Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Spicer Hasn't Asked Trump If Russians Meddled in 2016 Campaign

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Saul Franklin | 26 June, 2017, 01:58

It hasn't yet been announced that Spicer has officially been promoted from press secretary to communications chief, but reports indicate the White House is actively re-evaluating Spicer's current role and even looking for communications department replacements.

When the Atlantic asked Bannon on why were Spicer's briefings downgraded and why was he mostly off camera, "Sean got fatter", he responded in a text message.

But as the event showed, it's nearly not worth the trouble.

"The president has said he will make an announcement on this, I expect it this week, and so when he's ready to make the announcement, I'll let you know", Spicer said.

"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing", Spicer said.

The reporter, incredulous, pointed out that there were 16 intelligence reports that had claimed Russian involvement.

President Trump has long considered making major staffing changes within the White House, the Associated Press reported, and reports have constantly swirled of top advisers being potentially replaced.

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Boardman also said Carter was scared she would get in trouble when she discovered the police had access to Roy's phone. Roy, since she had put him into that toxic environment, constituted, each and all, wanton and reckless conduct".

Ingraham agreed that it does become "performance art" to some degree, while Spicer added that there's a better focus on substance over "snarkiness" when reporters aren't trying to get their "clip" out there (like in off-camera gaggles). "If you go, who will not answer them?" said Colbert, leading a chant of "Sean, Sean, Sean". "We're here really early in the morning and really late at night available to all your questions, whether in person or over email".

Critics were quick to note that Spicer's admission that he had not spoken to Trump about the topic recently demonstrated how removed White House communications office was from the president.

"I'd be glad to touch base".

This came after he declined to comment to Politico by using the oldest trick in the book: Saying, "I can't hear you", and abruptly hanging up.

The White House has generally only used that excuse on days that the president has held a press conference or delivered a major speech.

In the past, Trump has referred to the investigation into Russian interference as "fake news".

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