Jan 19, 2017

5 news stories from Sean Spicer's pre-inaugural presser

Evan Vucci / AP

  1. White House briefings staying put...for now: Spicer committed to holding "the first couple of briefings" in the West Wing.
  2. 50 senior Obama officials staying on: To help until replacements named. A highlight is Brett McGurk as special envoy on ISIS.
  3. Remember SCOTUS? He chided Dems for delaying Cabinet confirmations, specifically citing Chao, Carson, and Haley as "unbelievably qualified" consensus nominees.
  4. Conflicting statements on conflicts: First: "What he has done is extraordinary to ensure that his focus is entirely on this country moving forward." Then: "I think the idea that he's going to his own hotel shouldn't be a shocker."
  5. On Israel: "Stay tuned" regarding the possibility of an embassy move to Jerusalem.
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