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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:57 PM

Spicer Shuts Down Press Briefing Following Questions About His International Incident

Source: mediamatters.org



3 hours 43 min ago ››› MATT GERTZ


White House press secretary Sean Spicer shut down today’s press briefing after he was asked about the international incident he caused last week by reading a Fox News transcript that accused a British intelligence service of spying on President Donald Trump last year on behalf of then-President Barack Obama.

Last week, the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees publicly acknowledged that they have seen no evidence to support Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential election. In an effort to defuse the situation during the March 16 press briefing, Spicer read aloud from a series of news articles that he falsely claimed supported Trump’s statement. This included Fox senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano’s March 13 statement on Fox & Friends that, according to “three intelligence sources,” Obama relied on “GCHQ,” the “British spying agency,” to obtain transcripts of “conversations involving President-elect Trump” with “no American fingerprints on this.”

The comments generated a “diplomatic row,” which Spicer reportedly tried to contain by contacting Britain's U.S. ambassador.

Roughly 45 minutes into today’s briefing, National Journal’s George Condon raised the issue, asking Spicer if reporters could assume that when he reads news articles from the White House podium, he is “vouching for the accuracy of those articles.” This was a clear reference to Spicer’s Thursday recitation of Napolitano’s claim. Spicer replied that this was a “silly assertation (sic)” and that “reading a story ... is not vouching for it.”

Condon followed up, asking Spicer to discuss his conversation with the British following those comments. Spicer replied, “There was merely an explanation of what we did and why we did it, which is what I just said to you. And that was it. Simply that.” And then Spicer ended the briefing before any other reporters could ask the press secretary more questions about the incident.

Since Spicer’s March 16 briefing:

The British intelligence service has denied the charge..............


Read more: https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/03/20/spicer-shuts-down-press-briefing-following-questions-about-his-international-incident/215762




Past time for Sean to get out of the kitchen!







Edin‏ @EdinBrook16 23m23 minutes ago

@mmfa @PrincessBravato Spicer shut it down and took his ball home. He's gonna hide from big bully journalists doing their jobs.
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kathe roth‏ @katolbo 25m25 minutes ago

@mmfa And mind you, the offending question was from the National Journal, not the WashPost...

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riversedge Monday OP
tanyev Monday #1
George II Monday #5
tanyev Monday #11
Leghorn21 Monday #2
BumRushDaShow Monday #6
Leghorn21 Monday #10
BumRushDaShow Monday #12
Leghorn21 Monday #16
burrowowl Monday #19
paleotn Monday #20
yallerdawg Monday #15
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Gman Monday #4
MyOwnPeace Monday #7
dalton99a Monday #8
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gopiscrap Monday #13
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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:00 PM

1. Is there a new SNL this Saturday?

I sure hope so!

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Response to tanyev (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:06 PM

5. No, another rerun. I'm sure they're ruing their schedule these days.

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Response to George II (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:27 PM

11. Darn it! Don't they know they're helping save the democracy?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:02 PM

2. Tweet:


Gargantua
@___Gargantua

He's 3 days away from coming out of that press room door in the bunny head.
4:59 PM - 20 Mar 2017





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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:16 PM

6. And for those needing background on that



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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:27 PM

10. D'oh! thanks, Bum - I mustn't assume we have ALL seen Spicey in his glory days!! n/t

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Response to Leghorn21 (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:30 PM

12. He might show up at this year's Easter Egg Roll except as this



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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:10 PM

16. Oh, glorious Monty Py!! To this day I regularly say "Run away! Run away!" under appropriate

circumstances! Thankee, Bum!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:04 PM

19. Love Monty Python!

Now that white rabbit is better than Alice's!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 10:29 PM

20. God, I love that.

Just look at tha bones!!

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:00 PM

15. A freakin' 'furry.'

Why is that not surprising?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:03 PM

3. just a bunch of chickens running around

they don't have any idea where the road is

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:03 PM

4. Leave him in the kitchen

He deserves to fry.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:16 PM

7. I don't get it..............

What - you actually expect someone to answer questions at a press conference?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:17 PM

8. Chickenshit

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:24 PM

9. It's Amazing

Spicer can keep his bullshit straight, even with the facts catching him in his daily lies.
I'm waiting for Spicey to breakdown in one of his Conferences and just say "Fuck it, I'm going mad shoveling this bullshit out every day."
And then he just walks out.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:36 PM

13. fucking morons

there are all as stupid as a half a brick

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 08:56 PM

14. Maybe Melissa McCarthy could hire him as her stunt double!!!!nt

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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:23 PM

17. ...



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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 09:41 PM

18. Poor poor Spicey. How many journos did he ram with his podium today?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 05:34 AM

21. Who'd hire him after this ?

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Tue Mar 21, 2017, 06:44 AM

22. Americans need answers about our INSURANCE, our SCJ, our Democracy HACK, NOT a Lunatics tabloid TV

addiction.

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