On Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer was supposed to conduct an on-camera press briefing, the first one to take place since he banned cameras and audio recordings a week ago. Despite all the hype about him finally letting cameras back in, Spicer ended up skipping the briefing — after delaying its start by 30 minutes — and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders showed up in his place.
Spicer missed the briefing because he was busy trying — and failing — to convince members of the Senate to support the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Spicer left the Capitol building shortly after it was announced that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had delayed the vote on the bill. After exiting, he was bombarded by CNN reporters who were trying to figure out what had happened and why he had been talking with members of the Senate.
Spicer was first asked about what President Trump wanted to discuss with the country’s senators during their upcoming visit to the White House. Obviously flustered, he delivered the following vague answer:
‘The president is going to have a great discussion with senators about, uh, what we have to do on health care.’
When asked what brought him to the Capitol when he was supposed to be at a press briefing, Spicer gave a response that was even more vague than his previous one: “This important subject.”
He then continued to walk down the street toward the White House while completely ignoring the reporters following after him.
Watch the awkward encounter in the video below, available via YouTube:
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