About 10 minutes into the flight, POTUS and FLOTUS made an unexpected visit to the press cabin. The president asked if we were comfortable, then took a few questions.
Transcript below (thanks to co-pooler Annie Karni).
On the legal battle over his executive order on immigration, POTUS said:
"We will win that battle. The unfortunate part is that it takes time statutorily, but we will win that battle. We also have a lot of other options, including just filing a brand new order."
Asked if his plan might be to issue a new executive order, POTUS said: "It very well could be. We need speed for reasons of security, so it very well could be."
POTUS said that "in honor of the [Ninth Circuit] decision" he will likely wait until next week to respond with any action. "Perhaps Monday or Tuesday," he said.
Asked what revisions the White House could make to the existing executive order on immigration, POTUS said:
"New security measures. We have very, very strong vetting. I call it extreme vetting and we're going very strong on security. We are going to have people coming to our country that want to be here for good reason."
POTUS declined to respond to the Washington Post report that Gen. Flynn discussed sanctions with Russia's Ambassador to the U.S. before he was sworn in as National Security adviser. He said he was not aware of the report.
"I don't know about that. I haven't seen it. What report is that? I haven't seen that. I'll look into that."
Your pooler asked POTUS how he plans to respond to Iranian President Rouhani, who said earlier today that any nation that threatens Iran will "regret" it.
"He better be careful," POTUS responded.
He and FLOTUS then left the press cabin.