White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday that President Obama does believe the country has a spending problem, a day after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said it was “almost a false argument” to say as much.

“Of course, the president believes that we have a spending problem,” Carney said at his daily briefing Monday.

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Carney went on to argue that the government’s debt was “specifically driven by” healthcare spending, and argued the Obama administration was attempting to address those issues.

“The fact of the matter is, we need to reduce our healthcare costs. Funnily enough, recognizing that fact, the president took action to do just that through the Affordable Care Act, which has been scored by the CBO to significantly reduce our healthcare costs going forward,” Carney said.

Carney also acknowledged “we need to do more” to rein in deficit spending.

The comments come a day after Republicans roundly criticized Pelosi for her comments in a Fox News interview.

"It is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem,” Pelosi said. “We have a budget deficit problem that we have to address.”

Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly Ann AyotteErnst, Fischer to square off for leadership post The Hill's Morning Report: Koch Network re-evaluating midterm strategy amid frustrations with GOP Audit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars MORE (R-N.H.) said of Pelosi's comments that "this is the attitude that has the U.S. 16 [trillion dollars] in debt." Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaffetz knocks Sessions: He's 'the attorney general in name only' Chaplain controversy shifts spotlight to rising GOP star Ingraham’s ratings spike a wake-up for advertisers MORE (R-Utah) called the remark "unbelievable" on Twitter.

The Minority Leader went on to say the deficit and debt are at "immoral levels" and "must be reduced,” but that she believed in a balanced package that included spending cuts and revenue increases. With an $85 billion sequester set to trigger at the end of the month, Democrats and Republicans are battling over how to replace the across-the-board spending cuts.

Pelosi was responding to an anecdote told by House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerHillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase Facebook execs to meet with GOP leaders over concerns about anti-conservative bias Boehner: Federal government should not interfere in recreational marijuana decisions MORE (R-Ohio), who said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that Obama told him “we don’t have a spending problem” during one of their fiscal-cliff negotiations.