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WATCH LIVE: President Donald Trump's press secretary Sarah Sanders holds White House news briefing.
This morning, the Department of Justice and the federal Bureau of investigations, joint terrorism task force announced the arrest of an Ohio man for providing material support to Al Qaeda on Sunday the suspect explained to and understood undercover Fbi agent that he was planning to conduct an attack in Cleveland on independence day in the future terrorist attack in Philadelphia President trump commence the work of the and for helping stop this would be attacker to continue Ongoing and important work of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula Secretary pompeo will be leaving for North Korea on July fifth to meet with the North Korean leader. His team state Department will release more details about his upcoming trip. One item that some of you may have missed last Wednesday in the midst of a busy news day was the confirmation hearing for Secretary nominee Robert will be mister, has been twice confirmed by the Senate, most recently last fall by unanimous consent for his current position as under Secretary for personnel and readiness at the Department of defense during the Mister will be not only demonstrated that he has the leadership and experience to lead the. He also spoke in depth about how he shares the president's vision to put veterans first sinners isaacson and tester the Committee chairman and ranking member respectively have express their support the White House expect the Senate to move quickly to confirm Robert will be as the next Secretary upon its return and with that I will take your questions here, Sarah just call me before my husband, so that is, it's a tough battle yeah Ideas for the record, yeah, let the record show live instead of Fox and friends. I'm not gonna commit to that, but I will say I'll take a question. Yeah you gotta do to during the deal yeah. I think this is a big moment so I had to give it to the understood yeah now, if the President we tweet about it and it's just taking the dynamic alright, I digress during the campaign um the President said I am pro life and I will be appointing pro life judges is the President still committed to appointing pro life judges as the President said last week he's not gonna talk to judges about Specific cases, he's looking for individuals that have the right intellect, the right temperament and that will uphold the constitution. Senator susan collins says that she wants to nominee that will respect President and that roe versus Wade is settled law does the President agree that his way is settle ball again the President is not gonna get in to asking other the candidates about specific cases, but he's looking for somebody that meets those qualifications that I just outlaw. It important to get the major enroll versus wait go ahead matter Sarah is there it any concern. The President has based on over the weekend reports out of North Korea that it is either continuing on with this nuclear program to make the efforts to enhance it and anyway seeking to deceive this administration about it's denuclearization intention uh we're gonna confirm or deny any uh intelligence reports. What I can tell you is that we're continuing to make progress uh ambassador Kim had a meeting just yesterday with members of the North Korean delegation and Secretary pompeo, as I just mentioned, will be headed to North Korea later this week and we're gonna continue those conversations choosing to make progress Up in the public evaluate that progress, what's happened well. I think a number of things one uh in the last eight months. You haven't seen missile launches. You haven't seen Iran nuclear that you haven't seen the nuclear that designations um and again these conversations are continuing to evolve I'm not gonna get into the details, but I can tell you that progress continues to be made today and they're the fourth judicial candidates, President well, it wasn't me so So I can clear that up I know you were really curious about that. Um again the President is being very thoughtful about this process. Um he's looking for certain characteristics which we've outlined and beyond that, I can tell you he met with four people today othe meetings lasted roughly 45 minutes and he's gonna continue yes and he's gonna continue meetings through the rest of this week with the few other candidates that, yes, where can you comment on the report today that judges I have no environment for now the uk's again. I'm not gonna get into Iran anymore of the process. Other than what the President state in Matthew other person in last Thursday road on warehouse Republican should pass the strong with their immigration bill known as good. Laugh too, in their afternoon. Vote today, then, on Sunday, you wrote on twitter. I never push the Republicans in the House to look for the immigration bill either good. Last one or two. Why would the President live uh. He didn't the President has talked all along we've laid out the priorities in the principles that we support, that we wanted to see reflected in legislation that at the same time, the President wasn't aggressively, lobbying members Because he knew that Democrats in the Senate still we're unwilling to actually come to the table and focus on solutions rather than playing political games. We could have gotten it through the House, but that doesn't work. If we can't get it through the Senate and Democrats have made it abundantly clear that they don't actually wanna fix problems they just wanna talk about this all the way I guess for some reason they think this is a good issue for them, although it isn't um and frankly, I think it's outrageous that Democrats have not come to the table and tried to help fix this problem. Margaret um Here is the report that it's even kind of maybe on the table of the kind of baby that sound, solid chairman begin to uh New York around the UN and I just wanted to get on the record. Uh. If you can put that in context for us number one is that and play number two. It said it mean number of conditions that have to be met, but is that really something you would consider doing your. We don't have any announcements are plans to roll out at this point and so uh without getting into All of the for where the President said that to the five years looking out for the Supreme court, uh at least on for women, uh we're. Any of the people here I would say again I'm not gonna get into those details. Jon nice a lot of following up on that question um this is a very important consideration for the President getting a conservative woman um. If you have Supreme court again the President would like to see somebody who meets the qualifications that I've laid out um and that's what he is focused on here. I may, on trade, Canada responded to the steel and aluminum terrorist at the President has been post already on imported steel and aluminum what's the response from the White House for the President to that action by Canada. Uh we've been very nice to Canada for many years. Um and they've taken advantage of that. Uh particularly advantage of our farmers and at the seven the President actually propose that they get rid of all terrorists and drop all barriers and have uh really great trade and they refuse that and escalating Tariffs against the United States does nothing to help Canada and it only hurts American workers. The President is working to fix the broken system and he's gonna continue pushing for that. Jordan, thanks for uh the National security adviser, jumbled and appear to leave the door open to the us, recognizing the Russian annexation of crimea is upcoming meeting with great food and will you will out us through acknowledging that annexation or is that on the people uh, we do not recognize russia's attempt to annex crimea. We agreed to Disagree with rush on that front and our crimea sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Russia returns the peninsula to Ukraine. State apostle ability in the future of sorry I said would recognizing the station be on the table and Russia agrees to certain concession. I'm not gonna get into any negotiations at this point see, following up on North Korea of the President, have declared on that there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea and even putting aside these reports about the intelligence of material there's also commercial satellite imagery showing activity going on At these North Korean sites related to uranium processing as well as the missile uh facilities so does this administration believes that there is no longer a nuclear threat. Also. John bolton yesterday on face the nation so that the overwhelming bulk of the program could be dismantled within a year while experts are saying it could take 10 to 15 years so can we get a little bit of clarity on that again we're continuing to make progress. We had a good meeting yesterday uh and as I said, that the Secretary of state will be there later this week to continue those discussions I'm not gonna confirm or deny any of the intelligence reporting that's out there and as far as the one your timeline ambassador bolton, said, if North Korea makes the To denuclearizing their ballistics programs could be dismantled in a year there's great moment of them right now for positive change and we're moving together for further negotiations beyond that, I don't have anything for you. I'm party the President said that one of the topics up for discussion with President who would be elections and that we don't want election meddling does that mean the intends to raise the possibility of Russian interference in the midterm elections and doesn't have any proposals or anything specific. You would like to hear from President, including about that I'm not gonna get ahead of the president's conversations, but we'll keep you guys posted and updated as things develop till. I don't wanna have some first of the percent that means going into the new president-elect of Mexico. I'm do the President believes that lopez collection is one of the impact on after negotiations and real for change the terms uh. They had a very positive and constructive first call last about a half hour and they talked pretty extensively about trade and the willingness for both parties to come together to make a deal we're gonna continue focusing on making sure we got a good deal for the United States. I think I'm just the President worried at first Comments this morning that Michael cohen is going to flip and, if you considered at all paying Michael cohen legal fees as you know, I'm not gonna answer your questions on this topic and would refer you the president's outside counsel. Like you, picking back up on trade uh the has responded with retaliatory terrorist Canada did so over the weekend as well. Mexico has done so as well. China has put their terrace on as well as some of them and some are expected to come 34 billion dollars worth in the next few days is the United States winning this Battle and if so, how again, the President is focused not on the short term, but in the long term and he wants to make sure that we're doing things that help protect American workers and protect American industry and he is gonna keep pushing to make sure that we have good trade deals. We have been in trade deficits with uh oh, nearly every country across the globe for years in the President wants to ensure that doesn't continue term because if there's, for the folks who were actually impacted by this and they just hear what we're in it for the long Long term is the long-term weeks months, years. How long is the long term, but we're not setting timetable and there are alot of different ago. She need negotiations going on um we've made progress on a number of fronts and the President again is committed to making sure we have good deals. Iran he'd be happy to get rid of all tariffs and all barriers so if there's countries out there that wanna do that I'm sure you'll be happy to sit down and make that happen right now. Iran move this process forward. A whole lot quicker Valley on four 34 billion On Friday I don't have any changes right now to qualifications, just quickly here in two different topics, number one with the President, like to see roe v Wade overturned ugh once again, I'm not gonna get into any specifics. Uh that we would be looking at justices' am saying this. He himself is just a matter of how he feels his own policy. Does he want to see rolled over again as this is ongoing. I'm not gonna way into anything specific on that front of this policy question. I'm not asking about the conversations and the passion I understand and I'm telling you why we're in the Middle of this process. I don't have an updated comment on that North Korea um just the President Still trust him because he believed his incredible negotiator again. We see progress and momentum in the process and we've had good conversations is uh recently as yesterday and we're gonna continue. Those conversations later this week and push forward Jeff Sarah the, President said today at the trees, United States very badly and if that doesn't change and he'll do something is he considering anything other than leaving the who and does he have a timetable for this uh as a Secretary Can and the President have said that um that is not accurate, that the us is leaving the to, but he certainly voice frustration and he's committed clear that he has uh concerns that there are a number of aspects that he don't doesn't believe. Her fair and China and other countries have used the to their own advantage and referred to focus on fixing the system. Iran that would include that okay today that the treatment of us doesn't change, that you'll do something. What was he referring to. I don't have a specific What he do right now he'd like to see the system get fixed and that's what he's focused on doing the President feel that senator John Mccain should resize the governor can pick a new senator who will then vote on his Supreme court. Nominee I've been asked about that specifically more question um. This is such a pivotal choice for the President it's going to affect his legacy for decades to come. Why is the White House moving this so quickly when he announces on Monday that will be just a little over two weeks. I think, since Kennedy announce his retiring the President put out his list Nearly two years ago of what those individuals would look like and has continued, he made updates to the list just last year and these are all individuals that have been looked at and considered Iran not just for the last week but for the last two years and something that the President has been very thoughtful in and it's gonna make the right decision when that moment comes Monday, you should think you just to follow-up on questions that Jeff so what exactly does the President want to see from the what actions as he expect the mistake uh The President would like to see just an overall, more fair trading system and we're gonna be continuing negotiations with individual countries as well as Iran organizations and we'll keep you posted on any details. Francesca. Thank you, Sarah two questions. One domestic as I have one for an upon Michael can you at least tell us whether the President of watch the interview this morning and potentially how he feels about the idea that his former attorney said that he would put his wife assign his family and his country first but not the President uh once again. I'm not gonna way into this issue in our free the president's outside counsel other question In response to join us, you may very clear that sanctions for Russia as it pertains to crimea or not on the table, doing it is meeting with Vladimir Putin. But what can you tell us about election meddling. Are sanctions for the election meddling on the table. This discussion again I'm not gonna get ahead of the president's meeting, but we'll keep you posted as it takes place. John thank questions. Please. One foreign and one domestic and we can start a new trend, but we can go If you told us that the President intended to call President during one of turkey's um following his reelection for his election as President and we never got to read out on that call or whether or not he congratulated him would you lucid eight on the call that he made the President always have one of the singers in their job. Iran. I know that they spoke last week I'll get back to you with details of the call read out Iran, all chicken to and get back to you with details of the call the other question I had was regarding the president's position on Wade in the third debate, Secretary Clinton, the opening question was about this very subject and he did say the Supreme court will overturn roe v Wade and the issue of abortion will be returned to the States. Is that still his position now other the President is pro life, but in terms of the process of selecting a Supreme court nominee as the President said last week he's not gonna discuss specific cases with those nominees Um this is kind of a he said that a lot of negotiations are taking place right now is there any reason to assume or to see that there have been progress with the Chinese before the deadline to implement terrorist. This week. We're continuing those negotiations. I don't have any first thing further at this point for you so you think Sarah now that would let one and glad to we're both dead in the House is the President open to any stand alone bill, which would stop family separation at the border permanently and reform the asylum process which is led by gop senators and some members in the House. We have to see the specific legislation. Iran before we wait in directly but certainly would be open to legislation that fix the broken system if Democrats would actually show up to do their jobs And participate in solutions. We would be happy to discuss those and again support things that help fix the broken system and what is current us policy at the border is its zero tolerance or is it catch and release othe the president's executive order has bought some time for Congress, but the clock is ticking and Congress needs to act to fix this process because we're running out of time on what we have the ability to do, particularly with the district court, that weight in Iran, just last week, even the best traders. second Chamber of Commerce, which are generally works very well with Republican presidents, uh launch the campaign today to oppose the president's terrorist agenda. They're saying that the administration is threatening to undermine the economic progress at work. So hard to achieve. What is the President making backwards again. The President is focus on helping protect American workers and American industries and to create a fair playing field that's. What he wants to do that's what he's hoping to achieve them with confidence that he will right here at the former Prime Minister of Canada is anything so can you tell us what Stephen Harper zero four k Come on you know you are most welcome at any Indian. After across the USA facility, especially if they say. Thank you, cristian is coupon question one Brazilian is going to history by the vision and be a because one point two billion Indians are breaking for them because I already families in here I'll keep you posted. I don't think we have a trip planned, but once we do we'll, certainly make the announcement will take one last question right. There oh sorry, I put illegal immigration is concerned. People who came here legally That people who are living here legally down reading at least 15 years to the car and if different continues like almost 500 talking in concert back down it will take about 78 percent directly so anybody controversy as cleaning this very moment for the illegal immigrants who are uh going across the us, never certain and asking the youth of presidents would have certainly the presidents talked many times about fixing othe the overall system, both illegal and legal immigration uh. We wanna certainly address illegal immigration. Iran securing our borders and protecting American communities. Iran, however, at the Same time there is a process that people should follow and we, wanna look for ways to fix that process as well and expedite that come back here for the last question. Uh just continue on immigration. Vice President, pence was just in Central America telling the leaders that they need to do more to control immigration. President throughout trump has threatened to cut foreign aid to Central American Nations. If they don't do more to address the outflow of immigrants can you tell me what specific steps the White House is taking to carry out this threat has there been a Meetings with USA I did state Department to outline what could be cut uh. We frankly, we'd like to see that not happen because we'd like to see them step up and do more to stop illegal immigration into the United States. We'd like their help and their participation in making that happen. Thank you so much. You guys have a great day see you administration doing to ensure the two thousand children were brought back and for their parents Sarah

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