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tv   Sarah Sanders Speaks to Reporters  CSPAN  May 31, 2019 2:58pm-3:10pm EDT

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white house press secretary sarah sanders spoke to reporters this morning.
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she was asked about president trump's threat of tariffs on mexican goods, border security and north korea. >> good morning. happy friday. the tariffs. if you don't mind, with tariffs. >> hold on, kristen. let me take blake and then i'll come around. >> i'm going to ask, if you don't mind. the usmca, the administration, wants that passed up on capitol hill. >> i think america wants that. >> why should lawmakers on capitol hill go forward when members and constituents in their districts are going to be paying more now for mexican goods. >> they should go through with that, because it's good for american workers and good policy. it's good for farmers, manufacturers, it's good for the unions. it's good for everybody. it's a great deal, and it's something we should move forward with. frankly, we should be able to solve these other problems as well, and we're hopeful that we will. >> the administration had been saying that -- the president was saying that mexico would be paying for the wall.
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that hasn't happened. the usmca was going to pay for the wall. and now it seems as if the usmca is in dire straits. how is the wall going to get paid for? >> again, we are going to continue focusing on the national security component here. we want to work with mexico. that's why the president has been asking for months for mexico to engage, to step up to do more. we're going to build the wall, secure or border, and the president is going to do what's necessary to protect the american people. >> what have they said about the subject in the past? >> we have been giving advanced warning for months. we have asked them repeatedly and told them, they have to do more. let's not forget that the average individual that crosses over the southern border of mexico, it takes 21 days before they reach the united states border. that gives them three weeks in which to break up particularly these large groups. just this week, we had over 1,000 people that moved as a massive group through mexico and came to our border untouched. they could have easily broken up this group, arrested them or
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sent them back home, and they didn't do anything. we're asking mexico to enforce their own laws, to help stop the people coming in from central america. we have seen a massive influx of people coming from that region, and they have certainly the ability and the legal authority in which to deal with it. and we are simply asking them to do that. >> one, the markets are already responding poorly to the president's latest tariff threat. and there's broad agreement that american consumers are going to bear the brunt of this, including and especially the auto industry. so why should u.s. consumers bear the brunt of the president's trade policy. >> they shouldn't, frankly of the congress should fix the laws. mexico should engage with us, and we wouldn't have to take any additional stems. but at the same time, the number one duty that the president of the united states has is national security and to protect americans. if we don't have security at our border, and we don't know who is coming in, and we can't process them and we're being totally overrun as we're seeing the numbers get worse and worse, the
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president has constitutional obligation to step up and do something. this is truly -- and even democrats are starting to admit, it's a humanitarian and national security crisis, and it has to be dealt with. unfortunately, the president is the only one that's actually stepping up and putting forward things to stop it. sorry, kristen, go ahead and then i'll come to you, joe. >> the administration confirmed the reports overnight that multiple officials have been executed by the regime and some sentenced -- >> i'm not going to comment on intelligence one way or another. i can tell you we're monitoring the situation, and continuing to stay focused on our ultimate goal, which is denuclearization. >> emergency powers -- >> sorry. >> the tariffs are based in part on the president's emergency powers which have been challenged in court. there is also a possibility of economic disruption. is the administration about one
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restraining order away from having the tariffs tied up in court for months? >> not at all. the president has the legal authority to do this through iepa. it gives him much broader authority. this is a measured response to the authority that he has. there is case law that supports it from precedent where this has been done in the past. and, again, the president is going to fulfill his duty. it would be nice if congress would fulfill theirs. >> a couple questions. just last month, the president was praising mexico for stepping up and doing more. what changed between then and now that prompted him to make this announcement yesterday, and also can you offer any details about how you'll gauge mexico's progress, and are there specific numbers you're targeting for them to bring down? >> they have done some, but not enough. again, they have absolute ability and authority to do a lot more than they're doing. again, a massive number of these individuals are coming from central america. that's where we have seen the
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greatest increase come from. outrageo outrageous numbers coming all the way through, starting at mexico's southern border, all the way through mexico into the united states. like i said, that takes on average 21 days. they're moving in mass groups, mascara vans. they see this, they have the ability to stop it. they also have the legal authority to return them back home. something we don't have here in the united states. this is imperative. if they take that action, it will make a huge difference. and we're simply asking them to do that. >> about retaliatory tariffs from mexico. also, nafta is still currently the law of the land and tariffs are not permitted on at least half of mexican imports at this point. how are you going to handle those two situations? >> the president is concerned about national security. he is concerned about protecting americans. that's his number one focus and that's what we're looking at doing. jen, last question. >> did the u.s. have a specific list of things that the mexicans need to do in order to avoid these tariffs? >> like i just said, one of the biggest things they can do is the repatriation of the
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thousands of people coming from central america. they can return them back home. they can stop these massive caravans from coming through their country into ours. that would be a very big first step. certainly, we have made some progress on the asylum, but we need to do a lot more on that front. and, again, we're hopeful that they'll do that. last one right here. >> after the tweets last night from both president trump and the president of mexico, have the two leaders spoken? >> they have not spoken directly, but certainly their teams have been in regular communication, and like i said, we have been talking to mexico for months, asking them to step up and do more. and our teams will continue to work together. >> why did the president blind side his own party with this? >> the president didn't blind side his own party. if republicans weren't aware, they haven't been paying attention. i don't mean that in a bad way. but the president has been talking about -- notified a number of members of congress prior to the statement yesterday, but at the same time, anybody in this country or frankly in the world that says
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that they're surprised by this has been living under a rock and not paying attention. the president has been crystal clear that we have to take action. we have to step up. we have to do more. and we have to secure our border. >> what about wall street? investors are nervous -- senate finance committee chair chuck grassley was critical of the trump administration's announcement of potential new tariffs on mexico. senator grassley sent out a statement, saying in part, trade policy and border security are separate issues. this is a misuse of presidential tariff authority, and counter to congressional intent. coming up on c-span3, a conversation on pandemic outbreaks, including the recent ebola outbreak in the democratic republic of congo. and then from the navy league sea, air and space exposition, a
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