Sean Spicer insisted the president wanted a health care bill with “heart,” although he admitted he wasn’t sure if anyone at the White House had seen a draft of the Republican measure.
The White House press secretary delivered his first on-camera press briefing in eight days Tuesday afternoon, as questions swirled about his continued status.
“The president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it,” Spicer said, referring to a report that Trump told tech CEOs the current GOP bill “needs more heart.”
But Spicer admitted the president may not have seen the bill, although Trump has offered input over the phone to senators and is “very excited about where this thing is headed.”
“I don’t know if he’s seen the legislation or not,” Spicer told reporters. “I don’t know if the president or anyone on his staff has seen a draft of the Senate healthcare bill.”
He insisted that Senate Republicans were not behaving hypocritically by keeping their Democratic colleagues out of the process of drafting a health care reform bill, although they complained about their own input during the negotiations for Obamacare.
“I think we wanted to be part of the process back then,” Spicer said, citing comments by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said Democrats would not be part of a GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
“No Democrat wanted to touch this, no Democrat would be part of an effort to repeal Obamacare,” Spicer said. “Let’s not mistake ourselves about how they wanted to approach this thing.”
“They were happy with Obamacare, we believe Obamacare is failing,” he added. “To turn around and second guess — that’s something they should take up with their leader.”
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The real problem wasn’t the racism — it was the Trump taking ‘the Lord’s name in vain’ twice: supporter
President Donald Trump was widely condemned after supporters at a campaign rally in West Virginia turned his racist "go back" message into a "Send Her Back" chant against one of a woman of color in Congress.
One Trump supporter in West Virginia also criticized the speech, but not for the racist targeting of Rep. Ilhan Omar.
State Senator Paul Hardesty, a Democrat, wrote to the White House to complain about Trump's use of the word "goddamn."
The letter was republished by the Montgomery-Herald.
Tongue-tied GOP strategist crashes and burns on-air while trying to deny Trump’s racism
Republican strategist Amy Tarkanian crashed and burned on CNN on Saturday while attempting to deny President Donald Trump's racism.
"I do not believe that the president’s tweets were racist. I do believe they were not well thought out. He needs that extra, 'Are you sure?' button on Twitter," Tarkanian argued.
"I'm a black man, I'm a Republican and a black man," the Rev. Joe Watkins interjected. "My mother's an immigrant, I would be angry if someone said that to my mother."
"Oh, it’s very offensive. But he did not say, because you are this color, go back to where you came from," Tarkanian argued. "I’m not supporting that tweet. Was it racist? No. Was it stupid? Yes."
Trump supporter blames Democrats for being targeted by the president: ‘Why is that racist?’
CNN interviewed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Eau Claire, Wisconsin who refused to acknowledge the racism in the president's "Go Back" attacks on four women of color in Congress.
The network interviewed Kerri Krumenauer of Wiersgalla Plumbing & Heating Company about Trump's attacks.
"How is it racist?" she asked.
"If you don't like this country, get out," she demanded. "Leave!"
She then showed how misinformed she was about the incident.
"He didn't use any names -- they stood up," she falsely claimed. In fact, Trump did use names and the targets did not stand up as they were not at his North Carolina campaign rally.