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  This Week With George Stephanopoulos  ABC  January 1, 2017 9:03am-9:14am EST

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communication director and press secretary in his first sunday show interview since being tapped for the job by president-elect donald trump. congratulations and thank you for being here. >> you bet. good morning. happy new year. >> the big news from president obama imposing those sanctions on russia, expelling those diplomats. does president-elect trump agree with the moves or will he reverse them? >> as he said he's going to sit down with with intelligence committee heads next week, get a full briefing. i think one of the questions we have is why the magnitude of this. when you look at 35 people being down, the question is is that response in proportion to the actions taken? maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. that's nothing we haven't seen in modern history. when we look back -- >> we have seen diplomats --
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>> hold on. in 2015 china took sensitive data, people like me, classified or personal information where we lived, things we had written down on our applications and security clearances and a white house statement wasn't issued. no action publicly was taken. nothing. nothing was taken when millions of people had their private information including information on security clearances that was shared. not one thing happened. there is a question about whether there is a political retribution here versus a diplomatic response. >> it sounds like you think these measures are too much? >> the president-elect needs to sit down with the heads of the intelligence committees next week and get a full briefing on what ty and whether or not the obama administration's response was in proportion to the actions taken. maybe it was, maybe it wasn't. i would argue that if you look at our history, you haven't seen a response like that in modern history for any action. when you look at the fact that china did something so egregious
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in 2015 and the white house did nothing publicly, not even issue a statement except they sent everyone a statement saying you had free monitoring of your credit. they took action by sending a letter, not even taking action against china. what russia did we have to wait and see. >> it's interesting because we have seen near universal support from republicans in congress. mitch mcconnell called them a good first step and suggested that republicans in the senate may actually move to impose stiffer sanctions as punishment for russia. does president-elect trump oppose those efforts? >> what he's going to do is sit do intelligence committees, get a full briefing on what they knew and he can determine whether or not the actions were taken. as you saw, president putin said he's not going to retaliate. he wants to wait for president trump to commit. that shows you the power that president trump has.
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he's had success domestically to bring back jobs to carrier. hold on. and around the world foreign leaders are seeing what we're seeing in this country which is that business as usual is over, president trump is going to restore america's place in the globe. >> what's the bottom line? a yes or no answer. does president-elect donald trump now accept the fact that russia was behind the dnc hack? >> there's a report that came out the other day on the 29th that the intelligence committees put out and while the media played it up as a report about the hacking, if you look through it, a series of that should be taken like changing passwords, and what it shows is by all measures the democratic national committee had a very lax it support. hacking is wrong. no one supports anyone hacking into any entity but the fact is
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what the report shows is there's a need for them to go back in and look at what they're doing it-wise to protect their system. >> you do see the headline, russian malicious cyber activity. it makes it clear and names russia. gives the ip addresses. >> and it says back up the system. staff training. >> absolutely. >> mitigating applications. >> does he accept russia is behind this? >> he has to have the briefing. >> still not there yet? >> not a question of not there yet but getting the information. everyone wants to make a conclusion based off other sourced information, anonymous sources. he's going >> this is not anonymous. this is a public statement. >> what this says is the dnc had a problem with the it security and they need to do a better job protecting. we're having part of a conversation. why aren't we talking about the other influences on the election? why aren't we talking about hillary clinton getting debate questions ahead of time.
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that's an attempt to influence an election. someone giving her the questions and answers of the election. it's not hey. no one is asking those questions. the fact is that everyone wants to make donald trump admit to certain things. when do we talk about the other side which is what did hillary clinton do to influence the election? is she being punished and what do we do to make sure the people don't get debate questions ahead of time? if my boss got the questions and handed them off he would have been driven out of this town. no one wants to ask those questions now. >> just to be clear that was during the democratic primary, not in the debates with donald trump. >> so it makes it better? >> no. we're talking about. you're going back to the primary. >> i'm sorry. that's who ultimately ended up with the democratic nominee. you can't say let's go back only partway. bernie sanders gave her a heck of a run. if he had not had the same information maybe he could have done great, maybe not. you can't have as part of a
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conversation. we have to look at it wholist wholistically. >> donald trump has had a lot to say about russia. >> right. >> in particular about vladimir putin. first he praised putin for sending him a nice letter and he thought his thoughts were correct and agreed putin's mocking of hillary clinton saying it's so true and most recently praising putin's response to the sanctions. you're a long time republican, party of reagan. isn't there something strange for you to hear the incoming president offering so many words of praise for >> what happened? right? the united states says we're going to impose sanctions, call out people by name. the russian government says we're going to retaliate in equal sense. vladimir putin says i want to wait until donald trump comes. that's good for our country. everyone wants to talk about the
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tweets he sent. i would focus on the action he's getting. donald trump is not president yet and he's getting action, successes and wins both abroad and here at home. everything he does right now he gets -- he speaks for the head of sprint. everyone starts to mock him. they weren't announced. the sales jobs. these jobs are from abroad to america. instead of trying to undermine him, it's time people give him credit for getting things done. >> a broader question about russian/u.s. relations, paul ryan said, russia does not share america ears interest, in fact, it is consistently sought to undermine them. john mccain in putin is a thug and a murderer. is there a fundamental different world view on russia between these republican leaders and donald trump? >> it's an understanding of the role that russia plays in our world right now.
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they have the most number of nuclear weapons in the world. you can say we're not going to have a relationship. they wanted to have a relationship with russia and they failed. this president is going to have a relationship with russia and understand it's in america's interest to have a relationship with russia where they don't pose a threat to our national economic interest. that benefits every american. and i don't know why we wouldn't support that. at the end of the day -- >> if you view this differently as republican leaders? >> as a world leader that understands the united states has two other growing super powers, china and russia and to have a relationship with russia which we don't have because this administration had a failed reset that didn't go anywhere, and so right now the praise the fact they don't have a relationship. donald trump recognizes that a good leader is going to protect america's interest by making sure that we have a relationship with russia, that our interests are protected, not theirs. >> i want to move on to the inauguration coming up.
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you have promised and we have heard trump talking about a big start to this administration. >> right. >> what is the one big thing we are going to see after he takes the oval office? >> not one big thing but many. he's going to sign a series of executive orders. one, repeal a lot of regulations and actions taken by this administration over the last eight years that have hampered economic growth and job creation and he's going to start implementing things and bringing a new brand and institute a lobbying ban. what we have had in the past people looked in the rear-view mirror. if you want to serve in the trump administration you're going to serve this country, not yourself. >> it's going to be a five year lobbyist or a lifetime ban or anyone who wants to serve a foreign government. >> i've got to ask you about what we saw in the new york times last week. headline about trump talking about expanding u.s. nuclear
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ability. what struck me was the statement on twitter. mr. trump's statement in a mid afternoon twitter post. here big front page headlines generated by a mid afternoon twitter post. is that what we're going to see? >> sure. why not? >> major policy -- >> you know with all due respect, i think it freaks the media out that he has this following of over 45 million people. this is going to be a business as usual as i've said before. there's a new sheriff in town. >> we're going to see a lot of twitter? >> absolutely. why wouldn't -- >> he said on 60 minutes he was going to cut >> when he tweets he gets results. whether it's twitter, holding a news conference, picking up the phone, having a meeting he is going to make sure that he continues to fight for the american people every single day. >> are you going to have regular white house press briefings? >> absolutely. some way. some will be on camera and some
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off. we understand the importance of the -- >> no more daily televised -- >> no decisions have been made but we're looking at can we do it better. i've had reporters say we have got ideas. this is about we understand that we have a message to get out and successes that we want the american people to understand. we'll use every tool possible. we'll sit down and make sure on a daily basis that press is important. >> annual press conference?