. number two, he is incredibly loyal. and number three, which i think is a really important quality as we are working together to see to it that president trump's cted, is that he is extremely consistent. as you can imagine, there are many things hitting the president's ear and desk every day. different things that come to the president that want to move is off the agenda and steve very consistent and loyal to the agenda and is a presence that i think is very important to have in the white house. and secondly -- [applause] mr. priebus: and a very dear friend and someone that i work with every second of the day. and actually, i cherish his friendship. mr. bannon: i can run a little hot on occasion. [laughter] mr. bannon: it is low-key, but
it is determination. the thing that i respect most is reince is always steady. you got -- he has got katie and some other people. his job is by far one of the toughest ones i have seen in my life. to make it run every day, you only see the surface. what is going on, to the degree we are planning with all this legislation, and what is the tax reform bill. reince says, we have got to drive this forward. by the way, this started back in august. when we started this campaign, we were outgunned, outmanned, and outstaffed. president trump had a message and his charisma and he had people here at cpac. reince has been unwavering since the very first moment. mark: it is a great honor to have you both here. i think the best thing we could do is to let these two guys get back to work.
what do you think? thanks for being here. >> thank you. [applause] >> our coverage of the three of cpac begins tomorrow with donald trump, his third appearance at the conference and his first as president. in the afternoon, we will hear .rom wayne lopp year he tweeted this week that the nra is going to lead a counter resistance on behalf of the trump administration. carly fiorina will also address the conference. live at 12:55 in the a
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