Sean Spicer Unknowingly Sends Distress Call To Press
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 13, 2017,
Mar 13, 2017, 3:42
President Donald Trump posted a tweet from the conservative website Drudge Report that praised the data 11 minutes after it was released.
Hours earlier, Spicer apparently violated a decades-old federal rule that prohibits executive branch officials from commenting on the Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report within an hour of its release.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday cast aside the playbook of cut-and-dry condemnations of national security leaks and instead framed his response along political lines.
"Is that a distress signal?" one reporter asked, shortly after the upturned American flag pin was brought to Spicer's attention. "He said to quote him very clearly: They may have been phony in the past, but it is very real now".
"Spicer's flag pin is upside down", tweeted Jordan Uhl. US government employees, including Trump, use numerous same products and internet services purportedly compromised by the tools.
"When the president needs that trust his judgement in the pursuit of a controversial initiative or intervention overseas, it won't be there", Rothman added.
Spicer denied that the Central Intelligence Agency was working to identify those people and remove them from office.
The White House said Trump was not aware of that possible move, but the report stirs anew the controversy about the administration's vetting process.
Of course the "joke", only works if all involved acknowledge the very fact that Trump has outright lied and misled his supporters concerning past reports. "I think if you look at what outside economists and what business leaders do, they confirm that", Spicer said. "I'm concerned that it's an effort on those who want a provocation with Russian Federation or other countries to sort of push the president in the direction".