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Kellyanne Conway on how Trump will get the economy going, relationship with media

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," January 23, 2017. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And welcome to "Hannity." And tonight, we are coming to you from Washington, D.C., where we have been given exclusive access inside President Donald Trump's White House. And we'll have my interview with counsel to the president Kellyanne Conway. That's coming up in just a few minutes.

But first, it is only day four of the Trump administration, and the commander-in-chief is already -- well, he's launching a shock and awe campaign against the Washington, D.C., establishment. And that is tonight's "Opening Monologue."

So President Trump -- well, he's not wasting any time enacting his agenda.  And as he promised on the campaign trail and said in his inaugural address, the days of all talk and no action are over. Now, just hours after his swearing-in on Friday as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump immediately took action to undo the damage left behind by President Barack Obama.

He signed an executive order that can go a long way in dismantling this disastrous health care law known as ObamaCare. And President Trump also took action to freeze all new and pending federal government regulations on day two. President Trump -- he spoke with the leaders of Canada and Mexico in what is likely the opening talks to begin to renegotiate the issue of NAFTA. The administration also announced that the British prime minister, Theresa May, will visit the White House this Friday.

And President Trump -- well, he visited the CIA, where he promised to unleash the capabilities of the agency to defeat radical Islamic terror, which, by the way, is a phrase this administration -- they're not afraid to use to describe our real enemies. And today, on what President Trump described as his first real day in office, well, he's been very productive, starting with a meeting with business leaders where he promised to drastically cut tax rates and take an axe to business regulation.

Watch this.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: What we're doing is we are going to be cutting taxes massively for both the middle class and for companies. And that's massively. We're trying to get it down to anywhere from 15 to 20 percent. We think we can cut regulations by 75 percent, maybe more, but by 75 percent.

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HANNITY: Wow, 75 percent or more!

Now, President Trump -- he didn't end there. He also sat down with labor union leaders to focus on bringing jobs back to American shores. Now, he also signed three executive orders, including one that begins the process of withdrawing from the TPP trade agreement, another that places a hiring freeze on all non-military federal workers, and he used his pen to ban federal funding for foreign non-government organizations that use the money to either promote or pay for abortions.

Now, President Trump -- he finished his very busy day by meeting with the House speaker, Paul Ryan, where it's reported that they discussed repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

So make no mistake about it, President Trump is doing exactly what he said he would do. That's refreshing.

Earlier today, I sat down with the counsel to the president, Kellyanne Conway, to ask her about this agenda and the future and more.

Take a look.

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And joining us now, counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, by the way, the first woman to ever win a presidential campaign as campaign manager. Little different environment.

KELLYANNE CONWAY, COUNSELOR TO THE PRESIDENT: It is. But seeing Donald Trump -- I mean, a man of action, high energy, high impact, first full day on the job in the White House as President Trump, Sean, and it's just remarkable what got done in the first day.

Right in this room, the Roosevelt Room, earlier in the day, at breakfast, President Trump and Vice President Pence -- they hosted major CEOs of companies that are in manufacturing, and of course, are great job creators.

So these men and women came here to really talk about how to unleash American manufacturing, how to create more jobs and do that without the yoke of regulation and taxation, to which they've become accustomed.

HANNITY: This is really...

CONWAY: It was such a productive conversation, and I think they all learned from each other. They went into the Oval Office after that, chatted and worked, took some pictures...

HANNITY: Which, by the way, is, like, four feet from here.

CONWAY: Right, close to here, steps away. And President Trump asked them, How many of you have been in the Oval Office before? And a few hands went up.

Hours later, in the same room, President Trump hosted labor union leaders, the trades guys and gals and some of the workers. And it was just a remarkable exchange on the day when President Trump made good on his promise to withdraw from TPP and to look at trade deals through the lens of the American worker, what's fair to us as a country, not always giving away the whole store to some other -- someone else.

And he will negotiate bilateral deals in the future, but they have to benefit the American worker and they have to benefit the American interests.

HANNITY: I went through the entire list, just as I was introducing you, of everything the thing that done since he was inaugurated on Friday.

CONWAY: Yes.

HANNITY: And a lot has happened. But you also have all these businesses, everything -- when you talk about Ford and General Motors and Apple and Fiat Chrysler and Ali Baba and Foxconn, a $7 billion American plant, Kroger, 10,000 jobs announced today...

CONWAY: He started with Carrier.

HANNITY: ... with Carrier Air-Conditioning. And it's interesting, because it seems he has appointments now with the prime minister of Great Britain...

CONWAY: Yes.

HANNITY: ... the prime minister of Israel, the prime minister of Canada and the president of Mexico all lined up already.

CONWAY: That's correct.

HANNITY: Is that the top priority right now, getting the economy going?

CONWAY: It's all of it. It's all of the above. It's getting the economy going, but it's getting the economy going on many different fronts. It's repealing and replacing "Obama care," which has been detrimental to the economy, and it's been detrimental to millions of Americans who already lost their insurance, lost their doctors, lost their plans.

They were promised otherwise, and they're in a much less favorable position now, Sean, because of "Obama care." It was not affordable and it's not accessible.

People -- and even those who have the, quote, Affordable Care Act, many of them can't use that health care because their premiums skyrocketed so far out of control that it's useless to them. If you live in Arizona, a 116 percent increase. If you live in Pennsylvania, a 63 percent increase.

And so Donald Trump, as president, is making good on that promise to repeal and replace "Obama care." And he's gotten a lot of help from his Republican Senate. Paul Ryan is working hard with him as speaker, Leader McConnell. Everybody is working toward these solutions.

The other thing about the economy is if you could unleash more American manufacturing, if you can renegotiate trade deals that actually benefit the American worker and stop those factories and those workers from bleeding out into Mexico, over to China -- we've lost 70,000 factories. It's such a remarkable statistic.

If you can lower the tax burden on our families, on the middle class, on the employers, the businesses that employ America, and you can encourage small business owners again, if you can invest in energy and unleash energy that's under our feet and off our shores in a way that nobody has ever really done, invest in clean coal, invest in shale and hydraulic fracturing the safe way, you're unleashing economic explosion and growth that is just truly remarkable.

He's promised to create 25 million jobs over 10 years. He's promised to have a tax reduction. And let me remind everybody that even George W. Bush, who came into office five weeks after the actual election through a Supreme Court decision -- he came into office, people -- some people felt cheated, they were hurt and raw feelings. But he got his tax package through by June of 2001 of that -- those first couple months.

And he did it with the help of Democratic senators, many of whom were up for reelection the following year and knew that their constituents wanted to share in that economic prosperity and tax reduction.

I hope the same is true of this Senate so that people all across the land can benefit economically.

HANNITY: You know, you touched on a lot of the promises which I think propelled Donald Trump into this house that we're in right now. Paul Ryan wants a 20 percent business tax. We have one of the highest in the industrialized world...

CONWAY: Yes.

HANNITY: ... at 35 percent. Donald Trump said 15. Will there be a negotiation on that? And the repatriation of trillions. That's a lot of money multi-national corporations have parked overseas that could be used for investment in factories and manufacturing centers.

CONWAY: (INAUDIBLE).

HANNITY: That's a big part of it. Explain where they are, because they just met tonight, as well, just as I was getting in here.

CONWAY: Yes, they are meeting as we're talking tonight, and they've been meeting quite a bit, which really tells you about the collaboration and cohesion and the negotiation that's happening in the interests of the American people. I will guarantee you one thing. That corporate tax, that business tax, will be reduced by President Trump because...

HANNITY: Dramatically.

CONWAY: Dramatically. And he promised. He'll make good on his promise, the way he's made good on promises in these first couple of days, first couple of hours.

And so what's important about reducing the burden on employers, Sean, is that those are the individuals who are deciding whether they can attract and retain a workforce here in America or if they're going to have to go elsewhere.

Those are the people deciding whether they can afford to pay their workers benefits, like the pensions, retirement funds and certainly health care and other benefits, along with a good salary, along with a good wage.

And so you've seen American business, and the stock market, frankly, already respond so positively to President Donald J. Trump because they know that he's a master negotiator, the most brilliant communicator and connector I've ever met, and that he's taking all those skills to bear here in the White House. You know what's refreshing? Name one other person who ever came through this door as president who wasn't a politician...

HANNITY: I can't.

CONWAY: ... who didn't come to Washington owing someone something. It's liberating for him to walk in here and do this. And as we speak, he's in a different part of the White House right now, meeting with the bicameral, bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate. And that includes someone like Senator Schumer, who just yesterday was critical of Donald Trump, but yet comes here, I hope, recognizing that President Trump wants to find some common ground ways to work together on behalf of the people.

HANNITY: A 75 percent rollback in regulations...

CONWAY: Yes.

HANNITY: ... which is costing corporations billions and billions of dollars. So you add that to the lower corporate tax rate, Middle class tax cut. You mentioned energy independence. "Obama care," more competition, lower rates, I would assume. And the energy issue alone, which is the lifeblood of our economy -- it took President Reagan about two-and-a-half years before we felt...

CONWAY: Yes.

HANNITY: ... the full impact of his policies. What can people expect?

CONWAY: Part of it is because President Reagan, not unlike President Trump, has inherited a bleak economic picture in -- for many Americans.  There are many Americans still trapped in poverty, about 60 million women alone, 12.4 million women who don't have health insurance as we speak.

And I'm talking about women because I was acutely aware of the, quote, "women's march" this last weekend, and I thought of all the things that we can count and quantify, all the items that they could have listed on their list of grievances from the podium about President Obama, who was president for eight years. President Trump has been here for about eight hours.

And you know, if this is your list of grievances, then at least help is on the way. At least you've got the greatest fixer and rescuer and brilliant businessman in Donald Trump to help fix it. And so...

HANNITY: What about Madonna's comment?

CONWAY: ... and so it will take a while to see that impact only because so many people are so far behind they have stopped looking for work, are on food stamps, the way you like to say, are on poverty, are (INAUDIBLE) and just find everyday life to be unaffordable.

That's why Donald Trump got -- you know, when the labor union heads were sitting in here today, they were telling him...

HANNITY: And they've never been -- this was interesting to me.

CONWAY: Three hands went up. He said, How many of you have been in the Oval Office...

HANNITY: Yes.

CONWAY: ... when he took them into the Oval. And three hands went up...

HANNITY: Three of these -- this is the Democratic Party...

CONWAY: Three.

HANNITY: ... historically...

CONWAY: The pipefitters, the carpenters, the plumbers, the steelworkers...

HANNITY: And he did say...

CONWAY: ... all the guys I grew up with, right, Sean?

HANNITY: ... I've hired a few of you guys.

CONWAY: All the folks we grew up with.

HANNITY: By the way, I spent 10 years of my life...

CONWAY: And loved.

HANNITY: ... as a contractor, so...

CONWAY: Right. Absolutely. So...

HANNITY: Full-time, yes.

CONWAY: And that is the lifeblood of the Donald Trump electorate, too.  And they were just so grateful to him for having them in here to share with them -- share with him and Vice President Pence their ideas on how to work together.

You asked me about Madonna? She missed a tremendous opportunity. She has a platform and hundreds of millions of dollars. I didn't see her writing a check to any of these women's causes.

HANNITY: What about things -- what about her thought process of...

CONWAY: Vulgar.

HANNITY: ... thinking of blowing up the White House?

CONWAY: Burning -- burn it down. Right. Blowing down -- blowing down...

HANNITY: Blowing up the White House.

CONWAY: ... blowing down the office where my four children's mother works. Sure.

And then she said she was misunderstood. It was taken out of context. But I don't think that that could be taken out of context. I think people feel very safe and very bold while they're up there surrounded by their friends and their colleagues.

But the celebrity thing didn't work for Hillary Clinton out on the stump.  She thought people were coming to her rallies. They were coming for a free J...

HANNITY: Beyonce didn't do it.

CONWAY: ... Jay-Z and Beyonce concert. And even then, it failed. We won Pennsylvania despite her and them and the Obamas going to Philadelphia for her. It didn't work, and it's not going to work now. I thought they just missed an opportunity to really try to help women where women are in need.

HANNITY: Let me ask you this. I -- I -- so far, you're talking about -- and this was surprising, as I watched some of the media coverage of his inaugural address, and he actually reiterated the very things that he said in the campaign.

CONWAY: Yes.

HANNITY: You mentioned at the beginning of this interview fulfilling promises. And I guess as a conservative and the people that I talk to and the people that write me and call in on my radio show -- what they want to know is it's real about originalists. It's real about extreme vetting.  It's real about the wall. It's real about the tax cuts. It's real about energy independence and trade deals and our military and our VA and education being sent back to the states...

CONWAY: (INAUDIBLE) ISIS.

HANNITY: All of this -- do you think he can touch -- that's a pretty ambitious agenda.

CONWAY: Well, it is. It is, but that's Donald Trump. If anybody can achieve that, it's President Trump. It is real and it's also happening right now, right before you, steps away from here. This is such a high- energy, high-impact place.

And the other two things that Donald Trump did today as president was he, in addition to withdrawing from TPP, he instituted a Mexico City policy where we stop -- we stop sending money to countries that perform abortions and sterilizations. That's great on the heels of the March for Life this coming Friday, where this administration will have representatives there.  And that's very unusual for administrations to do that.

HANNITY: Very unusual.

CONWAY: We know that that will be a very successful march. We know that those women -- there's probably some who were not welcomed in the so-called March for Women because they are on the wrong side of that issue, because they dare to say that human life is precious and they don't like the fact that our culture...

HANNITY: They're exploited.

CONWAY: ... is sliding into that. And then he also said he had a hiring freeze on non-military executive branch...

HANNITY: I want to get to that when we get back because he's -- he is -- real quick, he is serious about a 10 percent cut in government spending...

CONWAY: That's right.

HANNITY: ... and a 20 percent reduction in the labor force in government short of the military.

CONWAY: Yes.

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HANNITY: And coming up, part two of my interview with Kellyanne Conway inside the Trump White House.

And then later tonight...

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.

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HANNITY: Blowing up the White House. Hollywood snowflakes out in full force at this weekend's various women's marches. Later tonight, Laura Ingraham -- she'll weigh in on that and much more as "Hannity" continues tonight from our nation's capital, Washington, D.C.

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HANNITY: And welcome back to "Hannity." And here is more of my interview with Kellyanne Conway at the Donald Trump White House. Take a look.

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I want to talk about the news industry. And I make no bones about it, I am a passionate conservative. I supported Donald Trump for president.

There were fake news reports. Go back to the Russia report. Go back to the dossier and supposedly what was caught on film in a Russian hotel, the Ritz Carlton there. And then, oh, a story went out, the MLK bust was taken out of the Oval Office, which was false.

And then there has been irresponsible, reckless reporting. I particularly watch interviews when you're on or Reince is on, and it's pretty hostile.  You know, I look at people like Chuck Todd and comments that he makes, how divisive the president's inaugural address was.

Do you find that the media is being particularly hostile? And is there a difference between the way they treated President Obama, candidate Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump?

CONWAY: It hardly qualifies as breaking news to say that President Obama, especially, Sean, in his first couple of days in office, was treated much differently than is President Trump. We know that and we're going to deal with that.

But it would be nice to see people show respect for the office of the president and its current occupant and give him a chance to do right by the American people. His inaugural speech was uplifting. It was unifying. He said our brown and black and white soldiers all bleed the patriots'...

HANNITY: Red.

CONWAY: ... red blood. He said that if you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.

Now, if people want to scoff at that and dismiss it, that's on them. And if they want to call themselves journalists and report it, they ought to think about what they're really doing. If they snark, if they roll their eyes, if their Twitter feed is filled with a 92 percent anti-Trump screed, they're not being reporters, they're being opinion columnists. They're being professional political hacks and pundits. And we have a right to call that out.

I provided a 17-minute interview yesterday with George Stephanopoulos for his Sunday show. I could hardly hear him. They had a terrible line at ABC, the remote line. I could hardly hear him. I think I was making out what he was saying.

I gave a 17-minute interview. ABC News will put out a clip or two about it and come up with a headline. "Meet The Press" was even worse than that.  The president...

HANNITY: Well, Chuck Todd called the inaugural speech insulting.

CONWAY: Right. And I call it -- and I told him it is not his job to give us his opinion. Did you see that played anywhere in the media?

It scared them because I'm saying -- or, you know, they could just say, Oh, we have to go after her because she went after somebody in the media. I told him it's not his job. I've known him for 20-some years. It is not his job...

HANNITY: It's like he...

CONWAY: ... to give us his opinion. And let me just say, on "Meet the Press," the president called me after that performance yesterday. And he was glowing about it. And vice President Pence told me that the president called him and said, Did you see Kellyanne? It was amazing, went through each of the points.

But that never got covered. Two words got covered because it suits their purposes. They don't want to quote -- to paraphrase Jack Nicholson from "A Few Good Men," you can't handle the truth sometimes. And the truth is that when you are laughing at me, the highest-ranking woman in the West Wing who's not a family member, you are laughing at me on live television and you are ridiculing me laying out facts that you can count and quantify and that matter, darn it, that all -- millions of women are in poverty. We spent billions of dollars on education in the last eight years...

HANNITY: Well, let me as you this...

CONWAY: ... for millions of kids to be in failing schools.

HANNITY: But the media -- you know, when you made the statement about, well, Sean Spicer was making alternative facts, it was obviously -- you were saying a different perspective.

CONWAY: Alternative information, yes.

HANNITY: A different perspective.

CONWAY: He was getting -- and he was getting information from...

HANNITY: And but that...

CONWAY: ... agencies that turned out not to be updated.

HANNITY: And then so I'm at the Freedom Ball and President Trump and the first lady were there. And one of the things that he said -- he asked the people at the ball, should he keep tweeting? This is a different era. You have talk radio...

CONWAY: It's the Trump era.

HANNITY: It's -- well...

CONWAY: And it's the Trump effect.

HANNITY: You have Instagram, you have Twitter, you have Facebook. You have the ability to bypass the media.

CONWAY: He has 45 million followers combined on those.

HANNITY: That's a lot more than me. I think I have five.

CONWAY: Probably 50 million by now.

HANNITY: I only have five combined.

But my question to you is, if it continues to be hostile and fake news reports continue to go out, is there a possibility that things will change dramatically and maybe -- but maybe those people that colluded with Hillary that we learned in the campaign -- maybe they don't deserve the access because they're not living up to what they're supposed to do.

CONWAY: I consider myself someone who has good relations with the press.  At least I think so. I think we have to have a free and open press. What I say about it is that this White House and the media are going to share joint custody of this nation for eight years. And we ought to be able to figure out how to co-parent and mutually co-exist...

HANNITY: You're going to co-parent this...

CONWAY: ... (INAUDIBLE)...

HANNITY: Yes.

CONWAY: ... I hear.

But in a serious matter, the MLK bust story is so significant in this way - - and I -- I talked about it on "Meet The Press," I talked about it on "This Week," I made talked about it on all three Sunday shows. I know Reince talked about it on your network. And it got zero coverage.

That is a crime, and here's why. We invited the press pool into the Oval Office. I was there on Saturday. And it was to witness the president signing these executive orders -- excuse me, it was Friday -- signing these executive orders. We let the pool press in, just right in.

And immediately, the print pooler sent out the pool report that the MLK bust had been removed. It is false. I don't say his name publicly because I don't want him to get attacked like I do. Because of what the press is doing now to me, I have Secret Service protection. We have packages delivered to my house (INAUDIBLE) substances. That is a shame. And yes, I hold them to account for it.

This guy puts it out. It gets tweeted and it gets reported 3,000 times.  And you still can't take it back. He apologized to his colleagues in the press. He has not apologized to the president, and the damage is done because then people...

HANNITY: People believe it.

CONWAY: ... look at Donald Trump as the "R" word. The darned bust was right there! I was standing next to it. It was being hidden by a cord (ph). But why don't you ask us? Why don't you say, Where's the bust?

HANNITY: I said in 2008...

CONWAY: It's presumptive negativity.

HANNITY: Well, I think that we saw a lot of that in the campaign.

Kellyanne, congratulations.

CONWAY: Thank you so much, Sean.

HANNITY: This was two meetings with the president took place in this room today.

CONWAY: Just today.

HANNITY: And it's an honor to see you here.

CONWAY: Visit us again and again.

HANNITY: Thank you so much. Appreciate it.

CONWAY: God bless you.

HANNITY: Thank you.

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HANNITY: And coming up next tonight right here on "Hannity"...

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MADONNA: I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.

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HANNITY: Madonna boldly declaring that she's thought about blowing up the White House? Now, unfortunately, she wasn't the only Hollywood snowflake protesting Trump's presidency this weekend. Laura Ingraham is here.  She'll weigh in on that.

And also tonight...

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SEAN SPICER, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I'm going to come out here and tell you the facts as I know them. And if we make a mistake, I'll do our best to correct it. But I don't -- I think that the -- it's -- it's -- as I mentioned the other day, it is a two-way street. There are many mistakes that the media makes all the time.

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HANNITY: White House press secretary Sean Spicer -- he held a briefing today. He vowed to always be truthful, but he also said it's a two-way street when it comes to the media.

That and more as we continue from our nation's capital, "Hannity" on the road straight ahead.

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HANNITY: And welcome back to "Hannity." So whiny sore loser celebrity snowflakes -- they were out in full force this weekend to protest the new president. Now, many Hollywood liberal elites joined the women's march in Washington, D.C., and in other cities.

Now, we put together a bit of a montage of the many lowlifes, from people like Madonna, Ashley Judd, Gloria Steinem. We've got to warn you, what we're about to show you, you may not want your kids to watch because it's so deranged. Take a look.

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MADONNA, SINGER: And to our detractors that insist that this march will never add up to anything, (EXPLETIVE DELETED) yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.

ASHLEY JUDD, ACTRESS: I am a nasty woman!

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I'm not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust. I am not as nasty as your own daughter being your favorite sex symbol, like your wet dreams infused with your own genes. But yes, I'm a nasty woman.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON, ACTRESS: I respect that you are our president-elect and I want to be able to support you. But first, I ask that you support me.

AMERICA FERRERA, ACTRESS: But the president is not America.

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HANNITY, HOST: Madonna and now is claiming that what she said about blowing up the White House is being taken out of context.  Really? And of course none of those comments that you just saw stopped Hillary Clinton from praising the protesters on Twitter, writing, quote, "Scrolling through images of the women's march is awe-inspiring. Hope it brought joy to others as it did to me." Here with reaction, editor in chief of Lifezette, Fox News contributor, nationally syndicated radio host, our friend Laura Ingraham.

LAURA INGRAHAM, EDITOR IN CHIEF, LIFEZETTE.COM: I blend right into the backdrop.

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INGRAHAM: You think I would know at this point not to wear blue on Hannity's set.

HANNITY: How are you?

INGRAHAM: Good. Good to see you in the studio.

HANNITY: All right, so when you say "I thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House," Newt Gingrich said she ought to be arrested. The Secret Service is investigating.

INGRAHAM: You know what I say to Madonna? Papa don't preach. "Papa Don't Preach," "Express Yourself," "Vogue," and all of her lame songs, Madonna has been around the bend for a long time. None of this is convincing. The scoreboard right now is what matters. Trump is in the White House. Today he started enacting his agenda, the executive orders are going to start flying, and these people are going to be like bing, bing, bing. They're not going to know how to react to all of this. It's like paintball. It's like they are all coming at you at one time.

HANNITY: Ashley Judd, "I am nasty like the blood stains on my bed sheets"?

INGRAHAM: At that point I would agree with her.

HANNITY: Oh.

INGRAHAM: I'm just saying, I don't even understand -- I guess the "nasty" thing represents a poem that they all got.

HANNITY: I guess.

INGRAHAM: Here's what I'll say. I think the hats were cute. That was a good branding thing. They turned out a lot of people. I'm not going to take this away from them. The folks on the left were really demoralized after the Trump win to say the least. Think about it. They thought they were going to win this election, Sean. They got completely destroyed in the Electoral College. They lost. In a couple months they were able to turn out millions of people all across the country, around the world. Now to what end I don't know. They did gather a lot of email addresses, that's for sure.

HANNITY: If we had a rally when Barack Obama won in 2008, he was inaugurated in 2009, and if you said it or I said it or Rush or Mark said it, "I thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House," I am a commentator, right? What would happen to me? What is going to happen to her? Nothing.

INGRAHAM: You would lose probably a lot of your sponsors. Does Madonna have people who are willing to listen to her music? I don't think her last few albums have done as well as she wanted perhaps. But there is always good to be a double standard. But the amazing thing is when news anchors who report on this kind of laugh it off. I saw a few yesterday kind of laugh it off. Like, oh, she may get visited by the Secret Service, ha, ha, ha. But again, if this were coming from any conservative, let's say Jon Voight. Let's make an analogy perfect. Let's say if John Voight said that or some young actor who happened to be a little bit more conservative maybe, there are a few out there, they would never work again. I don't see it.

HANNITY: I don't see it either. I think your radio show would be over. I would be out of here and I would be fired from radio. And that's the double standard. And it's going to be interesting to see if that plays out because I know I would be arrested, and you would be arrested if you said it about Obama.

INGRAHAM: Celebrity fury turned no voters out as far as I can tell.  Remember Miley Cyrus was going door-to-door about 10 miles from here in Virginia.

HANNITY: She was bawling.

INGRAHAM: They're all crying. Scarlett Johansson, God bless her, all these people, the caterwauling never ends. The problem is you have to motivate people to go out to vote. We'll see if that works.

HANNITY: Stay right there. We will have more with Laura Ingraham right after this break, that's coming up. But first.

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SPICER: I'm going to come out here and tell you the facts as I know them. And if we make a mistake, we will do our best to correct it. But I think, as I mentioned the other day, it is a two-way street. There are many mistakes the media makes all the time.

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HANNITY: White House press secretary Sean Spicer held a briefing today and promised to always be truthful with you, the American people, but said the media gets it wrong a lot of times. By the way, Laura Ingraham will react.  And also tonight --

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TRUMP: We want to start making our products again. We don't want to bring them in. We want to make them here. That doesn't mean we don't trade, because we do trade. But we want to make our products here.

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HANNITY: President Trump promises to bring jobs back to America. We'll explain that are more as HANNITY continues tonight from Washington D.C.

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HANNITY: And welcome back to "Hannity." So the leftwing mainstream media was losing it this weekend after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, he dared to question unofficial estimates about the inauguration crowd side. Today ABC's Jonathan Karl had this exchange with Spicer. Take a look.

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JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS: Is it your intention to always tell the truth from that podium, and will you pledge never to knowingly say something that is not factual?

SPICER: It is. It is an honor to do this. And yes, I believe that we have to be honest with the American people. I think sometimes we can disagree with the facts. There are certain things that we may miss, we may not fully understand when we come out. But our intention is never to lie to you, Jonathan. I'm going to come out here and tell you the facts as I know them, and if we make a mistake, we will do our best to correct it.

But I don't -- I think, as I mentioned the other day, it is a two-way street. There are many mistakes that the media makes all the time. They misreport something, they don't report something, they get a fact wrong. I don't think that's always, you know, to turn around and say, OK, you were intentionally lying.

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HANNITY: I'm sure, Jonathan Karl, he comes to work every day, how can I lie to you guys to date? How often are you going to collude with Hillary Clinton, the Democrats, and make up stories like Donald Trump took out the Martin Luther King bust from the White House? It shouldn't come as a surprise that the Trump administration would be skeptical of the mainstream media's coverage. Here are a few of the lowlights just since the inauguration. Watch this.

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BRIAN STELTER, CNN HOST: Do citizens in dictatorships recognize what is happening right here right now? Are they looking at the first two days of the Trump administration and saying, oh, that's what my leader does?

CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC HOST: What he said today, America first, it was not just the racial -- I mean, I shouldn't say racial. The Hitlerian background to it. But it was the message, I kept thinking, what is Teresa May think of this? What if you're Putin? You're probably pounding the table and saying, "That's what I've been saying, Russia first, Russia first," the message to him.

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HANNITY: All right, we continue now with reaction with Laura Ingraham.  You know what's amazing about this, everything with Chris Matthews, dog whistle, dog whistle, racism. But for Jonathan Karl, is it your intention, Sean, to come here every day and lie to us?

INGRAHAM: That was a silly question. I thought Spicer did a great job today. Saturday, the first day they were out, who knows what was going on?  "The New York Times" had this piece about how it was Trump and Spicer who wanted to smash the media in the mouth on Saturday. Who knows? The only thing I don't like is leaking inside the White House already. It seems like somebody is leaking information.

HANNITY: What --

INGRAHAM: Maggie Haberman of The New York Times had a piece about the internal debate in the West Wing about how to do that first press avail on Saturday. And she said it was Spicer and Trump. And there were other saying no, hold back, hold back. Who has the motivation to put that out except the people saying hold back?

HANNITY: That would be problematic.

INGRAHAM: A couple people came on radio today with me and said that's not a good sign. It should be all united right now. People are going to maybe emphasize the wrong things.

HANNITY: You've been there before.

INGRAHAM: But Spicer was excellent. He came out and made the point we are working for the American people. We're doing this, this, this. He ticked all the things off. We already discussed it. And I thought it was strong handling what could have been a very difficult day.

HANNITY: Here's the truth and reality -- Donald Trump, I went through it in the beginning of the show. I won't do it now. He has accomplished a lot of things. He's going through seemingly the checklist of promises he made to us during the campaign. Oh, shocker. Chuck Todd was shocked that he actually said those things and reiterated those points during the inaugural speech. But this relationship with the press, the whole story about the MLK bust being removed -- lie. Not true.

INGRAHAM: They're not used to being called out on it except by people like us. They're not used to being called out on it in the press room, which I think he said, it's a standard of truthfulness, it should go with both of us. We both should be held to that standard. That was a good comment by him, and I think that's all that people are asking for. You should be a check but you should be an honest check.

HANNITY: What about the fact that so many of them in that room, their networks or their newspapers colluded with Hillary?

INGRAHAM: I think you continue to bring that up. I think that's why what they do is not necessarily all that important.

HANNITY: You've got a media establishment, you've got Republicans arguing about Donald Trump wanting to cut government 10 percent. I'm like, you're supposed to want limited government and a balanced budget.

INGRAHAM: Sean, it always comes at a price because they have a lot of donors in their home district who like the fact that money is spent on certain priorities.

HANNITY: Donald Trump is going to have to fight the Republican establishment, media establishment and the Democrats.

INGRAHAM: He did it before and he won. He could do it again.

HANNITY: All right, Laura Ingraham, good to see you.

And coming up next tonight from D.C., right here on "Hannity."

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TRUMP: We want to start making our products again. We don't want to bring them in. We want to make them here. And that doesn't mean we don't trade, because we do trade. But we want to make our products here.

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HANNITY: President Trump promising to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. And he vows to massively cut regulations by 75 percent or more. Senator Mike Lee will join us next, that and more as we continue from Washington, D.C. Stay with us.

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TRUMP: What we want to do is bring the manufacturing back to our country.  Vice President Pence, good morning, is very much involved with me on that.  It's one of my most important subjects. It's what the people wanted. It's one of the reasons I'm sitting here instead of somebody else sitting here.

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HANNITY: That was President Trump speaking earlier today during his roundtable with business leaders at the White House today. And President Trump not only promised to cut taxes for the middle class and for corporation but he also vowed to cut regulation by 75 percent or more.  Joining us now with reaction, Utah Senator Michael Lee. Senator, welcome back, how are you, sir?

SEN. MIKE LEE, R-UTAH: Thank you, doing great Sean.

HANNITY: Why am I reading today that "Trump, GOP set to battle on spending cuts," he's talking about a 10 percent across the board cut, and I see that in the House and Senate, before he was inaugurated, a $9.7 trillion increase in the debt ceiling. Aren't Republican supposed be the party of limited government and balanced budgets?

LEE: Yes, we are. And if we mean it, we will stand behind him because this is exactly what we're supposed to stand for, for constitutionally limited government. And we understand that one of the many reasons why Trump was able to win back was because too many Americans all over the country understand that power has been taken away from them and moved to Washington. And then within Washington, it has been handed over to unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats. This has been good for the rich and well-connected but it's hurt everyone else, especially the poor and middle- class.

HANNITY: You did not support Donald Trump really. I don't know who you voted for in the end, if you voted for President Trump or not, but you were not a big supporter of hits. Has your mind changed since he has been elected about him?

LEE: Look, I'm optimistic. I want to do everything I can to assist this president in pursuing an agenda of constitutionally limited government.  And notwithstanding the fact that we have had our differences, notwithstanding the fact that I expressed concern along the way, he is our president now. And in light of the fact that he is our president, I want to do what I can do to make sure that he restores the constitution as a significant restriction on government power, on government expansion.

HANNITY: I interviewed him many times in the course of this election and I've talked to him since he has been elected. And he has reaffirmed, and I think he did this is his inaugural address, he wants originalists on the court, he wants to extremely vet refugees, build a wall on our southern border. He wants to repeal and replace Obamacare with free market solutions. He wants energy independence, education back to the states, a 15 percent corporate tax rate, 10 percent repatriation rate. Is there anything that you as a conservative disagree with?

LEE: No, no there is not. And that's I think there is a lot we can work together on, especially as his outlined his agenda with regard to regulatory reform. I met with them just couple weeks ago, and we had a good discussion about the REINS act, the need for legislation that would require Congress to weigh in and affirmatively pass economically significant regulations before they take effect. I think this is part of its plan to reduce regulations by 75 percent, which would be very, very helpful, especially considering when we've gone from $300 billion a year in regulatory compliance costs just 20 years ago to $2 trillion a year today.  That is paid for by America's poor and middle-class more than anyone else and we have got to change it.

HANNITY: Are you convinced that all of these agenda items that I just mentioned will get through? And how long would it take do you think to get all of those things done?

LEE: No one can ever be certain that something is going to be done before it is actually done. What I actually do know is if we don't try, we will accomplish none of it. And I intend to work with him on every single one of these issues in a step-by-step process that is designed to put the American people back in charge, to return power to where it belongs, which is with the people to be exercised --

HANNITY: Let me ask you this.

LEE: Yes?

HANNITY: A lot of this is going to be based on procedure, and you have a Republican House and Senate, everything the Republicans said they need to get things done. If he appoints and originalist in a week-and-a-half to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Democrats filibuster, do you think the nuclear option precedent set by Harry Reid should be used to advance the nominee and have a straight up or down vote?

LEE: I will give you the same answer that our majority leader Mitch McConnell gave yesterday when asked this question. We are going to make sure that whoever is nominated for this position is confirmed. Without the need to get into the details of how that is going to happen, that is our goal and we are going to achieve it.

HANNITY: Harry Reid set a precedent you think you should follow as a party?

LEE: Harry Reid did set a precedent. He purported to hold back part of that precedent when it comes to Supreme Court nominees, And so that creates an arguable difference here. But regardless, we have tools at our disposal to get whoever is nominated to fill Justice Scalia's place confirmed.

HANNITY: All right, thanks for being with us. Senator, appreciate it.

When we come back it, we need your help, a very important "Question of the Day" as we continue "Hannity" from Washington, D.C.  

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HANNITY: And time for our "Question of the Day." So what did you think of Donald Trump's moves on day one and the moves he's made so far? Just go to Facebook.com/Sean Hannity, @SeanHannity on Twitter, let us know what you think.

That's all the time we have left this evening. We will be back right here in D.C. tomorrow night. Thanks for being with us. Have a great night.

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