tv Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon Make Joint Appearance at CPAC CSPAN February 26, 2017 6:49pm-7:15pm EST
could not have made a better choice. i'm so thrilled for your vision, so excited. [applause] ♪ >> also on thursday chief of staff reince pre-this and chief strategist and counselors steve bannon appeared together for a joint interview at the annual conservative political action conference. this is 30 minutes. >> alright guys, let's take a seat. cpac is known as having important moments. by ank it is safe to say
couple of cameras that this is one of those moments. i think the first thing that would be appropriate after 30 days after 30 days of running a continual sprint is to thank these two guys for what they have been doing. >> i also think it is a perfect moment to thank all of you for helping us elect what will be one of the greatest presidents that ever served this country, and just because of your work that he made it happen. >> i want to thank you for finally in writing me to cpac. [laughter] matt: what was the name? >> the uninvited. [laughter] >> there are many alumni in the onions.
>> i did not like the uninvited. matt: we decided to say that everybody is part of our conservative family and that is what donald trump has done to so many of us around the country. you guys have put together and -- put together an amazing operation. it was ronald reagan in 1981, and you put together -- the president has put together the most conservative cabinet we have ever seen. us are happy of about what looks like is going to happen on the supreme court. i'm looking in the back of the room. to -- ask you two
, we read a lot about you to -- .bout you two at that not all of it is accurate. let me ask each one of you, what is the biggest misconception about what is going on in the donald trump white house? >> i think the biggest misconception is everything you are reading. we are together for 6:30 in the morning. >> it is actually something you all have built, which is when you bring together -- what , i cannt trump shows
talk about data and ground game. donald trump, president trump brought together the party and conservative movement. if the party and the conservative movement are together, it can't be stopped. and president trump was the one person, andthe one , it was donald that was able to bring this party and this movement together, and steve and i know that and we live it every day. our job is to get the agenda of president trump through the door and on pen and paper. mr. priebus: if you look at the opposition party and have a campaign, and how
they are portraying the a demonstration -- the administration it is always wrong. on the very first day kellyanne and i started, we reached out to sean spicer. it is the same team that every day was ground away on the campaign, the same team that did the transition and if you remember, the campaign was the most chaotic by the media's description, most chaotic, disorganized, unprofessional, had no idea what they were doing, and you saw them all crying and weeping that night, when -- [cheers] mr. bannon: and the reason it worked is president trump. i mean, trump had those ideas, had that energy, had that vision that could help when nice a team around him of disparate -- look, -- i could galvanize a team around him. a lot of people have strong beliefs about different things, but we understand you can come together to win and we understood that from august 15, and we never had a doubt and donald trump never had a doubt that he was going to win, and that is the power of this movement. >> on top of that, first of all, president trump laid out his
vision for the five years ago here at cpac. if you go back and watch the tape of president trump four or five years ago that was , the trump agenda. i think president trump found it, which is what this country, what all of us were starting for the whole time, because we are so sick of politics and politicians. mr. priebus: in spite of the fact that we love being here. we actually hate politics, but what we were starving for was somebody real, somebody genuine, somebody that was actually who he said he was, and the media attacked us on a campaign. remember, attacks me, you cannot spend the money on trump, give it to the senate, attacked us on the transition. president trump put in the best cabinet in the history of cabinets, i think, and now, i see ridiculous stories, and all we do every day and all
president trump does every day, is hit his agenda every single day, whether it is tpp, whether it is deregulation, whether it is neil gorsuch. whatever it is, his promise is coming through every day. >> he is even leaving bathrooms alone, a depressing thing for a lot of people as well. >> let us go back to that point that reince made for a moment appeared president trump, when he was running -- and this is another thing the mainstream media or opposition party never caught. if you want to see the trump agenda, it is simple, it was all in the speeches. he went around to these rallies were the speeches had a tremendous amount of content in them. i happen to believe that he is the greatest public speaker in the larger arenas since williams jennings bryan's. we did not have any money. hillary clinton and these guys
had over $200 billion and we had a couple million dollars. it was the rallies and speeches. all he is doing right now is he has laid out an agenda with those features, the promises he made, and our job every day is just to execute on that, get a path to have those get executed and he is maniacally focused on that and that is one of the powers of the transition, where many people try to convince president trump, hey, you won on this, but this is what you want to do, and he is like, no, i promised the american people this, and this is the plan we are going to execute on. >> the supreme court, the way he has got to the supreme court, and the other 102 judges we are eventually going to pick, it is just methodical. that is not what the mainstream media will report, just like they were dead wrong on the chaos of the campaign and transition, they are absolutely dead wrong about what is going on today, because we have a team grinding it through on president donald trump promising the
american people. all of these promises are going to be implemented. >> that is awesome. you know, steve, you are a really likable guy. you should do this more often. not so bad. not so bad. [laughter] >> so, 30 days of action and you guys have touched on some of the action. each one of you, tell me the one or two things that have happened in the last 30 days that you think are most critical, and the one thing, like you said, steve, got to happen early in the administration to turn this country around. what is the focus after that? mr. bannon: there is a lot that have happened in the first 30 days. you look at our world order and some of the things that are going on that i think will be dealt with soon, and the first thing i think is neil gorsuch. for a couple things. >> number one, we are not talking about a change over a four-year period. we are talking about a change of potentially 40 years. number one.
but more important than that, more important, it establishes trust, it established that president trump is a man of his word. we always knew that, but when he said, here is 20 names on a piece of paper back in july, remember, he says, i'm going to pick my judge out of these 20 people on this piece of paper, and he did it. that is number one, because neil gorsuch represents a conservative, represents the type of judge that has a vision of donald trump and fulfills the promise that he made to all of you and all americans across the country. second thing, deregulation. what has not been talked about a lot is that president trump signed an order that put in place a constant deregulatory form within the federal government. for every regulation presented
for passage, that cabinet secretary has to identify two that that person would eliminate, and that is a big deal. lastly, immigration. immigration, protecting the sovereignty of the united states, putting a wall on the southern border, making sure that criminals are not part of our process. these are all things that 80% of americans agree with and these are all things president trump is doing within 30 days. the. mr. bannon: i think the same thing. if you look at the minds of work, the three verticals or three buckets. the first is national security or sovereignty. the second line of work is what i refer to as economic nationalism and that is wilbur ross and commerce, steve mnuchin in treasury, p navarro, steven miller, these people rethinking how we are going to reconstruct
our trade arrangements around the world. the third, broadly, minor work, deconstruction of the administrative states, and if you -- [applause] mr. bannon: i think the three most important things, one of the most pivotal moments in modern american history was his immediate withdrawal from tpp. that got us out of a trade deal and let our sovereignty come back to ourselves pure the mainstream media do not get this, but we work in consultation with the hill and with bilateral relationships, bilateral trading relationships with people that will reposition america in the world as a fair trading nation, and start to bring jobs, high value-added manufacturing jobs back to the united states of america. on the national security part, it was certainly first, the first that you started to see implemented under general kelly, the rule of law is going to exist when you talk about our sovereignty and immigration your general kelly -- sovereignty and immigration.
you will start to see with the defense budget, we will thought about next week when we bring the budget out and also with certain things about the plan on isis and what general mattis and these guys think. you will see the other part of that. the third, regulation. every business leader -- not just taxes, but also the regulation. i think if you look at these cabinet appointees, they were selected for a reason, and that is the deconstruction. the way the progressive left runs is that if they cannot get a pot, they will put in some sort of regulation in an agency. that is all going to be deconstructed, so that is why i think this is so important. mr. priebus: he brought up the fact that we are promulgating war laws and -- more laws and regulations than we ever had before, mostly from independent
agencies on autopilot. matt: also coming from the federal bunch, we fight out the political wars over issues we care about and all of a sudden, liberals on the bench like a lightning bolt out of the sky just change things, so what you guys are saying about changing that order is amazing. we all consume a lot of names, we watch and read a lot of things. there has been a great democratization in news. people get their news from under them thousands of sites. there is always polls being put out again, is donald trump doing a good job or bad job? i know what you all think. we have been hearing it all day. what is it that they keep getting wrong? what does the media keep getting wrong about the time phenomenon and the country? is there hope it changes? >> we sit here every day in the president pumps out all this work and the executive orders and the punching through, the promises he made to the american people, so we are hoping the media would catch up eventually, but we are so conditioned to it,
personally so conditioned about hearing about why president trump is not going to win the election, why one controversy in a primary is going to take down president trump. i lived through it as chairman of the party, and it really hit me because it was maybe the summer of 2015, and you remember the media was constantly pounding president trump, and the polling cap getting better and better and better for president trump, but it was when i went home and got out of this town, and i went back to kenosha and i talked to my neighbor, and i said, "bob, what do you think?" and he said "man, i really love that trump." and i said sandy, what you think? you had different people you were for, but you kept running into your neighbors and running into people that you know, and what did they keep telling you? trump, trump, trump.
[audience chanting "trump"] mr. priebus: tomorrow, tomorrow, ok? just be patient. i knew, it was that than for my family and my sister, who is a doctor out of san diego, nothing was impenetrable, because it goes back to what i said before, which is that the country was hungry for something far more, far bigger than one story or one-off issue. it was something people wanted in this country that was real and going to change the direction we were heading and it was president trump that will is the answer. -- that was the answer. >> it is going to get worse every day in the media. here is why. the internal logic makes sense. they are corporatist, globalist media. they are adamantly opposed, adamantly opposed -- [applause] mr. bannon: two and economic
nationalist agenda like president trump has. he laid this out many years ago at cpac. it is cpac that originally gave him the springboard pure the first time at breitbart we started seeing him, saw how his speeches resonated with people, and then we would go out to these smaller town halls later and he really, he got traction with the same message he is bringing today. here is where it is going to get worse. he is going to continue to press his agenda, and his economic -- as more jobs get better, they are going to continue to fight. if you think they are going to give you your country back without a fight, you are sadly mistaken. every day, every day, it is going to be a fight, and that is what i am proudest about donald trump. all the opportunities he had to waiver, moderate, everyday in the oval office, he said "i committed this to the american people, i promised this when i ran, and i am going to deliver on this."
how novel! how interesting! >> they are like, why is trump doing x, y, or z? because he said he would do it on the campaign trail. it is not that, located, is it? ok, i like that. there are some parts of this, though, that are given for pure the american conservative union which puts on cpac, in an effort to take in all different kinds of voices from the right and conservative movement and bring them together, so there is this question, there are those folks that consider themselves, you know, a classical liberal, or conservatives, or reagan conservatives.
other folks consider themselves libertarians, or part of the new trump movement. there are people in the crowd who would not have been in this crowd before, so there is a lot of diversity here. we all know it when we are in the bar at the end of the day. can this trump movement be combined with what is happening at cpac and other conservative movements for 50 years? can this be brought together? this is going to save the country. >> first the law, we have to stick together as a team. i think that what you have got is an incredible opportunity, an incredible opportunity to use this victory that president trump and all of us and you and everyone that has made this happen put together and worked together, continued to
communicate. it is very similar, some of the core principles of president trump are very similar to those of ronald reagan, when you look at peace through strength and building up the military. i'm going to build up the military, take care of the vets, make sure that we do not have a navy that is decimated and planes that are nowhere to be found. peace through strength, deregulation. mr. priebus: you think about the economy, economic boom that was created, and some of it is going to take a little time, i mean, to get the jobs back and to get more money in people's pockets. those things are going to happen, and in the meantime, we have to stick together and make sure that we have got president trump for eight years, and he is somebody that we know that we are going to be very proud of as these things get done, but it is going to take all of us working together to make it happen. >> i have said there is a new political order being formed out of this and still being formed, but if you look at the wide degree of opinions in this room, a populist, limited government conservative, libertarian, economic nationalist, we have wide and average and opinions, but the central core of what we believe, that we are a nation with an economy, not an economy in a global marketplace with open borders, but a nation with
a culture and a reason for being, and i think that is what unites us and what is going to unite this movement going forward. president trump tomorrow is coming to express his appreciation. >> absolutely. mr. bannon: he understands the many voices, but he is here to say appreciation and a hope to drive the movement forward. this is where he got his launch with his ideas in the conservative movement six years ago, five years ago, and he wanted to show his appreciation. we are at the top of the first inning of this and it is going to take just as much fight and focus and determination and the one thing i would like to leave you guys today with is that we want you to have our backs, but more importantly -- [applause] mr. bannon: by the way, president trump, we never doubted that for a second. more importantly, hold us
accountable for what we promised, and delivering on what we promised. >> let me ask, as we close this out, you guys have been so kumbaya, it is time for a group hug. you have worked really closely with steve. what do you like the most about him? [laughter] mr. priebus: i love how many collars he wears. interesting look. one thing, we are different. we are very similar in that he is very dogged in making sure that every day the promises that president trump has made are the promises we are working on every
day, number one. number two, he is incredibly loyal. number three, which i think is a really important quality, as we are working together to see to it that president trump's vision is enacted is he is extremely consistent. as you can imagine, there are many things hitting the president's year and desk every day. things that want to move them off the agenda. steve is very consistent and loyal to the agenda. it is a presence that is very important to have in the white house. [applause] mr. priebus: and, a very dear friend, and someone that i work with every second of the day.
i turned -- cherish his friendship. mr. bannon: it is low-key, but determination. the thing that i respect most is reince is always steady. his job is by far one of the toughest ones i have seen in my life. you only see at the service -- surface. what is going on below, the legislation, whether it is a tax reform bill, reince is infallible about driving it forward. it started back in august. we were outmanned, and outspent. present trump had this charisma, and we had the people here like cpac, and reince has been unwavering. >> i think the best thing we can do is let these two guys get back to work.