In Shift, White House Refers Russia Questions to Outside Counsel

A baseline test for the effectiveness of a press secretary is to compare their performance with that of a hypothetical stranger yanked off the street.

As the press secretary abruptly walked off the podium, one frustrated reporter exclaimed, "How short are these gonna be?"

Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself.

No. Let me reconsider that reaction. On an inquiry about the president's views on climate change, a subject of discussion for some time, he said he would have to check with the president.

"In terms of messaging, I would give myself a C or a C plus", Trump said in an interview on Fox News Channel early in his term.

It is believed that his relationship with Eric Trump was behind Epshteyn's rise into the entourage of the USA president. Who was he talking to?

"I think the president's comments on this, that he will be making a decision in the next few days, stand", Spicer said. Some foreign leaders, though, prefer to deal with Kushner directly, viewing him as more relatable, reasonable and worldly than Trump, according to one foreign official.

Communications Director Mike Dubke resigned his position earlier this month, as speculation has swirled about a shake up within the White House following the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Despite Spicer's instruction, the White House has not provided a point of contact to reporters for Kasowitz.

Trump also exchanged numbers with French President Emmanuel Macron when the two spoke immediately following Macron's victory earlier this month, according to a French official, who would not comment on whether Macron meant to use the line.

"I think that you should touch base with the State Department on that", Spicer offered.

Epshteyn is the sixth Trump associate who is being examined by Congress in its investigation.

Trump on Monday said that he has "total confidence" in Kushner, adding that his son-in-law is "doing a great job for the country".

Today's proceedings illustrate another sense in which press briefings of late have become matters of pure spectacle. "Covfefe" was all the talk of cable news all morning.

Even Trump himself - for whom humor isn't exactly a strong suit - played along with the joke, tweeting "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe"???".

WASHINGTON-It appeared at 12:06 a.m., without warning, like a shooting star through the dark night, if the star was half of a real word and that half of a word was attached to the suffix "fefe" and then it just stayed up there for hours for some reason.

Is Spicer out of the loop on each of the policies he was asked about? "Is no one watching this?" He'll fight any suggestion he acted inappropriately and plans to keep his head down and focus on his work, said the person, who requested anonymity to discuss Kushner's thinking.

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