Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander, 2/28/2017 Sorry for the delay. †Obviously, I never want to step on anything the President is doing, so I wanted to wait until he finished. †The President has obviously got a full day and night planned, so Iím..
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 01,2017 - Press Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sander, 2/28/2017
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
3:07 P.M. EST
MS. SANDERS: †Good Afternoon. †Sorry for the delay. †Obviously, I never want to step on anything the President is doing, so I wanted to wait until he finished. †The President has obviously got a full day and night planned, so Iím going to try to keep this short so that you guys can get focused on his speech coming up later.
First off, and I know Sean briefly spoke about this yesterday -- and, by the way, just for clarification, he is not here, clearly, because he is up on the Hill briefing House and Senate communicators about the speech and previewing that for them right now. †But Sean mentioned this yesterday, and Iím sure that it stuck with me, but the story has developed further. †I wanted to address the tragic shooting in Kansas. †The President is keeping the family of the victim, who was senselessly, killed in his thoughts, and weíre praying for the full and speedy recovery of those who were wounded.
As more facts come to light, and it begins to look like this was an act of racially-motivated hatred, we want to reiterate that the President condemns these and any other racially- or religiously-motivated attacks in the strongest terms. †They have no place in our country, and we will continue to make that clear.
In regards to the rest of the events today, this morning the Vice President swore in Secretary Ross as the Secretary of Commerce in his ceremonial office, and the President knows Secretary Ross is eager to get started building the country back up again, and weíre glad to finally have him in place at the Commerce Department to do just that.
Moving on to the Presidentís day, this morning, after receiving his national daily intelligence briefing, the President met with the National Association of Attorneys General, and then had lunch with members of the press, as is tradition for the day of the joint address to Congress. †
This afternoon, the President, as most of you saw, just signed two bills and executive orders. †The first bill, H.R. 321, also known as the INSPIRE Act, encourages NASA to have women and girls participate in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and to pursue careers in aerospace using extreme programs and resources. †
H.R. 255, or the Promoting Women and Entrepreneurship Act, is a similar bill targeted to the National Science Foundation. †The bill encourages NSF to also use existing programs to recruit and support the employment of women in the sciences. †These bills are the next step in the Presidentís continued focus on empowering women of all ages and all interests to pursue their chosen careers. †
As you saw, the President and Prime Minister Trudeau spent an afternoon speaking with female business leaders about the unique challenges facing women in the workplace earlier this month. †And just last week, during his listening session