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Travel pool 7: Wheels down/Spicer gaggle
Mike Bender • Wall Street Journal
February 6, 2017: 04:30 PM


We're wheels down at 4:20 p.m., roughly two hour flight

White House press secretary Sean Spicer gaggled for less than 10 minutes on the flight back to Washington. Highlights:

On POTUS assertion of unreported terror attacks: "We'll provide a list later. There's several instances ... There's a lot of instances that have occurred where I don't think they've gotten the coverage it deserved."

On travel ban EO: "We're not rethinking our strategy at all. ... What we're discussing now has nothing to do with the merits of the order ... This is just purely on the injunction that the judge issued. And I think we're going to make that case tonight."

"Absolutely not" thinking about withdrawing the order.

On whether there is evidence of jihadis "pouring in" to country: "I'm not going to get into specific information that the president has."

On if terror attacks weren't reported or underreported: "Under reported."

On why POTUS believes those attacks were underreported: "He felt members of the media don't always cover some of those events to the extent that other events might get covered. Protests will get blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn't necessarily get the same coverage. He's doing what he can to protect this nation and protect our people. And that's why I think sometimes the polls don't reflect what you see on the media. You see a wide degree of support for the president's policies to protect this country, to create jobs, to grow the economy. And yet a lot of those stories and success that he's had in a mere two and a half weeks in office aren't exactly covered to the degree to which they should be."

On whether POTUS thinks terror attacks are under reported to make him look bad: "No that's not it. That's not what he said at all."

On how to reinstate plan for extreme vetting: "Once we win the case, it will go right back into action."

On whether POTUS was fully briefed on NSC changes: "The president was briefed on all aspects ... When it comes to decisions and policy, it's the president who leads. The president tells us how to implement it."



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