"We feel this should be done in the light of day, not in the wee hours of the night and we are confident the bill will pass in the morning", the official said.
Paul Manafort helped Donald Trump secure the Republican presidential nomination but the White House insists he is just some "gentlemen who was employed by someone for five months".
He also said the president is committed to tax reform and plans to move forward on that effort next. "The president understands this is it". "Every meeting, every call, every discussion, every idea has been out there, adjudicated, listened to and now it's time to vote", Spicer said.
Despite the relatively pessimistic tone of the briefing, Spicer repeatedly asked reporters not to prejudge the outcome of the vote.
Murray's question was pretty straight that merited an equally simple answer or, in case of Trump's representatives like Kellyanne Conway and Spicer himself, even a simple lie.
Trump's son criticizes London mayor after attack
Trump Jr tweeted , quoting the headline: "Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan ". The motivation and identity of the attacker are unknown.
The White House is no longer expressing confidence that the upcoming House vote on health care will be successful.
While Trump and others in the White House have worked the phones, met with lawmakers and traveled to the Capitol, the president indicated Thursday that he was done negotiating.
"Some people kept saying, 'I'm trying to get with you, ' and then they'd come back day after day and say, 'Here's the next thing I need.' The reservoir never got dry", Spicer said.
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To be sure, I get the point of the White House's anxiety.