“He’s a fan of the show, plain and simple,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said today when asked whether President Donald Trump owed House Speaker Paul Ryan an apology for plugging Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday show on Fox News Channel in which she demanded Ryan resign over Trumpcare’s flop.
Asked during today’s White House press briefing if he owes Ryan an apology for telling America to be sure to watch that particular edition of Justice with Judge Jeanine, Spicer shot back: “For what? For supporting a show on Fox? No.”
But Spicer acknowledged that Trump had some cleaning up to do after the episode aired, saying the president and Ryan talked extensively over the weekend, and repeating, “Again, he is a fan of the show and tweeted out support of it, plain and simple.”
The morning after Trump’s Trumpcare failure in the House, he tweeted that we all should be sure to watch Pirro’s show that night:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017
Lending credibility to Spicer’s claim Trump did not know she would call loudly for Ryan to step down, Pirro had portrayed Trump as a Washington rube who got duped by Ryan into embracing his Obamacare replacement strategy.
While describing Trump as the “one man [voters] believed could do it, a compete outsider,” she insisted, “No one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process.”
Ryan, she said, grabbed Trump by his naiveté and had his way with the former reality-TV star:
“Speaker Ryan, you come in with all your swagger … and you sell sell him a bill of goods, which ends up a complete and total failure, and allow his president in his first 100 days to come out of the box like that?” she shouted at the camera.
Ryan, she scoffed, “failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill – the one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare, the one he had seven years to work on, the one he hid under lock and key in the basement of Congress, the one that had to be pulled to prevent embarrassment of not having enough votes to pass.”
Spicer insisted Trumpcare’s failure showcased Trump’s business acumen.
“The president understands that sometimes a bad deal is worse than getting a deal,” Spicer told reporters at his press briefing. “He smartly recognized that what was on the table was not in keeping with the vision he had.”