#SeanSpicer meets #Stella: White House Press Briefing on a Snow Day

White House Press Briefing, March 14

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  1. Glued to their computers on the #Stella #SnowDay, people around the world tuned into the livestream of the daily White House press briefing to see how Press Secretary Sean Spicer would respond to the damning Congressional Budget Office's report on #Trumpcare
  2. White House spokesman Sean Spicer addresses the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
    White House spokesman Sean Spicer addresses the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
  3. But first Spicer had to actually show up and the Internet grew impatient as the minutes passed after the 2pm start time and the Press Secretary had yet to arrive.
  4. As people waited there was chatter online about some of the new faces the administration has brought into the fold
  5. and allowed access to the briefings.
  6. Finally Spicer arrived and gave an overview of the government's response to Blizzard Stella and updates on the President's agenda. A meeting with Angela Merkel was moved to Friday because of the storm, he said, and President Trump was said to be finishing a lunch with Saudi prince Mohammed bin Salman at the time of the briefing.
  7. From there Spicer's overview, and the majority of questions from reporters, turned to the CBO report on the legislation proposed to replace the Affordable Care Act. The headlines on Spicer's presentation differed by news outlet.
  8. Reactions from viewers similarly varied
  9. Spicer mostly focused on what he said were the failings of Obamacare and how "coverage is not the same as care." He claimed that the media had unfairly judged the first of a "three prong" proposal as being comprehensive. But some were confused as to what the other two parts of those prongs were meant to be.
  10. While most of the press questions centered on the new health care legislation, some reporters did manage to squeeze in other topics. Spicer tried to dodge most questions about Trump's allegations that the Obama administration had surveilled the Trump campaign, but he could not avoid #microwavegate...
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