tv White House Briefing CSPAN March 10, 2018 5:34am-5:59am EST
so, no surprise. we know there has been a lot of discussion, and you have been reading about it to. we also have been having contacts back and forth with them as you are well aware of channels we have had opened for some time. i think this was the most forward leaning report that we have had in terms of kim jong-un 's strong desire for talks. what changed was his posture in a dramatic way that came as a surprise to us. that he was so forward leaning in his conversations with the delegation from south korea. white house press secretary sarah sanders was asked about a potential timetable for talks with north korea during her daily briefing with reporters. that was one of several questions on the topic of north korea. this is 25 minutes.
ms. sanders: good afternoon. happy friday. we are once again seeing strong evidence that the american dream is back and real president trump's leadership. based on the jobs report, the presidents economic policies, tax cuts, and deregulation are working. the obama administration was losing around 1000 jobs a month in the manufacturing industry, president's election, many fracturing jobs have -- manufacturing jobs have increased by 275,000. over 300,000 jobs were created in february alone, bringing the total number of jobs created since president trump was elected nearly 3 million. the federal government is getting out of the way, and the american people are innovating, building, and creating jobs. been other news today, the president has pardoned a navy submariner.
he was 22 years old at the time of his offenses and has served out his sentence. he has been recognized by his fellow servicemembers for his dedication, skill, and patriotic spirit. while serving, he regularly mentor younger sailors and served as an instructor for new recruits. judge found that he stands in contrast to his commendable military service. the president is appreciative of his service to the country. with that, i will take your questions. >> what are the considerations under discussion for the location of the meeting between the president and kim jong-un? where this could take place? i take it you would not want to have it in pyongyang. ms. sanders: we will not have those conversations between me and you and the press. those will be conversations that take place at a much higher
level and outside this room. >> the south korean
national security adviser said the u.s. responded positively to a south korean request for a waiver on steel terrace. -- tariffs. where are you on that? ms. sanders: the proclamation yes or said there were two countries that were specifically excluded, and there would be the opportunity for us to negotiate on matters of national security with other countries, and we will be doing that with a number of different countries. >> does the president think that kim jong-un is sincere about talking about denuclearization? ms. sanders: the president is hopeful that we can make continued progress with what we know is a maximum pressure campaign. it has been effective and we know it has put a tremendous amount of pressure on north korea. they have made some of major promises, promises to
denuclearize. they have made promises to us -- stop nuclear and
missile testing and recognize that regular exercises between the u.s. and south korea will continue. the maximum pressure campaign, we're not letting up. we will not make any changes to that. we will continue in that effort, and we will not have this meeting take place until we can see concrete actions. that much of the words and rhetoric of north korea. >> do you think kim jong-un can be trusted? ms. sanders: we are not in the negotiation now. we have accepted the invitation to talk, based on them following through with concrete actions on the promises they have made. >> one other thing. lindsey graham said about this news, he said word of warning to north korean president kim jong-un, the worst possible thing you can do with donald trump in person is to meet in person and try to play him. if you do that it will be the end of you and your regime.
is he reading the president correct on that? ms. sanders: i think lindsey graham knows president trip is -- trump is one of the best negotiators and he has great confidence in his ability and is glad he will be the one at the table for the united states. i think senator graham has been on the other side of that and certainly knows the capabilities and determination of president trump. >> why did the president accept this invitation without any preconditions, for example, without the release of three americans that are being held there? ms. sanders: we will continue to advocate for that. let us not forget that the north koreans did promise something. they promised to denuclearize. they have promised to stop missile testing, and they recognize we are going to continue in our military exercises. let's be very clear. the united states has made zero concessions. but north korea has made some promises. again, this meeting won't take place without concrete action that match the promises made by north korea.
>> do you think a two-month time period is enough to make sure they will fulfill those promises? he says he wants to do it by may. ms. sanders: we working on a -- we are working on a determination of the time. let's not be lost in the fact that this didn't happen overnight. this maximum pressure campaign and this process has been ongoing since the president took office. for the first time in a long time, the united states is actually having conversations from a position of strength, not a position of weakness like north korea finds itself in due to the maximum pressure campaign. >> does that mean it may not be may? ms. sanders: we are not set a -- we have not set a time or location. those things are to be determined. >> did he promise to talk about denuclearize? or did he promise to talk about denuclearization? ms. sanders: the message from the south korea delegation is that they would denuclearize. that is what our ultimate goal has always been and that will
have to be part of the action that we see them take. >> before or after -- ms. sanders: we have to see concrete and verifiable actions take place. >> isn't the president giving kim jong-un exactly what he wants? which is respect and stature on the international stage? ms. sanders: i think the president is getting exactly what he wants. he is getting the opportunity to have the north koreans denuclearize. you have to remember nothing is changing from the united state'' position. we are going to continue the maximum pressure campaign. we are going to continue working with our allies and partners to do that. and we're going to continue to ask them to step up and do more. nothing is changing from our side when it comes to this conversation. >> will this be any more than a photo op? kim jong-un gets his equal footing in his view on the world stage. with the leader of the free world. ms. sanders: i don't think the
president is getting nothing. when we have said many times, since walking here in the last 10 minutes, that the president will not have the meeting without seeing concrete steps and concrete action take place by north korea. the president would beginning -- be getting something and the world would be getting something. if we can get to a place where north korea is denuclearizing, that will make the entire globe much safer. even president moon said this is because of the leadership of president trump. >> i apologize for that, given the economic news and the north korea news, what words would you use to describe the president's mood? ms. sanders: the president is in a great mood. the president has been in a great mood because we have had not only a successful couple days, we have had a successful year. we are very focused on making sure we have seven more. >> some officials in the white
house were taken by surprise by this announcement. was this done in a haphazard way? ms. sanders: not at all. as i said, this has been an ongoing campaign that has been ongoing for over a year. of thecause of some individuals were not involved in the conversation doesn't mean the appropriate parties weren't in the room and want a part of that discussion. >> the president came in here to the briefing room before reaching out to the president of china. is that appropriate? should he have not reached out to international partners first? ms. sanders: we have had ongoing conversations with leaders across the world. the president simply said there would be an announcement. the president had conversations with world leaders last night and today. >> [indiscernible] ms. sanders: the president had conversations with a few world leaders, last night and today. this is something all of these countries have been working together on and something we will continue to work with.
>> [indiscernible] ms. sanders: the secretary of state's deputy was in the room at a time these conversations went on. it is absurd to pretend like they weren't a part of this process and haven't been a part of this process all along. >> how will the president and the united states be able to verify this before the meeting? how will they be able to verify the denuclearization? ms. sanders: that is something that will be determined through the national security and intelligence community. certainly not something i would read out to you here. >> the president has previously said his predecessors have mishandled this. why can he be so confident this is the right move when in october he was telling his own secretary of state it would be a waste of time to talk directly? ms. sanders: i think it is clear they have misplayed it, or we would not be in the position where we are in. the president wouldn't have to be cleaning up the mistakes of the previous three
administrations. the president is getting promises out of north korea that haven't been made in recent years. we are going to continue the maximum pressure campaign to make sure they follow through on these commitments. sorry, i'm going to keep moving. >> who would you like to have with him at the meeting? the secretary of state? there is no ambassador now in south korea. doesn't he plan to step up the for this meeting? ms. sanders: the president has an incredible team surrounding him, the secretary of state, the secretary of defense, the intelligence community, but at the end of the day, the ultimate person to lead that negotiation or that conversation and the table will be the president. >> north korea government has made promises before. they've reneged on those promises. to two prior administrations. what is different now? why should we trust kim jong-un now? ms. sanders: again, because the united states is going to continue that maximum pressure
campaign. we are making no concessions. and we are not going to move forward until we see concrete and verified action taking place by north korea. we are also operating from a position of previous -- position strength that we have not had in previous administrations, due to the maximum pressure campaign, not just the united states. let's not forget a lot of our allies and partners like south korea and japan have stepped up and done infinitely more in the past year due to the president's leadership than they have in the previous administrations. this is a collective effort to put the pressure on north korea and it's going to continue. north korea is in a place of weakness. that is certainly recognized by the promises they have made during this conversation. >> he murders his own people. you say he is responsible for the death of otto warmbeir? otto wa otto warmbier.
why put him on the same level as president of the united states? ms. sanders: a lot of our knowledgeable about a lot of the problems of north korea. a couple of weeks ago a lot of members in the press were elevating north korea and some of the members of the regime and comparing them to people in the united states and this administration. i think that is actuallystates? ms. sanders: a lot of our knowledgeable about a lot of the problems of north korea. a couple of weeks ago a lot of members in the press were stage. no action by this what put north korea on a similar adn has even demonstrated a level of rise some of the media did during the olympics. francesca? >> yesterday south korean official state delegation came out and said that this meeting would be taking place by may. you do not say that in your original statement. that is not what you said today. the place and time hasn't been set. was there some sort of a miscommunication? what definitely has been said by -- ms. sanders: i'm simply saying a time and place hasn't been set.
>> moving on from that point, can you explain how this came about last night? there was talk supporters were going to be around -- ms. sanders: i'm pretty sure you guys were all still here. >> it was told there would be an announcement around 7:00 from the south koreans, and then the house ends up telling us it would be on the property. it wasn't until an hour after that you even said that even sent out a talk supporters were going to be around statement afg the details that president trump would be meeting with kim jong-un. can you walk us through how that happened from the president popping in there to the south korean official, not the fact that the white house briefed us on our own property outside? ms. sanders: this is the result of the south korean delegation who had met with the north koreans earlier in the week, coming here to give us an update on their meetings and us responding to that.
the reason for the south koreans addressing is because those individuals had directly spoken with the north koreans. they were the ones making that response. >> it was the president's idea to come in here and make that statement? ms. sanders: absolutely it was the president's idea to come into the briefing room and alert you of an announcement a couple of hours later. april. >> there is a black hole when it comes to intelligence and what is actually happening in north korea. what will be put in place specifically to qualify and quantify? what is actually there -- when you talk about denuclearization, what are you denuclearizing? are you going to employ world bodies beyond what you have in place? what do you plan on doing?
ms. sanders: that will be determined by the intelligence community, the national security team and not something i would relate to you on the podium here. >> when you have some kind of meeting of this nature it's important to understand -- i'mou could syaay, denuclearizing everything -- ms. sanders: it's important for our security community to understand that, and that is going to be a major part of any conversation. something i'm not going to relay at this point. >> one more subject. last question. when did president trump, after see stormy daniels? text, email, any information? ms. sanders: we have discussed this extensively and i have nothing else to add. >> see stormy daniels? text, email, any information? i. wednesday, governor brown said
president trump was declaring war on california. i know that the president has given jerry brown money for his campaign before. have they talked on the phone recently? when the president goes to california next week, will it be war, or will it be peace? ms. sanders: i am sorry. i cannot hear the last part. >> when the president goes to california, will it be war or peace? ms. sanders: i think if president trump was declaring war on california. anybody's stepping out of bounds here it is somebody who is refusing to follow federal law, which is certainly not the president. we are going for what we hope to be an incredibly positive trip. the president is going to look at prototypes along the border and also meet with and speak to the members of our armed services. he will be speaking with members all five branches of the military. i don't think that could be anything but a positive thing. john? >> thank you, sarah. two brief questions. stating the date coming up and might a company -- who
accompany the president or who is expected to help them, would be assume then that general mcmaster would remain national security adviser throughout the duration of the negotiations? ms. sanders: no reason to believe otherwise. could be ins, so it the fall this year, it could be later? ms. sanders: i don't have a crystal ball, but the president's national security advisor is general mcmaster. he is a valued member of the president's team and he's an important part of this process. >> he's not leaving anytime soon? ms. sanders: not that i'm aware of. go ahead. >> different policy questions for you. three weeks ago the president saidout in a speech and that are going to have the largest nuclear force ever. we will be so far ahead of everyone else in nuclear like you've never seen before, and as far as is disarmament, he said that are going to have the largest nuclear force ever. said we won't lead the way. the day after that director mulvaney came in here and said you all were going to stand
close to spending $50 billion to upgrade the nuclear arsenal. the week after that, the head of russia said he had a first-strike weapon. whether or not you believe he has a first-strike weapon, isn't it inherently dangerous for the owners of the two largest owners of the nuclear arsenal engage in brinkmanship, and why are we abandoning our role as a peacemaker in disarmament? ms. sanders: i don't think that is the point anyone is making. the president wants to make sure we have the most robust and modern military. he has been in constant conversations with the secretary of defense and acting in large part on the recommendations of the secretary. i think everybody can rest assured knowing that secretary mattis is making good decisions when it comes to how best to rebuild and modernize the military. >> this is global thermonuclear war we're talking about. you don't come back from that. isn't it dangerous to talk about brinkmanship? ms. sanders: i think it's
dangerous to push a narrative that is not at all with this -- at all what this administration is pushing. i'm talking. we are talking about the safety and security of this country. we are talking about making sure we have the strongest operate -- we have the strongest military in the world so we can operate from a place of strength. and that is what we are doing. i'm going to keep moving. i am going to take one more question. >> two questions, clarifying what you said from the podium. is there a possibility that these talks with north korea may not happen? ms. sanders: look, they have to follow through on the promises they have made. and we want to see concrete and verifiable action on that front. >> is it possible that could not happen? ms. sanders: a lot of things are possible. i'm not going to sit here and walk through every hypothetical. i can tell you the president has excepted -- the president has
excepted that invitation on the basis that we have concrete and verifiable steps. >> you have acknowledged that the president's knows about the arbitration involving stormy daniels.excepted that invitatioe does he remember speaking with his lawyer about that? ms. sanders: i've addressed this extensively, i don't have anything else to add. one last question. >> quickly, on north korea, what specific steps is the president taking to prepare for this major summit? ms. sanders: the president has been preparing for this for quite some time. in his regular briefings with the intelligence community, with his national security team. he's going to continue to do that with other subject matter experts. also the president is, i think, the ultimate negotiator, dealmaker when it comes to any type of conversation. as i think this is reflected in senator graham's statement. we feel very confident where we are. thanks so much, guys, have a great weekend.
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