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: Thanks very much.
Good morning. Thanks again for joining us.
We are now 42 days out from inauguration day and the president- elect is continuing to build out a Cabinet with the best people to enact a Trump agenda.
Yesterday, as we mentioned, the president-elect announced his intention to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Mr. Pruitt will reverse the anti-energy agenda and restore EPA's essential mission of keeping our air and water clean. His background as an expert in constitutional law, his record as one of the country's top attorney generals, and his deep understanding of the impact of regulations on both the environment and the economy make him an excellent choice to lead the EPA.
The president-elect strongly believes in environmental protection and conservation. Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity.
The president-elect also announced his intention to nominate Mr. Andy Puzder as the secretary of Department of Labor.
He will fight to make American workers safer and more prosperous by enforcing fair occupational safety standards, and ensuring that workers receive the benefits they deserve. He will save small businesses and highlight the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations to get rid of them. They're stunting the job growth and suppressing wages.
SPICER: He will be a key leader in the president-elect's pro- worker agenda, which includes plans to renegotiation NAFTA or withdraw under -- from the deal under Article 2205, withdraw from current plans to continue negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership and identify and end foreign trading abuses that unfairly impact American workers. Mr. Puzder knows the system from the inside and will be the best champion that American workers have ever had. He will ensure that we start hiring and buying American, and that will be the policy at the Department of Labor and throughout a Trump-Pence administration.
Yesterday, in Columbus, Ohio, the president-elect met with survivors, first responders and Ohio State President Michael Drake following the attack on the campus last month. At the conclusion of the meeting, the president-elect addressed the media and made it very clear that, quote, "this opportunity was a great honor for him to meet with the victims, their families and first responders. He continues to have them in his thoughts and prayers as they cope with the events that have occurred a few weeks back."
Last night, the president-elect and the vice president-elect held a Thank You, America rally in Des Moines with Governor Terry Branstad, who the president has announced his intention to nominate to serve as the ambassador to China. The governor has decades of experience in public service and a long-time relationship with China's president and other Chinese leaders that will serve him and this nation well as he represents America's interests in further developing a mutually beneficial relationship with the Chinese leadership.
To recap yesterday's meeting, the president-elect had a productive conversation with retired Admiral James Stavridis and Ford CEO Alan Mulally. The president has now had over 90 meetings with highly-qualified individuals who could potentially play a role in a Trump-Pence administration.
Also of note from this week, Tuesday, the incoming assistant to the president in (ph) national security affairs General Flynn and Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland met with Dr. Kissinger. They had a highly productive meeting with one of America's greatest diplomats where they discussed a series of important international issues, including Dr. Kissinger's recent trip to China and his ideas surrounding the U.S.-China relationship.
The meeting is more than a dozen meetings with former national security and Cabinet officers that General Flynn and K.T. have had as they continue to build a strong national security team going forward. On the president-elect's landing team, I mentioned it yesterday, we now have well over 200 individuals supporting various agencies. Thirty-seven are being added today. We'll have a broader update early next week.
With that, I'll turn it over to Jason.
MILLER: Thank you very much, Sean.
The president-elect began his day today by meeting with Speaker Paul Ryan at Trump Tower. As many of you saw and heard there in the lobby, the speaker came out and gave brief remarks talking about how he looks forward to working with the president-elect and make sure that we're ready to hit the ground running.
The president-elect and vice president-elect are already working closely with congressional leaders like the speaker to advance a bold America First agenda and the president-elect looks forward to signing bills into law that will make American families safer and more prosperous.
The president-elect is now on his way to a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to show his support for the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, John Kennedy, where they have (ph) election coming up tomorrow. The event begins at noon -- and again, this is Baton Rouge. At seven p.m. tonight, the president-elect will hold a Thank You, America rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Deltaplex Arena. Nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, will join the president-elect at this rally.
Today, the vice president-elect will participate in an Indiana bicentennial Statehood Day event and will receive an update from the presidential inaugural committee.
Tomorrow, President-Elect Trump will attend the Army-Navy football game in Baltimore, Maryland. The president-elect will spend half on each side of the field and also be visiting several sky boxes and look forward to speaking with our nation's soldiers and sailors.
MILLER: Looking ahead to the Sunday shows, the president-elect is going to be on "Fox News Sunday" with Chris Wallace. Incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus will be on "Meet the Press" this week. And Kellyanne Conway will be on "Face the Nation."
Looking ahead to Monday, President-elect Trump will meet with Carly Fiorina, Senator Joe Manchin, Raul Labrador, congressmen from Idaho, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. All these meetings will be a Trump Tower. And we'll have more information about next week's schedule on the call Monday morning.
Go ahead and open up for questions.
OPERATOR: If you would like to ask a question, please signal by pressing star one on your telephone keypad. If you're using a speakerphone, please make sure your mute function is turned off to allow your signal to reach our equipment. Again, press star one to ask a question.
And we'll take our first question from Melissa Burke with Detroit News. Please go ahead.
QUESTION: Hi, there. Thanks for having the call, guys.
Can you confirm reports that the president-elect intends to (inaudible) Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chair of the RNC? And does he intend to announce that tonight when he's in Grand Rapids?
MILLER: Thank you very much. The president-elect has not yet made an announcement on that front and we will let you know as soon as he does.
OPERATOR: And we'll take our next question from Todd Spangler with the Detroit Free Press.
QUESTION: Hi, Sean, Jason. Thanks for having the call.
Can you tell us anything else about the -- the -- the event in Grand Rapids tonight, what the president-elect may talk about? And can you give us any more of a readout on the meeting with Mulally yesterday, just how that went? Thanks.
MILLER: Thank you very much. I don't have any additional -- go ahead, Sean.
SPICER: Go ahead, Jason. MILLER: OK. I was going to say I don't have any additional information on the event with Mulally yesterday, but I do know that for tonight, the president-elect will again be talking through a number of his core themes; how we're going to make America great again, improve the economy, particularly being in Michigan. He'll be talking about renegotiating some of these bad trade deals and make sure we have an American first plan in place of our workers.
I would also expect the president-elect to touch on education issues and particularly the strong track record that Betsy DeVos has. And I would also say that you'll continue to see these -- these themes of unity and bringing our country together as we move into next month's inauguration moving our country forward.
And (inaudible) Sean, if you wanted to add anything to that.
OPERATOR: And we'll take our next question from Athena Jones with CNN. Our next question comes from Sarah Cook (ph).
QUESTION: Yeah, thank you so much for taking the call.
There have been reports that Bobby Valentine may be named the next ambassador to Japan. I was just wondering if you could confirm these reports? Thank you.
MILLER: I don't have any information on that at this time.
OPERATOR: And we'll take our next question from Ivan Corn (ph) from ASC (ph).
QUESTION: Hi, thank you so much.
Question on the travel. Is the president-elect going to respect the tradition of going to either Canada or Mexico for his first foreign trip?
MILLER: Thank you very much for your question.
As far as for all travel after the president-elect is sworn in as president, I would imagine that at some point in the future here we'll have an announcement going through that schedule and some of that -- some of that (inaudible). But at this time, we're not discussing anything past inauguration.
OPERATOR: And we'll take our next question from Rob Showter (ph) with Market Watch.
QUESTION: Hi, guys. Thanks for taking the call.
Just saw a report that Mr. Trump has picked Gary Cohn to head the NEC. Can you confirm that?
MILLER: Thank you very much for your question.
The president-elect has not yet made any announcements on that front. But again, as we always say with all of our potential administration or Cabinet picks, as soon as the president-elect has made a decision and relate that, then we will share that with you as well.
OPERATOR: And next we have Tara (inaudible) with CBC.
QUESTION: (inaudible) for taking my question.
Lisa Monaco spoke at a breakfast this morning about -- she said she was really looking forward to meeting her counterpart during the transition. I'm wondering if you can get me an update on where that is?
MILLER: I'm sorry. It's breaking up a little bit. Would you mind restating that question? Sorry.
QUESTION: Sure. Lisa Monaco spoke at a breakfast this morning about meetings that she's hoping to have with the members of the transition team. And I'm wondering if you can tell me where the process is and when she'll be able to meet with her future -- you know, her counterpart, her successor?
MILLER: I don't have any updates on that at this time.
OPERATOR: And our next question comes from Sean Chang (ph) with (inaudible).
QUESTION: Hi. Thank you very much for doing this.
Is the president-elect aware of the impeachment in South Korea? I'm -- I'm also wondering if you had any comment or reaction to this?
MILLER: Yes, thank you very much for the question.
Yes, the president-elect is aware of -- of what's happening. He (inaudible) something for the people of South Korea, not for us to -- to weigh in on.
OPERATOR: And it appears we have no further questions at this time. I would like to turn it back to our speakers for any additional or closing remarks.
MILLER: No. Thank you everybody for dialing in this morning. We will not have a call on Saturday or Sunday. We'll be back on Monday.
Sean (inaudible) anything to add here as well?
SPICER: I'm all good, guys. Have a great weekend. We'll see you on Monday.
MILLER: Thanks, everyone.
OPERATOR: And that concludes today's presentation. We thank you all for your participation and you may now disconnect.