The assertion, by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, sent shockwaves through the White House briefing room.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders briefs reporters following the Senate's passage of a budget bill.
White House chief of staff John Kelly said that President Donald Trump had done the best he could in calling the widow of a slain U.S. Army sergeant killed in Niger.
The individual mandate requires most people to have health insurance or pay a fine.
The former president warns of "nationalism distorted into nativism" and says the country has "forgotten the dynamism" of immigration.
The White House suggested that the family of a slain Army sergeant had taken the president's words out of context.
The president said he would release "proof" of his version of events as soon as Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Florida, repeated her own account.
Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson says Trump's call to Myeshia Johnson left the widow of the fallen soldier in tears.
President Donald Trump gave the keynote address at the Heritage Foundation's annual President's Club meeting.
President Donald Trump appeared to endorse the deal, but the White House walked back his support soon after.