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Kellyanne Conway Unpacks Trump's Plans on Harvey, N Korea, Tax Reform

Kellyanne Conway Unpacks Trump's Plans on Harvey, N Korea, Tax Reform Read Transcript

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Kellyanne Conway, I think you'll

find it very interesting.

Well, the president is going to Texas today,

and with us now is White House counselor to the president,

Kellyanne Conway.

Kellyanne, you're a sweetheart for being with us.

Thanks so much, appreciate it.

Thank you for having me, sir.

Hey listen, you were very instrumental in the campaign.

You were writing some of the speeches.

You were giving some of the words to speak.

What's the one thing you think about Donald Trump?

You've got to know him pretty well.

What characteristic stands out in your mind?

It's one that most of the media never associate with him,

and I would say it's humility.

With the gravity and responsibility

of being president of the United States

and commander in chief of our armed forces,

sir, I would say with the gravity

and responsibility has come a great deal of humility.

The president understands the awesomeness of this job.

He understands what a dangerous world in which we live.

Look what North Korea did just a few hours ago

in threatening one of our greatest allies, Japan.

And look at the devastation that many people are facing,

here in Texas, and God forbid in perhaps Louisiana next.

And you have a president who understands

that there are people in need, people who are suffering,

people who are relying upon him to keep

our country safe and prosperous.

And there's a great deal of humility that attaches to that.

I think that was lost on many, many Americans,

particularly the naysayers and the critics

who seem to be working overtime these days.

Is that, President Trump and his family

have sacrificed mightily for him to vie for the presidency

and indeed hold the presidency.

Many people are motivated by power, by greed, by money,

by influence, by status, by their future bankability,

when it comes to running for political office,

but Donald Trump had all of that.

He had the money.

He had the status.

He had the wealth.

He had the bankability.

He had the prestige.

But he saw a greater calling, and he accepted that calling.

And there's no way to really be behind me

in that building every single day,

and make decisions that are so weighty and consequential

for so many millions of people, without feeling

a great deal of humility.

Kelly, when did that come on him?

He was a pretty arrogant guy, and yet, this humility

is something that the Bible says that God

resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.

So he's getting a lot of grace.

When did that happened in his life, do you think?

Well, you would have to ask him that.

That's a very personal question, but I

would say I always found him to be a confident

person, a sure-footed person, confident in business,

confident in his life decisions.

So what I would say is that same person always

had a capacity for compassion and generosity.

Much of the help that he's giving

people doesn't see the light of day, doesn't become publicized.

If he was able to connect somebody with an opportunity,

if he was able to connect someone with something

that would help them, if they were facing a health crisis

or needed a hand up or a minor handout.

He's famous for reading articles about people in the paper

and taking out the Sharpie and writing a note.

And then asking someone on his team, in Trump Tower,

to go and find that person so he can speak with them

and perhaps help them.

I just think that those are the building

blocks over the years for the president that you see now.

Kellyanne, you mentioned that the North Korean thing.

Prime minister Abe has become a friend of the president.

This is an affront by North Korea against one

of our allies to shoot a missile into the Hokkaido area

just past that.

What do you think the President's

going to do about it?

Well, President Trump spoke with Mr. Abe

at length following the very brazen attack on Japan's

sovereignty by North Korea.

And of course, North Korea is not

complying with general conventional standards,

international standards either.

And so this threat is taken very seriously

by the president, who has registered

his opinion on the growing nuclear capability

threat of North Korea.

He's registered that many times, early and often,

and recently again and again.

I just have to say, the media always

has to parse every word, every verb, every adverb,

instead of looking at what he is saying.

Which is that we will not put up with such brazen acts

of aggression by perpetrators like North Korea,

and the president made that very clear over the course

of the last few weeks.

He also has made very clear that all options are on the table.

So he's not going to tip his hand, but he's ready to act.

Will this include military action, so you think,

or is it going to be mostly sanctions?

Well, I would never get ahead of the president on that.

Obviously, you know the president

has been working with Japan and China and others on sanctions.

But I would remind everybody that the president said--

while he was a candidate, after he was elected,

and now that he's president--

that he would do two things on any major issue.

One, he would consult with his generals,

meaning his larger foreign policy

national security and intelligence teams.

And number two, he would never tip his hand.

He would never broadcast to the world what the United States

of America is going to do next.

And frankly, he has said many times, sir,

that he doesn't understand why past presidents have done that.

And so if you look at something like his Afghanistan policy,

that was announced a week ago out at Fort Myer

in front of a couple of thousand troops, that's

exactly what he had done.

He consulted with his generals, and he did not

broadcast ahead of time what we're going to do next.

Which I think is incredibly important

for a confident and sure-footed president and commander

in chief, same thing with North Korea.

Is Mitch McConnell going to work with him and Paul Ryan,

do you think, to get a tax reform through?

We've got to have tax cuts.

We missed on health care reform.

You think the President's going to get

the legislative victories he's looking

for from Congress in his term?

Well, sir, we are relying upon and anticipating a very busy

September here at the White House,

and we need Congress to help.

It is not an accident.

It was not a coincidence.

Indeed, it was causation, that the American voters,

almost a year ago, put in place a republican-led House, Senate,

and White House.

Because they say divided government doesn't work.

They want action.

They wanted action on repealing and replacing Obamacare.

They wanted action on protecting the sanctity of life, which

the president has done again and again in the first seven

months of his term.

And they want action on tax reform and tax relief,

which are slightly different.

But the president is committed, with pen in hand,

to signing in tax relief that would unburden our middle class

in this country and help our job creators to attract and retain

the American workforce, make us more

competitive around the globe, and also help create jobs.

The president, a year ago in September,

laid out his tax reform and tax relief plan,

and it hasn't deviated much.

In other words, he said he would create

25 million jobs over 10 years.

He would reduce the marginal rates,

and he would also get rid of most of the deductions that

really benefit the special interest

and the moneyed interest, people who can hire an army of lawyers

and accountants to help them figure out a way to work around

the code legally.

And so much of that is the same, and it also

relied upon deregulation, which this president has already

put into place.

This president committed that, for every one new regulation,

two old ones would go out.

Some estimates put it closer to 1 new for every 15 to 16

that are gone now.

So he's really been chipping away, mightily,

at the regulatory framework, because much of it

can be done without Congress' help.

He also has promised, and has made good on the promise,

to unleash American energy, so that we become more energy


We don't rely upon foreign actors for so much

of our energy, and that we, again, we

have energy off of our shores and under our feet,

including in your home state of Virginia, sir.

And so the president, he's making taking action

to unleash that energy, and he's working

through the Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Interior,

and others to do so.

So we're relying upon Congress and the leaders of Congress

to get tax reform done.

In addition to tax relief, reform

means getting rid of this 7 billion hours

that Americans spend every year just

to comply with the tax code.

We spend hundreds of millions of dollars and billions

of hours just trying to get our arms around complying

with the tax code.

I've got one more question.

It's really tough for you sitting

in the seat you're sitting in.

I read, I think his name is Christoph with the New York

Times, comparing the president to Caligula.

How do you handle the Washington Post and the New York Times?

It is a level of viciousness that I have never

seen unleashed against any president in my life.

Well, what you just said, sir, are oft repeated words.

You just echoed a sentiment that is shared by many, including,

I will tell you, people who did not vote for President

Trump and Vice President Pence.

But they are agrieved to see many in the fourth estate

so personally and vituperatively in opposition

against the president, and they all say, no, no, no, we're

just holding him accountable.

It's our job to probe and to prod and to get the facts out.

No, you're being personally vicious at many times.

The words that they use, the furrowed brow and the curled

lip on TV, and the angry words they use,

you've never seen descriptions like this

of any sitting president.

And I was raised I'm sure the way you and millions of people

across this country race which is you respect

the office of the president and its current occupant no matter

what his party.

And you pray for the president, and you support your country.

That is just not happening with many in the mainstream media.

I didn't say all, and they didn't say most,

but I did say many.

But look, there's a reason that the media, pretty much,

has an all time low approval rating or one

of the lowest they've ever had.

It's because people feel like they

don't get the news anymore.

You turn on the TV or you look at the front page

of a newspaper, and you're getting

other people's opinions, which doesn't inform you at all.

It doesn't get anything into the head of the reader.

It gets everything off the chest of the writer,

and that should not be the goal, and it certainly isn't

the duty of our news media.

So I'll leave you with this, sir.

My grievance about the media is very simple.

I keep saying, it's not so much biased coverage.

It's incomplete coverage.

Biased coverage, as you just pointed out, is easy to detect,

but incomplete coverage means we are not

connecting our veterans with the information

that they need and deserve.

That this president and Secretary Shulkin

in short order have opened up private medical care

to veterans who can't access quality timely care at the VA.

There's a 24/7 hotline for our veterans

right here at the White House.

There is the Veteran's Accountability Whistleblower

Protection Act now, that allows them to take action.

Just last week in Reno, Nevada, the president

signed into law a measure that would

give a quicker and clearer disposition to the 470,000

veterans who are waiting for disposition

about their benefits claims.

So that's just one example for our veterans

who are down there in Virginia Beach.

I want them to know that this president stands with them,

and the media just won't cover it.

They're not even covering hurricane Harvey relief the way

that it should be covered so that you're connecting people

with the information they need.

Stop being so political about the president.

Why did he tweet this, and why did he do that?

The president is on his plane right now,

on Air Force One, right now headed down to Texas

to thank those who are coordinating local, state,

and federal government efforts and to give support

to our first responders.

At 2,000 people from FEMA on the ground there,

a great coordination of resources.

We're also going to rely upon the House and the Senate

to work with the president to get relief

to the people in Texas and Louisiana that they need.

Kellyanne, you've got friends here.

So thank you so much for being there.

Thank you, sir.

Great interview.

Keep us in your prayers, sir, thank you.

We'll do it.

God bless you.

God bless you.


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