President-elect Trump's transition team is holding daily media calls to update the press on how the transition is progressing. We will be posting the transcripts from these calls after they happen. Here is the transcript from Wednesday's call.
On the call were Jason Miller, the transition team's communications director, and Sean Spicer, the Republican National Committee's communications director.
OPERATOR: Good day and welcome to the transition daily briefing call. Today's conference is being recorded.
At this time I would like to turn the conference over to Sean Spicer and Jason Miller.
Please go ahead.
SPICER: Hey, guys. It's Sean. Good morning.
I'd like to start off with some really good numbers to share with you guys.
As you know, on greatagain.gov there is a way that the American people can be part of sharing their ideas with the governor, with -- with Mr. Trump and Governor Pence as they begin this administration. And right now, we've gotten over 182,000 people who have shared their stories or ideas...
SPICER: The president-elect held calls with leaders from both Pakistan and Kazakhstan. At this point, he and the vice president- elect have now had conversations with over 44 world leaders.
As far as today's schedule, he has four meetings at Trump Tower. His first meeting is with Linda McMahon, M-C-M-A-H-O-N, the former head of the WWE; Governor Sonny Perdue, P-E-R-D-E -- excuse me -- P-E- R-D-U-E, the Governors' Council, of Bipartisan Policy Center; Senator Dan Coats from Indiana, and that's C-O-T-S (sic); and then General John Kelly, K-E-L-L-Y, United States Marine Corps.
The vice president is headed to Washington, D.C., where he's going to have lunch with -- with Chairman Jeb Hensarling and meetings at the presidential transition office with Secretary Condoleezza Rice and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. After that, the vice president- elect is meeting with Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at the Capitol.
And tomorrow at 2 p.m., the president-elect and the vice president-elect will travel to Indianapolis to make a major announcement concerning keeping over a thousand jobs at Carrier AC in Indianapolis. Obviously this is a huge win and a perfect example of the kind of leadership the Trump administration is going to provide when it comes to fighting for the American workers.
Tomorrow also kicks off the Thank You tour that the president- and vice president-elect -- in Cincinnati at 7 o'clock at the U.S. Bank Arena. Media is able to RSVP and get further details at the campaign website, www.donaldjtrump.com. We'll have further updates on that later this week, but keep an eye on the campaign website for that.
Just to recap, yesterday the president- and the vice president- elect met with the following: Congressman (sic) Marsha Blackburn, Mr. Pete Hegseth, Ms. Marion Blakely, Chairman Bob Corker, Chairman Michael McCaul, Congressman Lou Barletta, General Ann Dunwoody and Mr. Gary Cohn.
In the evening, you may have seen that the president-elect and incoming Chief of Staff Reince Priebus had dinner with Governor Mitt Romney. They had a great discussion about the state of the world and enjoyed each other's company and further discussion.
At this time, the secretary of state position has been narrowed down to four potential candidates. There is no timetable set. It will be when -- when President-elect Trump decides who his finalists will be, we'll let you know. But to that point, we do not anticipate any further Cabinet appointments the rest of this week.
And then, obviously, the last thing, just to make sure everyone's aware of, the president-elect has announced that he will have a press conference on December 15th in New York to discuss his plan to leave his successful business to totally focus on running the country, and try to -- and fighting to make America great again.
I just want to reiterate, you know, that -- that President-elect Trump has spent hundreds -- or tens of millions of dollars of his own money because he really wanted to focus on winning this office and making this country better, help American workers families and individuals. He's always been very clear that he's gonna turn over the business to his adult children, to run the family business. And that transition is what's occurring right now.
He's built a very successful global company with assets on several continents, so it's obvious that this -- this takes time, and that's what we've -- he was very clear about. And that's what's going on right now.
This is unprecedented for a sitting president and a president- elect, but every -- he was very clear with the American people that this was his plan all along.
So with that, I want to turn it over to Jason to talk about today's announcements and other news of the day. Thanks.
MILLER: All right. Thank you very much, Sean.
Historically, the president-elect is well ahead of the curve in nominations for his administration. We've already seen the busy morning so far today. And really the key theme with all the announcements today is putting into -- bringing into the administration the framers of the president-elect's economic populist message, about how we go and make good deals for American worker, how we go and improve the lives of American families.
MILLER: And so, we saw it with this morning, the president- elect, Trump, nominating Steve Mnuchin as secretary of the treasury, Wilbur Ross as secretary of commerce and Todd Ricketts as deputy secretary of commerce. This will be the team -- will be instrumental in implementing the president-elect's economic plans, and we'll got through them kind of one-by-one here.
Steve Mnuchin is a world-class financier, banker and businessman. He played a very key role in developing the president-elect's tax plan to help build the dynamic booming economy that will create millions of jobs. We've talked about creating 25 million jobs over the next decade. Steve Mnuchin's expertise in pro-growth ideas make him the ideal candidate to serve as secretary of the treasury.
And when we talk about the person who's gonna help the lead the fight on this issue of tax reform, there is no better person than Steve Mnuchin because he's the one who worked with the president-elect to craft the tax reform plan that we want to put into place. And so we feel very good that Steve will be the perfect leader at this position.
Wilbur Ross for secretary of commerce is another pick that we're extremely excited about. He is a man who's known for his extraordinary business career and economic expertise. We (ph) saw the president-elect this morning say, coming from the man who wrote, "The Art of the Deal," nobody has made better deals than Wilbur Ross. He'll continue to make good deals for the American public.
And one thing to know about Wilbur Ross is along with some of the other folks (ph), he was really one of the main people on helping the president-elect craft his trade methods in specific trade proposals. And so again, another situation with (ph) someone who worked with the president-elect on creating some of these very specific policies to then go and actually implement them.
If you know anything about Wilbur Ross, he's a champion of American manufacturing, knows how to help companies succeed. We believe that together, he and the president-elect will take on special interests and stand up for American jobs and -- and feel very good about the deals that they'll make for American workers and to benefit American families.
The other announcement from this morning that we saw from President-elect Trump was the choice of Todd Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs, to serve as deputy commerce secretary. Todd is an immensely successful businessman with unparalleled knowledge of the finance industry. (inaudible) and streamlining (ph) government so it works for people.
And I think it's also important that the (ph) broader background coming from the -- with the Ricketts family with the job that they've done with (inaudible) and his governor -- his brother Pete is governor of Nebraska. But also, when you look, again, coming from the president-elect being someone who wrote "The Art of the Comeback," the job that the Ricketts family did in the purchase and turnaround of the Chicago Cubs, one perfect step (ph) after another, is just another example of someone who's won in a number of different levels and who's made good deals and who's been part of a fantastic (ph) turnaround.
Also yesterday, we saw the president-elect roll out additional vice chairs and executive committee members and key staff for the Trump-Pence transition team. Some excellent folks who are coming on board and taking leadership roles.
We also saw last night, the president-elect announced Elaine Chao as secretary of transportation. Secretary Chao has had a very distinguished career in public service, brings unparalleled experience and insight to the role. We think she'll do a fantastic job for the administration.