As part of President Donald Trump’s campaign to put pressure on Congress to repeal Obamacare, he promised to press the issue to the highest level of the administration and, ultimately, to the president himself.
On Thursday, Trump held a White House briefing with reporters in which he repeatedly used the word “press.”
But the briefing was hardly his only media appearance on Thursday.
On Friday morning, he held a press conference with reporters, and the president was quick to use the opportunity to reiterate the need to repeal and replace Obamacare, in particular his insistence that he was the only one who could do it.
During the briefing, the president reiterated that the only reason Congress can repeal Obamacare is because of his own executive order, which he had signed during the campaign.
And he repeatedly referred to Congress as a “dummy” to the administration.
“There are so many other things that can be done by Congress, but what I am really interested in doing is making sure that when we repeal this, we get rid of all of the mandates that the Republicans put on this.
And so I think the most important thing is we repeal the mandates, we repeal all of them, and then we can get on with our lives,” he said.”
The last thing that I would do, frankly, is to do this to the American people.”
Asked if he was referring to the Affordable Care Act, which was enacted under his predecessor Barack Obama, the White Press Secretary said, “That’s the president’s position.”
But there was no question in the White Trump’s mind: repeal Obamacare and replace it with a program that the president would have to personally pay for.
“We can get rid, and we can replace, the Obamacare thing, because the Affordable Health Care Act was a big deal,” the president said.
But before he could say that, the press conference was cut short by a question from reporter Dan Scavino.
“I was going to ask, why are you putting out so many press releases for the president?
Why not just send out the press release?”
The press secretary paused.
“You know, I’m trying to get back to the President, but you know what, the way that I get the press releases, I send them out to him, and I send him an email saying, ‘Hi, we’ve got this, and if you want to come out to it, come out and have a look at it.'”
“What do you mean by that?”
“Well, if you’re coming out to an event, and you’re there to meet with the President and ask him some questions, we send you an email,” the press secretary said.
“And that’s all I do.”
“Why are you doing this?”
“Why are we putting out this press release for the President?”
“Well I don’t think the press has to be there.
I mean, we do it all the time.
I think we should have a lot more, if I could put it in a few words,” the White Spicer replied.”
But I mean if you come out there, and just say ‘Hi’, we’ll have an interesting conversation. But I don�t think it should be a big thing to have a little bit of press.”
Later in the presser, the administration released its own press release, which claimed the president and congressional leaders are “working to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act and replace with a better, more efficient and cost-effective system.”
“As President Trump said at the beginning of this administration, we will repeal the disastrous ACA and replace the ACA with a much better system, which will provide more choice and lower costs,” the release said.
It was the first time in nearly three years that the administration had released a press release during a press briefing.
The press release came after Trump had promised to release a press statement on Obamacare, but he did not.
Trump has repeatedly promised to repeal Obama’s signature health care law and replace its provisions with a new plan, while also insisting that he will do so without any Congressional action.
“Let me tell you, when you get the Affordable and the Affordablecare Act repealed, we can start again.
It�ll be different.
It won�t be the same.
But we�ll get the same results,” Trump said in his January speech to Congress.
“The law is a disaster, it�s a disaster because it’s a disaster for the country, and it�ll cost us billions of dollars.
So we�re going to have to go through that.”
But on Thursday, the President appeared to backtrack from that promise, telling reporters he would “absolutely repeal Obamacare” without any congressional action.
Trump did not say exactly when that would occur, and he did note that the repeal process would take longer than it had previously.
“It’s going to be a long process.
It will take some time, but we will