Sean Spicer, Aiming For Some Kind Of Record, Horrifically Botches Yet Another Press Briefing

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On Mar 9, 2017
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Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer say

All of these occurred under the last administration - that is important. All of these alleged issues. And I think it’s interesting to have it asked this way about the damage that could have occurred or what tools could be used in light of what’s been going on recently. We've had your own network’s correspondent James Rosen had his phones, multiple phones tapped. Was that appropriate back then?

Reuters

The Huffington Post UK

The Huffington Post UK say

This is easy to debunk. James Rosen is the Washington Correspondent for Fox News and just this Sunday he said...

James Rosen

James Rosen say

I was not wiretapped, my parents were not wiretapped.

The Huffington Post UK

The Huffington Post UK say

Pretty definitive. But just to hammer the point home Rosen retweeted some choice commentary after the briefing.

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Oh dear.

Traditionally, the press ask the press secretary the questions and Spicer may just have shown why this is the case.

White House Press Corps

White House Press Corps say

Is it possible that we could see the president for a more general multi-question news conference. He’s been a little press shy this week, from North Korea to health care selling to CIA leaks. We’d like to talk to him. Can we see him for a news conference?

Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer say

I will ask… Is there anyone else? Show of hands?

White House Press Corps

White House Press Corps say
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Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer say

Err.. err... the President is very busy.

Reuters

Next up is a U-turn worthy of a Vin Diesel movie. As you'll no doubt be aware by now, over the weekend Donald Trump accused President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, provided no evidence, asked Congress to investigate anyway and then sent his press aides out to suggest the fact the media was reporting his claims somehow made it true.

Just let that all sink in for a second. Anyway, Spicer once again spun the usual line when asked directly if the President is the target of a counterintelligence investigation...

Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer say

I think that’s what we need to find out. There was considerable concern last cycle when a reporter was the target of one. But part of the reason we have asked the House and Senate to look into this is because of that.

The Huffington Post UK

The Huffington Post UK say

Spicer then tried to turn the direction of the briefing onto something else, one of his favourite topics, "fake news".

Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer say

It was interesting if you look at last week all of a sudden these stories that keep coming out about the president and his links to Russia. It has continued to be the same old, same old, played over and over again. The president has made clear he has no interests in Russia and yet a lot of these stories that come out with respect to that are frankly fake.

The Huffington Post UK

The Huffington Post UK say

Thankfully the White House Press Corps weren't going to let him get away with it.

White House Press Corps

White House Press Corps say

He doesn’t know whether he is the target of a programme?

Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer say

I think that’s one of the issues that we have asked the House and Senate to look into.

The Huffington Post UK

The Huffington Post UK say

Again, Spicer tried to turn the conversation to denial of links between Trump and Russia.

Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer say

All of the people that have been briefed on this situation have come to the same conclusion. It’s a recycled story over and over and over again.

White House Press Corps

White House Press Corps say

Are you saying that there’s a possibility he is the target of a counterintelligence probe involving Russia, because you just connected those two?

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Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer say

I don’t – no, no, I think what I’m saying is there is a difference between that narrative and then the narrative that has been perpetuated over and over again. The concern the president has, and why he’s asked the Senate and House intelligence committees to look into this, is to get to the bottom of what may or may not have occurred during the 2016 election.

The Huffington Post UK

The Huffington Post UK say

Later Spicer was handed a note and all of a sudden changed his tune.

Sean Spicer

Sean Spicer say

I just want to be really clear on one point which is there is no reason that we have to think that the president is the target of any investigation whatsoever. There is no reason to believe that he is the target of any investigation. I think that’s a very important point to make.

Reuters

The Huffington Post UK

The Huffington Post UK say

So important a point he waited right until the end of the briefing to make it.