Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/30/2017, #32 The President believes that the significant cyber-enabled activities continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to our national security and economic prosperity, and therefore he has........
PoliticalNews.me - Mar 31,2017 - Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 3/30/2017, #32
MR. SPICER: †Good afternoon. †Matt, you had a phenomenal story today. †(Laughter.) †Get that joke? †If you didnít, look it up. †A little delayed reaction to that. †(Laughter.)
Before I get into the events of today, there's a few items I wanted to update you on, things that have happened since our last briefing yesterday.
The President spoke with Prime Minister al-Abadi of Iraq to thank him for his productive visit and meeting on March 20th.
A readout of that call should have been issued after the pool last night. †
Yesterday, he also notified Congress that the national emergency declared Executive Order 13694 regarding malicious cyber-enabled attacks will continue beyond April 1st, 2017.†
As you all know, this notification is required by statute in order to extend the national emergency that the past administration declared. †
The President believes that the significant cyber-enabled activities continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to our national security and economic prosperity, and therefore he has determined that it was necessary to continue this national emergency.†
Last night, a federal judge in Hawaii put an indefinite hold on the Presidentís executive order that was issued on national security. †The Department of Justice is reviewing the ruling and is considering the best way to defend the Presidentís lawful and necessary order.
This ruling is just the latest step that will allow the administration to appeal. †Just a week ago, the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia upheld the Presidentís order on the merits. †The White House firmly believes that this order is lawful and necessary, and will ultimately be allowed to move forward.†
This morning, we announced that the President will host President Xi of China at Mar-a-Lago on April 6th and 7th. †The President looks forward to meeting with President Xi and exchanging views on each otherís respective priorities and to chart a way forward on a bilateral relationship between our two nations. †They will discuss the issues of mutual concern, including North Korea, trade, and regional security.
Now, on to some of the events of today. †This morning, the President had a meeting with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin. †The Secretary, along with the National Economic Council and the rest of the Presidentís team of experts have been meeting with and hearing from stakeholders on all sides of the tax reform debate.
Tax reform has been a centerpiece of the Presidentís economic agenda from the beginning of his campaign. †The team is weighing the best option to develop a plan that will provide significant middle-class tax relief and make American businesses more competitive.
Enacting the first significant tax reform since the 1980s is going to be a serious undertaking. †And 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.
Tax reform has been a part of the political discussion for years,