White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during a press briefing Tuesday that he doesn’t know if President Donald Trump has seen a draft of the Senate Republicans’ health care legislation.
Asked if the president has seen the Senate GOP’s proposal for health care, Spicer replied, “I don't know that.”
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“I know that there was some chatter today, I know the president has been on the phone extensively with [Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)] and with key senators,” Spicer said. “So I don't know if he's seen the legislation or not, but I know that they've been working extremely hard, and the president has been giving his input and his ideas, feedback back to them, and he's very excited about where this thing is headed.”
Spicer said he also wasn’t aware if any White House staff has seen a draft of the bill.
“I don’t even know where we are in terms of a final plan,” Spicer said.
Trump reportedly told Republican senators last week that the health care bill passed by the House earlier this year is "mean." Trump celebrated that bill’s passage in a news conference at the White House.
Asked about the president’s characterization of the House bill, Spicer said Tuesday that “the president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it.”
McConnell told reporters Tuesday that Senate Republicans will release a "discussion draft" of their health care bill Thursday.
Senate Democrats have said that Republicans have not been transparent during health care negotiations and have criticized them for seeking to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Spicer was reportedly in line to receive a promotion from his current role to communications chief, a position that would give Spicer oversight of the entire communications department in the White House, it was announced Monday.