1. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway walks up to talk with reporters
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor:
"There are plenty of options at the president's disposal but I will tell you Emerald that we just don't think Mexico's done enough and Congress has done even less than that. And if they're not going to be willing partners in our quest to make sure that we stop the surge coming over our southern border, even more of your outlets now are covering it in print, on radio, on TV and that's appreciated on behalf of the American people. People should see and know what's happening at the border not have people just spin it."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor:
"Mexico has for for many years had a pretty tough immigration policy against Central Americans and we're just asking them to help us, to not be this gateway between the Northern travel countries and and to to allow policies like Remain in Mexico to flourish because that will give a third safe country right of passage to these Central Americans who are taking this treacherous journey journey. This is a multibillion dollar business that these, these people are giving their savings and sometimes worse, sometimes more than that, to come and make that treacherous journey north."
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor:
"No. It should not jeopardize USMCA because you saw the vice president just in Canada yesterday with Prime Minister Trudeau. We are fully confident that USMCA could pass the House and I think if Speaker Pelosi put it to a vote she would, she would get positive votes from her own rank and file. We, we know our legislative team here is on top of that. We know that many Democrats rank and file Democrats including the 31 that sit in districts that Trump-Pence won would like to do this for their constituents."
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor:
"Yes absolutely. We can proceed on two parallel tracks. The president says that there is a humanitarian crisis, humanitarian excuse me a security crisis at the border. It's always he's always said that for the last however many months he will continue to want to fix the crisis at the border. We have people pouring and you've seen the statistics, 1000 just yesterday or so, we're up to 100,000 in some months that just can't be. And we need to be a country that respects and promotes legal immigration."
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor:
"Why would we defect from the Mueller report, when the Mueller Report said no collusion, no conspiracy. And under a Department of Justice rules that report was delivered to Mr. Mueller then supervisor, the Attorney General Bill Barr who then took the report along with the deputy attorney general said no sir. And said, excuse me and said that there is no obstructive conduct."
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor:
"I don't know why you think, especially in this place, that we can deal with all kinds of issues. The president's been talking about immigration for decades. But as a presidential candidate, president-elect and now president (Reporter: Because he's one track).. he's been talking about four straight years. (Reporter: He said he's all about one track)..That's different. Mueller is not investigating the president. I'm sure you heard him the other day say he's closing his officer. No. Zero concern."
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Kellyanne Conway, White House counselor:
"The Mueller Report is over, Mueller said this week that he has closed his office and he's returning to the private sector and he's moving on this life, we think others should too. But Congress will do what it wants to do. I listen carefully to the leaders and the Democratic leaders in Congress own from what I can tell April they're sending a couple of different messages. One message is, well it's only 10 maybe 20 percent so far who wans it. We have to bring the public along, the public is not along. You've seen the polls. The public is not for impeachment, the public is for moving on to issues that affect this country."
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is defending President Donald Trumps use of tariffs against Mexico, says it's not a distraction from other issues.
"Why would we defect from the Mueller report, when the Mueller Report said no collusion, no conspiracy," said Conway.
"I don't know why you think especially in this place that we can deal with all kinds of issues. The president's been talking about immigration for decades."
Trump announced the tariffs one day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller spoke for the first time about his report.
Mueller said Justice Department policy prevented charging the president with a crime.
But also added, that if he "had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime," the report would have said so.
The president on Thursday set a June 10 deadline for Mexico to do more to slow immigration through its territory or else all of its exports - from avocados and automobiles to machinery and household appliances - stand to be hit with 5% duties.
And he threatened to possibly increase the tariffs incrementally, up to 25% in the subsequent months.
The threat also throws into question the future of the USMCA trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, hammered out in months of contentious negotiations as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, one of the Trump administration's most touted achievements.
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