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there is an obsession with the media. no offense to any of you, but you act like you love to talk about policy. you have the platform. you are very able to steer the conversation to more substantive policy topics. when it comes to the economy, the stock market is at a all-time high. unemployment at a 16 year low. isis is on the run. there are some major things. deregulation at an unprecedented 1000 relationsy cut back that have allowed companies creating jobs the rope . that is not get talked about. when you look at what americans actually care about, it is economy, jobs, national security. what the media covers is palace intrigue.
it is whether this person is friends with this person. it is really on a policy issue, particularly on the tv front, which brought a lot of the coverage that other outlets write about. us tok it is great for act like it is all driven by the white house's inability to push things. we are making a lot of progress. i do not think the media wants to talk about it. 2017 i remember because it was my birthday. sarah: happy belated birthday. >> thank you. i sat in the oval office with the president and we asked serious questions about infrastructure. he immediately turned the conversation to bill o'reilly. we really had to chase him around in terms of the
conversation to bring it back to infrastructure. he did not want to talk about infrastructure. i was not part of that so i will not comment on that. you look the activity of the .hite house, day-to-day today you have a foreign leader visit and a medal of honor award ceremony. those things got far less coverage today alone. those are big things, major moments. frank: that is always the case. thequestion really is, president has the bully pulpit. he has the capacity to set the agenda, set the frame of the story. doesn't it go both ways? it is something you and your boss should be more mindful of. you can contribute to that. sarah: i think we do, every
single day. speeches, events at the white house, to activity that we are doing. typically, the metal summit roni -- the medal ceremony would be the top pieces. when you have someone go on twitter and refute what a congressman says, that is news. about that was appalling how we have focused more on the process than the people. i think it is a sad moment when we are focused far more on the process of what time it call was placed versus the fact that there was loss of military soldiers and that there were visuals killed in action. should be talking about the
heroes, their lives, and that has not been the focus. apology?ll there be an caucus, theamerican women of that caucus are calling for an apology from general kelly. i do not think general kelly was wrong. i do not think he should offer that apology. he was there. wants to narrow this down for nine minutes each. this was an event that took place during the course of the day. we have two different accounts. -- hek general kelly gave gave the most raw and emotional .ccount that anyone could give i think he has a lot of credibility on this topic and a lot of credibility in general, given the life service that he
has lived. i take him at his word. i do not have anything further to add to that. that the account he has given reflects what he saw that day. i think he has the highest level of integrity. in his account of that interaction and what he saw and how he felt. this all took place that day. frank: another question from the floor. move to the mic? it is running a little late. we have had an amazing conversation. let's go for another 10 minutes or so. home to yourt you
kids. i am a student. i have a question for the press secretary. the pressu support role of critiquing the president. what do you feel has been valid or fair? sarah: certainly on the front end of the administration, we could have done a better job of providing information to the press. some of that was a little bit of a learning curve. i have the advantage of being second in the administration in this position. i had the opportunity to learn a lot of different things. we could have done a better job of information flow to help impact the stories that would reflect the administration position a lot better, if we had on there forthcoming front end. a lot of that was a procedure process and us learning some of
that on-the-job training a little bit. somewhere weis could've done a better job, particularly in relation to the press and media. margaret: let's go to the back. sarah: i think you purposely went to the middle of the room. >> i would like to ask about anthony scaramucci. what sort of decisions were made in order to higher anthony scaramucci and to allow him -- direct him to give his interview with the new york times? [laughter]
>> every night i go to sleep. he was mine. they took him away. that was a nice insight into the glenn's life there. in terms of the hiring process, i cannot speak to that. that was not something i would have been a part of area at in terms of the interview, that is a decision he made. you would have to ask and how he feels about the decision to do that. frank: would you be giving interviews like that? sarah: no. i do not know if that answers your question. made to the decision he do that interview. you would have to ask him for any further detail. margaret: we will do one more.
last question. gentleman here. yes, you. give him the microphone. good evening. thank you for spending a great at georgeth all of us washington university. [applause] frank: i think that counts as a statement. sarah: he may have been a plant. >> i am a second year student studying international affairs. i will try to keep my question as short and sweet as possible. regarding president trump's covfefe.
white house press briefing spreads slower than tweets. change throughob this year in order to respond more precisely and accurately to what trump takes when it comes white house briefing? sarah: i think that was a question for you guys. is howt: the question does it change the way we do our job. air every hour. i am frequently updating. i have four different alerts for when he tweets, so i am covered on every front to make sure i do not miss it. as soon as he tweets, we put out a blast to the network. it is like a running commentary almost.
particularly in the sometimes changeable way he goes about his tweets and the topics he flips back and forth on. we stay on top of it. is something that pops up, we make the call to sarah to get some confirmation. covfefe? is said something. he says i watch it and i tweet. remember when albert brooks is talking about. he picks up the phone. william hurt says it.
the president looks at twitter very much the same way. for him, it is like a typewriter. he types it on his smartphone and best think he knows, it is on television. next thing he knows, it is on television. frank: do you report the tweets in real time? tweets cominge literally at any hour of the day or night? >> i remember getting in trouble. . was on tv when i was on duty i was on air when he tweeted something and i wrote the story while i was on air. it was a sense of incredible urgency. now, it isppened quite healthy. they tend to absorb things. it is being much more released
into the bloodstream. in real time,s it people are wondering what this means and how does it play and with what he said before. basically outlets that are getting used to this fast-paced news from the president. i think it is notable. story never written a from a -- official the presidential account. donaltrump is what he uses. cranked as when george w. bush walked out of the holding -- under his
arm. it has been very important. that the president took to twitter. foreign policy in general, i can come in and they do not or i will, or go ahead. this, sarah, thinking of how does this change political discord has taken place and the power of the bully pulpit? one thing we always say , they cannot possibly corneille when they look to the white house for a single message. the tweets fragment attention.
can be good for discourse and they could be bad for discourse. it is pretty widespread. >> one of the differences in recent months is that in the initial going, every tweets he made made it on the air on some form. there are still a lot. margaret: we would like to give sarah some parting words. i want to quickly go back to the ussue he raised about @pots versus @realdonaltrump. seenof the changes we have in the past nine months, permanent changes to the political landscape and what it means to be president.
changed inpe has politics or some of these are specific to donald trump. that remains to be seen. they always like to do we makenal panels areas an effort -- panels. we make an effort to get out to different parts of the country. we hope you will stay in touch with us after we go home tonight. we have email and we would -- and twitter. we would love to hear from you. we do really much want to thank you for your time and give you a couple minutes. sarah: thank you for inviting me and allowed me to come.
positive backd and forth. i appreciate the opportunity to come and answer questions. since i took questions from most of the panel, i do not have to take questions tomorrow. [laughter] sarah: i really do appreciate the opportunity. the opportunity that you guys do not get to see come up the back-and-forth that we have on a daily basis, with not just the folks up here but also a few other white house reporters. i think that is an important relationship, one that i hope we can continue to improve and look for it -- for better ways for us to do our jobs to get information to the american people. and is to get accurate informative information to the
american people. the more we can work together to do that, the better we will all be. i appreciate the opportunity and look forward to continuing to do this more and taking more questions. frank: i would like to thank the white house correspondent association and all the folks up on stage. e-work monstrously long days. he will be back super early in the morning and you have a family to get back to tonight. conversations like this are important. usually, you are across the podium from each other. to us to have an opportunity engage in conversation on some of the issues and here's some of is concerns expressed gigantically important. research.ng the we tried very hard to understand this process. there is a lot of talking about
the first amendment and what it means. cousin it is ae cornerstone of what we are all about. all of you are on that front row. you are shaping history. we all appreciate the conversation. we look to you to have this respectful but adversarial relationship with one another. the questioning of authority is what this is all about. account.ou to we should be held accountable andwhat we in journalism do get right and get wrong. that is one of the reasons why so little has confidence in the media right now because they do not see that level of accountability. many thanks to all of you for being here this evening. thank you for joining us.
thank you so much for your time and being so generous with your most precious commodity, which is your time. [applause] >> be safe everybody. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017]
>> on friday, the white house posted halloween festivities for the children of the white house is core. at one point, they were invited into the white house and received a treat. >> that is scary. who are you? wow. come on over here, honey. i never here. believe the media produces such you to full children. how the media did this, i do not know. come on over here. come on. where are the moms and dads? come on over here. come on right here. do you know who they are?
do you know who they are? they are the resident cause media. president's media. she's japanese? are you? i am going to be in japan in a few weeks i will be in japan. did you know that? that is you to full. these are beautiful, wonderful children. are you going to grow up to be like your parents? don't answer that. it can only get me in trouble, that question. you have wonderful parents, right? so halloween is special. that is a very scary outfit. >> everybody's scared. >> that is very scary. are you having a good time? what is this? i don't think they want any
extra candy. this is from the white house. you see what that says? who likes this? wait problems, that is the good -- you don't have a weight problems. take whatever you want. we have plenty. so, how does the press treat you? [laughter] pres. trump: you get treated better by the press than anybody in the world, right? you did a good job. you did a good job. really beautiful children. i like that hair. what color is that? is that purple? that is beautiful. beautiful. -- ll right
>> make him stay. the parents, maybe not. have a good time. thank you. beautiful children. >> which is your child? oh, very good. president trump: goodbye everybody. announcer: c-span, where history unfolds daily. in 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable television companies and is brought to today by your cable or satellite provider. leader andjority house minority whip have been leading a congressional delegation to examine hurricane recovery