Please go ahead.
MILLER: Hello, everybody, and thanks for joining.
It'll be just myself this morning. Sean Spicer has a family matter that he's dealing with today, and so I'd ask that folks do have -- incoming to use the media at ptt.gov website for submitting inquiries or call myself or Jessica Ditto (ph) and try to minimize the traffic going to Sean today. So, I'd appreciate that.
MILLER: The president-elect and vice president-elect have a very busy week ahead. As you saw already this morning, the president-elect announced that he was going to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as HUD secretary. Tomorrow we'll make our announcement for General Mattis to be secretary of Defense. We'll do that in North Carolina tomorrow evening.
And it's likely that there's several additional cabinet selections that are going to be coming this week, as well as other administration appointees. So, a very busy week. And we'll try to get that information out to you as soon as possible.
With regard to Dr. Carson, I'm going to read you the statement from President-elect Trump from this morning. "I'm thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.
We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities. Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a presidency representing all Americans. He is a tough competitor and never gives up.
Let me give you a little bit more information about Dr. Carson. Dr. Carson, who courageously lifted himself out of poverty, is an aspiring choice who is a household name, will further elevate the department and its mission."
President-elect Trump's nomination of Dr. Carson is another step in delivering on his promise to revitalize urban communities and to be a president for all Americans. His nomination shows that the -- that he believes America's inner cities have promise. He wants to put a leader in place. He's known nationally and is a problem solver.
Dr. Carson will work tirelessly to bring quality affordable housing to neighborhoods all over the United States, especially in economically depressed areas. That also plays an important role in housing finance, helping to ensure our nation's housing boost the economy, helps credit-worthy first time borrowers realize the American dream of home ownership, and protects consumers.
Dr. Carson is a world class problem solver, having refined his method to finding solutions in the high stakes high stress field of neurosurgery. In his new task of creating stronger communities, Dr. Carson will continue to listen, examine, just like he always has.
And Dr. Carson will also be on the front lines of helping to implement president-elect Trump's plan for urban renewal, which includes great education through school choice, sit (ph) communities through investments in training, and funding for law enforcement and to remove -- to remove gang members, drug dealers, and criminal cartel from our neighborhoods, equal justice under the law, tax reforms to create jobs and lift up people in communities, financial reforms to expand credit to support new job creation, trade that works for American workers, protection from illegal immigration, new infrastructure investment, protect the African American church, defending religious liberty, and promoting strong families.
In an American-first foreign policy that no longer wastes trillions of dollars trying to build democracies overseas, but instead focuses on defeating terrorists.
So, a meeting this week, the president and vice president-elect will begin each day in New York. They'll also be traveling throughout the week.
"The Thank You America" tour continues with Tuesday, tomorrow evening at 7 o'clock, Fayetteville, North Carolina. Thursday, at 7 o'clock the tour will go to Des Moines, Iowa. And Friday at 7 o'clock will be in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
MILLER: So, as we talk through some of the meetings that are happening today, one of the first meetings that's coming up here shortly, Ivanka Trump will be meeting with Al Gore at Trump Tower to discuss climate issues.
And for the president-elect and his schedule, at one o'clock, he'll meet with Ms. Debora Wong Yang, who's a partner at Gibson Dunn (inaudible) a U.S. attorney from the Central District of California. Ms. Yang has experiences both a (ph) prosecutor -- experience as a (ph) prosecutor and her executive experience leading the largest (inaudible) outside of Washington, D.C.
The president-elect will also be meeting with Congressman Kevin Cramer from North Dakota. He's a member of the House Natural Resources Committee. The president-elect will also be meeting today with South Carolina Congressman Nick Mulvaney, who has a very proven track record as a fiscal conservative and a government reformer.
Following Congressman Mulvaney, another South Carolinian, Ms. Catherine Templeton, president of Brawley Templeton. And in South Carolina, she got the -- her -- she oversaw the Labor Department and cut the departmental budget by 25 percent, reduced fees, returned money to taxpayers, has significant public and private sector experience with labor relation (ph).
Looking ahead to tomorrow, the president-elect's meetings include Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil; Washington, D.C. mayor, Muriel Bowser; Iowa Governor Terry Branstad; and Ms. Laura Ingraham will be coming in tomorrow afternoon before the president-elect leaves for Fayetteville for the Mattis announcement.
And we will have additional updates on the president-elect and vice president-elect's travel plans for this coming weekend. We'll have those details tomorrow and we'll go ahead and open it up to a couple of questions.
OPERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, if you would like to join the queue for questions, please do so by pressing star one on your telephone keypad. Please make sure that your mute function is turned off to allow us to receive that signal. Once again, that is star one for any questions at this time and we'll pause for just a moment to assemble the queue.
All right. First, we'll hear from Alex Pfeiffer with The Daily Caller. QUESTION: Hi, Jason. I was wondering if President-elect Trump has any stance on these college campuses that have announced they wouldn't work with federal immigration law enforcement? (inaudible) told me he would support legislation cut off federal funding to these sanctuary campuses. Does Trump have any stance on this issue?
MILLER: Alex, on this particular one, they haven't discussed it directly with the president-elect. Obviously, the -- the president- elect has been very direct on where he stands with regard to sanctuary cities and I expect to see significant action on that front after he is sworn in. But I'll have to get back to with specific regard to sanctuary campuses.
OPERATOR: And moving on. From Time, we have Zeke Miller.
QUESTION: Hey, Jason. Thanks for doing the call.
Just hoping you can clarify the -- provide some details about -- about Ivanka Trump's meeting with the former vice president.
What exactly is her role in the transition? And -- and will her role be going forward? And has she already assumed a larger -- a larger component of the Trump organization from her father? And who is running the Trump organization right now?
MILLER: Hey, Zeke, thank you. Got a couple of them in there.
So, Ivanka has been announced as an adviser to the transition team as well as both Don Junior and Eric, and Jared Kushner as well. So, they're writing a role that they'll continue to assist and help get things formed and put together.
As it's been previously announced with regard to the family business, Mr. Trump, the president-elect will be holding a press conference in 10 days, on December 15th to talk about how that will work. And I would expect to hear more information about the business going forward at that time.
With regard to future activities, and role or potential role within the administration, nothing has been announced yet. But the family is completely supportive of what the president-elect is doing and is looking to help out in any capacity that they can.
OPERATOR: Once again ladies and gentlemen, that is "Star", "One" to join the queue for questions.
Next, we'll hear from Nancy Cordes with CBS News.
QUESTION: Hey, Jason, thanks.
Can you tell us a little bit more about what Ivanka Trump will be discussing with Al Gore today, whether there's any possibility that Mr. Gore will meet also with the president-elect? And is this an issue, climate change, on which Ivanka Trump, as her father have different views?
MILLER: Thanks, Nancy.
So, the former vice president will not be meeting with the president-elect. At least, that's not what's currently scheduled.
As far as qualifying the meeting in advance, I wouldn't want to go and -- and do that since I haven't spoken directly with Ivanka with regard to this meeting. But if we have any additional information to provide afterwards, then we'll get that out.
OPERATOR: Once again, that's "Star", "One" to ask any questions.
Moving on, we'll hear from Steve Peoples with the Associated Press.
QUESTION: Yeah. Hi, guys. Good morning. Thanks so much for having this call.
Jason, I was hoping to -- to get Mr. Trump's reaction to the Army Corp of Engineers' decision on the Dakota Access Pipeline. And specifically, I'm curious if the president-elect plans to reverse that decision once he takes office.
MILLER: Thanks, Steve.
So, with regard to the Dakota Access Pipeline, that's something that we support construction of and we'll review the full situation when we're in the White House to make appropriate determination at that time.
OPERATOR: Our next question from NBC News. We'll hear from Kristen Welker.
QUESTION: Thank you very much. Jason, a couple questions.
First, can you respond to the Washington Post report which says that President-elect Trump had been in discussions with some of his top advisers, even prior to the election, about potentially having a call with the leader of Taiwan? Can you also respond to some of the criticism that China has had about that call, essentially saying that they are not beholden to the United States to make decisions like how to value their currency?
And can you also tell us if the Trump Organization has had any discussions about doing business with Taiwan? Are there any plans for that? Thank you so much.
MILLER: All right. Thanks, Kristen.
With regard to the Taiwan follow-up, I'd refer you back to what the vice president-elect actually said on your own network yesterday on "Meet the Press," which was the president of Taiwan was a courtesy call. She reached out to the president-elect and he took the call from the democratically-elected leader of Taiwan.
It's one of more than 50 telephone calls the president-elect has taken from major world leaders in the midst of a historic (inaudible) Cabinet appointments and senior appointments. Building a legislative agenda, even travelling to countries, saving 1,000 jobs in Indiana. It's all a reflection of the energy and I think it's the kind of approach you're going to see him bring to challenges at home and abroad.
So I'll go and let the vice president-elect's comments go and stand for themselves -- stand for itself with regard to describing the call with Taiwan.
Regarding Trump Organization, I don't have any additional information on that. It's not something that I'm aware of, but I'll ask and see if I can get an answer for you.
OPERATOR: All right. And that does conclude today's question and answer session. I'll turn the floor back to Mr. Miller for any additional or closing remarks.
MILLER: Thank you everybody for joining us. Like I said, we'll have calendar announcements going out shortly here with the rest of the Thank You, America tour details for Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Again, tomorrow is when we'll be announcing what the president and vice president-elect's weekend activities will look like.
And appreciate your time, as always. Thank you.
OPERATOR: And once again, ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude today's conference. We appreciate your participation. You may now disconnect.