Kayleigh McEnany holds a press briefing at White House | 9/24/20
Norms, and disregard, precedent, for the sake of the very norms, and precedent, they claim must be safeguarded. They've proposed. Court packing, an egregious. Idea. They've entertained, impeachment. As punishment, for the president, exercising. His lawful, article, 2, section 2 authority. To appoint. Nominate, rather. A justice, to the supreme, court. They've advocated. For the abolition. Of the electoral. College. These are all the tactics, that they are using to sow chaos, and discord. Likewise, they're endorsing, a mass, mail out ballot system that will likely lead to the kind of week-long. Delay. New york witnessed, in its recent, primary. Far-left, radicals, resort to tactics, like this to push their extreme, agenda, because they cannot, win on the merits. They cannot, succeed. Based on the will of the american, people, this administration. Will continue to call out these tactics, while democrats, should end their petty politics, and get to work, and with that i'll take questions. John. Kelly i wanted to just clean up or clarify. Something the president, said yesterday. If he loses this election, can you assure, us that there will be a peaceful, transfer, of power. You are referring, to the question asked by the playboy reporter, right. I'm referring to you with the president being asked if there would be a peaceful, principle of power and he did not uh say yes yes. Will there be a peaceful, transfer, of power if he loses, i believe that question, asked by the playboy, power in fact i think i have it. Right here, uh he was asked. He was asked, when lose or draw, whether he would accept the transfer, of power i'm not entirely, sure if he won why he would accept, a transfer, of power that is um maybe the deranged, wish of that reporter, but that's not how. Governing was resurrecting, very simple question, if the president, loses this election. Will this white house will this president, assure, us that there will be a peaceful transfer, of power it's a very simple question. The president, will. Accept the results of a free and fair election. Uh but i think that your question, is more fitting to be asked of democrats, who have already been on the record saying they won't accept the results of an election. Um in fact i have several of them here for you south carolina, democrat. Jim clyburn, has said. That trump is not going to win fairly. Senator, barbara boxer, has said that, the only way trump will win, is to steal it that's according to democrat, senator barbara, boxer. The washington, post has noted. They have a headline democrats, may not trust the results of the election if trump wins, and then you have that beautiful, quote from hillary, clint clinton, that joe biden should not concede under any circumstance. So, i think your fitting is more quest, more uh, fitting question for democrats. Yes, kelly uh, kaylee just understand this clearly are the results, legitimate. Only if the president, wins. The president will accept the results of a free, and fair election, he will accept, the will of the american, people so for clarity if he loses, and it's free and fair he will accept it i've answered your question he will accept the results of a free and fair election, let me ask you about briana taylor if i can right now first of all just a little housekeeping. Has the president spoken to the family of rihanna taylor.
I'm Not aware of any conversation, that they've had but our hearts do go out to her family has the president, spoken, to the officers, who were shot last night in louisville. I'm not aware of any conversations, so the president spoke to the officers, who were shot in los angeles, but to this point there's no indication, the president at any point of the last several months, has spoken to the family of brianna taylor i guess why not the president, routinely. Um speaks to victims of horrendous. Tragedies, i've been here when he's. Met with the parents who lost. Their children, to instances, of police brutality. It was a really beautiful. Meeting and the president. Consoled them he's talked to the, widows who've lost, their husbands, police officers. He's um spoken to widows of fallen soldiers he routinely, reaches out to victims, of all kinds of atrocities, and he'll continue to do that what is the president's message to the family of brianna i heard what you say. We grieve for them what is the president's, message to the family of brianna taylor that does not believe they received, justice, that our hearts go out to her it was a horrible, tragedy, that happened, and that our hearts also are with the two police officers, who were shot last night in the louisville rights when you say hour you mean do you mean the white house including the president i speak on behalf of the president. His thoughts, i am the president spokesperson, i speak on his back. Peter. Yesterday when the president said get rid of the ballots, there won't be a transfer, frankly there'll be a continuation. Which particular, ballots, is he talking about wanting to get rid of and why does he think that would help him get elected. Uh the president wants to get rid of, mass, mail out voting, um, and that's not because it he said clearly, that that could go either way it could damage, either candidates. Chances, because it's a system that's subject to fraud in fact in the last. 24, hours police in greenville, wisconsin. Found, mail in a ditch and it included, absentee, ballots. And also, i can confirm for you that trump, ballots. Ballots, for the president, were found in pennsylvania. And i believe you should be getting more information on that shortly here in the last, 24 hours they were found cast aside so why in the past hour did the president tweet out vote by mail ballots in my home state of florida begin going out today, make sure to request yours fill it out and send it in the president has always made the distinction, that absentee, ballots where you go through a process where you request. A ballot. And you mail that in that is a system, that works but a system where you mass mail out to voter rolls which are not kept and maintained, where in los angeles, county for instance you have 120. Percent of the county enrolled. That system is untenable, it doesn't work it leads to what we saw in nevada where there were ballots languishing. And trash cans and pin to apartment, boards. Today fbi director, ray testified, on the hill that he has not seen historically. Any kind of coordinated, national voter fraud effort, in a major election, whether it's by mail or otherwise. So if the president's own fbi director says this isn't a problem, why does the president keep saying it is well as attorney general barr has said we've never had an election where we've done mass mail out voting like this before. I would point you to, a bipartisan. Study. Um, done by none other than jimmy carter, who said that these, mail-in, votes, remain the largest, source of potential, fraud and he even cited an example.
Of A 1997. Miami, mayor election that resulted in 36, arrests for absentee. Ballot fraud that election, had to be rerun, and the results, were reversed. That is an example from 1997. But there are many others like, paterson, new jersey where four men, were charged with voting fraud recently, four more men were charged in california, and there's a ton of examples, i could get you an encyclopedia. Of fraudulent, examples we've had these ballots are going out if the president, does win will he still think it was rigged and fraudulent, i've already answered this question, yes. Kaley, the president's, niece, filed a lawsuit, in new york state court today. Alleging, that the president, and. Two of the siblings. Had cheated her out of millions. And squeezed her out of the family business, and we were hoping to get. Reaction from the white house yeah, the only fraud, committed, there was mary trump recording. Uh one of her relatives. And, she's really discredited, herself, yes, um kaylee, on tick-tock. We know that the scepheus, negotiations. Are continuing. Can you say has the president, been briefed, in the last couple days about how the syphia's negotiations. Are going. Do you know when those negotiations. Will end. Yeah not that i'm not aware of the brief his briefing schedule with regard to tick tock but what i can say is what the president, has said, which is that any deal has to be 100. As far as national, security, is concerned, and i'd refer you, uh to his comments as well as of those uh from the department of treasury. For any further specifics, i'd refer you there, yes, jeff, thank you kaley the president, suggested, yesterday that he might overrule. Stricter, standards, at the fda, on the corona. Coronavirus, vaccine. Why would the president, not want. Strict standards, for a vaccine, on the coronavirus. Well the fda. Does have strict standards they are, the gold standard, with regard to vaccines. The president, was referring to the normal interagency. Process, that happens. With guidance, and that includes. Running through on the office of management, and budget so that's standard operating, procedure. And i would also point out i spoke to dr han this morning. And dr han said that the guidance, issued, was a follow-up, to june 30th, guidance that they put out and it was. Guidance, it was guidance that they gave, to pharmaceutical. Companies to provide them with more regulatory. Clarity. The white house is describing, this health care event today it's a chance for the president to outline his vision, is that, something less than his plan, and, just a, second part of that, does the white house think that it can address, the country's challenges with health care solely through executive, action. So um the president will be laying out on his healthcare, vision today i don't want to get ahead of exactly what that will look like there will be. Some tangible, actions, taken, um as well as the president really laying out which i something that i think has been overlooked.
The Real contrast, between. What obamacare. Gave us between 2013. And 2017. And what the president, has delivered. Um, and, and i think we have a graphic to that effect i'm not sure if they were able to put it together in time. But with obamacare. It is a fact that from 2013, to 2017. Premiums, in this country, went up in fact they went up by 105. Percent, on the individual, market. And you can trust that with president trump what he's managed to do. By, rolling back a lot of obamacare, and we've seen premiums, on the individual, market go down. Same for medicare part d and medicare, advantage, the polar opposite of what happened with obamacare, where those premiums, went up, so premiums, have come down under this president, drug prices, have come down under president obama, drug prices were up 15, percent. Under president trump they came down for the first time in 50. Years. Um and then finally under obamacare. You had choice that went down one third of counties, had only one insurer, in the individual, market. And with president, trump there are new affordable, options, like ahps. Stldis. And hras. Healthcare, reimbursement, arrangements. As well as employer-sponsored. Insurance. That has gone up we've seen, an increase of 1.5. Million in 2019. So these principles. Have, undergirded. The trump presidency, and he will use many of the same, uh principles, going forward and you'll get his comprehensive, healthcare, vision that will include some action items, um here in short order. Of the plan, or is there more after this, this is going to be his full vision, that he has been talking about over the last few weeks, um and it'll be in charlotte north carolina. Today. Yes, thanks so much kaylee i wanted to ask about the supreme, court uh considerations. Um, has the president, met with all the top candidates. That are under consideration. Are there any others, who else is he are there any others that he still plans i mean, judge lagoa, for example does he still plan to meet with judge lego, so i'm not going to get into the president's private meetings with these candidates, he's noted that there are five he's considering, they all fall in the same mold as, textualists. Originalist. Constitution, abiding judges. On another note today, at the supreme, court, uh when the president, approached, uh, you know was. Was paying his respects, to justice, ginsburg. There were some people, in the crowd that started the chance. To. Uh. Respect, her wishes, to uphold, her wishes. Um, do you have some thoughts on those chants which also, you know included, vote him out. Yeah i think the the chants were appalling, but certainly to be expected, when you're in the heart of the swamp i travel with the president. All across the country, pennsylvania. North carolina, florida, nevada, and everywhere, we go, the streets are lined with support. Like i don't think any other president, has had previously. But with regard to precedent. As i've noted before, 29, times has an appointment. Been made in an election year. 29, times that was all 29, times, when there was a vacancy. At hand so the president, is very much on our side here, and i would also note the hypocrisy. Of democrats. Joe biden saying, i would go forward with the confirmation. Process, as chairman, even a few months before an election. Uh barack obama, saying fill the supreme court vacancy, when it was his tenure and you had kamala harris saying as well. That senate gop, is holding, scotus, hostage, for political gain join me in calling them to consider. President obama's, nominee, so they've really flipped here because the president, is on our side and their hypocrisy, is on full display. Yes. The former number two of the joint chiefs of staff, paul selva, who served under president trump he and, 500, other national security, and military leaders they endorsed joe biden today. Do you guys have a comment on that given that, it doesn't seem like jim mattis and joe dunford who also served, under, the president, are rushing to support him this election. Yeah i think the president's, record, speaks for itself our military, men and women our veterans. Love this president for a very distinct, reason, um under obama, biden. Sequestration. Really gutted our military, you had the navy at its smallest, point. Ever, um and, the other military, branches were absolutely, gutted then you had president trump who came in, and secured, a record amount of funding for our military, and our department. Of defense, and built up our military. When it comes to veterans, the appalling. A way that our veterans were treated, at the va, under obama, biden there was an ig report, that as many as 300. 000 veterans think about that 300, 000 veterans. Could have died, waiting for care, this president came in put in the va missions act secured, real, choice, and options for our veterans. Um and that's the reason that the military and our veterans love this president.
Uh, I can't speak to one person's, reasoning but uh this president, when you look at what he's done, um bringing our troops home and all he's done in aggregate. The rank and file in this military. Love this president. Yes thanks kaylee uh two quick follow-ups on we'll turn this customer earlier does the president, still have confidence, in the fda commissioner based on his kindness yesterday. Um there are no changes dr hahn is fda commissioner, so yes and to, you said that you thought the chants outside the supreme court this morning were appalling. Uh. Is there any issue with people. Peaceably, demonstrating, and chanting at the president, no of course everyone has a first amendment, in this country but i thought it was, an appalling, and disrespectful. Thing to do as the president on it honored justice ginsburg. Yes. What was the emergency, call the president, left yesterday's, briefing, to take. Um, i'm not going to get into a readout of the president's calls but he regularly, takes very important phone calls. Yes. Definitely. Um, what is the likelihood, that sudan will be the next country to recognize, israel. And are there any new developments, you're expecting. After, the emirates, and bahrain, recognized, israel, so the president has noted that there are several other countries, that want to make agreements, of this sort and i won't confirm exactly which country will be next but, rest assured the world has looked at what this president, did, historic. Agreements, between the uae. Uh and israel. And, bahrain. And do you see deals that like you haven't seen in a quarter of a century it was 26, years, um, between the second, uh and the third deal and just 29, days between the third and the fourth this president's the only president, to have, overseen, the normalization. Of relations. Um between israel, and two, middle east countries, um to have two on his watch is a really big deal, and no wonder, uh two nobel peace prize nominations, as well yes fully, yeah thank you uh what's the status, of corner, virus vaccination. This year, do you expect this to be available before christmas. Uh we do, expect, to have a vaccine, by the end of the year uh that has always been the goal and we are still on track for that. Um, it's very important, uh that what the president, has done, with regard to commercial. Level manufacturing. As uh dr salawi, told me the fact that you, have scaled up to manufacture. These vaccines, in advance. Is a, something that this president has done he's a businessman, and thinks through. Exactly. How to get a safe and effective, vaccine, delivered, at record speed and part of that has entailed. Manufacturing. In advance. And to do this it normally takes years to scale up to commercial, level production, but this president has done it in just a few short months and, if we have this vaccine by the end of the year it will be the fastest, pace for a vaccine, for a novel pathogen. In history. Yes, thank you kaylee i wanted to go back to mail-in voting for just a bit right now five states conduct elections, entirely, by mail-in. Prior to the pandemic, with no cases or no major cases. Of fraud, does that success. Not give the president's. Confidence. In mail-in voting so those states have. Had time, and a history, of doing a. Having a workable, system. And one that has been done for, many years for many election, cycles, to move the entire, country, to mass mail and voting, all at once and have an entirely. Uh new system, and do that in just a few short months is an untenable, and an unworkable, proposition. I mean one that has shown, uh to not work well at all especially when you look at the disenfranchisement. Which i think is, is really uh troubling when it comes to mass mail and voting. Um in, 2016. You had, one percent of ballots, thrown out absentee, ballots that amounted to 319. 000 votes, thrown out and if you have the entirety, of the country, voting by mail, you can imagine that number would be many folds higher than that and you look just in the primary, where you've seen states try to move to this mass mailing system. There were 100. 000 ballots rejected, in california. In new york, city. One in five mail-in ballots were rejected. Um and as a former doj, voting rights official, said um it's nuts that is just way too high when one in five voters, because of mass mail and voting, um have their ballots thrown out.
Right Thank. Uh yesterday, the senate released an 87 page report, on hunter biden and joe biden's dealings. Across the board of ukraine and with russia. Um, specifically, it showed hunter biden supporting, russian prostitution. Human trafficking. Receiving 3.5. Million dollars from moscow. The question to you is does the white house have any intention of helping the doj, should an investigation, be opened up on the guidance, and number two. Do you have. A response, to, rudy giuliani, yesterday telling us that. Um. This should immediately, disqualify. Joe biden from, his candidacy, yeah, that was a very troubling, report, you know i'll leave it to the doj, as to how they move forward. Um but i mean i think this new york post cover. Says it all you know i heard so much about russia, collusion. But it appears the only, collusion, going on was between hunter biden as he accepted, 3.5. Million. Dollars. From the wife. Of the moscow. Mayor very troubling indeed in addition to that ukraine, money as well. And it's good that the senate, looked into that. But finally. I would like to note the situation. In louisville, kentucky. Last night there were reports, of vandalism. Uh there were nearly, a hundred, arrests, and the trump administration. Urges, calm and reminds. Those who wish to have their voices, heard, uh to do so peacefully. You have a right to peaceful, protest, as outlined. In the first amendment. And, the attorney general daniel cameron, said if we simply, act on emotion, or outrage there is no justice. Mob, justice, is not, justice, justice, sought by violence, is not justice, it just becomes. Revenge. And you contrast, his message. With that, of, cnn's, brianna, keillor, who said i questioned, the judgment of the kentucky, attorney, general saying that mob justice. Is not justice we know that this is very loaded, language. That's an appalling, statement, from briana keeler at cnn, and what is outrageous. About this take is that mob justice. Is, not, justice. Hours later after this, comment was made on cnn. Two police officers, were shot. This is not justice, this has nothing to do, with politics, it has everything, to do with the value of human life and the safety. And security, of our american, cities, and across the country. We've seen our police officers, come under fire in the line of duty in los angeles there was an ambush attempt, on two police, officers, in phoenix. A u.s marshal was ambushed, and shot outside a federal courthouse, in linwood california. A suspect. Approached, a patrol, car and fired a handgun, into the passenger, side window. And in suffolk virginia, a. Suspect, opened fired, on a marked police car, hitting the vehicle, three times.
Our Police officers, deserve our respect. And the violence that is being committed towards them and this was just in the last week and a half. Is outrageous. And the words of cnn, and of briana keeler are outrageous. Irresponsible. And we should never hear statements, like that followed by hours, later, two police officers, being shot. Haley what does the president. Believe. You.