Mar 28, 2017

The highlights from Spicer's Tuesday briefing

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Sean Spicer began by railing against reports that former acting AG Sally Yates was blocked from testifying on Trump associates' ties to Russia. "I hope she testifies," said Spicer, calling the Post's report "100% false." He also denied that the Trump admin pressured House Intel Chairman Devin Nunes to shut down the hearing. Other takeaways:

  • Healthcare round 2: "Have we had discussions? Yes. Are we actively planning immediate strategy? Not at this time."
  • On whether Nunes should recuse himself: "It's not up to me," said Spicer. "He is running an investigation which we asked for."
  • Does Trump still think climate change is a hoax? Spicer dodged, and said that shouldn't be what people focus on.
  • Tax reform: The middle class individual tax and the corporate tax rate need to come down, said Spicer. He said the FY17 reconciliation is probably the "most likely" way forward.
  • Gorsuch confirmation: Trump "hopes to find common ground" with Dems tonight's reception for senators

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