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 Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander, 2/28/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 28, 2017

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander, 2/28/2017

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

3:07 P.M. EST

MS. SANDERS:  Good Afternoon.  Sorry for the delay.  Obviously, I never want to step on anything the President is doing, so I wanted to wait until he finished.  The President has obviously got a full day and night planned, so I’m going to try to keep this short so that you guys can get focused on his speech coming up later.

First off, and I know Sean briefly spoke about this yesterday — and, by the way, just for clarification, he is not here, clearly, because he is up on the Hill briefing House and Senate communicators about the speech and previewing that for them right now.  But Sean mentioned this yesterday, and I’m sure that it stuck with me, but the story has developed further.  I wanted to address the tragic shooting in Kansas.  The President is keeping the family of the victim, who was senselessly, killed in his thoughts, and we’re praying for the full and speedy recovery of those who were wounded. Continue reading “Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander, 2/28/2017”

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, 2/22/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 22, 2017

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/22/2017, #14

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

12:55 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon, everyone.  I wanted to wait until the President finished up with his remarks on the budget before I came out.  As you saw, he’s — a really good opportunity to sit down with his team.  It’s clearly been a busy day here at the White House again, so I’m going to kind of keep it quick and get to your questions.

This morning, after receiving his daily intelligence briefing, the President met with Secretary of State Tillerson.  As you all know, Secretary Tillerson and Secretary Kelly will travel to Mexico City later today as one of their first foreign trips.  It’s significant that the President is sending the secretaries to Mexico so early in the administration.

It’s symbolic of the meaningful relationship that our two nations have.  These are important meetings regarding the President’s agenda to improve the quality of lives for people of Mexico and the United States by combatting drug traffickers and finding ways to bolster both our economies through a broader relationship that promotes commerce and legal immigration.  This is a very encouraging start to a working relationship with an incredible neighbor to the south. Continue reading “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/22/2017”

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 2-17-17

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 17, 2017

Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders En Route West Palm Beach, Florida
Aboard Air Force One
En Route West Palm Beach, Florida

3:16 P.M. EST

MS. SANDERS:  I’ll read a little bit, give you guys a quick update.  Clearly, I’m not Sean, but hopefully you guys will treat me just as nicely as you do him every week.

First, I’d like to say the President was pleased to see that the EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, was confirmed by the Senate today.  Administrator Pruitt will be essential in the President’s plan to restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and water clean and safe.  In this administration, the EPA will no longer spend unnecessary taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control, anti-energy agenda.  The President is glad to finally have him officially onboard.

As you know, we just came from Boeing, where the President talked jobs with company executives and celebrated the rollout of the amazing 787-10 Dreamliner.  That airplane is an incredible example of what American ingenuity and initiative can create.  President Trump is committed to unleashing U.S. businesses so that we can create, imagine, inventive — and building in this country again. Continue reading “Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, 2-17-17”

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, 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 Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/3/2017

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
February 03, 2017

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/3/2017, #8

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room

12:37 P.M. EST

MR. SPICER:  Good afternoon, everyone.  Happy Friday.  It’s another busy day here at the White House and across the Trump administration.

The first jobs report under the President’s administration was released this morning.  It’s National Wear Red Day, highlighting the importance of preventing heart disease.  It’s National Catholic Schools Week.  And the President is going to be signing some executive orders, delivering some much-needed regulatory relief to lenders and borrowers in the next few minutes.

We’re finishing up the second week here really strong.  Yesterday, another great deal was reached with Lockheed Martin for the purchase of a new lot of F35s.  Through the President’s intervention, a total of 90 planes — for a lot of 90 planes; 55 were purchased for U.S. military that added up to a total of $455 million savings for U.S. taxpayers from the previous lot, with an average cost reduction of 7.5 percent, another big win that the President has delivered on for U.S. taxpayers. Continue reading “Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 2/3/2017”