2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary
"Sally Yates came here on the 26th of January, then she informed the counsel's office that there were materials that were relevant to the situation. It wasn't until about seven days later that they had access to those documents. After that time, they did what you should do, frankly, is an element of due process. Reviewing the situation, they informed the president right away after they were informed of her giving us a heads up, and, ultimately, the president made the right decision. But I guess the question or the point I would put back on you is, somebody came over, gave us a heads up on a situation, told us there were materials, we were provided those materials seven days later, reviewed those materials, underwent a process of reviewing the situation and ultimately the president made the decision and it was the right one. So, I think that the process worked, frankly in the time in which we had the information to make the decision that the president made."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary
"She had come here, given us a heads up and told us there were materials, and at the same time we did what we should do. Just because someone comes in and gives us a heads up about something and says 'I want to share some information doesn't mean you immediately jump the gun and take an action. I think if you flip this scenario and say 'what if we just dismissed somebody because a political opponent of the president had made an utterance?' You would argue that it was pretty irrational to act in that matter. We did what we were supposed to do. The president made, ultimately, the right decision and I think he was proven that..."
REPORTER: "How was she a political opponent of the president?"
SPICER: "She.. appointed by the Obama administration and a strong supporter of Clinton."
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6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, asked what victory in Afghanistan means to President Trump
"I think reducing the threat especially when it comes to ISIS and the Taliban."
REPORTER: "Reducing the threat?"
SPICER: "Well, I mean, minimizing, eliminating, but obviously in the best-case scenario... Major... I'm going to answer Mara's question. I think the answer is that we want to eliminate the threats that are against our national security and pose a threat to our citizens, our allies. So, we need to fully eliminate any threat around the globe, frankly, not just in Afghanistan that pose a threat to our people and our allies."
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary
"Just because you spend more, throw more people doesn't mean you're doing it in the most effective way. I think one of the things that he has asked his national security team to do is actually re-think the strategy. What are we doing to achieve the goals that you are asking about? How do we win? How do we eliminate the threat? And I think doing that isn't just a question of throwing money or people, but looking at the mission and the strategy and that's what the team has been doing holistically, not just in Afghanistan but a total beyond Afghanistan it's also the way that he's asking to look at the threat that ISIS poses."
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called former acting attorney general Sally Yates "a political opponent" of president Donald Trump, saying the administration acted appropriately following Yates' warning about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Yates says she bluntly warned the Trump White House in January that new National Security Adviser Michael Flynn "essentially could be blackmailed" by the Russians because he apparently had lied to his bosses about his contacts with Moscow's ambassador in Washington.
"Ultimately, the president made the right decision," Spicer said during Tuesday's press briefing.
Yates, an Obama administration holdover fired soon after for other reasons, marked her first public comments about the concerns she raised and filled in basic details about the chain of events that led to Flynn's ouster in February.
Spicer also told reporters Tuesday that Trump has asked his team to "rethink the strategy" of winning the war in Afghanistan.
"Just because you spend more and throw more people (in) doesn't mean you're doing it in the most effective way," he said.