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LIVE STREAM: White House press briefing with Sean Spicer (6/20/17)

Sean Spicer returns to the podium

Sean Spicer
Sean Spicer


WASHINGTON – White House press secretary Sean Spicer will return to the podium after about a week without an on-camera press briefing.

The White House press briefing is set for about 1:30 p.m. - you can watch it here on ClickOnDetroit.

Here's what's going on in Washington today:

GOP's health care rollback collides with the opioid epidemic

The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama's heath care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic.

Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis. That's according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.

The GOP health care bill would phase out expanded Medicaid, which allows states to provide federally backed insurance to low-income adults previously not eligible. Many young adults dealing with addiction are in that group. Federal dollars pay for medication, rehab and other services.

According to data compiled by The Associated Press, Medicaid expansion accounted for 61 percent of total Medicaid spending on substance abuse treatment in Kentucky, 56 percent in Michigan and 59 percent in Maryland.

They're among the states hardest hit by overdoses.

Trump calls Warmbier's death a 'total disgrace'

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier after his lengthy detention in North Korea was a "total disgrace," and said if the college student had been returned home to the U.S. earlier, "I think the result would have been a lot different."

Trump said he had spoken with Warmbier's parents, telling reporters in the Oval Office that it was "incredible what they've gone through." Seated next to the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, Trump said Warmbier "should have been brought home a long time ago."

"It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto. That should never ever be allowed to happen," Trump said. "And frankly if he were brought home sooner I think the result would have been a lot different."

The Ohio college student died Monday at a Cincinnati hospital, nearly a week after his return to the United States after being held in North Korea for more than 17 months. Warmbier's parents have not cited a specific cause of death, but pointed to "awful, torturous mistreatment" by North Korea.

Doctors have described Warmbier's condition as a state of "unresponsive wakefulness" and said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" of unknown cause.

The University of Virginia student was accused of trying to steal a propaganda banner while visiting with a tour group and was convicted of subversion. He was sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years in prison with hard labor.

Ivanka Trump visits Capitol to talk child care

Ivanka Trump is visiting Capitol Hill to meet with Republican lawmakers on child care policy.

The senior adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump was at the Capitol for a meeting with Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Deb Fischer and other lawmakers. As she entered the session, she said she was "looking forward to a robust discussion."

A White House official said the group would be discussing child care tax policy. The administration is seeking to include a child care proposal as part of a tax reform effort.

Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Childcare is a major expense for American working families. This Admin. is focused on creating policy solutions to enable them to thrive!"


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