Mar 29, 2017 - Politics & Policy

The takeaways from Spicer's Wednesday briefing

Andrew Harnik / AP

Spicer began with an olive branch, calling on April Ryan first after his widely-criticized response to her questions yesterday. The takeaways:

  • On Nunes and the Russia probe: Looking into Nunes' controversial White House visit would be a "slippery slope" because it could be viewed as interfering with his investigation, said Spicer. "We're damned if we do, damned if we don't."
  • On working with Dems on health care: "There's a balancing" act to add votes without compromising main components, but not impossible.
  • Trump's renewed sense of optimism on health care: The president "was having a little bit of fun" in saying there would be an "easy deal" on health care. But there will be "consequences" for Republicans who refused to back the bill.
  • Trump the peacemaker: "There used to be a time that you could sit down and share a meal together" he says of Dems who declined a WH dinner invite.
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