OPERATOR: Good day, everyone, 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: Good morning. Thank you. It's Sean. I want to once again thank everyone for joining us.
We had a great start to our day today as the president-elect was announced on the Today Show as the person of the year. It's obviously a great honor for him and he's very thrilled and honored to have received this -- this distinction.
He's been working tirelessly since he was elected by the American people and now represents people's beliefs as he continues to work to make America great again.
We'd like to commemorate all the brave men and women that fought and served and were present on the day 75 years ago at Pearl Harbor, and those who continue to fight for our freedom. We'll have a press statement out later today commemorating that.
To recap yesterday, the president-elect met with Rex Tillerson, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., Governor Terry Branstad, Ms. Laura Ingraham. At this point, the president-elect and the vice president-elect have held over 80 meetings with highly qualified individuals.
As you know, last night the president-elect held a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he officially announced his intention to nominate General James Mattis as the next secretary of defense. In his statement, the president-elected noted that General Mattis is one of the most effective generals and extraordinary leaders of our time, who has committed his life to his love for country. Under his leadership, we will rebuild our military and alliances, destroy terrorists, face our enemies head-on, and make America safe again.
SPICER: At this point, I think I'll turn it over to Jason.
MILLER: Thank you, Sean. I appreciate it.
Already this morning, President-elect Trump, nominee for secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin and incoming White House chief of staff Reince Priebus all gave remarks to the transition fund-raising breakfast here in New York City. Over 850 people were in attendance to celebrate the great job that our team is doing to prepare for the inauguration and to get the administration ready to hit the ground running on day one.
Also at this event, the president-elect noted his selection of Terry Branstad, the long-serving Republican governor of Iowa, to serve as the ambassador to China. You can expect an official statement on this later today.
The vice-president elect started his day in Washington, D.C. addressing the Business Roundtable Executive Committee. Vice President-elect Pence will then attend transition meetings and then travel to New York to attend additional transition meetings and end his day back in Washington, D.C.
Today, the president-elect met with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to begin his slate of meetings. He will then be meeting with North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who he saw last night in Fayetteville. Governor McCrory signed into law the largest education budget in North Carolina history in 2013, 2015. He also signed the Regulatory Reform Act of 2013, which is an act to improve and streamline the regulatory process in order to stimulate job creation, to eliminate unnecessary regulation.
Also, Governor McCrory signed into law the Energy Modernization Act of 2014, which allows fracking in the state of North Carolina and lifting a 2012 moratorium that was blocking fracking permits. So that's a little additional information on Governor Pat McCrory.
The president-elect will then hold a meeting with Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma. That's P-R-U-I-T-T. As attorney general, Mr. Pruitt led Oklahoma's legal challenges to the EPA, Obamacare, executive actions on illegal immigration, Dodd-Frank and President Obama's repeated attempts to bypass Congress.
Attorney General Pruitt has a strong conservative record as a state prosecutor and has demonstrated a familiarity with laws and regulations impacting a large energy resource state. Attorney General Pruitt previously served as majority whip of the Oklahoma State Senate, general managing partner of the Oklahoma Red Hawks, Oklahoma City's Triple-A baseball club (ph) and as a private lawyer, specialized in constitutional law.
Following that, President-elect Trump will then meet with Mr. Andy Puzder, P-U-Z-D-E-R, chief executive of CKE Restaurants, a company that generates $1.3 billion in annual revenue and employs more than 70,000 people in the U.S. In their previous meeting, the president-elect and Mr. Puzder had a constructive conversation regarding regulations, labor reforms, international trade and freeing (ph) up small business loans for new and innovative business ventures.
Mr. Puzder is created with returning both CKE and the Hardee's brand to financial security and growth as (inaudible) CEO for regulatory efforts. In addition, Mr. Puzder was a great advocate on the campaign trail and someone who has a strong grasp of the president-elect's message of economic populism and how we bring economic opportunity to all Americans.
Tomorrow, the president-elect will hold a meeting at Trump Tower with retired Admiral James Stavridis, dean of Fletcher School at Tufts University. In the afternoon, the president-elect will attend an event in Columbus, Ohio to meet with victims and first responders of the recent attacks at Ohio State University.
MILLER: Tomorrow evening at 7 p.m., the president-elect and vice president-elect will hold a "Thank You America" rally in Des Moines, Iowa with Governor Terry Branstad joining us at the Iowa Defense Center. And then looking ahead to Friday morning, the president-elect will be a Trump Tower meeting with Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia -- M-A-N-C-H-I-N.
At noon on Friday, the president-elect will attend a get-out-the- vote rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to support the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, John Kennedy -- one more election to go here. And then the president-elect and officials from across Louisiana will be in attendance to ensure a conservative voice is elected; to make sure we have another Republican voice in the U.S. Senate. And that event takes place at the Dow Chemical hangar, 3259 Harriet Quimby Avenue in Baton Rouge.
And then at 7 p.m. on Friday night, the president-elect will hold a "Thank You America" rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Deltaplex Arena.
That's a pretty in-depth look at the president-elect's schedule and his -- and his specific meetings coming up for the next couple of days here. And let's go ahead and we'll take a few questions.
OPERATOR: Thank you. If you'd like to ask a question, please signal by pressing star-one on your telephone keypad. If you're using a speaker phone, please make sure your mute function is turned off to allow your signal to reach our equipment.
Again, that's star-one to signal for a question at this time. And we'll pause for a moment to assemble our queue.
And we'll take our first question from Katherine Skiba with the Chicago Tribune.
QUESTION: Good morning. Thank you for taking the call.
I'm wondering about why President Trump sought a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel from Chicago. What was on the president-elect's agenda? And how long did the session last? And will there be a further readout today, please? Thank you.
MILLER: Thank you very much for your question. I will inquire to see if we'll have a readout coming from the meeting. As we've seen with the president-elect, he's taken a broad range of meetings so far, ranging from people who have good ideas and advice on tackling particular issues, whether that be economic development or safer communities or keeping our -- improving our national security.
With specific regard to this meeting, I do not have any additional information on the front end, but we'll see what we can get you now that -- I believe that meeting is now completed.
OPERATOR: (inaudible) with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
QUESTION: Thanks for taking this question again. This is the second meeting, as you mentioned, with Puzder. Can you talk about a little bit why -- what the significance of that, of bringing him in for the second time? And obviously, there have been reports that he's being considered for, among other things, Labor. Can you talk at all about why he's coming in a second time?
MILLER: Well, I can talk a little bit more specifically to Mr. Puzder and how he's been an excellent advocate for the president-elect in his economic message. He's someone who I had the opportunity to work with a decent amount over the past six months, and the whole team had the opportunity to meet with.
I think he has a really good handle on what the president-elect is trying to do to improve our economy. He's someone who's been a success at a number of different levels. He's someone who is both a job-creator and understands what we need to do to help get our economy moving for everybody.
MILLER: And as we've said a number of times before that some folks are coming in to give advice. Others are coming in for specific meetings. But I'd say that Mr. Puzder is someone who has a very -- he's a very talented man with a very strong background and someone we feel very highly of.
OPERATOR: We'll go next to Ryan Schwartz (ph) with Beck's (ph) Business.
QUESTION: How are you doing? A quick question for you guys.
Gary Cohn of Goldman Sachs was supposed to be meeting with Donald Trump this past week. I heard it was on Sunday. Did he meet with Donald? And if he did, what was discussed?
MILLER: I do not know if they met this past weekend. I will ask about that. And so, then I'll get back to you with the answer on that one.
QUESTION: Thank you.
OPERATOR: We'll go next to Amy Cutler with CBS Raleigh, North Carolina.
QUESTION: Hi. Thanks for taking my question.
I'm just wondering how long the meeting with Governor McCrory is scheduled to go; if there's any agenda for the meeting. You mentioned education, job creation, and energy modernization. I'm just wondering if there is any detail you can provide about that.
MILLER: Well, Governor McCrory is someone who the president- elect had a chance to get to know pretty well on the campaign trail this year. As you know, Governor McCrory is someone who's been a success also on a number of different levels with what he was able to do to help the city of Charlotte, and also how to help move the state of North Carolina forward. He is viewed as someone who's been a reformer, someone who is a very solutions-oriented leader. And obviously, he's someone who has a number of good ideas on how we should form this administration. And also he's very talented in his own right as well.
So, I don't have any additional specifics on that one, but there's a very good rapport between the president-elect and Governor McCrory.
OPERATOR: We'll go next to Lynn Sweet with the Chicago Sun- Times.
QUESTION: Hi. Could I ask -- thank you for saying, Jason and Sean, that we'll get information about the Rahm call. But could you give us a little bit of the set-up? I know they talked earlier. What led to the meeting? How did it come about? Could you get us some -- maybe some background on what led to the meeting at this point? And then amplify it later with a readout?
MILLER: Lynn, were you asking if this is about Mayor Emanuel?
QUESTION: Yes. Yes.
MILLER: OK. Sorry. It was cutting out a little bit.
Since I wasn't in the meeting, I wouldn't want to speculate or (inaudible) as far as the exact context. But we'll do our best to get you additional information for your readers.
OPERATOR: And we'll take our final question from Jason Noble (ph) with the Des Moines Register.
QUESTION: Hi. Thank you.
I just wanted to clarify that Governor Branstad has accepted the offer to be the ambassador to China. And then also if you could talk about kind of why the president-elect chose Governor Branstad for this role.
MILLER: Yes, thank you.
Yes, he's accepted. Governor Branstad obviously is Iowa's longest-serving governor, someone who has considerable public policy experience, but also someone who has a lot of experience and great grasp of trade issues, agriculture issues; has a tremendous understanding of China and Chinese people; is someone who very much impressed the president-elect, not just during their meetings on the campaign trail, but also in their meetings after the election.
And it's very clear that Governor Branstad is someone who will represent our country well on the world stage and we couldn't be prouder of this selection.
OPERATOR: And that does conclude our question and answer session for today's conference.
MILLER: OK. Well, thank you, everybody.
Sean, unless you have anything else, we'll go and wrap it up.
SPICER: Thank you. Have a great day, guys.
MILLER: Thanks, everyone.
OPERATOR: Again, that does conclude today's presentation. We thank you for your participation.
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