Sean Spicer Defends Voter Fraud Investigation CSPAN January 25, 2017 1:04pm-1:33pm EST
has engaged in aggressive cyber activities in the united states. obviously, the election is getting all the attention, but rand is both acting assistant secretary. what you do now focusing on cyber threats, what is the spectrum affec of threats we fa? what should americans be worried about and other aspects of our day-to-day lives and other aspects of security from cyber at large and particularly russia? sec. beers: i would start with a very simple declarative statement. russia is the greatest threat to the united states in cyberspace in the world today and we have known this for some time. election -- at the you can watch this online. search russian hacking at c-span o.org.
spicer: we have a little while together, but in deference to his remarks when we get there, we will wrap it up your after briefing yesterday, the president brought leaders of both parties together to discuss his next nomination to the spring course. productiveredibly conversation as you see from the president's tweets. he will announced that nomination tuesday. he also spoke with prime minister modi yesterday. unfortunately was not able to give you a readout, but during the call, the president emphasized the united states continues to consider india as a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world. the two discussed opportunities to strengthen the partnership between the united states and india and broad areas like the economy and defense. they also discussed security in the region of south and central asia. ndesident trump and primus arn
prime minister modi said they should stand shoulder to shoulder in the fight against terror. today the president focused on fulfilling one of his most significant campaign promises to the american people by making america safe again, but taking steps to secure our borders and improve immigration enforcement inside the united states. intends tont an sign two executive orders after observing the swearing in of secretary of homeland security. the first order is the border security and immigration enforcement improvement. it addresses long overdue border security issues and it is the it willder and that build a large physical bea barrier on the southern border. building this barrier is more than just a campaign promise. it's a common sense step two secure the porous border. it will stop the flow of drugs and crime and and illegal immigration into the odd states. -- the united states.
as the president said before, mexico will pay for it. with the department of homeland security, they will be provided with the tools they need to stop illegal immigration from entering the united states. under the constitution, the america people get the final say of who can and cannot enter our nation. they've spoken loud and clearly through our laws. we are going to create more detention space for illegal immigrants along the southern border to make it easier and cheaper to detain them. we are going to end the last administration's dangerous catch and release policy, which has led to the death of many americans. we're going to want again prioritize the resignation and deportation of illegal immigrants who otherwise violated our laws. after these criminal spent time in prison for the crimes they have committed, they will get one way tickets to their country of origin. the second executive order -- enhancing public safety in the interior of the united states -- addresses the enforcement of our immigration laws in the united
states. it returns the power and responsibility to the dedicated men and women of the department of homeland security's immigration and customs enforcement, to help them enforce the law. these men and women want to enforce the law and we are going to help them do that. federal agencies are going to unapologetically enforce the law -- no if's, hands, or buts. we are going to restore the popular and successful secure community program, which will help agents target illegal immigrants for removal. the state department will withhold thes fees us to deter criminals that came to their country. we'll make sure those countries take the individuals back and we will strip federal grant money in the section where he states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants. the american people are no longer going to have to be forced to subsidize this disregard for our laws. reform of our immigration system has been at the top of president
trump's priority since he announced his candidacy. now i'm just the final first week -- now in just the first presidency, the last administration will enforce the rule of law is our greatest asset in the 21st century. as for the rest of the day schedule, the present started off his day in the oval office carrying out official duties. he had the honor to brief the the u.n.,ador to nikki haley, and his office after the vice president swore her in and his ceremony office across the street. as one of the most respected governors in the country, ambassador haley has a proven track record of bringing people together regardless of their background or differences to great opportunities for ot bettering the state and our nation. ambassador haley is our nation's first indian-american cabinet level officer. it's a big deal for indian americans throughout this country.
now she is able to get to work representing our nation as our nation's top diplomat. in just a few minutes, the president will be departing the white house to visit the department of homeland security. as i mentioned come he will attend the swearing in of secretary kelly . he will be briefed by fema on the storm relief efforts in the southeast and conduct business to keep our nation safe. secretary kelly enlisted in the marine corps in 1970. he has a sincere commitment to fighting the threat of terrorism inside of our country and ending the dangerous flow of illegal immigrants to our borders. the president is looking forward to working with secretary kelly to implement his plans to restore our borders and protect our country. for everyone keeping score at home, this brings us up to four total confirmations of our cabinet level appointees. as a reminder, the obama administration had 12 done at the end of their first week. needless to say, we think senate
democrats should continue to spend some quality time getting our nominations moved out of the senate. this afternoon, the president will have his final event, public event anyway, by speaking on the phone with mississippi governor bryant. they will discuss storm relief efforts underway in mississippi and any help that the governor needs from the federal government. today, the president also announced the appointment of an incredibly qualified team to serve under the guidance of white house counsel to address compliance and ethics matters. this team consists of stephan, deputy assistant to the president and a beauty counsel to the president, scott gaffe, and james scholz. together, these esteemed lawyers have decades of experience in political council, serving senators, members of congress, kurdish all committees, governors, and federal agencies. the appointment of a team of this caliber reflects the
the importance of ethics compliance to president trump and has an ministration. the highestreceived praise from party leaders of both sides for whom he has worked with. newt gingrich that no one understands the ethics process better than stuff on. the president is looking to various options to address voter fraud. go to aday, he will congressional retreat with republicans where in addition to discussing his agenda, he will provide an update on the actions he is taking the next few days. before you ask, because i know it's an issue that is near and dear to me, i was asked yesterday about the status of the invitation of prime minister kenney from ireland to visit the united states on saint patrick's day. i'm pleased to announce that the president has extended the invitation. it happened during the transition and we look forward to the prime minister attending. with that, i would love to take some questions. >> can you shed any light on
this draft memo going around about interrogation practices? sec. spicer: yes, i can lend a line. >> what agency did it originate in? sec. spicer: i don't know. it's not a white house document. that this ispeople the second day that we had a not a white house document get reported as a white house document. it's not a white house document. i don't know where it came from, but it's not a white house document. >> do you have any idea where it was drafted in the first place? sec. spicer: as i said, it's not a white house document, so not sure where it came from where how it originated, but it's not a white house document. i don't know how much clear i can state that. lori from telemundo. presidentgards to the signing today with regards to the law, it has argued an mexico will pay for this?
do you have guarantees from republicans in congress that they will provide all the funding necessary to see this project come to completion? also, about two days ago, you are asked about dacca. some of the dreamers have lots of questions regarding what is their future? they have applied for renewal. will their applications be processed? with regards to stripping funding from the sanctuary cities, what funding are we talking about? sec. spicer: thank you. with respect to the last part of that first, what the executive order does is that it directs to secretary to look at ways look at funding streams going to be cities of federal money and figure out how we can defund those streams. part of this is a directive to the secretary to look at those funding streams and figure out how they can be cut off. that is what the actual order directs them to do. the first part with respect to
daca, the order does not deal with that. we will have further updates on the rest of the president immigration agenda further in the week. as a mentioned before, the president will talk about it in an interview tonight, but his priority first and foremost is people in this country who seek to do us harm. the president understands the magnitude of this problem. he is a family man. . he has a huge heart. he understands the significance of this problem, but he is going to work through with his team in a very humane way to make sure that he respects the situation that many of these children are in that were brought here. to priority with respect immigration is first and foremost making sure that people who are in this country that are seeking to do us harm or have committed a crime are at the forefront of that. francesca chambers? >> regarding the border and the law, has the ministration figured out how mexico will pay for it?
sec. spicer: the president is working with congress and other folks to figure out opportunities for that to happen. there are a lot of funding mechanisms that can be used. at this point, his goal was to get the project started as quickly as possible, using existing funds and resources that the department currently has. to move forward and work congress on an appropriation schedule. we are here at day three and it's an issue that he is brought up several times with congress in terms of making sure we understand and they understand the need to make sure that's included in the appropriations process. francesca? >> could you have given more of a readout of yesterday's meeting with senators about the supreme court justice nominees? how is that received specifically by democrats? has the president will of it down -- whittled it down to three names? sec. spicer: the president has not will t whittled it down. he is going through the process.
he had a very constructive and productive conversation with senate leaders yesterday about the advice and consent roles that they have, getting their ideas. --was sharing with them his the qualities and values that he expects in a judge to serve on the supreme court. i'm not going to go further than that, but i would say it's a very productive and constructive meeting. eli? >> last night, the national parks public tweets were talking about climate change and the netsuite disappeared shortly after -- the tweet disappeared shortly after. i was wondering if the white house have anything to do with that. if there is a broader mandate going out to these agencies about stopping all things speech coming from those agencies -- sec. spicer: no, there's nothing coming from the white house, absolutely not. i know in the park service for example, over the weekend, and unauthorized user had an old password in the san francisco
office and started re-tweeting things in violation of their policy. again, remember, i know this happened in the epa as another example of social media contact. the epa actually violated the anti-lobbying bands a year ago during the obama administration by inappropriately marketing policies of president obama. agencies a couple of that have had problems adhering to their own policies. i would refer you back to them as to why those things are happening, but i know that they are taking steps in both of those cases to address an appropriate use of social media. outas the president reached chicago emanuel or any law enforcement authorities to discuss the concerns that he expressed in his tweet last night? sec. spicer: he met with mayor emanuel during the transition and expressed to him his support
for the city. they need to deal with a crime and the killings that are occurring in chicago. when president obama was ,peaking his farewell address two people rick killed the same day the president was in his home city. the president-elect at the time extended his support to mayor emanuel to say that the resources of the federal government are here for you. to the best of my knowledge, that returned call for help has not occurred. john? john roberts? i will get to you. that was very enthusiastic and i appreciate it. you are getting an award today. [laughter] >> for the record, i very much appreciate and respect lynn. that the president once to launch an investigation into voting irregularities in the 2016 election. sec. spicer: not just in 2016.
i think in terms of registration where you have folks on roles that had been deceased or moved a registered to counties. this is not just about the 2016 election. this is about the integrity of our voting system. >> there are studies tweeted out this morning that people are registered in multiple states and people who are dead are still on rolls. during the recount, lawyers that represented the president stated emphatically that the toy 16 election was not desk play 16 election was not -- 2016 election was not impacted by fraud. sec. spicer: we do not look at those two states in particular. as the president has noted before, he campaigned to win the electoral college not the popular vote. he campaigned in places like iowa. the campaigned extensively to win maine. if you're winning the popular vote, you do not expect a ton of time in maine to get that one
electoral vote. you would've campaigned more in california. he would've campaigned more in new york, which he didn't. there are very populous states and urban areas where he would've spent more time campaigning, but he played the game according to the rules of the game, which was an electoral strategy. that being said, when you look potential where these issues could have occurred and bigger states, that is where i think we're going to let. there'll be more on that and we will be able to examine it further. >> may ask one more question? about the epa and other departments that have been told to cease and desist in terms of social media -- sec. spicer: i'm not saying that. no, hold on. no, ok, but i think to make sure we are clear on this, john. they have not been directed by us to do anything. from what i understand, they have been told within their agencies to adhere to their own policies.
that directive did not come from here. >> does the president believe that these agencies and some of the federal workforce has become politicized? sec. spicer: i honestly don't know that we spent a ton of time thinking of that. we been fairly busy on other things. it's a good question. i've not asked him that question. our focus has pretty much been getting the job done as you have seen from the meeting ts had and the work he is had with members of congress, union workers, auto heads, other business leaders. his focus has been much more focused on getting the job done then various tweets. hold on, lynn suite. >> this is so important. president trump has talked a lot about chicago. chicago does not fix the horrible carnage, i will send in the feds. could you share with me about what is the nature of the federal help that the president has in mind, whether
it's law enforcement agents? --t factors will determine we were told after the meeting and trump tower that he did tell him things that would help chicago that he could use, which is more jobs and gun laws. sec. spicer: but the president is upset about is turning on the television and seeing americans , seekingd by shootings people walking down the street and getting shot down. the president of the united states giving his farewell address and two people being killed that day. when you look at the city like that, he had conversations with police officers in chicago and ask them, what is preventing you from solving this? in many cases, there are some issues that can be result that will help them do their job to keep the people chicago safer. what he wants to do is provide the resources of federal government and it can span a bunch of things. there is no one thing.
if it was requested through the government through the proper channels, the federal government can provide a lot of horsemen basis. there's other -- a law enforcement basis. there's other means as well to ensure that the people of chicago have the resources to feel safe. that is what he means. part of it is that no american, whether you live in chicago or nebraska, should not feel like you could walk down the streets of the city in this country and fear for your life. i think too often that is happening in chicago. >> what will happen next? sec. spicer: next is we will hopefully get a dialogue started with mayor emanuel and try to figure out what a task forward can be so we can come up with a plan that keeps the people chicago safe and eases the problem there. mexico's government have any knowledge that this new executive order will be signed today? do today?
do you think president trump and icente willhv be on the same page? >sec. spicer: there's a lot of trade that goes between the two countries. there's obviously home with security issues, but no question that that is going to be big on that list and trade overall. with respect to your first question, i don't think we generally telegraph to people coming to visit what executive orders we are going to send. >> a couple of questions. i want to go back to that draft for thee order that was handling of detainees. as the president seen that? the draft executive order that would undo the restrictions on how to handle detainees? sec. spicer: i'm having a hard time. you're asking me if it white house document is something he has not seen.
this is the second day in a row we are getting asked about documents that are floating around and people saying -- and frankly reports being published attributing documents to the white house that are not white house documents. to the best of my knowledge, he has not seen it. i think he is got a lot of other things. you get one more. >> i have two more. i'm not going to start answering hypotheticals about documents floating around. kristin, we're going to end this right now. hunter, no. the president reportedly is going to limit access to the country for visa holders and refugees from iraq, yemen, and syria. will he start steps for people from countries already here? sec. spicer: the president has talked extensively about extreme betting.
you will see more action this week about keeping america safe. this is something you talked about in the inaugural address and the campaign. as we get into the implementation of that executive order, i think we will give details. the guiding principle is keeping this country safe and allowing people from a country that has a propensity to do us harm, to make sure that we take the necessary steps to ensure that the people who come to this country, especially where areas that have a predisposition if of will or a higher degree concern, that we take the appropriate steps to make sure that they are coming to this country for all the right reasons. i think we will have further information on that fact later this week. >> what is the ultimate goal here? is the president questioning the legitimacy of his own election? sec. spicer: i think the question is -- voting is the most they could write we have as a ma americans. it's the foundation and hallmark of our democracy.
to make sure that we know everyone's vote counts equally as the next edison is probably one of the greatest things we can do. >> what about the checks and balances already in place? sec. spicer: by the reasons we need to make -- part of the reasons we need to make a study is that there are a lot of people dead on rolls or on roll s in two different states. studying and tracking what we can do to both understand the scope of the problem and also how to stop the problem going forward is something that is clearly in the best interest. >> thank you, sean. -- the viceestions presidents home state of indiana,, a former secretary of state, is the father of that state's voter id law, which went to the supreme court. he has long advocated other states following the indiana example with all states adopting
voter id. is that something the president would get behind? sec. spicer: i think the president's number one goal is to -- george is another great example of a state that implemented a very successful voter id program. i think that is what the president -- one of several things. the first that for him is to get this -- i don't wonder call it a task force yet, but this effort underway that can look at the scope of the problem. maybe we can make some recommendations. maybe it is voter ids and states, but we a 50 states in the territories that all have various different ids. i know that their compliance issues. part of that is to figure out the extent of the problem. in some states, what it takes to get a drivers license might be an issue. i think we have to understand where the problem exists, how deep it goes, and then suggest some remedies to it. right now to prejudge the
process would get above the need. >> next week is a national prayer breakfast. presidents from eisenhower to president obama spoke about their faith. will thein sec. spicer: i don't have the president pass scheduled for next week -- president's schedule for next week. reporter: what will the white house do on immigration? sanctuary cities and sinks where counties say -- and sanctuary counties say, we don't care. what do you do about countries who want allow those people to come back? sec. spicer: i think the first step, paul, is the funding piece. this is a multistep problem. that's why you've started to see different executive orders rolled out, then there is the congressional piece that we have to do legislatively.
to the extent that he can handle it with executive orders and memoranda to start curbing the problem of illegal immigration -- it's also about -- we talked a little bit about it yesterday in terms of funding. there's a taxpayer issue here. you've got the american people out there working and then having their money sent to places where people that aren't gettingcountry legally, sent to cities that are therefore using their tax dollars. it's not a one step solution. i think that's why you've got the wall. you've got some funding issues. you've got the vetting. but it's not a one step process. it's going to be a multitiered process. reporter: on the supreme court. what are the president's views of one of the judges? does the president feel the choice should be someone who is in their late 40's, early 50's, as a way of leaving his imprint on the court? sec. spicer: there have been
several names floated out there. he put out the list a while ago of 20 or so. that's where i would look. i'm definitely not getting ahead of the president on this. i would suggest to you that the people that are on that list that he put out during the campaign represent the kind of people that he's not going to nominate for the supreme court. we have well over 100, i think it's 100 and three vacancies at the federal level, at the appellate level, and i think that's going to continue to guide him. reporter: point of personal and which -- personal privilege. [inaudible] sec. spicer: i was just told the president is about to speak. i will get you the executive orders asap. real quick, hold on -- just for guidance purposes, we will be gambling tomorrow on -- be gathering tomorrow on air force one. bye,