TRUNEWS Trump Transition Press Update: 01/10/17

This is the January 10th Trump transition press update reported through TRUNEWS Correspondent Edward Szall

(VERO BEACH, FL) President-elect Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered comments today during the daily press briefing addressing Senator Jeff Sessions’ Senate confirmation hearing among other updates.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa), the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee said at the opening of the nomination hearing for Attorney General that “Senator Sessions’ record is a life of public service.” 

Senator Sessions said during the hearing, "the position of Attorney General cannot be a mere rubber stamp for the administration,” adding that he is seeking to assure he’ll be independent.

On law enforcement, Senator Session, said: ”Positive relations and great communications between the people and their police are essential for any police department.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions also addressed some controversial issues, saying he'd recuse himself from investigations of Hillary Clinton if confirmed as attorney general, he would abide by the supreme court's decision on same-sex marriage and Roe v Wade, and also promised "justice and fairness” for "the LGBT community."

As for the protests, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer addressed this by saying: “Accusation he had sympathies for KKK are "false charges," and that we are watching “folks on the Left interrupt the democratic process.”

On the charge that he supports the KKK, Senator Sessions said: "I abhor the Klan and what it represents and its hateful ideology."

Sean Spicer added by holding the journalists present on the call directly responsible for addressing the protests, and their un-democratic median of protest.

To journalists Sean Spicer said:

“I hope you on the call relentlessly ask the Democratic party if they equally denounce these left wing tactics. One thing to have disagreements, and another to interrupt the process. I hope journalists on the line will use the same diligence they used during the campaign to scrutinize Trump.”

Sean Spicer ended by saying Senator Sessions is “known as a crime fighter”," and for his adherence to the “rule of law” which  is universally respected across bipartisan lines.

Donald Trump said of the Alabama Senator, “Jeff has been a highly respected member of the senate for 20 years, he’s a world class mind, and is greatly admired for his judicial experience.”

In addition to Senator Sessions, General John Kelly was also before the Senate today for his confirmation hearing. The National Border Union said General Kelly is approved in their books, and that he is a “no nonsense rule of law General.”

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said General Kelly is an “example of the progress of the President’s banner issue, securing the southern border.”

There are nine confirmation hearings total scheduled for this week.

Tuesday, January 10th 

  • 09:30 - AG nominee Senator Jeff Sessions 
  • 15:30 - DHS nominee General John Kelly 

Wednesday, January 11th  

  • 10:00 - Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson
  • 10:15 - Transportation nominee Elaine Chao

Thursday, January 12th 

  • 10:00 - Commerce nominee Wilbur Ros, CIA nominee Mike Pompeo,s and HUD nominee Ben Carson. 
  • 10:00 - Defense nominee James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis will go before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Tuesday, January 17th 

  • 09:30 - Education nominee Betsy DeVos

Trump’s nominees have conducted more than 300 meetings with 87 senators out of the 100 total. Confirmation hearing preparation has been vigorous and includes over 2000 questions from 189 volunteers, averaging 120 per sessions.

SCHEDULE

We are 10 days out from the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. The President-elect began the morning with his daily intelligence briefing from National Security Advisor Ret. Army General Michael Flynn.

Today's meetings:

Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball commissioner 

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. - Radio host, environmental activist, author, and attorney specializing in environmental law. Met with Donald Trump to discuss vaccines immunization, was appointed to lead a commission which will look into "vaccination safety and scientific integrity."

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: 

“President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it. His opinion doesn't matter but the science does matter and we ought to be reading the science and we ought to be debating the science."

Donald Trump said in 2015: 

“Autism has become an epidemic. ... It has gotten totally out of control. I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time.”

Trump then told a story about how he met a two-year-old who "went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic."

He also tweeted about vaccine safety in March 2014:

 

Ty Bollinger, the executive producer of “The Truth About Cancer,”, and a former TRUNEWS guest, just interviewed Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for a new documentary looking into the dangers of vaccines.



Other meetings:

  • Andrew MacKenzie, Jacques Nasser and Geoff Healy of Billiton mining company.
  • Joint meeting with Tom Price HHS, Seema Verma, Vice President-elect Mike Pence on healthcare reform.
  • Tom Barrack and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff from his inaugural committee
  • Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a South African-born American surgeon, professor and researcher, and the CEO of NantHealth to discuss healthcare reform.

The president-elect will also conduct staff meetings with transition team members.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence began his day in Washington D.C. for transition meetings, then traveled to New York to meet with Donald Trump. 

Last notable event of the day was National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and deputy national security advisor K. T. McFarland speaking at the “Passing the Baton” event at the U.S. Peace Institute.

APPOINTMENTS

Jared Kushner was appointed yesterday to serve as Senior Advisor to the President. Kushner will work closely with Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon to execute President-elect Trump’s agenda. Together, Bannon, Priebus and Kushner have formed an effective leadership team.

President-elect Trump:

“Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration. He has been incredibly successful, in both business and now politics. He will be an invaluable member of my team as I set and execute an ambitious agenda, putting the American people first.”

Jared Kushner:

“It is an honor to serve our country. I am energized by the shared passion of the President-elect and the American people and I am humbled by the opportunity to join this very talented team.”

Correction: Senator Dole, Vice chair, continues to be a huge supporter, but due to time commitments is not able to take on a position with the transition committee, will continue to support unofficially.

TRUMP TWEETS

On creating American jobs:

On the service of police and first responders:

 

MEDIA QUESTIONS

New York Times asked about call with Rand Paul on Healthcare law, and if he endorses measure to repeal and replace Obamacare, and if thats what his joint meeting with his cabinet is for today.

Response: Confirmed call with Rand Paul, said ultimate goal of proposed reform to Obamacare is to lower healthcare costs. Sean Spicer noted that Donald Trump intends to repeal and replace Obamacare, and his meetings today will discuss options for this. For example, transition team members met with Speaker Paul Ryan. Spicer reaffirmed that the President-elect is concentrated on repealing, and replacing Obamacare with a plan which does lower costs for Americans, without limiting access to plans or choice of doctors.

CNBC asked about the manufacturing councils appointments, and last nights meetings regarding Obamacare, specifically if there was any concern about tax package moving forward before Obamacare reform.

Response: Working on providing additional names, President-elect is working with congress on Obamacare reform and tax package.

CNN asked for the Trump Transition team’s response to people who believe the American public needs more time to vet nominees before confirmation.

Response: The nominee’s go through 3 thorough stages prior to confirmation, this includes an FBI background check, extensive appointment paperwork, and a OEE committee report. The confirmations should go forward without delay, especially because all paperwork has been in and submitted. Sean Spicer noted that both President George Bush’s and President Barack Obama’s nominees didn't have all paperwork in at this point in their pre-inauguration planning.

Detroit News asked about why Betsy DeVos’ confirmation hearing was delayed.

Response: Has nothing to do with DeVos, but the Senate themselves and their schedule and time constraints. 

Sean Spicer added that Betty DeVos is “clearly the most qualified candidate for this position and that the timing of the hearing is not changing the timing of the vote, which is set for January 24th .

RealClearPolitics asked about the President-elect’s determination not to impact medicare.

Response: Gave position on campaign trail, he will repeal and replace Obamacare without eradicating medicare benefits. 

The next TRUNEWS Trump transition press update will be at 11:30 EST on January 11th, 2017, questions and feedback are greatly encouraged.

Please contact TRUNEWS correspondent Edward Szall with any news tips related to this story.
Email: Edward.Szall@trunews.com | Twitter: @EdwardSzall | Facebook: Ed Szall 
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