2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary:
"The president clearly wants a bill that has heart in it. He believes that health care is something that is near and dear to so many families and individuals. He made it clear from the beginning that that was one of his priorities and as the Senate works its way through this bill as the House did, any ideas are welcome to strengthen it, to make it more affordable, more accessible and deliver the care that it needs. But this is an area that the president believes passionately about."
3. Close of reporter
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary, responding to question about whether the president has seen a draft of the Senate health care bill:
"I don't know that. I know that there was some chatter today. I know the president has been on the phone extensively with the leader and with key senators, so I don't know if he's seen the legislation or not, but I know that they've been working extremely hard and the president has been giving his input and has ideas, feedback to them. And he's very excited about where this thing is headed."
5. Close of reporter asking if anyone on Trump's staff has seen a draft of the health care bill
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary:
"I don't. I know that they are up there working hand and glove with them, so to the extent that it's -- I don't even know where we are in terms of a final plan. I know that the staff has been working very closely with the leader staff, with Senate finance and others. So I don't want to get ahead of an announcement on Senator McConnell saying when the final product is done. So I will refer you back to him."
7. Close of reporter asking question UPSOUND (English) Reporter: "So how is what's happening now with this bill being crafted, frankly behind closed doors, any different from what Republicans criticized Democrats for doing?"
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary:
"I think we wanted to be part of the process back then. If you look at what Senator Schumer said both in February both to a MoveOn.org call, where he said that no Democrat's going to go near this and what he said in a letter on May 9th, he said that no Democrats would be part of an effort that would repeal Obamacare. So they have chosen to take themselves -- not make themselves a part of this process."
9. Mid cutaway of briefing
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary:
"I'm not going to get ahead of -- I'll let Senator McConnell determine the Senate schedule and run the Senate that he sees fit. But let's not mistake ourselves with how they approach this thing. Their leader, Senator Schumer, made it very clear on at least two separate occasions that they didn't want to be part of this process. They didn't want to repeal and replace Obamacare. They were happy with Obamacare. We believe Obamacare is failing. We want a better system for the American people, a patient-centric health care system that brings down cost and gives more accessibility to people. That's it. They chose not to -- made it very clear that they didn't want to engage in this process. To turn around now and to second-guess -- that's something that they should take up with their own leader."
11. Wide cutaway of briefing
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Sean Spicer, White House Press Secretary:
"The president was pleased that he was able to work with the State Department and get Otto home as soon as he could. But I think when you realize what happened, the president believes that -- had it happened sooner or quicker, potentially there might have been additional medical resources that could have been provided. He's just obviously saddened by this entire situation and just would've hoped that it could have been resolved earlier."