Sarah Huckabee Sanders
White House Briefing CSPAN October 6, 2017 6:15pm-6:44pm EDT
the establishment. if you wanted to deal with some of these issues the electorate --ld have gone with marco marco rubio order ted cruz and they did not. in terms of communication, he is a master of twitter. he is crude and rude and a serial liar, he is erratic my he is a fraud. relatively well-known and conservative. not that long ago used to argue that character matters, that the president was a role model and found a way to rationalize the behavior of somebody who insults disabled, mocks pows, paid a multimillion dollar fine for defrauding students who wanted to get an education. >> sunday night at 9 p.m. eastern on book tv.
today during the white house reefing, press secretary sarah sanders talked about a range of domestic and foreign affairs issues after many reporters asked questions about president trump's comments claiming there was a calm before the storm. this is half an hour. >> good afternoon. they's jobs report shows impact recent weather events have had on our economy. calculations from -- estimate the recent storms could cause between 195 billion and $245 billion in economic losses but those numbers come as large as they are, not the best way to understand the impact the storms
of had on the people of our nation. president trump has visited storm ravaged areas in numerous states and territories and seen the devastation and looked into the eyes of americans struggling to find hope in the midst of hartig. the president has committed that we will walk with them every step of the way as the rebuild their homes, committees, and their lives and he has committed to all americans that we are going to build an economy that works for everyone. we are encouraged to see that the and a playmate rate has dropped and workforce to acipation vaulted thread half your height. this report underscores the need for congress to work with us to grow the economy and create jobs . the importance of passing tax relief for american workers, and business cannot be overstated. we have a once in a generation opportunity to create a tax code that is simple, fair, and easy to understand. that means getting rid of the loopholes that benefit the wealthiest americans and special
interests and means lowering taxes for middle income americans so they can keep more of their hard-earned paychecks and by the great american products made by american manufacturers. the president signed a proclamation declaring october 6 national manufacturing day. this honors the men and women who create the products that power our communities, improve our lives and defend our nation. the people who believe in those beautiful words made in the usa. headdition to the workers hosted, more than half a million people are participating in thousands of events related to manufacturing day. among them will be numerous members of the president cabinet and other senior officials. our tax plan with lead to a great american manufacturing boom. we will cut taxes on manufacturers and businesses of all sizes and restore their competitive edge so they can create more jobs and higher
wages for our workers. our plan will encourage them to bring back trillions of dollars parked overseas. the president will be back out on the road next week the link support for this plan which is a jobs bill. hamburg,e visiting pennsylvania on wednesday and we will have more details coming soon. with that, we will kickoff friday with questions and we will start now. this is kind of fun. we should do this more often, not just save it for friday. the u.s. soldier has been discovered by local toces in niger which brings numeral for the total number of green berets they were killed on wednesday in niger. response to is no this by the president, no tweet, no statement, can we expect some sort of reprisal by the u.s.
as relates the share to what happened on wednesday? statement on behalf of the administration. anytime one of the members of our great terry are injured, wounded, or killed in action, that is something that we take very seriously. our thoughts and prayers are with those individuals. we are continuing to review and look into this and as we have more details we will a you know. -- we will let you know. president referring to military action when he said calm before the storm? >> the president has as i have from this podium, we are never going to say in advance with the president is going to do and as he said last night, you will have to wait and see. americanriously should
adversaries or the public take these comments? >> you can take the president protecting the american people always extremely seriously. he is clear that is his number one priority and feels that next and -- action is necessary he will take it. leadersresident wants to give military options faster. as he feel they are slow walking -- does he feel that they are slow walking these to him? >> i do not think you should read into anything beyond that. if you want options on the table so we can make quick decisions. >> did he mean a specific country? >> i am not aware of anything specific. >> i have two questions one on the share and one on daca. one was the president made aware that there was a fourth soldier
missing in action and when did he become aware the soldier had been killed and discovered by local forces? >> the notification was yesterday. i would have to get verification on specific timing. >> one was the president data where the the soldiers audie was found? >> it was pretty soon after that had been discovered created as far as an exact time i could not give you that. chief kelly kept him updated. today the president welcomed hispanic american leaders to the white house and did not mention his decision to and daca. he did not renew his call for congress to protect those who be eligible for deportation. >> he has been cleared, there is no reason to continue to reiterate the same position he has held. he called on congress to act on
it. you can expect in the coming days he will lay out his responsible immigration reform. you can count on that to happen very soon area that is all part of the process moving forward. been unclear about what his position is on that front. [inaudible]k to with worldents deal matters all options are on the table. has the white house exhausted diplomacy? as he says, come before the storm. >> we're continuing to put maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on countries like north korea. we will continue to do that but at the same time, the the president will keep all his options on the table. he has been very consistent. i'm using that as an example. we have a lot of bad actors in the world, north korea, iran, there are several examples.
>> let me ask you about the hhs decision. the aclu has filed a lawsuit or announced its intention to and this was their response. the trouble administration is forcing women to pay for their bosses religious beliefs. the federal government cannot authorize discrimination against women in the name of religion. your response? >> i do not the it has been a secret that i would never use the aclu to get any of my talking points. the president believes that freedom to practice one's faith is a fundamental right and all of us do. about. what today was our government should always protect that right and as long as donald trump's president, he will. >> what would you say to that women out there or to the families out there who now have to pay more out of their pocket coverage that they choose
and they desire? >> this is a president who supports the first amendment, supports freedom of religion. i do not understand why that should be an issue. the supreme court has validated this decision certainly many times over. the president is someone believes in the constitution, if people do not want -- like with the constitution says they should talk to congress about changing it. >> given the lawsuit that the aclu has filed, is the administration prepared to defend the concept of rollback to the supreme court? >> the supreme court supports what this administration has done. does it shows the administration is on the right side of the law. >> the president wants to you said the
president wants to preserve an element of surprise. if he wants to preserve an element of surprise why would he dangle hands? ?- hints >> i do not think he did. he did not cut about specific actions. >> does the white house have estimates of how many people could lose access to birth control? >> i refer you to hhs for specifics. >> the president repeated that the u.s. has the -- is the highest tax nation. that is not true so why does he make that statement? >> there are specific sectors within the country that are among the highest taxed in the world and we will be happy to provide that data. >> i have two questions. that the been rumors prime minister of greece will come here on the 17th and meet
with the president and meet with the vice president on the 18th. we have had no confirmation. is the prime minister invited and is he coming to meet the president and vice president? >> he is in the date is correct. the 17th. had a administration has vacancy without a permit secretary of homeland security for two months which is a record for that position not operating with a permanent secretary. are we going to have an announcement on a choice for permanent secretary within days next week perhaps and rumors are consistent he will make a lane -- elaine [inaudible] the secretary. >> it will not get ahead of any announcement but acting secretary duke is confident and
has managed the department of homeland security very well in a tough and trying time given hurricane season we have had. and have not wanted to make a big shift in leadership during this time and while there is so much going on there. in terms of the timetable we will keep you posted when we have an announcement on that front. >> that is what you said about secretary duke's testimony. you gave these -- the presidents -- the president's opinion. principlesgration would be harmful to the daca negotiations, he believes dr. should be kept separate -- daca should be kept separate. are you headed to attaching legal immigration to the daca debate? >> we want to make sure whatever we put forward is a responsible immigration form, it is not one piece of this process still with
separately. we need to make sure we are addressing the problems and we are not dealing with this later but putting forward a thorough and full plan. that is what you will see coming from the administration in short order. thewo questions, a lot of [inaudible] on payday lending. >> i will have to check with that. been follow up, there have some [inaudible] who believe there is cause for firing richard corcoran. why hasn't the president taken action? >> when we have personnel announcements we will keep you posted. i will have to move on. there have been some rumors
about the future of secretary of state rex tillerson. can you say the president remains confident in him? >> he does. as he said two days ago and i said yesterday, nothing has what you read in the media or watch on tv. i would trust the president and above my comments far those of other recorders -- reporters. >> when you have been asked what you meant by the calm before the storm, you mentioned your -- iran, there is implications there is some kind of military action. some sort of forecasting. can you clarify if we are interpreting things correct way? correctly? >> we are putting diplomatic
pressure on countries like north korea. i am saying that all options are on the table as they have been and we will not announce what actions we will be taking until that moment comes. >> [inaudible] we want to be part of that conversation, we want together more information. we will continue to do that over the coming days and that is the current position that has not changed since yesterday. >> two questions i can. i asked you about senator corker. and some of the comments he made a few weeks back. he said secretary tillerson and secretary mattis and general kelly are what keep -- what are keeping the country from chaos.
response?e any the one thatent is is keeping the world from chaos. he has an incredible team around him that is helping him lead that effort. he has had tremendous accomplishments on the international stage by working with allies and confronting enemies. we will continue doing that, we will continue doing that as a team with the president leading that effort. i will come back to you. wanted to ask about that in a different way, there is a theory in washington and forgive me if you have been asked before, the president subscribes to this madman theory that he makes a lot of unsettling, off putting comments that through people of that he likes to keep his adversaries guessing. that is the point of making comments like home before the storm. is there anything to that?
>> the president has addressed this himself. he does not want to lay out his game plan for our enemies. if you're asking is the president trying to do that, absolutely. i do not think that is a secret. i would not say he would try to throw people off but i do not think he wants to telegraph is actions. we have seen -- the president will do it differently and do it better. >> one people catch their breath in this town, when they hold this -- their breath when he , is something like that that somewhat satisfying? >> i picture people holding their breath, that might he a welcome surprise for most of america. exclude the possibility that the president
was being mischievous, that he was messing with the press a little bit when he made that comment? >> a think we have some serious world issues here. north korea, it ran both continue to be bad actors and the president is somebody who is going to look for ways to protect americans and he will not dictate what those actions may look like. i do not think there is anything beyond that that i can add. senator tomdays ago cotton gave a speech in which he said he believes the best outcome for the iranian nuclear deal would have to be to refer to congress but rather than have congress reimpose sanctions which he called the backward looking step, we would use this time to renegotiate several terms of the deal. thatthe white house think sounds like a plausible and a good way to deal with the iran nuclear deal? >> i will not get ahead of the
president's announcement on the decision he has. he is not looking at one piece of this, he is looking at all of the bad behavior of iran, not just the nuclear deal as bad behavior but the missile testing, destabilizing, cyber nuclear programs, he wants to look for a strategy that addresses those problems. that is what his team is focused on and that is what he will be rolling out to address that is a hole in the coming days. >> does the president wish congress reimpose sanctions? >> i will not get into details until he makes that later in the week. >> cvs is taking the story to a [inaudible]mericans there are a handful of americans who have reported the symptoms.
how is the white house doing this? we take that extremely seriously, we are continuing to investigate. the state department is taking the lead and we will look into this until we get some answers. about the drill down press, if we -- i do not think anyone disagrees but do you and the president believe the president has a responsibility to be as honest as possible, has he done it and for the surrogate to have used your terms alternative facts they did not not do that. >> we all come here every day and do our very best to give you the best and most accurate information we can. >> going back to the answer about leadership, is the, is general kelly part of that
leadership team as the president is leading in this white house? >> absolutely. >> the president has confidence in general kelly. >> absolutely. since we last heard from you, harvey weinstein has become the subject of serious sexual harassment allegations and there is building pressure among democrats to send the money back. was very critical. does the president support the idea that people who got donations should send them back? >> if that is money they want to take, that is up to them. presidentn't the fired [inaudible]
from the irs, why does john hoskins have his job? >> i will have to ask and get back to. >> the president lavished praise on [inaudible] >> can you speak up question mark -- speak up? >> [inaudible] programs,uts in those and your budget plans, are you rethinking them? move are continuing to forward. if there is a moment where we feel like the safety and security of american citizens may be at risk has of cuts we would have to revisit it at that time. >> of the nation lost 32,000 jobs in september and i was curious how the president feels about that and is he stepping up
his efforts to convince congress to pass major tax reform because ?f this loss >> today's report shows the devastating impact of the hurricane season. while many displaced were not able to work the economy remains extremely strong. those people continue to have jobs which is why the unemployment rate fell. one thing to note and something this administration wants to focus on, tax reform plays a big one of the bigt identifiers we should look at is the drop in the unemployment rate including new lows for teens, african-americans, and women which is a great step forward. >> president trump has said we should let obamacare implode. there is a new report in the washington post that said he directed administration
officials to deny a request from the republican governor of iowa to fix the obamacare market in that state. is that true? >> i am not aware of that specific directive. i would have to check into that. not comment on hypotheticals when i do not have the information in front of me. >> [inaudible] regardless of what the president s what you rather not have to do this every 90 days? sex we're looking at something that is a broad strategy, does not just address one part of iran's bad behavior, that addresses a wide range of issues so that would be our focus. hopefully they would begin to not be a bad actor and we would not have to do this at all. our goal is to address a number of factors, not just one or two
things. indicatedsident [inaudible] against agents of chaos. [inaudible] any change in pakistani behavior? specific i can way into but we will keep you posted. >> the president campaigned for the -- is the president campaigning for ed gillespie? >> i will not way into specific races and that is a great place to end this for friday and i hope everyone has a great rest of your friday and a good weekend. thanks, guys.
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