Nikki Hall, the former White House press secretary, said Monday that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence “did not intend to go any further with the NDAA” and “are not going anywhere.”
Hall made the comments in an interview with Politico, in which she also criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not taking the bill up and the Senate for not approving it.
Hall told Politico that the president and Pence “didn’t think the bill was very good” but added that Trump is “not going to stop pushing on it.”
She said that while “there are going to be some things that he [Trump] will say,” the president is not going to “be able to stand up and be a bully and try to shut down the debate” about the NDAs.
“I think we need to go forward,” Hall said.
“If we don’t, he [Pence] is going to try to take us back.
It’s not going in the direction we want.”
The NDAs “have been very problematic, they’re very dangerous, and the president doesn’t want to see that happen,” Hall told POLITICO.
“It’s a tough situation to be in right now, and I think that the speaker and [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell are trying to find some middle ground.
But we’ve been told repeatedly by the president that he wants to push forward.”