DC Daily: Battle over health care continues

Posted at 9:30 AM, Mar 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-14 12:30:56-04

While a few remaining spots in the Trump administration need to be filled, the president continues to deal with fallout over his wiretapping remarks and ongoing debate about the plan to replace Obamacare.

Trump's morning tweet(s):

What's happening in the political world:

CBO report says 24 million would be uninsured under GOP health plan
-- The Congressional Budget Office estimated that nearly 24 million would lose their health insurance if the Republican's replacement to the Affordable Care Act passes as law.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said of the American Health Care Act: "This report confirms that the American Health Care Act will lower premiums and improve access to quality, affordable care. CBO also finds that this legislation will provide massive tax relief, dramatically reduce the deficit, and make the most fundamental entitlement reform in more than a generation."

DOJ asks for more time to provide wiretapping evidence
-- The Department of Justice was given a Monday deadline by the House Intelligence Committee to give evidence that would support President Trump's claims that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential campaign.

However, a DOJ request for additional time was approved, giving officials time to gather the necessary evidence to back the president's accusations that he tweeted. The House Intelligence Committee asked that the DOJ provide the information at a hearing on March 20.

Audio released of Ryan slamming Trump
-- In comments made public Monday on the Breitbart website, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said in October that he is "not going to defend Donald Trump -- not now, not in the future." Ryan apparently made the remarks in a private conference call with House Republican members following the release of an audio clip in which President Donald Trump could be heard bragging about groping women.

"But the last thing I want to do is to help Hillary Clinton get the presidency, and get Congress," Ryan said. "Look, she's a failed progressive. She's running an abysmal campaign. I mean, it's just -- it's amazing how easily she could be beaten."

Rapper Snoop Dogg takes aim at Trump in music video
-- Rapper Snoop Dogg aims a toy gun at a clown dressed as President Donald Trump in a new music video featuring a population of clowns.

In response to the video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told TMZ that "Snoop shouldn't have done that." He said, "We've had presidents assassinated before in this country, so anything like that is something people should really careful about."

Saudi Arabia prince to visit White House
-- The president will meet with Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House Tuesday in the highest-level visit to Washington by a Saudi Arabian royal since November's presidential election.

The kingdom's royal court said Prince Mohammed will meet with Trump and a number of U.S. officials to discuss "the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two countries and regional issues of mutual interest."

The prince is also the country's defense minister and King Salman's son.

Saudi relations with Washington cooled under President Barack Obama after his administration secured a nuclear deal with regional rival Iran. Obama also openly criticized Gulf Arab countries.