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possible repeal and replace of the affordable care act. i think we would acknowledge that the affordable care act has a number of steps forward at a number of complications, both from the consumer perspective and from a medical center perspective. -- >> you can find the rest of this online at c-span.org. search for pepperdine on the main homepage. take you live now to the white house briefing. press secretary sean spicer. >> good afternoon. as you all i know probably heard ththe president is placing a big emphasis on workforce development. secretary of labor, secretary of education, along with the presidents daughter and the office american invasion have been deeply involved in this effort. secretary had tha the opportuniy address this issue just a few moments ago at the president's first meeting with his fully confirmed cabinet. i'd like to kick it off by having secretary come up,
talking about this initiative and take it questions. with that, secretary acosta. >> thank you and good afternoon. i especially want to thank the work that's been done by ivanka trump and the office of american innovation to develop a proposal that will be talking about this week. i'll be traveling tomorrow to wisconsin where we'll be looking at some excellent programs for leadership on this issue which is been invaluable. as you know by now the present will be making important announcement regarding apprenticeships this week. he would be visiting the department of labor on wednesd wednesday. there are currently 6 billion job openings in the united states, vacant jobs that can be filled. this is the highest number of job vacancies ever. a business roundtable survey released just last week found that 95% of executives reported problems finding qualified workers. americans want to work.
american companies want to hire. the issue is a mismatch between available jobs and prospective employee job skills. this skills gap is a particular challenge from some the fast-growing sectors of the economy. healthcare information technology. and it also persistence of more traditional sections, sectors of the economy. there are currently 360,000 job vacancies in manufacturing. there are 200,000 job vacancies in construction.
if you look at law schools for example, there's been conversations even in law schools about the need for more experience-based education. the carnegie commission came out with the report a number of years ago about the importance of express-based education and law. the point i'm making is we need to stop thinking that this is limited to a certain kind of the job sector, expense-based education works throughout all sectors of the economy. >> a quick follow-up if i may. >> one follow-up. >> but your program geared towards the white-collar jobs? >> our program is geared toward, will be geared to all industries at all jobs. the point here is to foster private private partnerships between industry and educational institutions so that when
students go to a committee called when students are looking at apprenticeship programs in the building trades or four-year institutions, when they leave they have the skills necessary to enter the workforce. in the middle. >> in the present budget, talks about work requirements, also congress talked about new welfare reforms about able-bodied people. could this integrate in that at all? >> well, certainly one of the important aspects of this is the portability of credentials. when someone learned the skill is important to signal to other employers that this person knows a certain set of skills. and so i should say the emphasis is high-quality apprenticeships. important to not water think stanford it's important to have skills that are portable and that are indicative of quality.
yes, ma'am. >> the president's budget contains about 40% cuts in all workforce skills programs from the last budget. if workforce he told as a priority is the president doing that? cycle he might a serious budget has about $90 billion for furniture broken switch about president obama had requested. how is this expanding for the last administration one? >> let me circle back to the point i made about private-private partnerships and with the building trades do. the building trades invest $1 billion a year of private money to develop a skilled workforce and so i want to challenge the assumption that the only way to move policy is to increase government spending t.what were trying to measure he is outcomes. so private to private partnerships, if industry is in the building trades willing to work with labor to foster these
programs, that's exactly, isn't that exactly what one ought to see? so we should measure success based on outcomes and not based simply on spending. >> i'm sorry. >> i was probably -- then i'll follow up with you. >> how do you foster these private-private relationships? is of some executive action that will be taken? is there a tax policy proposal? i guess organically doesn't happen beyond what -- >> i will answer into parts. first, you've already, you will probably seem that to a large extent as we've had roundtables with business leaders, as ivanka trump has conducted several meetings with ceos around the country, here at the white house. and the second part to your answer is stay tuned and listen to the announcement.
>> is there sort of region or group of people you're trying to focus in with apprenticeships? a special sent even as the president says the unemployment rate is doing well under this administration. they are still groups of people, be it region or by race, by gender, the still issues when it comes to employment. is there certain folks, certain regions? >> so you are correct. so the unemployment rate i believe is 4.3%. the broader unemployment rate, that is the you six rate is now 4.8%. as with that discussion with ceos that a look at these apprenticeships programs, one of the items of discussion is a way to work with communities that you typically don't see going to the still feels and other fields. part of that discussion -- s.t.e.m. fields. part of that discussions how to do target those groups come how do you reach out?
it's interesting because apprenticeships help here because apprenticeships bring students together with individuals who are partly working in the field and so it allows the possibility of role modeling. an apprentice can operate role model that can provide support and can introduce them to the field. so i actually think this is going to be a great thing for expanding opportunities, for example, to women and stem. >> one follow up on that. with that, women and stem, -- african-american and hispanic unemployment numbers, particularly -- [inaudible] is this administration looking to push also apprenticeships for those communities as well, for the private-private partnerships? >> and again were looking to push up and ships across the board, all people, all industries.
this is an opportunity for everyone. >> thank you, sir. you mentioned that you are also suppressions, not just blew call it at how to get around in many states there are laws that would prevent this sort of thing such as in the legal profession in most states happily don't allow people to do things like -- how to get around legislation and state law? >> let me circle back and clarify fichte question was is is targeted to blue-collar, and i said no. in fact, it's across the board. i gave an example where experience-based education has been advocated, and i want to be clear. the vast majority of apprenticeships are not for long. let's start there. so the question, so the question about state barriers, i would think is a non-issue because, for the vast majority of
apprenticeships are going to be in the types of professions where students are starting out, entry professions, impression that you typically see coming out of community college confession to typically see at most large state and four-year institutions. and for those professions you don't have those types of barriers. right behind you. >> thank you, mr. secretary. given the advantages of apprentice programs what are the ceos telling you about why they are not used much more? >> so i don't want to speak for the ceos because you haven't told you why they're not used more often. what i can tell you is that every ceo that i've spoken with has made a personal commitment to pursuing these. the ceos are excited. i attend a business roundtable, a bit about this, and to a person the ceos are looking for to because ceos need these skilled workforce here they
recognize americans want to work. we just need to marry up the desire to work with the workforce skills. in the back. >> you are one of the newcomers at the administration. first time you've been a chemist on what it eats you can give us more of a broad reading fic the labor market currently. you make in the unemployment rate at 4.3% pick you said -- [inaudible] this calendar year, the 4.3% on a point on a point rate is the lowest it's been 16 years since 2001. the number of job vacancies in a sense points to the skills gap
but it's really phenomenal a phenomenal number that's quite positive. 6 million jobs vacancies means that if we can fix this skills gap, the 6 million jobs that we can fill right now. you compare that to 6.9 million individuals that unemployed. i think one of, to fully answer question what are the challenges that we need to look at is the labor force participation. there are number of americans that are forgotten that a been ignored. these individuals who are forgotten are the ones that elected them. through this apprenticeship program, we are hoping to bring the back to the labor force because of growth we need that labor force growth. [inaudible] >> what else do you think needs to happen? is it tax reform? what else needs to happen.
>> with all of the above, right? is is a small but very, very significant part. because if you start providing come start changing the system, it demands driven education. where educational institutions, whether they be two or four-year colleges, or other experience-based education institutions, providing work force skills. with each passing year for every 100,000 folks, certainly all the policies that you see this administration, whether it tax reform or other, is part of bringing individuals back into the workforce. >> when would we see results? and with the skills gap close and what types of jobs are we talking about exactly? >> so when i think is a very speculative question. i can't provide you an exact date. and the second question was -- i'm sorry. [inaudible]
>> what types of jobs that i think were looking to apply this broadly across all industries. you know, it's interesting because some of you know i was at a university, and i know a student that really wanted to be a police officer. so that student majored in criminal justice. when you graduated, he had student debt. but he didn't have a job because criminal justice doesn't prepare you to be a police officer. so what would things be like if actually a criminal justice degree allowed students that wanted to have option to also attend a police academy? and i want to give that as a specific example of what these possibilities would be. what would a legal studies degree look like if you actually also get paralegal or legal assistant training? there are possibilities all the costs the sector we can look at. >> two things. there is an idea out there
requiring students graduate high school to have either a letter say they're going to college, the military or into a trade school which only two kinds of jobs. i'm one of what you think of that. my second part of that is, to really help us understand what the white house is going to meetings with ceos, is anything being reduced to a memo of understanding or a letter so actually get the pledge? meetings are nice but what is the promise you can say that people are telling you, and how are you quantify nestlé it rick dempsey can go back to the ceo and second you said you're going to do it and you didn't. so can you explain how speedy happy to answer both. first, what do we think about requirements that every student have a letter saying what you going to do?
i'll speak just myself on this one. i worry about a requirement that requires students to do a b or c. i think our nation is about choosing and i think we need to respect individual choices. you can sort in courage. you could say what is going to do with herself, what you want to do? but always worried when i hear the word requirement. because i think we are about choice. going to your second point, i'll say in part stay tuned for the wednesday announcement as to what specifically where going to be doing. and i was after that wednesday announcement you can certainly expect quick and vigorous follow-up with the various ceos and industry associations which the administration has been speaking. because at least for myself, the
expectation would be okay, you said you're very interested in this, let's sit down and let's see how we can go forward. one last question. >> can a teacher to clarify your answer about the budget? there so much confusion about this. when using the president is interested in outcomes and you come from an academic environment, is the president saying that the way to determine the pilot of existing programs before recommending cutting grants our workplace for young people, seniors, agriculture, yeah, adults have been displaced, are you saying you would evaluate all those programs in recommended that they be cut because they are not working, or because the president merely does not want to spend the money? >> so as you pointed out, i come from an academic setting so let me try to answer the question. it used to be that the question of whether a university, you
know, is doing well, with a budget of how much the university spends. in florida you are now seeing questions like what is your graduation rate, how many students are graduating or holding jobs? and so you're saying a focus on outcome as opposed to just spending. and the point i was trying to make, and i will reiterate, is that we can in washington to simply say how much more money can we spend on something, rather than let's think outside the box and try to solve a problem. and i think we owe it to the american taxpayer that who is old and the footing the bill to focus less on how much we spend and more on whether, in fact, the problems are being solved. so thank you very much. >> thank yothank you very much,. secretary appreciate you coming by today.
as we get back today i want to take a moment to acknowledge three servicemembers that were killed this weekend in afghanistan. the injury, statement is it is truly an investigation but our thoughts and our prayers are with the families of these american youths who lost their lives in this tragic event. as the secretary said its workforce we curate the white house so that's going to be a major emphasis for the administration who are also moving had on another, some of the items on the president domestic and foreign policy agenda. today the department of agriculture released guidance for american beef producers who are preparing to ship u.s. beef to chinese market for the first time since 2003. as we announced last month as part of the u.s.-china 100 and action plan we followed up on the presidents meeting with president xi. china agreed to reopen this $2.5 billion market to american writers and cattle producers
before the market was close of the u.s. was china's largest supplier of the provided 30% of its imports. the action by the us department of agriculture today are an important first step in the process of reopening this lucrative market to american businesses. tomorrow the vice president will be speaking at the department of health and human services about the continuing death spiral of obamacare and why we need to keep our promise to the american people and repealed and replaced it with a patient centric alternative as soon as possible. this week in the president was in wisconsin. the president will be there tomorrow when he met with everyday americans lost their plans, the doctors and a lot of the help for the failing locker as the vice president said on saturday, president trump will never stop fighting for the families who are facing possible choices every day as their premiums and deductibles continue to skyrocket. he will not rest until we fixed this. the president's tax reform teen is intended to hold meetings and discussions both at the
principal of and the staff of as a work towards consensus plan to will deliver middle-class and tax implication for everyone. secretary mnuchin of the treasury the national economic health director gary cohn continued to listen to methods of congress from both sides of the aisle. director comey will lead -- director comey later this week. these meats have been incredibly productive and we believe that tax reform is well on track for the present design later this year. together the three pillars of infrastructure, tax reform and repealed and replaced of obamacare are key to reaching the presidents of goal of a booming and vibrant american economy. administration will continue work every day to turn the presidents promises into policies. looking ahead on friday the president commission on combating drug addiction and appeared crisis will meet here. and he will be open to the public through a live stream on whitehouse.gov. i'm also be sent out that president trump will welcome indian prime minister modi to
the widest on june 26 picky looks forward to discussing the ways to strengthen our ties between the united states and india and advancing our common priorities. fighting terrorism, modi economic growth, reforms and expanding security cooperation in the indo pacific region. the two leaders will look tell by a common vision for use in the partnership that's worthy of india's 1.6 billion citizens. before i take a question of of what to wish the 41st president george herbert walker bush a happy 93rd birthday from all of us at the widest i hope he has a fantastic day. and with that, i will take your questions. lee. >> thank you. following up on your in the announcement. the president gave a speech -- [inaudible] has that if he is elected -- what steps the present wants to take these next four years or eight years to implement his promise?
>> well, i don't and we are ready set it on the president and primers about a number of positive phone conversations and expect further that discussion when they meet in person on jun. as a mentioned a moment ago of its economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism, expand our cooperation as make a defense partners can use in detroit is grown sixfold since 2000, from 19 billion. and if the economy is growing at over 7% recused energy and technology include natural gas are helping to build prime mission mode is vision and crating thousands of u.s. jobs. i think it's expected to them to set forth a vision that will expand the u.s. india partnership in an ambitious and worthy way of both countries. >> to questions entrée. number when you talked about the big arrangement there is a beginning today? can you flesh out a little more about what was pledge? i understand there is an announcement.
>> the u.s. department of agriculture will have much more detail on the process going forward i can knows what from them today. [inaudible] >> i think it announcement is coming today. >> the other question is on steel and aluminum. the president said and was called in one of the -- there is legislation be drafted on antidumping. the 232 process goes to cogs anyway. was he referring to additional legislation or tha the 232 revid yet initiated and reported by secretary devos? >> secretary devos should have an update on the review. the 232 review later this week. when that comes out there's recommendations that we ma madeo congress to address antidumping provisions in the steel and aluminum and other markets. when that comes out i think there would be recommendations the caucus to follow up on how to rectify some of the problems. >> a couple questions. first, does president trump have audio records of the conversations and being put the form fbi director james comey?
>> ththe president made clear in the rose garden and he would have an announcement shortly. >> anytime an on them without announcement will be? >> when the president is ready. >> a quick follow-up. from the perspective of president trump what role did attorney general jeff sessions play in the firing of james comey? >> i'm not going to discuss private conversations between the president and the attorney general. like. >> when the jeff sessions testifies tomorrow do you believe that he should invoke executive privilege on conversations between itself and the president? >> it depends on the scope of the questions and it would be, to get into hypothetical at this point, would be premature. >> in any way did jeff sessions, folks at the doj ask for the white house permission in essence for him to testify publicly tomorrow? >> i don't know. i know congress generally speaking sets whether a hearing is open or closed base on the
sensitivity of the subject. >> is a present okay with him testifying in this open setting tomorrow? >> i think is going to testify. we are aware of it. >> i follow one. the present seem to indicate he thought it was a mistake for jeff sessions to recuse himself in the rush investigation. he said that his preference would been to the contrary on cam. what does the president think about the fact that sessions will be testifying tomorrow? according to the department of justice, wanted to testify in open session rather than close classified session. >> the president has been clear. last week in the rose garden that he believes the sooner we can get this address and dealt with, there's been no collusion. he wants this to get, invested since fossil and be done with this we can continue with the american people. >> the other headline of the day, state american, district of columbia fighting a lawsuit against the president seeking rulings on two points of the emoluments clause in the constitution.
the rnc thinks this is bogus lawsuit. what is the present come what's the white house -- >> the president interest us briefly discussed did not violate the emoluments clause for reasons at length the department of justice finally and integrate in their friday night filing with respect to the -- the first one. this lawsuit today is just another iteration of the case filed by that group crew filed actually by the same lawyers. so it's not hard to conclude that partisan politics maybe one of the motivations behind the scene. the suit was filed by two democratic attorney generals, the lawyers driving the suit are an embassy group with partisan ties. it started with a press conference as opposed to fighting it, which is interesting. the suit challenges the sort of business transaction that everyone from penny pritzker and served in the last administration and others have a case in while office. i think we will continue to move to dismiss this case in the normal course of business.
>> i wanted to just come to questions, but first widely open this question of whether there e arcades? documenting people do they deserve to know whether comey was lying to the senate? i mean, widely this question open. >> was i think the president made it clear what his intention is on friday. >> honey, it's an open question. >> i understand that any said he would answer that question a few times. >> to follow up, speaking of lawsuits for the ninth circuit, they just came out and they upheld the block of the travel ban. in response? >> we are currently reviewing that opinion. i think we can all attest that these are very dangerous times and we need every available tool at our disposal to prevent terrorists from entering the united states, committing acts of bloodshed and violence. he continued be confident the president's executive order to protect this country is fully lawful and only it will be upheld by the supreme court. >> to question for you. i want to follow on, the present
doesn't of it is director lied under oath. what easy way for? >> the present medically on friday that he would get back as soon as possible on this. and his position on the conversation. >> so what is he waiting for? was the delay? >> he so waiting for anything. when these major for the discussing whether he laid out his position were clearly, concisely on friday. >> the travel ban, you just mention you respond to the ninth circuit ruling today. that really also cites the president tweets from june 5 on the travel ban and sites your statements visit decision seems the president tweets are official statements. given that michigan given the travel ban is a priority for the president, how is it the president is not putting his own agenda into into it comes to his twitter habit? >> the bottom line as a just noted, the cases should be decided on the rule of law. when you look at, when you look what the law is in the u.s. code that allows the president to whatever yesterday. that's what we're deciding on
and, frankly, anymore worth their salt one of% increase the president is fully within his rights and his responsibility to do what is necessary to protect the country. olivia. olivia. olivia. olivia. thank you. olivia, thank you. >> what is the present reaction to the russian government crackdown on anticorruption protests today? >> in general are with respect -- >> in particular but assumed it would be part of your overall. >> i want to be clear watauga but the same thing. the united states strong condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protest throughout russia picket happen on june 12, detain peaceful protesters, human rights observers and journalists is an affront to core democratic values. the nine states will monitor the situation. we'll call on the government of russia to release all peaceful protesters to the russian people, people everywhere deserve a government that has an open workplace by disco transparent governance, equal
treatment under the law and the ability to exercise their rights without fear of retribution. >> one more. the president mentioned a press confidence couple weeks of the isis review. can you say where and when? has he made a decision about changing the policy? >> when we haven't update i will let you know but we don't have one at this time. >> you said the president wants -- all th the investigations tht of the soonest possible. he said friday would be willing to testify under oath. can you say when you be willing to do that? what he be willing to do before congress agenda recess to get the status a is possible? >> i think a specifically asked whether not he would talk to director mueller and he made very clear what his position was. john. >> sorry, want to be very clear about this. so we set saying he would go before congress -- >> i don't know. i've not i for the discussion. i know exactly what h he said on friday in the rose garden, is exactly what he believes. >> thank you. two questions.
does the president have a reaction to the vote in puerto rico yesterday, the nonbinding measure calling for statehood as the first choice? >> this matter is something that's going to be determined now that the people of spoken in puerto rico, this is something congress has to address. so the process will have to work its way out through congress. >> my other question was, there are widespread stories, speculation, that the president goes to miami friday. he will undo the executive order obama administration to ease relations with cuba. can you confirm whether he will undo all of them or some of them? >> good try. i will say that when you have an asset on the present schedule we will let you know, but just stay tuned. we have a very busy week and ambitious agenda this week. george.
>> following are some of the stories over the weekend, when the president signs off on a foreign trip, how much does he factor in his personal popularity in that country? >> none. and so since you brought it up, just so we're clear on that, her majesty extend an invitation to the president is accepted that invitation and we look forward to trip. but there's nothing that was scheduled and we look forward to working out a mutually date with united kingdom and then look for to showing that date with you all when we have it. thank you. have a great monday. take care. [shouting] >> afghanistan update? >> attorney general jeff sessions will be testifying tomorrow before the senate intelligence committee. that's investigating russia's influence i in the 2016 electio. live coverage of the attorney
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