Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer James S. Brady Press Briefing Room The President tweeted this morning about the surge in hiring in the two months that he’s been in office. LinkedIn’s workforce reports say January and February were the strongest consecutive months...
BigNews.Biz - Mar 09,2017 - Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer
James S. Brady Press Briefing Room
1:37 P.M. EST
MR. SPICER: Good morning. First off, I want to acknowledge, as the President did this morning, that today is International Women’s Day. It's also Women’s History Month. We're going to be holding several events throughout the month here at the White House to honor and celebrate women and how their vital contributions have and continue to be to our society, our economy, our family and our businesses.
The President tweeted this morning about the surge in hiring in the two months that he’s been in office. LinkedIn’s workforce reports say January and February were the strongest consecutive months for hiring in over a year and a half. A new report from ADP and Moody’s showed strong private job growth that is far exceeding market expectations. And just this morning, Samsung confirmed that it’s planning a “major investment” in U.S. production facilities, directly citing the President’s election as an influence in their decision. The initial investment is expected to reach around $300 million.
We keep seeing that the wave of optimism in growth in the wake of the President’s pledges to help American businesses continues to produce real results for people throughout our nation.
Yesterday I forgot to -- there are a couple of things that I didn’t get to yesterday, so let me mention a couple of those. Yesterday afternoon, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. David Shulkin, and senior White House staff met with several veteran service organizations -- included in what is commonly referred to as the Big Six -- to discuss the President’s commitment to helping our veterans and modernizing our VA. The meeting represented another step in fulfilling the President’s promise to the men and women who have served our nation so honorably. I know the President looks forward to personally following up on that meeting with the VSOs.
Also last night, the President named several individuals whom he intends to nominate or appoint to key administration posts: Courtney Simmons Elwood, General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency; Noel Francisco, Solicitor General at the Department of Justice; Jeffrey Rosen, Deputy Secretary of Transportation; John J. Sullivan, General Counsel for the Department of Defense; Ajit Pai, member of the Federal Communications Commission; and Tony Sayegh, Jr., the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Treasury.
Expect further announcements as the week goes on.
Now, on to the events of the day. This morning, after receiving his daily intelligence briefing, the President met with Laurene Powell Jobs, the founder and president of Emerson Collective, an organization dedicated to removing the barriers that unfortunately prevent some in the world from achieving their full potential. They discussed education and immigration policy, which are two of the areas that Emerson Collective focuses on.
Then the President held a strategic affairs lunch, focused on infrastructure with leaders in the private sector. Infrastructure used to be a point of American pride. But now, an overbearing,