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Sarah Huckabee Sanders
  White House Briefing  CSPAN  April 9, 2018 5:59pm-6:22pm EDT

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[indiscernible] excuse me? [indiscernible] nothing is off the table. nothing is off the table. [indiscernible] well, they are saying they are not. to me there is not much of a doubt. the generals will figure it out over the next 24 hours here it. [indiscernible] thank you, everybody. inc. you. thank you. no, not at all. the market is up today. not at all. don't forget, our country is going to be much stronger when this is finished. these trade deals are horrible. our country is going to be much stronger. that is very important. thank you. >> later, during the white house briefing this afternoon, press secretary sarah sanders reiterated president's warning about the chemical attack in
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area as well as the intention to announce a new strategy toward syria in the coming days. >> good afternoon. as you also, the president let a cabinet meeting this morning. in recent weeks, we have continued combating this issue on all fronts and by making the opioid raises the primary focus of the cabinet meeting, he is once again showing is one of his top priorities. there is a long road ahead and much work to be done. we will not rest until streets are safe. as the president noted yesterday , and again today during the
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cabinet meeting, the chemical weapons attack by syrian regime is horrifying. the images, especially of suffering children have shocked the conscience of the civilized world. these actions are consistent with assad's pattern of chemical use. they're already responsible for previous attacks. the president has noted that russia and iran there responsibility since they would not be possible without material support. it is also clear that russia has betrayed its obligation. the president, his national security team are consulting closely with allies and partners to determine the appropriate response. as president trump clearly stated, there will be a price to play.
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we call upon the syrian regime and russia to open the area to international medical assistance and international monitoring. with that, i will take questions. the president was pretty definitive today in saying that this was an attack with chemical weapons yet, there hasn't been any concrete proof of that. russia insists that there is no evidence of chemical weapons. what makes the president so sure that he is willing to make such declarative statement? >> the president is confident. he has been briefed by his national security team and been kept up to date constantly and regularly. i can't get any further with that. >> to have any proof that it was in fact a chemical weapon? >> once again, i can't give anything beyond that, as i have made but we are confident in those comments. >> the president was talking about wanting to leave syria quickly, now you are saying there is a price that has to be paid.
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does the president believe there are some things that are so atrocious, which is the word to use this morning, that the united states is the world's policeman and demands presidents -- demand presence in the region? >> the president wants to bring troops home after we eradicate isis. at the same time, he wants to make sure a thought is deterred from chemical attacks. signaling we want to remove our troops in no way degrades our ability to hold them responsible. >> has the president agreed that his comments in wanting to leave syria could have emboldened assad? >> the only individual that played a part, don't reside in this country. we have made clear who we think is responsible for these attacks. to try to conflate that and make this on any part in blame on this president is absolutely ridiculous. >> he has criticized others for
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signaling military plans. it seems to be what he is doing here. does he regret those comments? >> he has been clear that he wants to make sure we have defeated isis. afterts to make serve, previous chemical attacks what the president has done. we have been up front on that. [indiscernible] does the united states leave israel was behind those? was the u.s. given a heads up? >> i can only speak on behalf of this government. for questions on that i would refer you outside. at this time the u.s. is not constructing -- not conducting airstrikes in syria. >> did a white house -- did the white house get a heads up? >> i can go any further than commenting on behalf of our government. currently at this time the united states is not conducting
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airstrikes in syria. [indiscernible] there was ae said deterrent obviously. what has changed between months ago when this is odd -- when the assad regime wasn't using them. it seems to come so soon after pulling troops out of syria. you can see why we're drawing that timeline. [indiscernible] once again, the president has made clear that with the defeat of isis he wanted to be able to bring our troops home. at the same time, he wants to make sure that facade is deterred from chemical weapons on innocent civilians. we think you can have separation. >> did the president, by saying
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he wants to get out of syria, give a green light to a sod to do this as john mccain suggested. that we were pulling up? >> look. we are still there. it is outrageous to say that the president of the united states something as atrocious as the actions that have taken place over the last several days. the president once again made very clear how he feels about those types of actions. when this took lace, roughly a year ago. looking at alle the options on the table currently. ass t that has emboldened ad? >> i think the message we sent was very clear. in the president's words over the weekend and in the actions we've taken in the past. >> has the president's attitude toward vladimir putin changed because of what has happened? >> the president has always been
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tough on russia as he said last week. echoed again when asked about it. this administration and president have been tougher on russia than previous administrations. i think you can see that through the actions we have taken and in the comments over the last several days. >> but he singled out vladimir putin in a tweet yesterday. does he feel that he can find some common ground in working with him? >> the president still feels that if we can have a good relationship with russia at some point, that is a good thing for the world. at the same time, this president is going to be tough on russia until we see changes in their behavior just as we have done every day over the last year and as we have outlined multiple times before. thank you, sarah.
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given the situation in syria, your statement today, could the president be in the process of forming an alliance with president mccrone in france and , not unlinke the previous administration. >> we certainly have relationships with both countries and are continuing relations with the u.k. as well as france. we hope to work with all of our allies and partners in a response. orban, who minister him,aid many things about won a landslide reelection, will the president call him? are there any plans to extend an invitation for a state visit or working visit to him? >> i'm not aware of a scaffold
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call at this time. today is the first day on the job for john bolton. i wanted to ask you about comments he made about syria second 2013 on fox and friends. he said, i think if i were a member of congress i would vote against an authorization. he said i don't think it is an american interest, i don't we should take sides in the syrian conflict. is that a point of view that ambassador fulton is bringing to the table now as national security advisor? >> the point of view that matters the most of the president. bolton himself has said, ultimately the decisions made are the president's.
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comments he has the art personal. he is here to carry out the president's agenda. administrator often flew first last. theyou explain what president meant when he said rent was about market prices and it was okay/? >> he was referencing a report done by the epa. and that, it cites that the apartment was at market value and goes into other details. that is what the president was talking about. >> $50 a night was the market value? >> according to the office of government ethics. epas the president ok with secretary taking first-class travel? >> we are reviewing specific the beat of those components.
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i know there was a much larger number of security issues surrounding the epa administrator than in the past. but for specific questions, beyond that, i would refer you back to the epa. >> or those security issues included in the police report? across the country, no one found death threats or police reports that jeopardized his life or safety. what are you talking about? >> i can't talk about police aports, but there have been number of questions raised. again, we are continuing to review that. until it is complete i would refer you back to the epa. >> to questions. with all that has happened with with sanctions last weekend strong words associating russia with the syrian attack, is there an expectation or feeling that relations are eroding? >> we have been very tough on
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russia for quite some time. the only people that didn't understand that or see that were members of the press who continually question to that. i'm confused on which way you want to have it. the president would like to have a good relationship, but that will be determined by the actions that russia takes. we will continue pushing forward. >> second question, the items on thought onis there a the table of regime change and where does diplomacy play in this even with the strikes? you we arell reviewing. at the cabinet meeting this morning, the president was talking about the potential impact of chinese shirts -- chinese tariffs.
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he said farmers were willing to take a hit. then he said we will make it up to them. what did he mean? >> the president has worked with his team to determine how best to respond to china's attack on american armors. ofhas asked the department agriculture to present a plan. crop insurance subsidies that are put in for market fluctuations? sec. sanders: i'm not going to get ahead of potential options, but the president has asked the department of volcker -- of agriculture to come back. syria, we talked about the idea of military option being a deterrent. the president called the attack --t year sec. sanders: what our concern is about the assad regime taking
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an outrageous action against innocent civilians. our focus is on responding to that. that is what we are looking at. >> to follow up, since we didn't get a chance to, on your comments citing the l.a. times article about the president's rape remark. it didn't back up the president's claim? be admonished reporters to held to a standard of accuracy. as a present need to be held to that standard of accuracy? sec. sanders: absolutely. a number of those individuals going back to 2014, where there were articles and studies put out that said 80% of the women that make -- that go through that process and try to enter throughtry are raped that process. something that should be concerning to all of us. certainly something the president has voiced concerned about. >> about the voter fraud claims
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the president made last week not backed up by evidence? sec. sanders: can you be more specific? >> just giving the idea that when words matter, particularly a lot of international pressure. what is his standard of accuracy. sec. sanders: the president still strongly feels there was a large amount of voter fraud and attempted to do a thorough review of it. a lot of the states did not want to cooperate or participate. we know there were a large number of incidents reported. we can't be sure how much, because we weren't able to conduct the full review the president wanted because a number of states did not want to cooperate. wo questions regarding scott pruitt. how long is the review going to take that the white house is conducting? sec. sanders: i'm not going to lay out an arbitrary timeline, but we are looking into it. quick or years?
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sec. sanders: obviously we want to get through the process as quickly as we can. i'm not just going to make up a time frame. >> chief of staff john kelly beommend that scott pruitt fired? sec. sanders: i'm not going to get into personal conversations. >> i want to ask about mark zuckerberg heading to the hill. they've often talked about the regulations and the regulatory efforts of the president. there's a question of whether or not facebook should be regulated . does the white house have a stance on whether or not they spoke should be related? sec. sanders: we kill -- we don't have a pacific -- a specific policy announcement on that. >> what does the president make of mark zuckerberg? , and whentical of him i ask him about zuckerberg this morning, but does the president
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have an opinion? sec. sanders: i haven't asked him directly. must question. there anything the syrians can do at this point to prevent military action being taken? sec. sanders: i'm not going to get ahead of what actions we may or may not take. i can't answer that question. but, we will keep you posted when we have something on that front. >> just because you've been saying this over the last couple weeks, no one has been tougher on russia, isn't there some superbly on that, ronald reagan's are down this law. john kennedy put up a blockade around cuba. carter boycotted the 1980 summer olympics in moscow. obviously there have been presidents over the course of the last several decades who up and tougher than this president. also given the fact that this president wasn't really willing to criticize him by name. we all thought over the weekend
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and took it as a new development. sec. sanders: you cite one example for each of those individuals. let me list just a few actions president has taken the previous of ministers and haven't. the treasury department issued new sanctions on numerous individuals and entities in russia. the has continued other sanctions on russia's malicious cyber activity. he has expelled 60 russian operatives from the united states and closed to consulates. he has issued for statements condemning russia's poisoning of the case citizens on u.k. soil. he has authorized the sale of legal aid to ukraine. upis repeatedly called russians act can on that front. think that you named off one or two things. it is, without dispute that this administration has done a number of rings to be tough on russia. >> so if the president says warm your who made pay a price after
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all the russians were supposedly responsible for helping the syrians remove weapons from syria. when the president says they may pay a price, we should take that to the bank? sec. sanders: i will not get ahead once again of any actions that the united states may or may not take. the president has been clear about what his intention is. thank you so much. president oppose sanctions if no one has been tougher than he has? >> tonight come on landmark cases, katz v. united states, tz was tapees ka recorded by the the fbi at a telephone booth on sunset boulevard in los angeles. forever changing the way law
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enforcement officers conduct their investigations. our guests discuss these case are jeffrey rosen, president and ceo of the national constitution center in philadelphia. of jameel jaffer, director the national security law and policy program. tonight.dmark cases join the conversation. our hashtag is #landmarkcases. we have a link to the national constitution center's interactive constitution, and podcast at cases. facebook ceo of mark zuckerberg will testify before the senate and house committees.
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tuesday at 2:15 p.m. eastern on c-span three, he will answer questions during a joint senate meeting. easternsday at 10 a.m. on c-span three, he will appear before the house committee. watch live coverage on c-span3 and online at listen live with the c-span radio app. on thursday, we will cover the senate confirmation hearing for secretary of eight mike serves aso currently cia director. he will testify before the senate foreign relations committee. live coverage thursday to get a at 10 a.m. eastern. today, interfaith and was leaders held a briefing on capitol hill to discuss mike pompeo's record. this is about 40 minutes. >> good morning. welcome to interfaith alliance briefing.