Spicer Questions: CSPAN Watch Party Edition

The president has decided to play out an episode of The Apprentice, threatening Members of Congress to vote for a terrible health care plan or be left with an effective law they love to hate. Instead of anyone being “fired,” however, people’s lives hang in the balance.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah says “Terrible TV, even worse policy making,” and calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions:

1. How is it possible that the “new” version of Trumpcare costs more money yet leaves the same whopping 24 million people uninsured and still raises premiums 15 to 20 percent?

2. According to the CBO Report, de-funding Planned Parenthood would cause 15 percent of underserved and low-income women to lose access to care. Why does President Trump want to gut an organization that has reliably provided health care for women, many of whom didn’t have coverage, for […]

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Spicer Questions: Make Or Break Edition

Today’s the day: Trumpcare’s political fate hangs in the balance as do the lives of the 26 million people who would lose insurance if this bill becomes law. Additionally, the steady drip of controversy surrounding the ongoing Russia scandal continues and Democrats are planning to filibuster Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah says “This may be the worst week yet for Donald Trump,” and calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions:

1. How does removing “essential benefits” like pregnancy and newborn care, pediatric care, substance abuse services, and prescription drugs coverage possibly make this a better bill let alone more likely to pass?

2. Do you know that the extra $60 million in taxpayer dollars for Trump’s Secret Service costs could cover 10,135 Pell Grants or Meals On Wheels deliveries for a year for 21,699 seniors? Does the White House […]

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Spicer Questions: “This Model Can Greatly Benefit The Putin Government” Edition

It’s only Wednesday and this week is already a disaster for President Trump. The health care bill may not even pass the House, Republican governors are rebelling against Trump’s atrocious budget cuts, and of course, there is another bombshell in the unfolding Russia scandal.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions: 

1. Did you nonsensically claim Paul Manafort played a “limited role” on the Trump campaign on Monday because you knew the AP story was coming?

2. The AP reported Manafort said he continues to speak to Donald Trump. How often do they speak and when was their last conversation?

3. How did President Trump react to the story Rex Tillerson didn’t want the Secretary of State job and only did it because his wife felt he should?

4. Judge Gorsuch claimed he would have “walked out the door” if Trump asked him about Roe v. Wade […]

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Spicer Questions: Gorsuch Day 2, FBI Bombshell Aftermath Edition

Some have called yesterday the worst day of the Trump presidency.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah disagrees. He says “The worst is yet to come,” and calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions at today’s briefing:

1. Donald Trump did not use the words “FBI,” “Comey,” “Russia,” or “investigation” at his rally in Louisville yesterday. Was he following the advice of his attorneys because he is a target of the FBI investigation?

2. Did Donald Trump employ his litmus test of overturning Roe v. Wade to select Judge Gorsuch?

3. Doesn’t Rex Tillerson’s decision to skip his first scheduled NATO meeting in Brussels while going to Moscow send the exact wrong signal that the Trump administration is carrying water for Vladimir Putin?

4. Has Ivanka Trump been using a White House email address for her work on behalf of her father’s administration?

5. Will the White House guarantee any […]

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Spicer Questions: Day 1 Gorsuch and Russia Hearings Edition

It’s a busy day on the Hill for the Trump White House. As White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer takes the podium today he will have to answer for FBI Director James Comey’s bombshell announcement to the House Intelligence Committee and the President’s first Supreme Court nominee is being grilled by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah says to Spicer “Nervous yet?” and calls on him to answer the following questions:

1. In light of the FBI’s investigation, when will the White House retract the President’s repeated lies denying connections to Russia?

2. How’s the President taking his new record low of 37% job approval?

3. Will the White House admit there was no wiretap of Trump Tower now that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, the Director of the FBI James Comey, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr, former DNI James Clapper and British GCHQ have all said there […]

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Spicer Questions: About Last Night Edition

A lot went wrong for Donald Trump last night: his Muslim ban was struck down by the courts (again), HHS Secretary Tom Price’s town hall exposed the many failings of TrumpCare, and his budget proposal has something for everyone to hate.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions:

1. OMB Director Mulvaney said this morning he could point to the campaign speeches where lines from the Trump budget were derived. In what speech did Trump promise to gut programs to help small business owners?  Nutrition assistance for women, infants, and children? Manufacturing expansion programs?

2. How will Trump voters react to elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission, which helps create jobs in the region, and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which is a literal lifesaver for seniors?

3. Isn’t Trump’s $1 billion budget cut for federal prison construction a gift to […]

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Spicer: “Sure” Millions Will Lose Coverage With TrumpCare

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer admitted today that millions of American will lose their health insurance as a result of the the Republican health care repeal bill also known as TrumpCare.

Watch the exchange:

Jim Acosta: A follow up on coverage, you were saying that people if they can’t get access to insurance they don’t have coverage –

Sean Spicer: Right –

Acosta: But if you remove the individual mandate you are going to have people who are not going to buy that coverage they are not going to buy insurance and so getting back to the Congressional Budget Office score,  would you concede that they will be some coverage losses, perhaps in the millions, that there will be millions of people who will not have health insurance as a result of what you are doing?

Spicer: Well again, sure.

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Spicer Questions: 24 Million People Edition

The White House made a valiant effort to undermine the credibility of the CBO before it released the Trumpcare score, but the report released yesterday was even worse than many expected.

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions:

1. What is the White House reaction to new polling for American Bridge showing Obamacare approval at 58 percent among Obama-Trump voters?

2. How does 24 million people losing health insurance accomplish President Trump’s goal of “insurance for everybody?”

3. President Trump promised to make the ‘best’ deals. How is raising premiums for 64 year-olds from $1,700 under Obamacare to $14,600 under Trumpcare a better deal?

4. Is Trumpcare just a Trojan horse for $274 billion dollars in tax cuts to the richest two percent of Americans?

5. Isn’t encouraging employers to stop offering coverage, as would happen under Trumpcare according to the CBO report, a […]

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Spicer Questions: (No) Calm Before The Snowstorm Edition

American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah says, “Has Trump even staffed OPM? Asking for a friend,” and calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions at today’s briefing:

1. How will the Trump Organization’s new Trump trademarks in Mexico influence the President’s effort to renegotiate NAFTA?

2. Did President Trump order Michael Flynn to put ex-FBI agent Brian McCauley on retainer to his consulting firm in October 2016, which was conveniently two weeks after McCauley made a quid-pro-quo allegation against Hillary Clinton?

3. Why hasn’t the White House condemned Rep. Steve King’s comments about Muslim Americans not being equal to other Americans? 

4. Do you affirm Donald Trump Jr.’s claim to have “zero” contact with his father despite attending the press event at the White House announcing Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court?

5. Will the White House provide proof that President Trump is donating his $400,000 a year […]

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Spicer Questions: Where In The World Is Trump This Weekend Edition

While Trump Administration surrogates hit the Sunday Show circuit to sell Trumpcare, it seems President Trump himself will be hiding out. He’s not going to Mar-a-Lago for a change so perhaps he’ll have a working weekend in Washington. Doubtful.

Trump’s mystery weekend schedule aside, American Bridge Vice President Shripal Shah calls on White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to answer the following questions at today’s briefing:

1. Does President Trump stand by his statements that BLS jobs numbers are “phony” and “people that have intelligence” don’t believe them?

2. Did President Trump reiterate his openness to a “one-state solution” to the Israel-Palestine conflict in his call with President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority earlier today?

3. Isn’t Trumpcare really just a vehicle to give tax cuts to the rich? The bill gives $275 billion in tax cuts to the top two percent while driving millions off their insurance.

4. What is the White House […]

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