Trump sets up high-stakes healthcare gamble in House

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Without outright saying it, Spicer's remarks suggested that the White House would likely move on and abandon efforts to reform health care if the vote fails Friday.

He also lunched with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and investor Nelson Peltz.

"I'm not going to comment on our strategy", Spicer said.

The White House is no longer expressing confidence that the upcoming House vote on health care will be successful. Spicer insisted that today's vote would proceed as Trump demanded later in the day.

Indeed, an amendment introduced Thursday night would let states determine essential health benefits-rather than the federal government-beginning in 2018, Axios reported.

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He could face up to two years in prison on the federal charge and a maximum five years for the assault charge. Welch's official sentencing is set for June 22 - in the meantime, he will remain jailed.

During Sean Spicer's press conference on Thursday, the press secretary was asked if he could say for sure if there were other Trump "associates" who have had business dealings with foreign clients. "I think that is where the president has drawn the line".

To win hold-out Republican votes, party leadership has introduced several amendments to the legislation.

Spicer declined to say whether he thought the measure would garner the required 216 votes to pass the House, calling it a "balancing act" to get GOP members on board.

He explained that there are people still doing their vote counts and there will still be a 3:30 pm vote that was previously scheduled.

Yesterday, Spicer went just a little further, dismissing the former Trump campaign chairman as someone who was on the team "for five months".

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