'We had a great day yesterday': Sarah Huckabee Sanders claims health care failure is a White House victory
Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screen cap).

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday dismissed the Senate's failure to pass a health care bill, calling it a "great day" for the White House.

Sanders began Wednesday's White House briefing, which the press was banned from covering live, by giving ICE Director Thomas Homan the floor for 30-minutes.

Following Homan's discussion, Sanders defended the fact that cameras had been turned off by excoriating the press for not airing Secretary of Energy Rick Perry's comments on Tuesday.

But Sanders brushed off the idea that the White House had been discouraged by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to postpone a vote on the health care bill.

"We had a great day yesterday," she reportedly said.

Sanders also defended the decision to hold a Wednesday night Republican National Committee fundraiser at the Trump International Hotel.

"Of course he's running for reelection," she said of the president.