Sent: Friday, December 14, 2018 11:05 AM
Subject: In Town Pool Report 1b - Hogan Gidley Transcript Part 2
Here's the last half of Hogan Gidley's gaggle with reporters. He addressed the arrests of Canadian nationals in China, the state of shutdown talks, and reports of a federal investigation into inauguration funding.
Gidley was asked about the Canadians arrested in China and whether the White House is "warning American businessmen going to China there could be reprecussions" based on the Huawei situation.
GIDLEY: "I refer you to DOJ."
Gidley was asked if there is "any kind of deal to avoid a shutdown," whether Trump is "talking about" a compromise, or if he's "beyond compromise."
GIDLEY: "No, no, no. You guys got to see on full display where the president stands on this issue in the Oval Office. I sat there and I watched Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi refuse to make eye contact with the president and instead chose to make non-verbal cues with each other trying to let each other know where they stood on the issue and playing off of each other, which is a fascinating place to be because the president made it very clear. He does want a border wall. He does want border security. He wants to protect the American people. I heard Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer both use the phrase 'The American people,' 'The American People,' over and over again. Yet their policies don't protect the American people. Instead, it stands with hundreds of thousands of people who are here illegally and unlawfully as opposed to hundreds of millions of American citizens. That's a big difference and a big watershed moment in American politics for an entire political party to stand with illegal
aliens as opposed to American citizens. That's something they're going to have to answer for, but in the meantime, the president of the United States is happy to work with them to come to a solution that actually protects American families and American communities, but I'm not going to negotiate that."
Gidley was also asked if there were any "improprieties" with the inauguration funding and whether the White House is "confident that there's no problem there."
GIDLEY: "As you guys know, at the time of the inauguration, the president was trying to establish a government and right all the wrongs of the Obama administration. He did both of those things, quite frankly, at historic levels. But the president of the United States has one job at the inauguration. It's to show up, to thank everyone for the service to get him elected, and then also dance with the first lady. He did all of those things. This charge has nothing to do with the president of the United States and it has nothing to do with this administration."
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