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NEWS ALERT – Sarah Huckabee Hosts First White House Briefing of 2018
Sarah Huckabee Sanders Jan 2, 2018 White House Press Briefing- Full Event
good afternoon Happy New Year it’s great to be back with all of you start by wishing everybody a Happy New Year but you guys kind of stole my thunder a little bit on that the president would like to start by congratulating two great teams from two great states both in the heart of Trump country we look forward to a fantastic national championship between Georgia and Alabama next week and we know for certain that a lot of American workers are starting and having a very happy new year thanks to the wage increases and bonuses they got as a result of the president’s tax cut bill companies are doing exactly what the president said they would increasing investment in raising wages and the workers are the big beneficiaries we will be talking a lot more about that in the coming days with the new year we also have a renewed appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy here in the United States unfortunately millions of people around the world are not so fortunate in recent days we have watched widespread protests erupt in many Iranian cities years of mismanagement corruption and foreign adventurism have eroded the Iranian people’s trust in their leaders the Iranian regime spends its people’s wealth on spreading militancy in terrorem prices for every day staples and fuel are rising while the Revolutionary Guards spend the nation’s wealth on foreign militant groups and enrich themselves in the process the Iranian people are angry at the rising tide of corruption in their daily lives the people are tired of paying the price for their violent and corrupt rulers as a result we are now seeing an organic popular uprising organized organized by brave Iranian citizens on the largest scale since 2009 but the international community cannot sit silent as it did then the United States supports the Iranian people and we call on the regime to respect its citizens basic right to peacefully express their desire for change America longs for the day when Iranians will take their rightful place alongside the free people of the world as the president said in October we stand in total solid area solidarity with the Iranian regime’s longest suffering victims its own people the citizens of Iran have paid a heavy price for the violence and extremism of their leaders and the Iranian people longed to reclaim their country’s proud history its culture its civilization and its cooperation with its neighbors on an even more somber note we are sad to have to announce that a brave American servicemember died in Afghanistan and we’re going through the notification process and DOD will provide updates on that situation as available and our thoughts and prayers are with that individuals family and friends with that I’ll take your questions does that create an opening or renewed the president’s desire to reimpose sanctions as part of the Iran look we certainly keep our options open in terms of sanctions in terms of signing a waiver later in January the president hasn’t made a final decision on that he’s going to keep all of his options on the table in that regard Iranian protest changed the calculations about that we created a situation in which the president who was already a client be moving in that direction more rapidly in that direction to send a signal not just the Iranian regime not necessarily I mean I think the president’s been very clear what his position is in support of the Iranian people and in terms of what decision he’ll make on that waiver he hasn’t made a final one yet but he’s gonna keep every option on the table with regard to that Pakistan what precipitated the president’s tweet about threatening to withhold future USA if there’s something in particular that it was either breathed upon or that you noticed because it’s not necessarily a secret that there’s been a long-running dispute between the United States government and Pakistan about how cooperative Pakistan has been in counterterrorism measures and other issues what the president outlined a new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia earlier this past year in August and at that time he laid out and said that Pakistan is not fulfilling its obligations the president is simply following through on a commitment that he made because this is a president who does what he says he’s going to do we know that Pakistan can do more to fight terrorism and we want them to step up and do that here what the president means when he says the deep State Justice Department and it does this administration believe that the deep state is a real thing that there is this shadow government out there actively plotting to sabotage him look the president finds some of those actions very disturbing and he thinks that we need to make sure if there is an issue that it’s looked at but if there was anything beyond that