tv White House Briefing CSPAN January 6, 2017 9:47pm-11:04pm EST
>> winner system that governance, when your state disappear source radically unformulated that often leads to a state of chaos and for ordinary people especially people who don't have a lot of money, people who are in -- areas that can lead to a really unbelievable amount of stress in their own lives. five people were killed today in the shooting at fort lauderdale hollywood international airport in florida. while details are still developing a witness told nbc news that the suspected gunman appeared to be shooting randomly
into a crowd in the lower floor of terminal two is panicked travelers to cover behind chairs. he only stopped when his bullets ran out. the news broke this afternoon during a white house daily press briefing. we will show you that in its entirety. c all right, happy friday everybody. nice to see you all. before we get started as you might judge from the monitors behind me we have got a couple of things that want to do at the top before we get started. as all of you saw this morning today the final monthly jobs report at the obama administration was released and i want to go over a couple of the highlights here. like many of you i've spent the first friday morning of each month at the last eight years anticipating the monthly jobs data and beginning in the administration's earliest days of his presidency that day that was in the minds of many people downright terrifying.
our economy was losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month in an employment rate was climbing sharply. eight years later driven by the policies that mr. should put in place and there they were so into the american workforce the data looks way different in the numbers tell a very different story about the health of our economy. in december the u.s. economy added 156,000 jobs extending the longest streak of total job growth in our nations history. u.s. businesses have now added 15.8 million jobs over the course of the economic recovery. wages are continuing to rise in the employment rate continues to be less than half of what it was during the peak of the recession over the eight years that president obama has been in office you all have helped us to extraordinarily high hand standards when it comes to the economic recovery and we are proud of the progress that america has made. the progress shows the policy matters. without the policies of president fox or would not be possible. so i recount the facts today
because technology and how far we have come as a country is an important part of understanding what's needed to create and generate higher wages for all americans who are willing to work for them. the president-elect of course has promised a different approach. his approach includes rolling back regulations that protected middle-class families from having to foot the bill for wall street's risky behavior. his approach includes leveling high tariffs on foreign goods that drive up costs for consumers in the united states and put at risk higher paying u.s. jobs that are tied to exports. and of course he's also vowed to repeal the affordable care act which would add trillions to the deficit. as you evaluate the impact of the present lax policies over the coming years here are some metrics that should be used to evaluate the approach that we have taken and compare it to the approach that's been pursued by the other side.
since job growth turned positive in october of 2012, the u.s. economy has added jobs for 75 straight months. this is as i referred to earlier the longest streak of job growth on record and it's actually more than two years longer than the previous record. so this is quite a streak and we will see if it continues. in 2016, hourly wages increased 2.9%. that's the fastest 12 month pace since the start of the recovery. real hourly wages have grown faster over the current business cycle than in any business cycle since the early 1970s. wages are obviously a metric that this is watched closely and we are pleased to see that wage growth is accelerating and has accelerated over the presents tenure in office. a third metric, the unemployment
rate has been cut by more than half since its peak of 10% in 2009, 24.7% in december of this year. as recently as 2014, just a couple of years ago many economists expected the employment rate to remain above 5% until at least 2020. so we have repeatedly beaten the predictions about driving down the unemployment rate. fourth, since 2010 the united states has put more people back to work at all the other g7 economies combined. that is a strong validation of the economic strategy that president obama pursued. it does stand in contrast to the economic strategy that was pursued by some of our closest allies but the results speak for themselves and that's why we regularly describe the u.s. economy is the envy of the world. finally and i don't have a chart for this, we can also cite a metric that we know is one that
is certainly closely watched by the incoming president's economic team. that's the stock arcade. and the s&p has more than tripled since the lows that it reached in march of 2009 within president obama's first couple of months in office. so we have certainly set a high bar, var that we are proud of and it's one that the incoming administration will be challenged to meet. one other piece of news i want to share briefly this morning before we get started is today's the last day for pete bogard in the white house press office. pete has served in the white house for a little over a year now and is served with distinction but notably pete spent a lot of time working in other critically important agencies at the obama administration including the department of homeland security. he is somebody less time and again showed a lot of cool under fire. those of you who have worked closely with pete understand we
were reminiscing before their briefing he has had challenging issues to discuss in this portfolio everything certainly from questions about immigration policy which includes a wide bucket of issues both that are related to homeland security and national security but also issues like zika. we are obviously proud of pete service. he has shown himself to be a dedicated professional. wherever he ends up next is going to be a place that's extraordinarily lucky to have him. so thank you for your service. with that josh do want to get started with the questions? >> thank you josh and thank you pete for your help and hard work over the last several years. when we met here yesterday the president was still being briefed on the russia hacking report. now that has concluded is there anything you can tell us about his impression of better what he might have learned that moved the ball from what he had previously known about the extent of russian hacking or any preview they can give us of the
unclassified version that speaker pelosi or minority leader pelosi says will be coming out this afternoon? >> josh i don't have a specific presidential reaction to share with you about the report. as leaders of the intelligence community testified yesterday, they are even more certain now of the assessment that they released back in october about the role that russia played in destabilizing the u.s. elections and trying to cast doubt on the durability of our political system. i am aware that there are reports that this review will be released later today, but for the precise timing of that i would refer you to the intelligence community. i will tell you that i have not seen the report so when they have classified report is released i will be reading it along with all of you.
>> president-elect trump is saying that he's asking the house and senate intelligence panels to investigate nbc news for what he says was top-secret information shared to them prior to his briefing that's taking place as we speak. can you say whether or not that information put in that report was top-secret and whether it was leaked by the obama administration to a news outlet prior to president-elect trump receiving his briefing? >> josh what i can tell you is that i'm not in a position to confirm the information that was included in that report. i would refer you to the intelligence community for that. i certainly feel confident in saying that is not material that was leaked to the public by the white house but i would refer you to the intelligence community to speak to it beyond that. the other observation i have
though is i don't frequently respond to tweets from the president-elect but i certainly do read them and i did read two days ago that he was tweeting a steadfast defense of the integrity of the foreigner who runs the leading purveyor of the improper release of classified information retained by the united states government. two days later, two days after defending that person's integrity, the president-elect is now expressing some concern about the possible release of this classified information. the original tweet leads me to conclude that his concerns are about something other than protecting classified information. what those concerns are a something that i will let him articulate and presumably all of
you will have an opportunity to ask about them but given his track record certainly given some of the rhetoric that he used in praising wikileaks on the campaign trail i think it would call into question whether or not that's the actual source of concern that he is expressing today. >> just about now that you are ruling out that the white house leaked that information to nbc that you are not ruling out that another, that an agency that's part of the intelligence community or another federal agency might have done soap? >> i can't speak to the inner workings of the intelligence community particularly as it relates to the compiling of this special report. the intelligence community was charged by the president of the united states with compiling a report and as we have discussed at some length over the last couple of months here the men and women of united states intelligence community are patriots. these people have served our country. they have set aside their own personal political views to do the right thing for the country.
so the president has got enormous confidence in them and believes that he's been extraordinarily well served to them over the last eight years in providing to them timely accurate specific information that was not shaded to advance a political or ideological agenda but rather was oriented to providing him the best possible information city could make the best possible national security decisions. but for questions about how the intelligence community is handled this information you should talk to them. >> you have seen his comments about mexico in building the wall and i wanted to ask you about what you see in congress about using existing authority to authorize building the wall and new appropriations to pay for it until we get paid back. ..
enter the border was secure of course, that was coupled with the whole range of proposals in opportunity to get right with the law and require them to face accountability like background checks and other things but also brings the matter of the shadows that is good for the economy to strengthen social security
and reduce the deficit but the president-elect this has a different approach to did not pass because it doesn't have support but it was of become of the republican leadership's strategy to say no to everything that president obama was inclined to support even policies that they supported it was cynical but that was without political benefit. but it does go down the failure of the legislation even though it had majority support and it would have passed it does remain one of the most disappointing and frustrating episodes in this administration's relationship if congress.
>> the president-elect called the probe a witch hunt. what is the white house feeling on that quick. >> i saw the news report. i guess 70 to his team to characterize what that means but i can tell that the president and directed the intelligence community to learn as much as possible about the malicious cyberactivity we have seen in this country in the context of the 2016e election and the recent presidential election and the goal was not just to look at one country but to get to the bottom of what has recently occurred to
understand the trend that seems to be getting worse and develop a strategy to counter it to. and also hold accountable for those who worry gauged in those nefarious acts detailing our response. but that is the charge the intelligence community was supposed to fill in the president is pleased with the work they have done talk about sacrifice they worked through the holidays with this report a vindication to there committed to filth one negative for phil the directors of -- filled the directives of the president of the united states of a conscientious report that will be briefed to congress and the president-elect
today and the intelligence committee is prepared to follow through on the final direction to make as much of that report public as possible purpose you'll have to check in with them for that precise timing. >> does that white house think it is realistic quick. >> as the mexican president indicated that would not have been. by will leave it to the mexican government to respond to this and and he can describe how the strategy would work.
>> coming up the last few days and that there would be a tariff? is the realistic? >> i will not talk about one specific company bet and just like president obama is somebody over eight years and an office has learned quite a lot. and then to implement a strategy to succeed. the president made the big bat and. >> guest: he raises confidence in the american autoworkers to give them a
chance to retool their companies to come back better and stronger and that is what has happened. vendor stand what policies will benefit for jobs that depend on the island of st. st. and the fact is the american auto industry depends on the integrated baird did that is just so a the economy works talking about a production of the modern vehicle. that keeps out some aspect if only to have a detrimental impact to the industry and those every lie
and industry for a job. the president does not believe it is a smart approach but the very best automobiles to implement strategy on a level playing field and with regard to the trans-pacific partnership those to have large economies of a growing middle-class exactly where the u.s. auto industry could compete very well and looking for opportunities for u.s. produced goods to be sold around the world is good for american jobs and made reference that we already know jobs inside the united states on average pay
higher than those that are not tied to exports. looking for opportunities is good for a the economy and american workers. but with president elect will try differ way and will see if that works. >> as the leader of the democratic party. [inaudible] >> is the response ability of the president to make those decisions. he is the head of the democratic party but the dnc has elected leadership by members of the party and i will let them speak to the way in which they cooperated with the investigation into this matter.
>> [inaudible] >> i will let the department of justice respond to those that or a part of the investigation was conducted separate that would be inappropriate even if they did have concerns. >> i can speak to what staff level conversations may have occurred the representative of the united states government that i can tell you that what the obama
administration with the president-elect's team in the context of the transition. and to speak with much precision in the vans of those conversations. >>. >> talk about this is developing? >> i can tell you that they will be devoting a significant portion of his weekend working on his address. and i can tell you the president is interested to deliver a farewell address.
we had ample opportunity to review those many significant accomplishments of the obama administration. but primarily the president is hopeful of the future of the country particularly if the citizens are engaged in that democracy. to confront the challenges ahead. and believes those prospects being even more safe is more prosperous or morph there.
and then looking for an opportunity. >> the president has been spending a lot of time talking about obamacare for those republican efforts for another plan. with that same level to become a private citizen. >> the president would be a private citizen on january january 20th with deeply held views the best way to reform the health care system in the united states. and to be extraordinarily beneficial and you can
certainly expect the president to be thinking how these reforms should work. and in the early days of his presidency the outgoing president giving the incoming president the opportunity to succeed. i would not expect president obama to break even the be holding conversations at some other house in washington d.c.. he did that blair house today but then to take up the mantle. the prospect of republicans
reviewing the affordable care act without a replacement would inject chaos into the health care system that constitutes one fifth of the u.s. economy. and then to but that risk gains to protect the 130 million americans with pasting conditions. and those are protections that extend not just to those that are purchasing health insurance so the stakes are significant to remaining gauged and then to think about these issues but when it comes to making a public case these approaches
is time to step up. with plenty of democrats with the right values and skills to may gave persuasive case that will benefit the american public. >> how he feels about obamacare on january 20th will he make speeches or op-eds? >> the president has had ample opportunity over the last eight years to recoup the make speeches and with that implementation of health care reform. and would not expect them to do that.
>> as they have been asked to leave their posts by, jr. it 20th greg. >> for all buses details i can tell you that it is customary for the chiefs of the mission to return back to the united states on inauguration day. to afford the incoming president the opportunity to select his own representative to advance our interests around the world. copy this administration is proud of the service to vance our interest in countries large and small but in many cases these are men and women who are professionals you have chosen to indicate a number of years of their life to
public service in an important way. maybe for the president has traveled the u.s. ambassador is prominent way he chooses to conduct himself in his personal life or speaks publicly to a dance our interest to articulate our values in the country is extraordinarily important and many of these professionals have taken a vantage of this opportunity and america is better for it and we owe them a debt of gratitude for their service and research and the will be hoping that the incoming it ministrations will choose people as effective and as talented and patriotic is anybody that has served
under president obama. >> race relations in the country has been difficult and chicago and the facebook process i am curious hemisphere to describe the president's optimism of the future of race relations in this country based solely on his experience of the trajectory of growing up in this chios' understand the negative perception many have of race relations in this country? >> getting the president's optimism the progress we have made on the issue of race is rooted primarily in our experience as a country and society. there are a lot of examples.
but the most recent could be the relationship between some local law enforcement agencies in the african-american community some communities a significant gap has been exposed to the president will often cite that it wasn't that long ago that the city of los angeles after a high-profile incident of deep concerns of police brutality of the city was in flames. and then to leverage and
then the response is much different to have public demonstrations budget there are a number of prominent voices to bridge the divide so that is the act administration -- illustration that we made important progress in a way that actually makes a difference in the lives of americans across the country. we have a lot of work to do to solve that problem and the president has felt optimistic not are all african american for those
that seek to protest the government and make their voice heard and to have an impact, a positive impact to address those concerns to heal those divisions. a young bird generation of activists and leaders that the president continues to be optimistic and continue that progress we have made with the racial divide in this country. >> like when you see what happens with the facebook post from self carolina -- south carolina. >> of course, . the president himself has expressed concerns and disappointment and outrage
about many incidents that you describe including the facebook video that drew so much outrage and attention so they'll understand there is a lot of work to do to give -- to be so pessimistic it is impossible to deny that uc people of love variety of races speaking out to the same kinds of values. and then to make progress and there is work to be done. but to go back to what you raised in the first question there is no denying the personal journey and
personal progress is one indication of the progress we have made in the country the president spoke very eloquently about this. when you have african-americans abuse by local what - - law enforcement with water cannons and dogs just to have the right to cast a ballot 50 years later an african-american president of the united states that is remarkable progress. but does it mean all the work is done but we are seeing people from the minority community to be denied the right to vote or have that obstructed because of the policies we put in place.
and then one powerful indication but it is barred from dealing. >> guest. >> can you give an update? >> you have been following this closely but from guantanamo bay to saudi arabia after the 30 day notification was provided to congress from the president's national security team and to be transferred to saudi arabia to lift the ability to
threaten the united states. this does bring a prison population at 55 and the prison was to under 42 we have moved detainee's from 42 countries and that is the indication of up progress we have made but he does continue to be concerned about two things. as the get mo facility continues in operation and not living up to those deluge created and to continue to operate that facility to give terrorists recruiters a valuable tool.
the president is concerned the heidi inefficient waste of taxpayer dollars her accost of operating the facility at get no is significantly higher than the cost of operating a similar facility that would effectively safeguards are national security by housing them here in the united states. and that was a reasonable expectation of a foreword by congress at intent. >> we will see if we can get you some metrics. >> the president will be office the first ever to experience growth that 3 percent.
>> i have not heard that statistic but we will look into that. >> assuming that is the truth how do explain that with the problems over the years? that someone argue of what has contributed that things are getting better and that is a crucial variable. how much responsibility does the president except? >> i will say couple of things but the president of the united states is simply
takes irresponsibility and president obama has done that and many observers have indicated to drive the economy. and with the private sector driving a economy. and to make that observation that the financial crisis the united states encountered is not just significant but the largest recession in history. all that occurred right as a bombshell was taking office. we were digging a of a historic clean large role, certainly any hole larger than any president faced. >> how long does that
argument last but seven years into that now but why has growth been so slow? >> you alluded to this but during the first two years in office to work effectively with the democratic majorities in the house and senate with those policies that did they did groundwork expanding from the recovery act these are policies that were beneficial to the e economy in the the to the growth and progress that is the envy of the world.
but infrastructure investments in best -- immigration reform, all of those would have taken tangible positive impact the president's is broadening is economic record. no other president can say to that job creation streak that president obamacare and site based on what happened in the economy but he does believe there is more we could have done and should have done when they take control of the united states congress. how do presidents put into context what they did with their time and office?
and makes a pretty common sense illustration that he is better inveigle they race from president george w. bush and then was plunging to the bottom of the day paul. that is not the situation president trump will face with a much more financially beneficial situation to have an opportunity to build on that momentum. to have many more advantages . to have a stable financial system and an economy that has built up momentum of economic growth and wage
growth. to have an opportunity. >>. >> stood to exchange by those those do you suspect there is a conversation between the two of them because it was the zero passionately done? >> there is no plan to call the president-elect on his schedule today. he could return a call he has been doing that since the election.
but as the intelligence leaders testified yesterday with the ambiguity of the statement was not ambiguous. i will let them speak to let them take a look ahead unclassified report. i doubt if there is anything ambiguous. >> because of their lack of ambiguity is that reasonable to expect and to think about this is seems like a natural thing to do.
>> i think i would not rule out that this is what they discussed previously or with private conversations but the conversations that they have had they concluded this is an issue from before and given the significance of this incident and the unambiguous nature of the intelligence community to be discussed publicly and privately including republicans and then to investigate the matter. and take steps to prevent the negative impact we saw from happening again.
>> but the fact that the president-elect was tweaking >> i think you can tell from his style that he believes that communicating in a different way is quite stark and the president was in engaged detailed long discussion to the health care policy. with 140 character laments ended has contributed to the success and that is the style that will benefit him
with that of some responsibilities and that we wait to find out. and with this method of communication. >> i should also clarify into the tens of millions of supporters and then to be an effective method of communication but when every word is so closely scrutinized to try to detect the impact on global events
sometimes the 140 character limit has a downside. to make sure they understand what they mean it is important for people to understand exactly. >> accused said to have details about the party tonight. >> i don't have details the president first lady are at the white house tonight death for an opportunity to spend time with their friends and that will be the last opportunity for them to host such is needed before they leave for i have no names to release from here. >> but the president first lady are looking forward to it it is one of those things
they will miss about the whitehouse to share that house special it is with their friends in the way that millions of americans has the specialist of the white house. >> i will keep you posted on my friday night plans. >> by chance did you ask president obama what vice president said yesterday that donald trump should grow up greg. >> i did not speak to the president about it my reaction is through his four decades career has developed a reputation for the a binocular communication style.
[laughter] that generates the blinds sometimes but what may people have found that they have benefited did from following the advice of vice president biden. >> in the spirit of the smooth and seamless transition plan. >> the vice president along with everybody else has demonstrated a clear commitment and have extended courtesies' to the incoming president's team. that is certainly true of the vice president staff but also the vice president himself. earlier this week he was walking the halls at the same time somebody on our team was showing my successor around the west reading he graciously
invited into the office and that is the clarification of the vice president commitment to the they are committed to the smooth and effective transition. >> use said the president is proud of the economic record that is something that we rarely hear on the national debt nearing $20 trillion and an 87% increase from when he took office with regard is that a lot of his record greg. >> certainly think that is quite strong the deficit was
read to spy two-thirds in the reason that is important if we can get the deficit to the edge gdp ratio at 3 percent that allows us to stabilize the dead as a percentage of gdp when there has been a lot of progress made in terms of the top of the income scale to raise that tax revenue also cuts to the government spending. in the way the president perfervid but that deficit reduction did for the economy but more work needs to be done to address of long-term consequences of the fiscal picture.
that is something the incoming president and leadership in congress will have to address. we have learned a lot from the republicans do desire to reduce the deficit we will see if they have the same success reducing two-thirds of the next eight years. >> [inaudible] >> i anticipate he will talk about the of work that is necessary to levant's our interest to keep america safe bridal say that would be the focus. >> people argue from syria and iraq dazing that i sense is growing tensions?
>> even in europe with the democracies with the allies facing new challenges, you would say people would argue that he doesn't have a stronger position in foreign affairs. >> the first thing is that when president obama took office there were 180,000 service members in iraq and afghanistan now it is below 15,000. that is an indication of the important progress. each president will face unique challenges and circumstances in the international community. president obama has vowed to strengthen our relationships with our closest allies.
and the president feels good with the progress we have made with countries who are part of the nato alliance. the incoming president indicated he may try to do something different. this president hopes that he wanted but we will have to see how he chooses to manage those relationships. the president is proud how we have overhauled in strength did the relationship of countries throughout the hemisphere because of the policy changes with regard to cuba has created ample opportunities throughout latin america it's the president had the opportunity to meet with the president of argentina as the good example of the progress we have made. i will say that the president is disappointed
congress did not act to ratify the tpp that had the strength into security throughout the asia-pacific. that was the missed opportunity but the president did the hard work to negotiate to fans our interest but that was congress' failure to act. when president obama tucker officer number one threat identified by the united states and allies was the risk that iran would develop a nuclear weapon. that would be destabilizing to the world and the middle east, and concerning to israel and pose a threat to allies in europe within range of missile capabilities. but because of the principal hardnosed diplomacy of this of ministration, it
succeeded to reach an international agreement to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon and now they can verify i ran did not have the nuclear weapon and is now further away from it. >> and then to react. but that was accomplished without deploying a single soldier or firing a single shot to. to address the most significant in the united states in by mentioning the fact that president obama took office wind osama bin modern was still trying to attack the united states and is no longer in the position to do that.
>> it seems cyclops people have been shot and killed so given redone know the motive comment you know, at this point? >> don't know if the president has been notified but i will look into that. this is something we see all too often and our thoughts are with those who are affected in those first responders are putting themselves in harm's way surely. we are thinking about that right now and we will look into the president being updated on the situation. >> the president-elect is asking the congress now to investigate the leaking of information. so what is your reaction given that this illustration
of prosecutor speaker several times but he was attending the integrity of the foreigner as the leading purveyor of government secrets maintained by the united states. these are secrets that made the united states was safe and put men and women in the intelligence community and greater risk. why he defends his integrity i do not know but leads me to conclude the treaty set today about nbc was prompted by other than his concern other than releasing classified information. >> obviously he called on congress to take a look that will defer to members of congress how they want to
use their investigative authorities. one thing i would point out is the department of justice , the way they interact with reporters to protect the first amendment rights have made clear to codify that journalist should not face punishment just for doing their job and that is the principle that was established and strengthened and codified by the obama administration. and that is something that mr. sessions will continue if and when he is confirmed to be the next leader of the department of justice. >> today he said he would support the repeal of obamacare if the replacement was something better. that is different and then working with republicans if
that is a message that they choose. is that different just his way to say there is no way anything will be done quick. >> he was actually giving voice to the same argument i was making that if republicans are willing to sit down and look for ways to improve the health care system and improve upon obamacare, then he believes democrats to and should work with them is hell sector day they did. >> key simply says if they have ideas that our better for the american people, better for the economy, we have to go to the judge as access to health care and the medicare trust fund has been
strengthened. if that meets the criteria to cover even more people for less money than the point the president is making is there should be evidence some '02 per of foreword their own ideas and has willingly shared credit with the heritage foundation that conceived of the key aspects of this plan and has shared credit with people like mayor romney whose health care plan was the template for the affordable care act. he did not do that because he is good buddies with mitt romney. they ran against each other ricans use that template because it is a good idea and worked in massachusetts and the united states of america. the president makes a point there is no private authorship of they have ideas to make the health
care system better the president will help them and encourage him and support them as they try to implement. but over seven years republicans have insisted on simply voting to repeal the law without ever putting forward any realistic plan to replace it. some of the ideas they have floated would not make the health care system in this country better or cheaper or cover more pet make the problems worse. that is the tension as long as republicans are only focused on the health care system sent into chaos, idol think they will find much support at all from democrats and well have trouble maintaining support to among republicans concerned about the impact chaos would have from families and businesses in their own state.
i will say that talking to somebody with more expertise before it took on the hypothetical question what type of malicious activity constitutes an act of war. >> it was suggested that it was paramount but the information is not the active for but the act might be? oh i masking the president's criteria.
>> added is a reasonable statement with that. that is not irrelevant to. hand as we try to what fresh head to it but also to get insight into what their motivation may have spent. one of their goals was to raise doubts about the integrity of our system of democracy and the ability of the government to execute an election. there were additional motivation's you have to see what the intelligence community says. >> the last one. to say repeatedly the republicans in congress with the affordable health care act but yet in 2015 looking
at the constitutionality the senator himself dr. unveiled a detailed plan with some aspects of the previous plan so today's republicans say they have seven plans cetera on the table. why is there a difference in your view of what they say? in particular. >> i think rainout it is a symbol that we have. if republicans had a plan that they had confidence in that measure up to the affordable care act, that they believed would garner sufficient local support on capitol hill among republicans then why
wouldn't they put it forward prexy and the speaker himself has said they will get around to push for the replacement hopefully with in this year if there is so many claims then why aren't they prepared to put them for word to use them as a replacement for the affordable care act plaques the truth is this is the of their parts that is relevant , it is new the republicans for the first time are in charge of the white house but doc congress park ave had congressional majorities last year and the year before that. and i'm not to pass the obamacare alternative. that is why i doubt there is a plan that they will stand
behind and evaluate all love the benefits of the affordable care act that people have been enjoying for years. >> 1,030 is the number i'm sure you have seen. >> q layette on six here. >> that is the number of democratic senators in u.s. representatives and legislators who have lost their seats to republicans in the last eight years. as the leader of the democratic party, has he ever express thoughts about these losses the is the biggest since hoover was president. >> did think it is always important within the context of those numbers. one comported piece of
context is it was a historic wave that entered office in the end of 2008 the beginning of 2009 of democratic elected officials that benefited from him being at the top of the ballot 2008. so when we talk about about those numbers it is important to recognize they were built up in the first place because of the political success to win the white house for the first time. that said he is the leader of the democratic party and has been disappointed that a lot of officials or public servants did unsexy at the ballot box and he has expressed his view about why
that is that includes the need for democratic activist and democratic voters to express their views all across the country. that is certainly part of the challenge that president obama spends time thinking about as a former president and this is the challenge of the democratic party chairman will take on when taking office two major democrats are showing up and competing across the country. we have a policy prescriptions right we just need to make the argument. the and the president is confident if the democrats do then there are important gains for the party and for the country.
so the zero week ahead. on saturday the president will travel to jacksonville florida to attend the wedding ceremony of a white house staffer. live is no media coverage of the event it is a private tv and. on monday the meeting at the white house on tuesday he will travel to chicago and illinois to deliver the farewell address to the american people to think his supporters and talk about the way the country is better and offer thoughts where the country will go from here. the first lady and the vice president and dr. bided will attend. you will attend meetings at the white house and it should be interesting week. have a great weekend. we will follow-up with you tomorrow.