Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer en route Joint Base Andrews, 3/2/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 02, 2017

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer en route Joint Base Andrews, 3/2/2017

Aboard Air Force One
En Route Joint Base Andrews

3:44 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  I hope you guys had a great visit.  I’m going to try to keep this short, obviously.  We’ve got a short flight time home.

This morning, the President was glad to see Ben Carson confirmed as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and former governor of Texas confirmed as the Secretary of Energy.  He looks forward to working with them to enact his bold agenda.  The Secretaries will be sworn in this evening — Secretary Carson at 5:00 p.m. and then Secretary Perry at 5:30 p.m.

The President was honored to visit our next aircraft carrier of the United States Navy, the Gerald R. Ford, today.  As he emphasized on the campaign trail and again Tuesday in his address, expansion of the United States Armed Forces is a major priority for him, and the naval fleet is a significant portion of that.  Expanding our current fleet of ships requires a collaborative partnership between the military and industry leaders to ensure maximum efficiency for taxpayers.  The Navy is a vital part of the President’s strategy to defeat terrorism with aircraft carriers, especially important in areas where we don’t have a base, from which to launch missions, project power and protect American interest.   Continue reading “Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer en route Joint Base Andrews, 3/2/2017”

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/1/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 01, 2017

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/1/2017

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

11:40 A.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  Hi, guys.  I’m going to try to keep this relatively short.  We got a few things going on today, and I know that the pool has got to get out to do a spray at some point soon with the lunch.

So, obviously, last night was a big night for the President and for everyone here at the White House.  The President delivered a powerful statement to Congress, to Americans, and the world last night.  It was an optimistic, forward-looking message of unity, strength, straight from his heart.  The President was proud to stand before the American people last night and present his roadmap for a renewal of the American spirit.  He honestly and — he honestly acknowledged the undeniable challenges that we face, but continually reminded us there’s no challenge facing this country that we can’t meet if we join together.

The American spirit has already proven itself against seemingly insurmountable odds, and we’ll do it again under the leadership of this President.

Republicans and Democrats may be divided on policies, but we’re also united in our mission to achieve peace and prosperity for every American citizen.  The President has obviously been humbled by the great reception that the — the reception that his address received.  Today, the President is holding a series of meetings with White House staff, congressional leaders, and others to drive the goals that he laid out last night. Continue reading “Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/1/2017”

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/24/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 24, 2017

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/24/2017

West Wing

1:38 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  Hey, guys.  You saw the President signed an executive order today, another important step towards eliminating job-crushing regulations and keeping the government agencies accountable by getting America back to work, just as he promised to do.  This afternoon, he’s meeting with Governor Kasich.  The President of Peru, as I mentioned yesterday, will be swinging by.  Over the weekend, the President is going to be continuing to work on his joint address.  He’s hosting a dinner in the State Dining Room of our nation’s governors.  And the First Lady has a bunch of activities planned.  There’s a ball Sunday night that the First Lady is hosting for the governors and their spouses.

And as I mentioned yesterday — and I think that’s kind of it.  So with that, let me —

Q    What is he going to talk to Kasich about?

MR. SPICER:  This is something that they wanted to get together after the election and catch up, and discuss sort of the issues and agenda that the President is implementing, and hopefully how some of these things — I think coal will probably come up.  But we’ll try and see if we can get a readout of that afterwards.  We generally don’t provide readouts of that, but let me see what I can do. Continue reading “Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/24/2017”

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/23/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 23, 2017

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/23/2017, #15

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

2:58 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  I was thinking about not doing a briefing today, and then I saw Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon give that talk and I thought they were infringing on my ratings, so we figured we had to do something to keep up our record.

It’s been another busy day today.  This morning, after receiving his daily intelligence briefing, the President welcomed some of the world’s top business and manufacturing leaders to the White House to continue the administration’s effort to engage with the private sector to create jobs and expand opportunities for America’s workers.  The 24 CEOs spent the morning in working sessions with the Vice President, Cabinet members and key aides, and came together with the President to brief him on their discussions and recommendations. Continue reading “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/23/2017”

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/14/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 14, 2017

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/14/2017, #12

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:15 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  Happy Valentine’s Day.  I can sense the love in the room.  (Laughter.)

First off, last night, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control — OFAC — labeled the Venezuelan Vice President as a specially designated narcotics trafficker under the Kingpin Act.

Before I continue with the briefing and look forward to your questions, I want to turn it over for a short time to newly minted Secretary of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, to issue a brief statement on this and deliver a few questions.

Secretary Mnuchin.

SECRETARY MNUCHIN:  Pleasure to be here on my first busy day in office.  Yesterday, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control, known as OFAC, designated Venezuelan national Tareck El Aissami as a specially designated narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking.  El Aissami’s primary frontman, Venezuelan national Samark Lopez Bellow was also designated. Continue reading “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/14/2017”

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 08, 2017

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/8/2017, #10

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:48 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Just a few minutes ago, as many of you had seen, we had another example of the real-world results that the Trump administration is getting in its pro-jobs agenda.  Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that his company is opening a high-tech manufacturing facility in Arizona that will create roughly 10,000 jobs between the factory itself and its supply chain, which is the latest wave in economic optimism that’s sweeping the country following the President’s victory.

In his inaugural address, the President laid out an ambitious vision to create 25 million jobs over the next decade.  From the beginning of his campaign, bringing jobs back to our struggling community has been one of the parts of the President’s message that most resonated with the American people.  Having hired tens of thousands of people himself, the President is keenly aware of what prevents businesses from being successful and creating jobs in the current economy. Continue reading “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer”

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/7/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 07, 2017

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/7/2017, #9

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:42 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon.  Just before I came up, I wanted to let you all know that we’re monitoring the severe weather that’s going through Louisiana at this time.  The President is aware of the situation and is going to be reaching out to local and state officials throughout the day.

Also, yesterday evening, the President concurred with the FEMA Administrator’s recommendation to approve Governor Bryant’s request to add public assistance to the previously issued major disaster declaration in Mississippi.  Per the Governor’s request, public assistance will be added for three counties — Forrest, Lamar, and Perry.

Yesterday, the President had an amazing day at MacDill Air Force Base, where he met with leaders of both Special Operations Command and Central Command, and then had lunch with enlisted servicemembers thanking them for their service and hearing the ideas that were on their mind. Continue reading “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/7/2017”

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer en route JBA, 2/6/2016

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 06, 2017

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer en route JBA, 2/6/2016
Aboard Air Force One En Route Joint Base Andrews

4:01 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  Hi guys, how are you?  Hope you had a great day.  I want to start off by congratulating the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.  It was a great day for football last night.  And the President looks forward to welcoming the New England Patriots to the White House later this year.

As you know, during the weekend, the President spoke to four world leaders.  On Saturday, he spoke with Italian Prime Minister Gentiloni, during which they discussed strengthening cooperation around a large range of shared interests.  The President also agreed to attend the G7 meeting in May, where he looks forward to meeting with the Prime Minister on the sidelines.

Also on Saturday, the President spoke with Ukrainian President Poroshenko, addressing a variety of topics, including Ukraine’s long-running conflict with Russia.  They also discussed plans for an in-person meeting in the future. Continue reading “Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer en route JBA, 2/6/2016”

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/1/2017, #6

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 01, 2017

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/1/2017, #6

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:43 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Thanks for coming.

Last night, the President was honored to announce Judge Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to serve as the next justice to the Supreme Court.  It was an unbelievably phenomenal evening. Immediately after being announced, Judge Gorsuch was honored to meet with Maureen and Father Scalia.  As some of you have reported, his first call after coming back behind the podium was to Merrick Garland, who I would also note has already come out to say that Judge Gorsuch deserves a fair hearing.

In less than 24 hours, Judge Gorsuch has already received widespread praise from across the political spectrum as an inspired choice, with sterling academic credentials, a brilliant legal mind, and a steadfast commitment to constitutional principles.

During his long career in public service, Judge Gorsuch has enjoyed bipartisan approval, having previously been confirmed by a voice vote to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In fact, 12 current Democratic senators — including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Leahy — were all in office when he was first confirmed without opposition in 2006.  Continue reading “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/1/2017, #6”

Statement by Press Secretary Sean Spicer

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
January 31, 2017

Statement by Press Secretary Sean Spicer

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

1:09 P.M. EST

Good afternoon.  I know you’re all looking forward to what promises to be a historic night for the nation and for this President.  The President is very excited to make his announcement of the next Associate Justice to the Supreme Court later this evening.

According to some polls — and you know we love polls around here — for 70 percent of the voters, the President’s choice for Supreme Court was an important factor in their choice at the ballot box in November.  For more than one in five, it was the most important factor.  Tonight, he will formally present his nominee to the American people, and I can assure you that this individual will make those voters and every American very, very proud. Continue reading “Statement by Press Secretary Sean Spicer”