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  Sean Spicer Says President Asked for Michael Flynn to Resign Over Eroded...  CSPAN  February 14, 2017 1:15pm-2:03pm EST

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[inaudible conversations] >> goodies -- good afternoon. happy valentine's day. i can send the love in the room.
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first off, last night the treasury department's office of foreign asset control labeled the venezuelan vice president as a specially designated or aquatics trafficker under the kingpin act. before i continue at the briefing and look forward to your questions i want to turn it over for a short time to newly minted secretary, stephen mnuchin to issue a brief statement delivered a few questions. secretary mnuchin. >> pleasure to be here on my first busy day in office. yesterday, the department of, the department of treasury's office of foreign asset control, known as opec demonstrated penicillin l. islami as a specially designated narcotics trafficker pursuant to the foreign narcotics kingpin designation act for playing a significant role in international narcotics trafficking. the primary front man, venezuelan national some are
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lopez costello was also designated. these designations following multiyear investigation into criminal activities and president trump appreciates the hard work put into this case by the department of treasury, department of state as well as the national security council and many people throughout law enforcement. following the signing of the executive order last week, and to break the back of criminal drug cartels committee action demonstrates the president's seriousness about fighting the scorch of drugs in the united states. in addition, he wants to send a clear message to the people of venezuela that america stands with them. and with that, i'm happy to take two or three questions specifically about this. >> secretary mnuchin, sanctions are directly relative. can you tell us about plans to
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sanction russia double keep up on the air tanks against russia? >> our current sanctions program are in place and out of the are an important tool that we will continue to look out for various different countries. it's a very important program within the treasury department. >> the listing policies are in place. >> can you tell us whether you think the bottom line will be at good teacher sanctions announced yesterday to the venezuelan vice president? >> first of all, let me comment again, this has the result of a very long after -- yes, this is underway. this is a very long after. the implication is quite significant. we expect there'll be tens of millions of dollars and began the sanctions are very important way of sending a message that we will not stand for this activity is whether they are drug trafficking or terrorism.
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>> including sanctions, what other tools are you looking? >> i can't comment on articles, let me reinforce sanctions are an important role within the department and will use them as superb react. [inaudible] >> in this case we did freeze assets of msn mentioned. tens of millions of dollars of asset and apple have a very big impact on us. i will take one more question, please. yes, in the back. >> during the campaign, the president has made comments about gina galan and what they're basically she was being too political and she should be ashamed of herself and the treasury department within the administration feel confident and to be a lotus and monetary policy going forward. >> limit his comment, and here again to talk about the venezuelan situation. let me say that there is a
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tradition of the secretary of treasury have ongoing meetings at the head of the federal reserve and i look forward to that now that i'm an office doing on a spending time with her. thank you very much, everybody. it's a pleasure to be here on my first day. >> all right. get back to the sign. we have been reviewing and i want to address the events of last night's first and foremost. we've been reviewing and evaluating this issue with respect to general flynn on a daily basis for a few weeks, trying to ascertain the truth. we got to appoint not based on a legal issue, but a trust issue with the level of trust between the president and general plan had eroded to the point where he felt they had to make a change. the president was concerned the general plan had misled the vice president and others. he was also concerned that a sensitive subject dealt with by the national security visors like china, north korea and the middle east and have an unwavering trust, the person in that position.
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the evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for general flynn's resignation. immediately after the department of justice notified the white house can't correct the situation. the white house counsel briefed the president and reviewed and determined that there is not a legal issue, but rather a trust issue. during the process, it's important to note the president and approved by the senate. when the president is by white house counsel, instinctively thought general flynn did not do anything wrong and the white house review cooperated that. it is not ordinary for an incoming national security adviser to speak with his counterpart about the issues of concern to them. as charles krauthammer said last
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night, perfectly reasonable for him to do so. the issue was the point of the relationship misleading the vice president and others were the possibility you forgotten critical details of the important conversation had created a critical mass in an unsustainable situation. after the president decided to ask for his resignation and he got it. the irony of the entire situation is the president has been incredibly tough on russia. he continues to raise the issue of crania which the previous administration allowed to be seized by russia. this ambassador to the united nations committee has said before the u.n. security council on our first date and strongly denounced the russian occupation of crania. as a master healy said at the time, and the dire situation in eastern ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of russian actions. president trump has made it clear that he expects the russian government to
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de-escalate violence in ukraine and at the same time he fully expects to them wants to be able to get on with russia, unlike previous administrations so we can solve many problems together facing the world such as the threat of isis and terrorism. the president is currently evaluating a group of very strong candidate consider to the national security adviser position permanently and is confident general collocate decorated veteran of the united states army until the person is ultimately chosen. before i get into the schedule today, quick recap of the last few days since we haven't had the honor is so much time together. the president has been keeping a close eye on the four built-in situation in california. we work closely with doug lamotte photo represents the first district where the dam is located in another state officials to help people impact. the situation is a textbook example of why we need to pursue a major infrastructure package
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in congress. dams, bridges, roads and all ports around the country have fallen into disrepair in order to prevent the next disaster both have an overhaul of our nation's crumbling infrastructure. we hope everyone remains safe as the evacuations continue and will be working alongside messina and appropriate government entity to make sure we do everything we can to attend this matter. the prime minister of japan from the first official meeting at their joint press conference the president and prime minister reaffirmed their determination. the u.s.-japan alliance and economic relationship. prime minister abe on friday to convey the united states unwavering support for japanese ally in the face of north korea's most recent missile launch.
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on sunday, the president met with not secretary treasury mnuchin and mr. steve wynn before returning to washington. yesterday the president had an incredibly productive set of meetings and discussions with prime minister trudeau of canada focusing on our shared commitment to close cooperation and addressing the challenges facing our two countries and the problems throughout the world. our country sherry profound economic interest with more than $2 billion in trade across their border every day. the president was pleased to launch the canada united states council for the advancement of women are jeopardizing business leaders are holding a roundtable discussion here at the white house. together with prime minister trudeau, his daughter ivanka, the president discussed unique challenges with an incredible successful business executive from both countries. a full list is available through the pool in addition to his meetings with prime minister of japan and canada they also have
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a phone call for the president of tunisia, peru, nigeria, colombia and south africa. available in all of those calls. following the prime minister's visit they met with chairman mcdaniel and cochairman mnuchin at the republican national committee. the ceremony for a major ricardo, one of its military aid. the midgrade officers one from each of the services provide direct support as commander-in-chief in the primary sensibilities to serve as an action officer and ceremonial aid. the ones in a tradition one of the president's military aid was promoted in the next higher grade the president contacts the promotion. the president's military aid recently promoted to lieutenant colonel in the promotion was the promotion was held in the oval office. the president spoke yesterday with scalia on the one-year anniversary of her husband's passing. president and mrs. scalia discussed her husband's legacy and how the president is making
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every active effort in nominating judge gorsuch who shares the love of the constitution to succeed on the bench. last night the president obviously hosted the swearing-in of secretary mnuchin in the oval office. secretary mnuchin is a world-class financier with decades of experience with financial and monetary matters that can be the ideal person to spearhead the president's plan to develop a dynamic booming economy that works for all americans. glad to officially have them on board. moving on the schedule today, the president and newly confirmed secretary of education how to parent teacher conference meeting with educators from public, private, charter and also this morning. the president opened the meeting by congratulating secretary betsy devos for toughness and stay the course throughout her confirmation process. he discussed his vision for all americans have an opportunity to climb the ladder of success starting with making quality education available to every child matter their zip code. under the current system the
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president says two men are trapped in schools, especially the african-american community. the president told the group to begin addressing the problem should be used as a civil rights issue. he wants parents to decide what educational options are best for their children. the group launched into a wide range discussion including public and charter schools, homeschooling, dropout prevention and the base of school programs. the states responsibilities in the current current state of the u.s. department of education. the president's ultimate goal is to create safe communities, great schools and well-paying jobs. people use each of these goals is linked to the others in the trump administration is taking concrete steps to achieve the mall. the president spoke on the phone earlier today with prime minister may at united kingdom continuing the production of a recession this year. the readout should be coming soon. the president had lunch at the new jersey chris christie and his wife regarding combating drug use. at 2:00 the president will sign house joint resolution 41 and the oval office that the resolution as a starter for one
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starter for of obama arab regulations which have cost american businesses consumers a staggering $890 billion. making our companies less competitive and even driving some of them out of business. the american free enterprise system is the greatest engine for economic prosperity of the world, but for too many to reach its maximum potential, we must remove barriers to product cavity that are holding back her great workers and businesses. misguided federal regulations such as the sec rule addressed by hjr 41 conflicts will cost on the american people and put our businesses, especially small business at a significant disadvantage. it's a priority for the trump administration to fix her broken regulatory system to enhance his american productivity and well-being without imposing unnecessary costs and burdens. sending a joint resolution is one more step towards achieving this goal. later this evening the president will meet with secretary kelley and attorney general sessions to continue discussions on potential options for addressing
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the clear national security threat we are facing in light of the recent supreme court ruling. tomorrow the president is pleased to be welcoming israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu to the white house. they will discuss ways to advance and strengthen the the special relationship between our countries and stability in the middle east. they will consult on a range of issues, regional issues including addressing the threats posed by iran and its proxies, the crisis in syria in countering isis and other terrorist groups. as the president has made clear, the administration will achieve comprehensive in agreement that will end the palestinian conflict. israelis and palestinians can live in peace and security. the way forward towards that goal will be discussed between the president and prime minister. but what a joint press conference tomorrow as well and further guidance will be coming on the time and location. but can have divided the president will travel to charleston, south carolina to attend the rollout of the first boeing 787 treat minor.
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this would give the president an opportunity to celebrate a milestone for thousands of workers at boeing. america's number one exporter of millions of workers in aerospace. the trip has been months in the making and we are thrilled to celebrate the rollout. with that, i would be glad to take some of your questions. jonathan karl. >> back in january, the president said nobody in his campaign had been in touch with the russians. now today, can you still say definitively that nobody on the trump campaign, not even general flames had any contact with the russians before the election? >> my understanding is that general flynn has not expressed during the transition. -- we were very clear during the transition. he did speak with ambassador. >> i'm talking about during the campaign. >> is that they don't include they don't conclude that anything has changed with respect to time. >> what the president notified 17 days ago that flynn had misled the vice president and other officials here and he was a potential threat to blackmail by the russians, why would he be
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caps-on for almost three weeks? >> that assumes a lot of things that are not true. the president was informed of this. yes the white house counsel to review the situation. the first matter was whether there is a legal issue. we had to review whether there was a legal issue the white house counsel concluded there was not. this was an act of trust. whether or not he actually misled the vice president was the issue and that was ultimately led to the president asking for and accepting the resignation of general flynn. a matter of trust. we met through a very collaborative process, a very thorough review. the first part was clearly to understand the legal aspect of this and that was simply concluded. there was no legal aspect. what happened is the president evaluated the trust act. major. ..
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>> and his inquiry to the white house counsel is strict about the lookout was involved, not the propriety of the conversation between general flynn and the russian ambassador? >> initially just to -- spin about sanctions before the trump administration. >> just to be clear, the acting attorney general informed the white house counsel that they wanted to give quote a heads up to us on some comments that made seemed and conflict with what he had sent the vice president. the white house counsel informed the president immediately. the president asked him to conduct the review with those legal situation. that was determined there wasn't. that was what the president believed at the time from what he'd been told and he was proved to be correct.
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the issue appearance of looking down to a matter of trust. as the present concluded he no longer have the trust of his national security advisor over -- spin with the incoming national securitnational securit part of the administration. discussing an issue as sensitive as -- >> his job is to discuss issues with his counterparts. charles krauthammer put a perfect last night. that is what he supposed be doing. that's his job. we would constantly read out throughout the transition who he was speaking to, how he was getting ready. the president was receiving congratulatory calls from around the world. that job of the incoming nsa is to sit down with the counterparts and start the dialogue and that's exactly what he did. so the question wasn't did he do anything improper or illegal it's a question of could he be trusted further, at a trust or the erosion of the trust was frankly the issue. so -- >> did the president instructed to talk about sanctions? >> absolutely not. no, no, no.
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that's never -- [inaudible] speed i think the president had no problem with the fact that he acted in accord with what his job was supposed to be doing. he had the ability to talk about issues that were important, whether that or the 30 of the countries he spoke to, that was part of his job as has been noted by many people. that's what the national security advisor and, frankly, other positions do. they begin the process of preparing their incoming job by talking to counterparts, people who previously held the job. it did not done that it would be questions as to whether i he was properly prepared on day one. [inaudible] spilled the issue isn't whether not widely discussed. there has been a complete legal review of that and there's no issue with that. the issue is whether or not he failed to properly inform the vice president not be honest with him or not remember it. that's the point of simple issue. when he lost trust with the president is when the president asked for and received his resignation. >> yesterday kellyanne conway
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said the president continues to have trust in general flynn. what happened between yesterday morning and yesterday evening that led the president to lose confidence in general plan? >> i'm not going to get into the specifics of what the president was thinking but i will just say that there was an involving any routing process. at the end of the day the president made a decision as he does on all subjects, and asked for and received a nice as could advisors, but he is one of those people that we know to before when users to make a decision he makes it whether it's hiring somebody or asking for someone to resignation. once he is determined that is made a decision on any subject that's when informs his staff. going into that it was an evolving situation. he made a determination late in the day and execute on it. >> general flynn, was it a difficult decision for the president to let general flynn go? >> sure. general flynn as a dedicated public servant. he had at the dia. he's been an outstanding member of the army, both as an officer
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and then as a flag officer. he served his country admirably, and i think the president appreciate his service to its mission, his commitment to his campaign and a service to his country so far. but at some point the decision came down on the whether or not that trust had eroded. the important matters as an agent that are before the president when his deal with issues of world matters come of all the issues, friends and allies, though, hotspot companies rely on a national security advisor to give them sage advice. i think at a certain point that guidance, that trust eroded and the president as he does all matters ultimately decides that when he is ready to make a decision to execute. alexis? >> did the president believe anything he discussed with the flynn during his transition -- [inaudible]
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that's question number one. >> as i made clear, there's nothing that the general did that was a violation of any sort. he was well within his duties to discuss issues of common concern between the two countries. i will say it again. what this came down to is a matter of trust. the president was glad he was after conducting his job preparing for his job, going back and forth with his counterparts throughout the world. much as the president had done with all these world leaders calling the president congratulating him looking to set up calls for him once he was inaugurated, similarly general flynn was beginning that process with his counterparts. that was never of a concern to the president. from day one he was brief and white house counsel. the issue plain looking down to a matter of trust. once that occurred it was over. i'm sorry. >> the president does not believe any discussion that might have taken place and we
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know from intel it did, sanctions, creates a problem for the president in any way? that is not a problem that general flynn discuss sanctions with the russians? >> note, as i can't say it clearly enough. there was nothing in what general flynn did entrance of conducting himself that was an issue. what came down to plain and simple wasn't misleading the vice president and others and that have a firm grasp on his recollection of that. >> question number two. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle would like to investigate or prove or ask more questions about this. does the president hope to cooperate with those investigations? witty instruct members of the staff to work with him here and in the administration to cooperate with those investigations? >> we will comply with the law. i think the president feels very confident the review conducted by white house counsel was very thorough and concluded very conclusively as he at first come
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to instantly come to the conclusion that there was nothing wrong. people are free to do what they wish but i think that they will find exactly what the president first delete and what the white house counsel concluded and, frankly, a poppel, publications report there was no investigation or recent because there was not an issue of law. it was an issue of trust. george. >> when do you expect a replacement in place? secondly, on another topic, there was reported yesterday that one of your colleagues said the white house was keeping dossiers on reporters. can you say if that's true or not? >> that is absolutely not true. there are no dossiers being kept. it's i in the binder right here. that's a joke. hold on, the first part? >> timetable on a replacement. >> just like the way he handled the situation, the president will need with individuals and when is ready to make a decision
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and he feels that the person is qualified and can probably advise magicians who make the decision but that is all decisions rest within. i'm just going to go to my first -- john out of las vegas. >> thank you so much. we have of our viewers in southern nevada for the opportunity to join you today. as you know, las vegas has suffered terribly and the last few sessions and more so perhaps the any other city in the country. as the administration was formed with repealing the natural regulation or possibly going back dot frank what guarantees can you make the nevadans that those actions will not lead banks and investment makes to reengage with the risky financial behaviors that take our economy the last time and leave taxpayers on the hook? >> thanksthanks, john. one of the things if you look at the intent of dodd frank it was to make sure we didn't have institutions that were too big to fail. frankly it is created institutions that are now too big to fail.
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dodd frank actually did exactly the opposite of what it intended to do. i think when you look at the regulation, hjr 41, the present site today, this is an example of the president taking decisive action to roll back regular that are creating more of a burden on our nation banks and business than hoping that i think the president is going to be very clear with making sure we do things that build up the goal of what dodd frank actually intend to do. but right now it actually put taxpayers were on the hook that we let them all. we have created more institution and created more guarantees for the federal government to bail out some of these institutions, if they exceed their authority. john roberts. >> let me go back, use of the white house counsels office reviewed this and determined there was nothing illegal. what evidence do they look at a making this determination? secondly, democrats on the hill say they want an investigation.
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they are looking into what did the president know and when did he know it. can you tell us what evidence what did the president know about all of this and when was he aware of it? >> as i mentioned the first of the department of justice made white house counsel available, or sought to notify white house counsel is january 26. the price it was immediately informed of the situation. as i said based on information that would provide at the time, his view was that this was not a violation. he was proved instinctively correct. and white house counsel at the time undertook an extensive review. both materials and questioning -- i'm not going to get into this. i will take multiple occasions they had an exhaustive and extensive questioning of general flynn on several occasions based on information that was provided to them or materials that were provided to them to review. i'm not going to get into the details of that but i will just say there was an exhaustive review.
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the thing that's important to note is the vice president, myself, thank the first time i brought this issue up was january 13. the department of justice didn't notify the white house or the white house counsel at the time into transition phase until 13 days later. i think it's important to understand something very, very important. this idea why did it take so long, the furthest for squash would be where was the department of justice in this? they were aware of this but we will make a statement space of what general flynn was telling us started on january 13. the vice president went out on the 15th. they did notify the white house counsel until january 26. at the time there was an immediate, the president was immediately informed of that, and then asked the white as counsel to conduct a very, very thorough review. the first part of that review was focused on whether or not there was any legal issue. that's it. once that became the issue then there was a shift interface to which is whether or not there was trust still maintained.
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that issue, then it became a separate set of issues that were -- >> speaking to the actual evidence. the fbi has transcripts of these intercepts that i say were done by the nsc. the fisa court ordered. was the any key medication between the white house counsels office and the fbi that those transcripts -- >> i will say obviously there was medication between the widget and the white house counsels office. i'm not going to get into that specific nature. it would be inappropriate because of the nature of information that was being discussed. >> why not dismiss the jet on gender 27th? why, if the question was a trust and immediately january 15, he's on face the nation saying vice president is on face the nation saying this is what general flynn told me. january 26 you hear the opposite why not immediately, why wait another two and half weeks? >> i don't understand how that is a due process. the attorney general didn't come in, the acting attorney general
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camino say there was an issue. he said we want to give you heads up that there may be information, okay? you could not confirm that was an investigation. it would be unbelievably shortsighted and wrong to go in and dismiss someone immediately. in fact what the president did was take decisive action to make sure the white house counsel thoroughly reviewed and vetted the situation. he took immediate decisive action pic if you look at the time like the terms of what he did and now that expanded, the white house counsels first and foremost goal was to make sure there was not a legal issue at hand. once that was concluded that it became a face and determining whether or not the generals action on this and a whole host of other issues undermined his trust in the president. but the president from day one from minute one was unbelievably decisive in asking for and the many vets white house counsel and their team review the situation. for some almost to question what is a legal issue and what they determine, not immediately but within several days, was after
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review that there was not a legal issue and then it moved into a second phase. mark, mark. spirit that president tweeted this morning the real story is leaks. >> it is leaks. understand that all of this information was leaked. i mean, again, i know we've got this via lecturing to you about what the story should be but i think there's a real story here. the idea that not just in this administration but the obama administration going back to the bush administration. we have an issue or classified information of which this would be a sailor in such a way that it is been given out. i know in some cases it's a good story and i understand that and that's to some degree your responsibility to write that. i think there's also a story and amount of leaks coming out that people are entrusted with national security secrets in classified information are leaking it out. that's a real concern for this president. that when he is talking on the phone with a world leader, that when he is making key decisions
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that are in the interest of protecting this country that we have to wonder whether or not people who work for our government, who are entrusted with classified information in decisional base material are leaking that information out. that i do believe is a big story that should be reported. i also believe the president is rightly so very, very concerned about this because it's not just something that is plaguing the current situation but it goes back to the obama administration, the bush administration, the clinton administration. when we have government employees interested with this and then leaking out, that undermines our national security frankly. craig. >> i know you just forgot. i just want, the question but i want you to clarify something you just said to john. are you saying that no one has read the transcripts are you just don't want to tell -- >> i said i'm not going to comment. >> questions about sanctions. you were specific in talking sanctions against crimea.
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the sanctions that flynn was discussing with the sanctions for the election i keep it that something the president could remove on his own if you wanted to. ac committed to keeping -- >> secretary mnuchin commented on that. there is no change in her current sanctions strategy or with russia. i've got nothing for you on that. trade. >> the story is leaks. what is the president willing to do to investigate whether to determine where these leaks came from? >> the same when you negotiate. telling people what we will do to cover additional leaks wouldn't be a very sound strategy when it comes to making sure that doesn't happen again. the president is very clear where the he's negotiate a deal with an issue like this, you don't telegraph how you're going to handle it. >> hold on. trey gets a follow-up. anyone else got one. >> he is going to take some sort of steps to investigate these leaks? >> the president as i said is upset about this. he understands the threat they pose to our national security and is going to make sure he will take action to make sure
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that that stops. >> you mentioned time and time again that this is an issue of trust that you also said that it was an evolving issue and that the issue, the trust the president had our flynn came down to this deception that happened with vice president, also a host of whole other issues. what were the other issues, and was the vice president the only person that was misled by flynn? were others misled? >> i think as to before you before and explain what jennifer lynn conveyed to me and there were others who express that you as well. so that's why its others because it wasn't just people who went out and make public pronouncements in a series of questioning that was rather exhaustive overlong prototype. he continued to maintain that that had not occurred. that's where the president continued to and that's why the president was very clear that it was any routing issue. because it wasn't, it was after
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a series of issues in a series of statements and pronouncements that the president came to the conclusion. >> were there other issues outside of this call that led to the mistrust? >> i think the statement is very clear that this and this is a vicious. with that money go to jason stevens in ashland ohio. >> caller: thank you. what other readers of the federalist papers project are most interested in is returning the country to the first principles of republican government, a, as understood bye american founders. one of those principles in the declaration of independence is the consent of the government. so my question is this -- what are the presidents future plans for rolling back the expensive and burdensome regulations of the administrative state, most of which are the product of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats who never receive the consent of the government to do anything, let alone make law?
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>> as i mentioned today the president and just as humans is going to be signed hjr 41 which is one of those attempts to roll back some onerous thought frank regulation. he will continue, last week we rolled out another one of those executive orders that ensures that for every new regulation two must be getting rid of. presidents can eventually backed regulation of the overage of government i think his unwavering and unquestionable. you will continue to see this president on to allow that government overreach. jim. >> quick question. you said earlier the president has been incredibly tough on russia. how is that possible? he makes, after comet over the course of the campaign, the transition we defended vladimir putin. he had an interview with bill o'reilly when he was asked vladimir putin is a killer vikki said, america hasn't done that much better. to me it seemed at a lot, this
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president has not been tough on russia. how can you say that? >> i just walked through it. there's a difference between the president wanting to have an understanding of how a good relationship with russia can help us defeat isis and terrorism throughout the world. look, the obama administration try to reset with russia. they fail. they tried to kill russia not to invade crimea. they failed. this president understands it's in america's national and economic interest to have a healthy relationship. if he has a great relationship with putin and russia, great. if he doesn't, it will continue on. he will not just assume because it wasn't able to happen in the past. i think you've seen with reimers abi in particular and others the reset -- prime minister abe, prime minister netanyahu talks about tomorrow, so many of these countries run the globe are looking for to resetting the relationship that this country has with them. that they feel as though they were abandoned over the last eight years and that they're excited about the prospect of aa new u.s. relationship under a trump administration.
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but with respect to rush i think the comments ambassador haley made at the u.n. were extremely forceful and very clear that until -- she speaks for the present. i speak for the president. all of us in this administration how all of the action and all the words in this administration are on behalf of and at the direction of this president. i don't think we can begin them are clear on the present commitment. stick a quick follow-up. the other question is, just getting back to what was asked a few months ago about trust and being misled. are you saying that a national security advisor was intentionally misleading the president and vice president come yourself when you made these comments? >> look, the trust is given by the president. president. it's a relationship between he and any individual. as i mentioned in the comments maybe it was, i don't know it was intentional.
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he may have just forgotten but at some point trust isn't just -- [inaudible] >> that's the point, at some point that trust eroded to a point with the president did not feel comfortable with inserting in deposition and asked for and received his resignation. katie pavlik. >> last night and general plans resignation letter he said he immediately breached the vice president and others with incomplete information. considering his role in advising the president on national security matters, is the white house concerned that he may be briefed with complete information on other matters of national security in addition to the phone calls with russia? >> when you look at the team it's not one person in isolation. it's simple. you've got general kelly on homeland security front, general mattis on the duty front. he's got an entire national security staff and apparatus that briefed him, director pompeo at the cia and other sum
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the dni community briefed them on a whole bunch of issues because not a single position. [inaudible] >> yeah, regardless of what is the single situation. not as though there's one person breaking it. the president a lot of information both written a step that is bruce tomb and ultimate it is he who makes that decision based on what a lot of what he knows, what is presented with. so the president gets information from a lot of people, generals, admirals, people in the military committee, ambassadors, and exhausting at the national security council and then makes an ultimate decision based on that and what he already knows to be the case. >> you've been asked a couple of times about these transcripts and cold. while the white house declassify declassified and release them? >> look, it is inappropriate for me to comment on this at this time. right now the focus is on some of the evolving issues that we
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we're going around the globe as you know. [inaudible] >> let me add to the question. it is not an issue that is. the president right now is focused on replacing his national security advisor making sure his present with the best possible information to make key decisions. at this time we have got to be careful that we were not involving ourselves international security, and the review as i mentioned was done and then immediately last night the present felt it was time for decision. that's what we are in this iteration of the process. if we have anything further for you we will update you. palm beach, florida. >> caller: thank you so much for this opportunity. i am approximately six miles away from mar-a-lago right now, and the president met with the prime minister abi from japan at mar-a-lago this weekend and the sides getting us traffic is to give you nightmares, there that took place by telephone and with the prime minister that were in
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a relatively unsecured dining area. there's already video of of this surfacing. weatherby a gift put in place in his dining areas, the public places? and one less question, when he meets with prime minister netanyahu tomorrow will they be discussing moving the embassy and settlements? >> on the second when i'm not going to get hit of the prime ministers discussion with the president. we'll have a readout after that. there will be a press conference. there is a skip at mar-a-lago. just to be clear, the briefing, the president was briefed in a skip ahead of dinner. he went with his session security team. they briefed them on the situation with north korea. he had dinner, which was intended exclusively by u.s. and japanese delegation members. at that time apparently there was a photo taken which everyone jumped to difference conclusion about what i may not be discussed. there was some discussion about press with justice, where to host the event. after the dinner the president
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went back in to get a further update from his team. so i'm not really short people jump to conclusions that there is a skip there. it was utilized on two occasions that evening to give aid to the present by his national security team the situation in north korea and the present sensibly stood shoulder to shoulder with the japanese president to make sure our commitment to their security and stand against north korea was fully made aware. >> can you clarify because i got a little turned around? did a president trump president-elect trump at the time know of general plans discussion of the sanctions while he was an nsa designee? and if not when diviner about them? it so why was he okay with that? >> so no, he was not aware as he is not briefed on every conversation that is daschle significant has or other staffers. they were performing their duty as of the people were engines of getting up to speed conveying
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with counterparts and previous members of their team. that being said, when he was made aware of it once the white house council regional concerns the department of justice that. at that point as i mentioned when he asked him what he believed at the time and confirmed by white house counsel was there was a legal issue here, discussing the issue did not violate any think it was appropriate in the normal course of action to discuss that. he asked the white house counsel to further confirm what is in sticks were at the time. thank you, guys. have a great -- with that a bill signing. margaret gets a follow-up. >> -- any sort of effort cabinet lies or inside to make sure that everyone comes fortunate in each medication with the russians about sanctions or otherwise? >> there is no other information. as far as we are aware that was an isolated incident that occurred. and again the key point in this isn't that there were discussions.
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there was nothing wrong or inappropriate about those discussions. it purely condense a matter of trust. that's it. thank you, guys. happy valentine's day. [shouting] >> if you missed any of today's white house briefing you can see it in its entirety in the c-span video library. go to our website the u.s. senate remains in recess until 2:15 p.m. eastern about 15 minutes from now. they will return as a tent their weekly party meetings. earlier lawmakers disconfirm linda mcmahon to be the new administrator of the small business administration, then senators advanced resolution repealing mental health background checks for gun purchases. more debate on that expected this afternoon. tomorrow the senate will consider the nomination of michael mulvaney to be the new budget director. about also expected tomorrow and
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several more cabinet nominations are on the agenda for later this week. senate leaders may be holding briefings and if they do we will bring those to you prior to the return of the senate. right now will bring you discussion from this morning "washington journal" on the house republican said gender. >> host: join us to republicans to talk about the perspectives on policy and the agenda they hope to achieve in this congress. were joined by mark walker republican of north carolina, that your other republican study committee and also joined by mark meadows, the head of the freedom caucus, also a representative of north carolina. thanks for joining us. we hear these terms study committee. could you give a perspective of what it actually means to be part of this body answer with republican study committee, what does it mean? >> guest: thank you, pick up it is a pleasure to be with you today. in 1973 the republicans studyco committee was launched, a group, small caucus at the time to make