Prominent right-leaning Trump critic Michael Medved surprisingly got to ask a question at the White House press briefing on Tuesday via Skype.
Medved contended that “the administration has gotten distracted — and media have gotten distracted — by talk of wiretapping at Trump Tower, or the president calling his predecessor a bad and sick guy, or criticizing the ratings of Celebrity Apprentice.” He asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer, “Do you think the White House could do a better job of focusing on the issues that really matter — the reforms that matter to the American people — rather than getting distracted to these subsidiary conflicts, as we move forward into the coming months?”
Spicer replied by defending the conduct of President Trump and his administration in recent weeks.
You know, respectfully, I would say that we have been focused. We’re here talking about ObamaCare and the need to drive down the cost in access for health care for every American. I think that’s a pretty significant thing to be focused on. Yesterday, we were talking about the President’s effort to continue to keep the nation safe — to make sure that people aren’t coming into the country — who aren’t here for peaceful purposes. The president has talked to almost 50 world leaders. He’s had thirty-plus executive actions on all sorts of stuff, from regulatory aspects, to things that will create more jobs. I think that’s a fairly-focused effort.
The White House flack continued by emphasizing that “the voters made it clear that one of the things that they appreciate about him is his ability to be authentic and to speak very forcefully and directly with the American people. And that’s an aspect that I think was central to why he was elected — is because he’s not a canned politician that’s going to give the same staid answers over and over again.”
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