Spokesperson ‘unsure’ if Trump knows about mandate complaints

(Crux) At a White House press conference Thursday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she’s unsure whether President Donald Trump is aware of complaints that his executive order on religious liberty is being ignored, including on a controversial contraception mandate.

Sanders’ response was a reply to a question about a mandate imposed by the Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama administration requiring faith-based non-profits such as the Little Sisters of the Poor to cover contraception in their health care plans, which is still in place, and recent criticism from the Becket firm, a religious liberty law practice.

In May 2016, the Supreme Court ruled that the government could not fine the Little Sisters of the Poor for refusing to comply with the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.

On May 4, after a year of waiting for clarity on a new rule, President Trump signed an executive order on religious freedom, meant to end the standoff between religious groups over the Obama Administration’s HHS contraception mandate.

“We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore,” said the president. [More]

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