Mar 27, 2017 - Politics & Policy

The takeaways from Spicer's Monday briefing

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a surprise visit, announcing actions the DOJ is taking against sanctuary cities. He said states and localities seeking DOJ grants must certify compliance with immigration policy, or lose federal funding. He added: "I strongly urge our nation's states... to seriously consider the harm they are doing to our citizens" by refusing to implement federal law.

  • Is Trump serious about working with Dems on health care? "Absolutely," said Spicer. "I don't think we've seen the end of health care." He added that AHCA showed Trump's deal-making skills because he "knew when to walk away."
  • Will Trump work with Freedom Caucus moving forward? "I think it'll depend..." said Spicer, adding that the president "learned a lot through this process about loyalty."
  • On Intel chairman's controversial WH visit: "I'm not going to get into who he met with or why he met with them," he said, refusing to speculate as to why Nunes had to visit the WH, or whether any WH staffers helped him gain access.
  • Tax reform: Secretary Mnuchin has discussed August as a potential date. Will that be Trump's plan? "Obviously we'll work with Congress... but we're driving the train on this."
  • Kushner's cooperation with Russia probe: "He volunteered" to tell Senate Intel about contacts he had with Russia as campaign/transition point person for foreign governments.
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