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@POTUS has spoken with U.K. Prime Minister @theresa_may to offer condolences and support on behalf of the US.feedback
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May 23 2017 Israel
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The president is confident in the events that he has maintained and he wants the truth in these investigations to get to the bottom of the situation. There are two investigations going on in the House and Senate, and he wants to get to the bottom of this.feedback

The president has been very clear that the account that was published is not an accurate description of how the event occurred. I'm not going to give any other comment on that.feedback

There's a reason that we have classification levels, and that's to protect our country and our people. And that's something that we have to maintain, regardless of how it's thought out.feedback

This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe. This was the first time in our nation's history that floor coverings have been used to protect the grass on the Mall.feedback

Now I've been happy to talk about policies. Because the world's gone batshit fucking crazy.feedback

No, we know he's screwing the country but he hasn't made it clear what his position is – is it missionary? Is it doggy style?feedback

The executive order is fully lawful and will be upheld. We fully believe that.feedback

I think I made it clear last week that the president has nothing further on that.feedback

You have a House committee, a Senate committee, the FBI. I don't know why you need additional resources when you already have three entities.feedback

We are calling on all those folks in the region, particularly China and Russia, to do everything they can in terms of sanctions to help resolve this situation and bring stability to the peninsula.feedback

My job is to represent the president and to talk about what he's doing and what he wants. I'm not here to speak for myself. I'm here to speak for the president of the United States and our government.feedback

He has no business in Russia; he has no connections to Russia.feedback

He has no business in Russia. He has no connections to Russia. So he welcomes that. In fact, he has already charged a leading law firm in Washington, D.C., to send a certified letter to Senator Graham to that point, that he has no connections to Russia.feedback

The president has nothing further to add on that.feedback

The president has nothing further to add on that. We come out here and try to do everything we can to provide you and the American people with what he's doing on their behalf. And yet we see time and time again an attempt to parse every little word and make it more of a game of 'gotcha.feedback

It was all him. No one from the White House. That was a DOJ decision.feedback

Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off. We'll take care of this. … Can you just turn that light off?feedback

It was all him. That's correct – I mean, I can't, I guess I shouldn't say that, thank you for the help on that one. No one from the White House. That was a DOJ decision. The president has confidence in the director.feedback

It is his recommendation in concurrence with the Attorney General that the president based his decision on. There is clearly at this point no evidence of a reason to do that. Right now, on multiple occasions, they said the president isn't under investigation.feedback

I think Mike Flynn is somebody who honorably served our country in uniform for over 30 years. As he's noted, Lieutenant General Flynn was asked for his resignation because he misled the vice president. But beyond that, I think he did have an honorable career, he served with distinction in uniform for over 30 years, and the president does not want to smear a good man.feedback

We're keenly aware of the security concerns of our coalition partners in Turkey. We want to reassure the people and the government of Turkey that the US is committed to preventing additional security risks and protecting our NATO ally. The US continues to prioritise support for Arab elements of the SDF.feedback

I think the more voices that we can put on a panel to get this done, the better.feedback

Today President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office.feedback

I think the more voices that we can put on a panel to help get this done, the better. So, to the extent — I'm not going to tell Leader McConnell or the White House is not going to tell him how to conduct a panel.feedback

It's not question of defending Mike Flynn or not. I think Mike Flynn is somebody who honorably served our country in uniform for over 30 years. And I think as he's noted, Lt. General Flynn was asked for his resignation because he misled the Vice President. But beyond that I think he did have an honorable career, he served with distinction in uniform for over 30 years, and the president does not want to smear a good man.feedback

He has no business in Russia; he has no connections to Russia. So he welcomes that.feedback

It's a sign that the president wants to continue to meet with his team ... and come to a decision on what's (in) the best interest of the United States.feedback

During the transition, I asked Gen. Flynn that – whether or not there were any other conversations beyond the ambassador and he said no.feedback

Jared has done everything to comply with the ethics rules ... and that had nothing to do with him per se.feedback

Obviously, this is concerning. We're well aware of it and we're going to work through the Embassy of Sweden ... through our State Department, to seek the release of the individuals there.feedback

It's in this country's national security interest to make sure the people coming in here aren't coming in here with the right motives and reasons and that we're having a public safety aspect to making sure we're protecting our people.feedback

President Obama made it known that he wasn't exactly a fan of Gen. Flynn's.feedback

Obviously this is concerning. We are well-aware of it, and we are going to work through the embassy of Sweden ... through our State Department to seek the release of the individuals there.feedback

The process is every government employee who is eligible for a clearance goes through the same process. So it's not–we don't have a unique process.feedback

Sure it does. Why would you re-run a background check on someone who was the head of the department–the Defense Intelligence Agency–that had and did maintain a high-level security clearance? That's it.feedback

I have no reason to believe – I haven't asked him. I have not asked the president since the last time we spoke about this. It was all him. That's not a threat. He's simply stating a fact. The tweet speaks for itself.feedback

If President Obama was truly concerned about General Flynn, why didn't they suspend his security clearance, which they approved just months earlier?feedback

It's true that President Obama made it known that he wasn't exactly a fan of Gen Flynn's. The tweet speaks for itself. If President Obama was truly concerned about Flynn, why didn't he pull his security clearance?feedback

We congratulate President-elect Macron and the people of France on their successful presidential election. We look forward to working with the new President and continuing our close cooperation with the French government.feedback

Part of the reason that the president has made illegal immigration and crackdown such a big deal is because of tragedies like this … Immigration pays its toll on our people if it's not done legally, and this is another example.feedback

Obviously, there's a human rights component that goes into all of this and so it's a balance. We want to make sure that our country, our people are protected ... This isn't a simple yes-or-no kind of situation.feedback

So just to be clear, the acting attorney general informed the White House counsel that they wanted to give a 'heads up' to us on some comments that may have seemed in conflict with what he had sent the Vice President out in particular. The issue, pure and simple, came down to a matter of trust.feedback

I'll leave it up to Congress to decide whether it's appropriate to address this legislatively. Once there was a piece of legislation, then we could have an opportunity to weigh in.feedback

He mentioned this on the campaign trail. It shouldn't be a surprise to anybody. We're not at a point where we're ready to roll out details of that yet.feedback

The reason that the president is building an effective coalition and is getting results around the globe in reasserting America's place is because he understands the type of diplomacy and the type of negotiating and the type of deal-making that actually gets real results for our country. We've got to see their provocative behavior ratcheted down immediately.feedback

Today I assume that we're closer today than we were a week ago, but we're not there yet. We feel confident in the direction this is going. We've seen more and more members on board.feedback

So that is something that he is ensured is in the current bill and we'll continue to push for to make sure that coming out of the Senate and going to conference it's there as well.feedback

There are people on both sides of the aisle, different backgrounds, that come in to see the president and ask him, could you please consider this, will you keep an open mind on it. And I think that's, frankly, what the president was doing.feedback

I know the NRA is glad to have a justice in that seat who is such a staunch defender of the Constitution.feedback

The president's plan right now is something that every American should worry, hopefully, about how it's going to affect them.feedback

We're very pleased with the public reaction that they are having to what's recently been renegotiated. He wants a vote when they have 216 votes.feedback

The president has made addressing the problems of NAFTA a priority throughout the campaign, and once the president makes a decision about how he wants to address that, we'll let you know.feedback

Aggressive rhetoric since the New Year strongly suggests North Korea will not only continue to test these proscribed systems, but is also likely to attempt a first launch of a similarly prohibited intercontinental ballistic missile.feedback

San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands.feedback

This is the Democrats. This is us.feedback

The president went out of his way to recognize the Holocaust.feedback

The president has made very clear that he's got two priorities in this continuing resolution: No. 1, the increase in funding for the military and No. 2, for our homeland security and the wall.feedback

But he would make sure that that promise would be kept as far as the payment of it. That's right.feedback

I think that the work that [Office of Management and Budget] Director [Mike] Mulvaney and others have made in these negotiations has been very positive. They feel very confident that that won't happen.feedback

I made a mistake by trying to make a comparison that was completely wrong. I don't even know how to explain it. I think Melissa McCarthy needs to slow down on the gum chewing. Way too many pieces in there.feedback

I think we want to make sure that we've got the votes and we're headed in the right direction before putting some artificial deadline.feedback

The president has made very clear that he's got two priorities in this continuing resolution: number one, the increase in funding for the military and number two, for our homeland security and the wall.feedback

The president said that we have an armada going towards the peninsula. That's a fact. It happened. I don't think the president owns a bathrobe. He definitely doesn't wear one.feedback

It was "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.feedback

We're going to get it done when it's appropriate in terms of getting to that 216. If it gets done next week, great.feedback

The national security team, in particular, was working through diplomatic channels to folks in the el-Sisi government. Most of this was directly tied to his staff and his actions.feedback

We're just pleased that she's back home. The president and the team successfully worked to have her brought home.feedback

I think we've made it very clear that we want border wall funding, we want greater latitude to deny federal grants to sanctuary cities.feedback

At a time when our nation and the world was watching the peaceful transition of power and, as the president said, the transition and the balance of power from Washington to the citizens of the United States, some members of the media were engaged in deliberately false reporting. Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall.feedback

We will be reaching out to the Vatican to see if an audience with the pope can be accommodated. We would be honored to have an audience with his holiness.feedback

They're not going to fight that fight. I look at the polls, and cannabis is a hell of a lot more popular than Trump.feedback

What part is misleading? I'm trying to figure that out. We were asked a question about what signal it sent. We answered the question on what signal it sent. I'm not the one who commented on timing.feedback

I would respectfully suggest that, in this case, the facts are not completely out, so I would rather not jump to conclusions about what happened.feedback

We're well aware of any potential negative impacts that an action could have. Regardless whether it's an economic, political or military action you always weigh those kinds of actions. That's why he's asking for this review. If he didn't, if he thought everything was fine he would've allowed this to move forward. Part of the review ... is to determine where Iran is in compliance with the deal and to make recommendations to the president on the path forward.feedback

The president said that we have an armada going towards the peninsula. That's a fact. It happened. It is happening, rather.feedback

The reaction has somewhat been, you know, that they almost won. No, they lost! They spent $8.3 million dollars and threw everything including the kitchen sink at it, and lost.feedback

We've made very clear to Congress that the president's priorities are increasing military spending and security of our border. We're going to continue to have conversations with Congress, and we feel confident that they'll do their job.feedback

And frankly, the faux attempt that the Obama administration put out, where they would scrub who they didn't want put out, didn't serve anyone well.feedback

When you a see a carrier group steaming into an area like that [it] is clearly a huge deterrence.feedback

I think the president's view on this has been very clear from the campaign, and the American people understood it when they elected him in November.feedback

I don't think that we should fake it, going to a dinner where you sit around, and they pretend everything is hunky-dory.feedback

It's not really being transparent when you scrub out the names of the people that you don't want anyone to know were here. We bring people in, we release participant lists, we give press the opportunity to come into the room, see everybody who's there, hear part of the discussion.feedback

The president wants to make sure that people can come in the same way they can go into a member of the Congress's office, provide information and details.feedback

We're following the same policy that every administration from the beginning of time (prior to Obama) has used with respect to visitors logs. You don't know who got left off and who didn't.feedback

It's been covered before. It's the same thing that was discussed during the campaign trail. The president is under audit. It's a routine audit that continues.feedback

We're under the same audit that has existed, and nothing has changed. The American people understood when they elected him in November.feedback

President Obama got elected by promising to be different, to change Washington, and to be open, transparent and accountable. But it turns out it was all empty rhetoric--nothing but broken promises.feedback

I think that we recognize that there's a privacy aspect to allowing citizens to come, express their views. We are going to follow the law the way that every administration has followed up until the last one. I think the people understand, you know, how successful the president has been and how much he's paid in taxes. Obviously, the president has, you know, time to spend with family. He makes phone calls. We generally provide readouts of those phone calls with foreign leaders, whether he's here or in Florida.feedback

It gets very hot. I can't see too much, and the bunny does not talk, but every child is special on this day … Most children are so excited to see the bunny that they are on their best behavior.feedback

I am sensitive to the fact that they were sent there on trains. But, hey, at least they didn't have to fly United, am I right? That one just jumped. That one just jumped right out of my mouth.feedback

We filed our financial disclosure forms the other day in a way that allows everyone to understand.feedback

I was trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week using chemical weapons and gas. And frankly, I mistakenly used an inappropriate, insensitive reference to the Holocaust. I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.feedback

The GBU-43 is a large, powerful and accurately delivered weapon. We targeted a system of tunnels and caves that ISIS fighters used to move around freely, making it easier for them to target U.S. military advisers and Afghan forces in the area.feedback

The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group, we must deny then operations space, which we did.feedback

The United States takes the fight against ISIS very seriously and in order to defeat the group we must deny them operational space, which we did.feedback

It's a very, very complex issue and I'm gonna leave it to the president to specifically answer it.feedback

I think, respectfully, I think you can look at what you're referring to as a shift in a lot of ways, and by that I mean I saw a couple instances with respect to NATO being one of those shifts, and if you look at what's happened, it's those entities or individuals in some cases or issues evolving toward the president's position.feedback

You look at the president's position, where he wanted to see NATO, in particular, evolve to, and it's moving exactly in the direction that he said.feedback

I think we're getting closer and closer every day.feedback

We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had a, you know, someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons. So you have to if you're Russia, ask yourself: Is this a country that you, and a regime, that you want to align yourself with? You have previously signed onto international agreements, rightfully acknowledging that the use of chemical weapons should be out of bounds by every country.feedback

It's–, it really is painful to myself to know that I did something like that because that obviously was not my intention. And, to know when you screw up that you possibly offended a lot of people–, I just, you know, and so I would ask obviously for folks' forgiveness to understand that I should not have tried to make a comparison.feedback

I've let the president down. It's a very holy week for Jewish and Christian people...to make a gaffe and a mistake like this is inexcusable and reprehensible. It's painful to myself to know I did something like that.feedback

Gorsuch was confirmed, the media is saying nice things and nobody is talking about Russia – what a difference 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles can make!feedback

It's painful to myself to know that I did something like that.feedback

I mean, obviously the president meant in totality the number that had been released on the battlefield – that have been released from Gitmo since – individuals have been released.feedback

Going in and occupying Syria for the express purpose of regime change is something the president has been very clear on.feedback

The last thing we want to see is a nuclear North Korea that threatens the coast of the United States, or, for that matter, any other country, or any other set of human beings. He would welcome President Xi weighing in on this a little bit more.feedback

I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing. I understand your point, thank you, thank you, I appreciate that. There were not – he brought them into the Holocaust centre, I understand that. But was saying in the way that Assad used them where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent(s) into the middle of town. It was brought – so the use of it, and I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.feedback

You look, we didn't use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had a, you know, someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons.feedback

No matter what you do, no matter what you wear, it gets amplified to a degree that you couldn't imagine.feedback

There's no comparing atrocities and it is a very solemn time for so many folks that's part of that, so that's obviously a very difficult thing personally to deal with, because you know a lot of people that don't know you wonder why you would do that. I think I've let the president down and so on both a personal level and a professional level that will definitely go down as not a very good day in my history.feedback

I love it. I truly do believe it's an honour to have this job. It is a privilege and if you don't believe it's so, you shouldn't be here.feedback

I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers.feedback

I make mistakes; everyone does. How you handle those mistakes is what makes the difference in life.feedback

I think they should go have their dinner and I know they've put a lot of time into it and that's great, but I don't think that just sitting there and watching a bunch of celebrities walk by is somehow an indication of how much you care about or respect the press or the first amendment. I think they should have their dinner, but we I think have a right, in the same first amendment gives us a right, to say this is inappropriate to go and it sends the wrong signal and, if things get better, maybe we'll attend next year, but this is not the year to do it.feedback

I think the relationship and the coverage that we've gotten, I don't think that we should fake it, going to a dinner where we sit around and pretend that everything's all hunky-dory is probably not an appropriate year to be doing this.feedback

I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison.feedback

I think there is no evidence that North Korea has that capability at this time. Threatening something that you don't have the capability of isn't really a threat.feedback

I don't see a peaceful, stable Syria in the future that has Assad in charge. I don't see a future Syria that has (Assad) as the leader of that government.feedback

The president went out of his way to recognize the Holocaust and the suffering that went through and the people that were affected by it and the loss of life.feedback

You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons.feedback

I understand your point, thank you. He brought them into the Holocaust center, I understand that. But what I am saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down to innocent, into the middle of towns . . . so the use of it. And I appreciate the clarification there. That was not the intent.feedback

This evening, @WhiteHouse staff held a Passover Seder, marking first night of Passover.feedback

I don't think anyone looks at that video and isn't a little disturbed that another human being is treated that way.feedback

There is a bit of irony that for all of these talks that have been perpetuated about back channels and direct links, that now it's they won't meet with you.feedback

In no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable.feedback

We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II. Someone as despicable as Hitler... didn't even sink to using chemical weapons. I think when you come to sarin gas, there was no, he (Hitler) was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing. There was clearly....I understand your point, thank you. There was not...He brought them into the Holocaust center I understand that. I appreciate the clarification. That was not the intent.feedback

The president has believed that for a while. It's a belief that he has maintained for a while, a concern that he has about voter fraud.feedback

Nothing has changed in our posture. The president retains the option to act in Syria against the Assad regime whenever it is in the national interest … And as the president has repeatedly made clear, he will not be telegraphing his military responses.feedback

From a humanitarian standpoint, [we are] ensuring that we create an environment that provides a safe place for them to ultimately remain. In this particular decision, I felt President Trump was right. He "can't imagine a stable and peaceful Syria where Bashar al-Assad is in power.feedback

We didn't use chemical weapons in World War II. You know, you had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons. So you have to, if you are Russia, ask yourself: Is this a country and a regime that you want to align yourself with?feedback

It's interesting that we went from all of these direct links to Russia to now are we disappointed that we can't even get a meeting with him. There is a bit of irony in the question.feedback

I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.feedback

If you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bombing to innocent people, I think you can see a response from this president. That's unacceptable. The president retains the option to act in Syria against the Assad regime whenever it is in the national interest … and as the president has repeatedly made clear, he will not be telegraphing his military responses.feedback

It still would be a great opportunity before they leave for August recess, but we're going to make sure we do this right.feedback

I think we need to remind them of the commitments that they've made and the commitments that Syria's made. There's no question who acted in this case and what Syria did. And I think that we need to make sure that Russia fully understands the actions that Assad took, the commitments that Syria has made – and Russia has equally agree to those same – understanding. So getting them back on the same page, first and foremost, would seem the logical step.feedback

Look, I think the president has been very clear that there are a number of lines that were crossed last week.feedback

If you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb into innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president. The sight of people being gassed and blown away by barrel bombs ensures that if we see this kind of action again, we hold open the possibility of future action.feedback

If you gas a baby, if you put a barrel bomb in to innocent people, I think you will see a response from this president.feedback

The president, wherever he goes, he carries the apparatus of the White House.feedback

There is a fine line between people who want to be part of something that they never had an official role in, and people who actually played a role in either the campaign or transition. Obviously there has been discussion of Paul Manafort, who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.feedback

The president believes that the Syrian government, the Assad regime, should at the minimum agree to abide by the agreements they made to not use chemical weapons.feedback

He was very moved and found the event extremely tragic.feedback

Today's chemical attack in Syria against innocent people, including women and children, is reprehensible and cannot be ignored by the civilized world. These heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution.feedback

The president would like to see this done. If we can get a deal and it gets to those votes – which, again, I'm not going to raise expectations, but there are more and more people coming to the table with more and more ideas about how to grow that vote.feedback

It's not for me to decide who should testify or how they should do it.feedback

I'm not going to raise expectations, but I think that there are more and more people coming to the table with more and more ideas about how to grow that vote.feedback

The more we find out about this, the more we learn there was something there.feedback

I'm not ready to talk about our next step but we'll talk about that soon.feedback

Trump "would like to see this done. I'm not going to raise expectations, but I think that there are more and more people coming to the table with more and more ideas about how to grow that vote.feedback

There is a troubling direction that some of this is going in.feedback

We continue to feel optimistic in the sense that there's a lot of constructive ideas that are coming to the table to get us to a way forward.feedback

We have promoted more non-traditional, non-mainstream media outlets and reporters than ever before, and we treat everyone the same. We push back on anyone who is attempting to create a false narrative or assumes facts that aren't in evidence. I've known April for a long time. She's a tough reporter who has fought very effectively for her place in that briefing room. I respect her grit and determination.feedback

I've treated every reporter regardless of outlet, gender or race the same.feedback

We're not going to start going down guessing the motives of something that is not assumed in fact yet.feedback

She was the one who went out and said, quote, that she had nothing to do with this on a program a few weeks ago and now you see more and more reports. It's not for me to decide who should testify or how they should do it. But I do think that there's a sharp contrast between a few weeks ago when she was very public in saying she, quote, didn't have any clue what Chairman Nunes was talking about. And yet now, we're finding out that she's trying to figure out some kind of friendly way of discussing this.feedback

I don't think to, sort of, then translate it into he's overseeing Iraq is an accurate assessment. He has a team that he oversees. There is a team, depending on the subject, that is working with him. And he is providing oversight and direction.feedback

A blind trust, or any kind of trust rather, the whole entire point of setting it up is so that somebody can draw money. The idea that the president is withdrawing money at some point is exactly the purpose of why a trust is set up, regardless of an individual.feedback

The president is personally proud to contribute the first quarter of his salary to the important mission of the Park Service. It is every penny the president received ... from Jan. 20 noon forward.feedback

We are not aware of any meetings, and Erik Prince had no role in the transition.feedback

I do think that it's interesting, the level, or lack thereof, of interest in this subject.feedback

When you compare the two sides in terms of who's actually engaging with Russia, trying to strengthen them, trying to act with them, trying to interact with them, it is night and day between our actions and her actions.feedback

It is every penny that the president received from the first quarter to the day. It's from Jan. 20, noon, forward. The president has spoken with counsel and made the decision to make his first quarter salary in total to a government entity. He has chosen this quarter to donate it to the National Park Service. It's a decision he made. Counsel presented him with several options. He believed .. some great work is being done there, especially work being done to restore our great battlegrounds.feedback

He kindly asked that you all help determine where that goes. The way that we can avoid scrutiny is let the press corps determine where it should go.feedback

The park service has cared for our parks since 1916, and the president is personally proud to contribute the first quarter of his salary to the important mission of the park service, which is preserving our country's national security.feedback

If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection. Lawd!!! The Spicer show is so fascinating precisely because he remembers when he used to have a conscience. And the memory troubles him. The president's tweets speak for themselves.feedback

At some point, I would implore, urge, beg some of you to use some of your investigative skills.feedback

There is a concern that people misused, mishandled, misdirected classified information – leaked it out, spread it out, violated civil liberties.feedback

This isn't a sit-around-and-play-patty-cake kind of conversation. There are big issues. I think he wants to have a very good, respectful and healthy relationship, but he also wants to make sure that he tackles the challenges and problems that are facing American workers and manufacturers and get to them.feedback

We are at the first stages of this process, beginning to engage with members of Congress, policy groups, business leaders, industry, constituents from around the country, and other stakeholders.feedback

Yes, it is appropriate for a member of Congress to contact someone who contacted him. As Chairman Nunes said himself, he was not hiding or roaming. He was asked to come over here by an individual. He came over, which happens daily.feedback

We've actually encouraged people to go talk to the House and Senate intelligence committees and the appropriate investigators so that they can continue to get to the bottom of this.feedback

He thinks he should go out and tell his story.feedback

[I]f I can go back for a second to something that the Obama administration's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense noted very clearly on the record, that they were engaged in an effort to spread information about Trump officials that had come up in intelligence. That's not – that is several networks. Evelyn Farkas made that proclamation about what was going on during the Obama administration regarding the Trump team. So that is something that they made very clear on the record.feedback

I think there is an element of going above and beyond what has been done in the past to make sure that people have access to this. The president has brought a lot of people into this administration, and this White House in particular, who have been very blessed and very successful by this country, and have given up a lot to come into government by setting aside a lot of assets.feedback

That is not a statement of administration policy. That is not an accurate statement of where we are at this time.feedback

With respect to Assad, there is a political reality that we have to accept. The United States has profound priorities in Syria and Iraq, and we've made it clear that counterterrorism, particularly the defeat of ISIS, is foremost among those priorities.feedback

It is a fairly comprehensive undertaking of every asset that a person owns, every debt that they have and I think that that is a very clear understanding of the assets that people have, the value of those assets, both in terms of whether they're worth something or the liabilities that they're incurring. That is a very, very transparent way of being able to understand someone's – and so, to equate the two is rather….feedback

On March 2, day before the president's tweet, comments by a senior administration official foreign policy expert, Dr. Evelyn Farkas, together with previous reports that have been out, raised serious concerns on whether or not there was an organized and widespread effort by the Obama administration to use and leak highly sensitive intelligence information for political purposes.feedback

We have invited them up to view it in a classified setting.feedback

I cannot get into who those individuals were. If I start going down the path of confirming or denying one thing, we're going down a very slippery slope.feedback

There's a desire to make sure that both sides of the aisle as well as both chambers have that information. We invited them up to view it in a classified setting, in an appropriate setting. There has been information, material that has come to light, and we want to make sure that the people who are conducting the review have that information.feedback

I don't know why he would brief the Speaker and then come down here to brief us on something that we would have briefed him on.feedback

I think there's been some regulatory effort and some commitments on the regulatory efforts going forward in the future that I think may have played a role.feedback

He was poking fun and making a joke.feedback

… The White House has been hosting events all throughout March.feedback

The staff is standing in solidarity with the president, who has been treated unfairly. We hope, including the president, that things improve and we can attend next year.feedback

The president made women's empowerment a priority throughout the campaign, speaking out on affordable child care and paid family leave, investing in women's health, and the barriers faced by female entrepreneurs and business owners.feedback

So we're not going to create a deal for the sake of creating a deal that ends up not being in the best interests of the American people. We're not trying to jam that down anyone's throat right now.feedback

April Ryan, a respected journalist with unrivaled integrity, was doing her job just this afternoon in the White House pressroom when she was patronized and cut off trying to ask a question.feedback

I can't say 100 percent that I know anything what he briefed him on. What I can tell you through his public comments is that he has said that he had multiple sources that he came to a conclusion on. So to the degree to which any of those sources weighed on the ultimate outcome of what he came to a decision on, I don't know. And that's something that, frankly, I don't even know that he discussed with the president.feedback

The president used the word wiretap in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.feedback

He was poking fun and making a joke. We'll see, but I think the idea that the president has put out there is that if people want to float ideas and suggestions on how we can grow this vote and get to a majority, he'll entertain them.feedback

April, hold on, it seems like you're hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays. I'm sorry, please stop shaking your head again. If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection. At some point, report the facts. The facts are that every single person who has been briefed on this subject has come away with the same conclusion – Republican, Democrat – so I'm sorry that that disgusts you.feedback

I've said from the day that I got here that there is no connection. You've got Russia!feedback

April, hold on. It seems like you're hell bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House, stays.feedback

The most suspicious thing about that scenario is the idea that Trump would eat a salad.feedback

If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection. We have no problem with her testifying, plain and simple.feedback

He does not believe … that there is a binary choice between job creation, economic growth and caring about the environment. That's what we should be focusing on.feedback

If you look at the president's tweet, he said very clearly, quote, wiretapping' – in quotes.feedback

I did not sit in on that briefing. I'm not – it just doesn't – so I don't know why he would brief the speaker and then come down here to brief us on something that we would have briefed him on. It doesn't really seem to make a ton of sense. So I'm not aware of it, but it doesn't really pass the smell test.feedback

It seems like you're hellbent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays.feedback

We have no problem with her testifying, plain and simple.feedback

Have we had some discussions and listened to ideas? Yes. Are we actively planning an immediate strategy? Not at this time.feedback

It's the purpose of this meeting, of that kind of a meeting, to help defuse tensions over North Korea and the recent deployment of a THAAD military battery to South Korea.feedback

The miners and the owners are very, very bullish on this. The people who are actually in the business applaud this effort, believe that it will do a lot to revive the industry.feedback

This is great news for states like Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and others.feedback

For too long the federal government has acted like a barrier to energy independent and innovation.feedback

I think you'll hear more today about the climate and what he believes.feedback

Throughout the campaign and the transition, Jared served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials ... and so, given this role, he volunteered to speak with Chairman Burr's committee.feedback

I don't think the marketplace is collapsing. I think we need to stop playing partisan politics and convene bipartisan groups to start negotiating the future of the health care system.feedback

An attempted filibuster of a Supreme Court nominee is rare, and to do so in this context, with such an eminently qualified and brilliant judge, is nothing short of obstructionism. He deserves a fair, up-or-down vote.feedback

I'm not going to get into who he met with or why he met with them.feedback

Obviously, we're driving the train on this... (but) we're going to work with Congress.feedback

We're not saying it's the end of health care. But I would say we are looking for a way forward. There's been a lot of outreach from members of both sides [of the political aisle] about this idea. Obviously we're willing to listen and move forward. The president is eager to get to 218 on a lot of initiatives. That doesn't mean we need the entire Democratic caucus, we need to have some responsible Democrats.feedback

We're at the beginning of a process. I don't think we've seen the end of health care.feedback

Just because you go somewhere doesn't necessarily mean you did it. So, on a couple of occasions, he's actually conducted meetings there, he's actually had phone calls. So, just because he heads there, it doesn't mean that that's what's happening.feedback

I don't know why he was coming up to brief the president on something that we gave him. It doesn't really seem to make a ton of sense.feedback

We're going to give the American people the freedom to buy health insurance across state lines – the way you buy life insurance, the way you buy car insurance.feedback

Immigration pays its toll on our people if it's done – if it's not done legally. And this is another example, and it's why the president is so passionate about this.feedback

Given the role that he played both during the campaign and the transition, he met with countless individuals. That was part of his job, that was part of his role, and he executed it completely as he was supposed to.feedback

I don't know where he got the documents from, so I can't say anything more than I don't know.feedback

How many people have done this much in 60 days? There's a lot of points on the board.feedback

He's got a lot left on the agenda that he wants to get done. Whether it's immigration, taxes, the border wall.feedback

Some people you can take at their word.feedback

The House will be voting on the American Health Care Act, the current vote is scheduled for 3:30.feedback

I don't think you tie any of these together. There's a huge appetite for tax reform.feedback

We have given [Congress] every reason to fulfil the commitment they made to the American people. Everything is out there. These members have to make a decision. You can't force people to vote. At the end of the day this isn't a dictatorship.feedback

This is our opportunity to do it. We've talked about this thing since 2010. Every Republican ... has campaigned, from dogcatcher on up, that they would do everything they could to repeal and replace 'Obamacare.feedback

Tax reform is something the president is very committed to.feedback

Our investment-friendly policies, along with the administration's overall regulatory approach, are already producing results.feedback

At some point, you've listened to everybody, you've gotten all of their ideas. You've gone back and forth, you've incorporated them, you've assuaged them in some way, shape or form. You've updated the bill. And a lot of times it's the same people coming back over and over again ... At some point, we either have a deal or we don't.feedback

The president has been working the phones and having in-person meetings since the American Health Care Act was introduced. He's left everything on the field when it comes to this bill. We've done everything. The reason that he asked Speaker Ryan and leader McCarthy is that we've done everything.feedback

At the end of the day, you can't force somebody to do something. We are where we are, and members have got to make that decision for themselves. This is the final hour to make that decision.feedback

There's no question we have left everything on the field.feedback

Part of the reason that premiums have spiked out of control is because under Obamacare there were these mandated services that had to be included.feedback

The speaker has done everything he can. You can't force people to vote.feedback

At the end of the day, this is the only train leaving the station that's going to repeal Obamacare. He's left nothing in the field.feedback

Has the team put everything out there, have we left everything on the field? Absolutely. But at the end of the day this isn't a dictatorship and we've got to expect members to ultimately vote how they will according to what they think.feedback

The question is can we get to 216. But make no mistake about it the president made clear last night, that this is it.feedback

We're keeping that vote total rather tight right now, but I feel very buoyed by the direction we're headed in.feedback

I don't know what he actually briefed the president on, but I don't know why he would come up to brief the president on something that we gave him. I don't know that that makes sense. … I'm not aware of it, but it doesn't really pass the smell test.feedback

No, I can't unequivocally say that nobody ever, in his past, who may or may not have come in contact with him, who sat next to him in a plane. The point that I'm making is when you use a term like 'associate' ... there's a reason why you're doing it, because you don't have anything concrete. What I have a problem with is, specific with the reporting your network did yesterday, is it was one subjective term after another … with no concrete proof that anything happened.feedback

Let's actually look at what CNN reported: They reported that anonymous U.S. officials have told them that information indicates that [associates] of the campaign and suspected operatives coordinated, which they admit is not conclusive of anything bordering on collusion. There is probably more evidence that CNN colluded with the Clinton campaign to give her debate questions than the Trump campaign gave any kind of collusion.feedback

I believe that the information he shared with the president was new.feedback

You pull out a gentleman who was employed by someone for five months and talk about a client that he had 10 years ago.feedback

The president was not aware of Paul's clients from the last decade. What else don't we know? I mean, where he went to school, what grades he got, who he played with in the sandbox?feedback

We're not looking at a Plan B. We have Plan A, it is going to pass, we are going to go from there.feedback

To suggest that the president knew who his clients were from 10 years ago is a bit insane. I don't know what he got paid to do.feedback

Nothing in this morning's report references any actions by the president, the White House or any Trump administration official.feedback

Yes. This is the vote. This is the time to act. This vote needs to happen. This is the only train leaving the station. The count keeps getting stronger for us. Member by member we keep seeing tremendous support flow in our direction. I'm optimistic in the sense of what we're seeing … and the amount of votes that are flowing our way and not the other way. He's not there to threaten them. He's there to explain the political landscape to them.feedback

There is no plan B. There is plan A and plan A, we're going to get this done.feedback

To be clear, he got the job done on the delegates.feedback

To suggest that the president knew who clients were from a decade ago is a bit insane. He was not – he is not a government employee. He didn't fill out any paperwork attesting to something.feedback

Member by member we're seeing tremendous support flow in our direction, and the count is getting stronger for us. We're going to make sure that we remember those who stood by us.feedback

Obviously there's been discussion of Paul Manafort who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.feedback

The president is very clear that he works seven days a week. This is where he goes to see his family. He brings people down there. This is part of being president.feedback

One of the things that he made clear this morning was that he was going to make sure that the people who did support this, he would be out there supporting them. And so I'm not going to focus on the negative as much as the positive today.feedback

It would be inappropriate for us to comment on a person who is not a White House employee.feedback

Mark Meadows is a longtime, early supporter of the president. He had some fun at his expense this morning during the conference meeting. I think they'll probably pay a price at home.feedback

We've allowed the committees to work their will. The House has taken up the amendment. It's been online. I mean, there's always a balance between jamming it down and getting it done and over it, which is how the Democrats operated at one point when they finally moved on their bill, versus how this is done.feedback

Slowly but surely we're getting there, and I feel confident that when the vote comes up, we'll have the votes. There is no Plan B. There's Plan A and Plan A. We're going to get this done.feedback

The President has been briefed on the situation in London. He just spoke to Prime Minister May. We obviously condemn the attack, which the United Kingdom is treating as terrorism. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.feedback

You can't look at one indices and say that that is the benchmark of an entire economy. But you see confidence levels both in small business and in other surveys that show that there's continued confidence in the market and optimism in the market.feedback

Director Comey told the House Intelligence Committee that certain political appointees in the Obama administration had access to the names of unmasked US citizens, such as senior White House officials, senior Department of Justice officials, and senior intelligence officials. Before President Obama left office, Michael Flynn was unmasked and then illegally his identity was leaked out to media.feedback

The president recognizes that education is a state-run and a local-run issue but I think it is cause for concern what happened there. And I think the city should look at its policies, and I think that this is something authorities are going to have to look at.feedback

Ivanka has taken on several measures to promote high standards of ethical conduct. Even though she's not a federal employee, she'll follow the restrictions that would apply if she were. She's taken these steps with the advice of counsel and in consultation of the Office of Government Ethics.feedback

General Flynn was a volunteer of the campaign. Paul Manafort who played a very limited role, for a very limited amount of time.feedback

Some of those names, the greatest amount of interaction that they've had is [to] have cease-and-desist letters sent to them.feedback

All we're doing is literally reading off what other stations and people have reported. We're not casting judgment on that.feedback

When these people, both sides of the aisle, Obama appointees, elected Democrats, elected republicans, say 'no evidence suggested', at some point it's not just about me, it's about you. Take no for an answer.feedback

Well, I think, two things. One is, you saw him utilize this as an opportunity with [Japanese] Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe to help foster deeper relationship... in Asia... and have a growing relationship that is going to help U.S. interests. How you use the game of golf is something that he's talked about. Secondly... he had a mini-cabinet meeting the other day, or two weekends ago, down at his club in Virginia. And, I remember, so many people jumping to the conclusion that he was going down, playing golf. Just because you go somewhere doesn't necessarily mean you did it.feedback

And so to start to look at some individual that was there for a short period of time or, separately, individuals who really didn't play any role in the campaign and to suggest that those are the basis for anything is a bit ridiculous.feedback

Those people, the greatest amount of interaction that they had with the campaign was the campaign apparently sending them a series of cease and desists.feedback

Well, I think two things. One is I think you saw him utilize this as an opportunity with Prime Minister Abe to help foster deeper relationships in Southeast Asia – in Asia, rather, and have a growing relationship that's going to help U.S. interests. How you use the game of golf is something that he's talked about.feedback

It's the same reason that he can have dinner or lunch with somebody and not. … The president's entitled to a bit of privacy at some point. Which is what we've always agreed to: We bring the protective pool to be there but the president's also entitled to a bit of privacy as well.feedback

We had a mini-Cabinet meeting two weeks ago at his club in Virginia. People jump to the conclusion he's going to play golf. On a couple of occasions he's actually conducted meetings there, had phone calls.feedback

Why was a name that should have been protected by law from being put out into the public domain, put out there. What were the motives behind that? What else do we need to know? Who was behind that kind of unmasking?feedback

No. We started a hearing, it is still ongoing. There's a lot of areas that still need to be covered. There's a lot of information that still needs to be discussed. Following this testimony it's clear that nothing has changed. Who was being surveilled? Why were they being surveilled? Why were they being quote unmasked?feedback

We are still at the beginning phase of a look as to what kind of surveillance took place and why. I think there's continuing to be a very, very literal interpretation of his tweet, which is whether or not there was wiretapping. The president understands that you don't literally wiretap people the same way you did in the '70s and '80s with wires and things in the top of the phone. There's no reason to believe he doesn't at this time.feedback

Investigating it and having proof of it are two different things. I think it's fine to look into it, but at the end of the day they're going to come to the same conclusion that everybody else has had.feedback

When Devin Nunes came out and said there was no connection that he saw to Russia – crickets. Where was your passion and where was your concern when they all said that there was no connection to Russia?feedback

If they have ideas that can make the country better, and in this case our health-care system better in terms of affordability and accessibility, he's going to want to hear their ideas.feedback

We are going to have tax reform after we get health care completed... I think we are looking at late spring to summer.feedback

Individual jumped bike rack on Pennsylvania Ave, not @WhiteHouse fence. Great response by @SecretService.feedback

As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps.feedback

The president's intention right now is to donate his salary at the end of the year. And he has kindly asked that you all help determine where that goes. The way that we can avoid scrutiny is to let the press corps determine where it should go.feedback

He's able to get it and there's no American fingerprints on it. Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command - he didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice - he used GCHQ.feedback

There's a lot of wiretapping being talked about. I think you're going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks.feedback

They are not findings. The statement clearly says at this time they don't believe it. At the end of the day the committee has not been provided all the information.feedback

He stands by (his tweet) but again you're mischaracterizing what happened today.feedback

It's despicable and reprehensible and they should be ashamed of themselves as to how they conducted themselves regarding this entire episode.feedback

It's despicable and reprehensible, and they should be ashamed of themselves. No. And I think it's offensive to ask that question. To talk about because they obtained one year illegally we should respond in kind with several years is preposterous.feedback

He made a pledge to the American people, he wants to donate it to charity and he'd love your help to determine where it should go.feedback

Anyone in the country and anyone in the world, could read it. That's a vastly different approach than after it's being done, told, after we pass it you can read it, which is what Speaker Pelosi said.feedback

This is the only vehicle that seeks to achieve what people on our side of the aisle have been talking about since 2010. This is it. If we don't get this through, the goal of repealing Obamacare and instituting a system that will be patient-centered will be unbelievably difficult.feedback

This is it. If we don't get this through, the goal of repealing Obamacare and instituting a system that will be patient centered will be unbelievably difficult.feedback

Planning is ongoing for a visit between President Trump and President Xi at a date to be determined.feedback

The president believes that this is not a point of view that he shares. He believes he's the president for all Americans.feedback

This is the only vehicle that seeks to achieve what people on our side of the aisle have been talking about since 2010. This is it. If we don't get this through, the goal of repealing Obamacare and instituting a system that will be patient-centered is going to be unbelievably difficult.feedback

These are the stories that are at the top of the president's mind as he works towards reforming our health-care system.feedback

This has never been a take it or leave it.feedback

CBO coverage estimates are consistently wrong, and, more importantly, do not take into consideration the three – the comprehensive nature of this three-pronged plan to repeal and replace Obamacare with the American Health Care Act.feedback

How can we believe that [the employment report] is real when you just told us that it was phony then, but now it's real? If he's not joking, of course.feedback

I think he's extremely confident. I think there is significant reporting about surveillance techniques that have existed throughout the 2016 election. I think recognizing that he doesn't really think that President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally, I think. But I think there is no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election. I think that has been cleaned up. It was made in jest, so I think we can put that to rest.feedback

I'm just going to say the president has tweeted about this. He's pretty clear he believes there was surveillance conducted during the 2016 election. I think there's pretty sound evidence that the microwave is not a sound way of surveilling someone.feedback

I've mentioned this before: Having a card and having coverage that, when you walk into a doctor's office, has a deductible of $15,000, $20,000 a year isn't coverage. That's a car. That doesn't get you the care you need. It doesn't allow you to get the procedure or the referral that you need from a doctor that's telling you what you need to have happen.feedback

This story is totally misleading. The projection was an estimate of what CBO would conclude. It was not a [White House] analysis.feedback

The president was very clear in his tweet that it was 'wiretapping'.That spans a whole host of surveillance types of options. I think that there have been numerous reports from a variety of outlets over the last couple of months that seem to indicate that there has been different types of surveillance that occurred during the 2016 election.feedback

There is significant reporting about surveillance techniques that have existed throughout the 2016 election. I'll leave it to them to issue their report, but I think he feels very confident that what will ultimately come of this will vindicate him. The microwave is not a sound way of surveilling someone, and I think that has been cleaned up. It was made in jest, so I think we can put that to rest. I would just say that the president has tweeted about this. He's pretty clear that he believes that there was surveillance that was conducted during the 2016 election.feedback

I think his view is he made a pledge to the American people he wants to donate it to charity and he'd love your help to determine where it should go.feedback

CBO coverage estimates are consistently wrong and more importantly did not take into consideration the comprehensive nature of the three-pronged plan to repeal and replace Obamacare with the American Health Care Act. When you get down to it, the Congressional Budget Office is there to measure the potential impact of programmes on the federal budget. Its attempts to estimate coverage have been historically faulty ... They're pretty good at dollars, not as good at people.feedback

So you've almost 20 million people in America who have said that they don't want Obamacare and they'll either pay a penalty or have applied for a hardship.feedback