During his briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer laid out the chain of events that led to the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
Glenn Thrush didn’t seem to buy it.
Appearing on MSNBC after the briefing, Thrush — a White House correspondent for The New York Times — called Spicer’s chronology of the events “sloppy,” and said there were clear gaps.
“I think that was a very sloppy, clearly hastily organized timeline that Sean Spicer came up with — that has an awful lot of holes in it,” Thrush said.
Specifically, Thrush questioned how it could take the White House 17 days after learning of the existence of a transcript of a phone conversation between Flynn and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak to determine that it was a breach of trust, given that the White House’s Counsel office was immediately able to determine there was no legal issue with the Flynn-Kislyak conversation.
“It is a very, very sloppy and implausible timeline,” Thrush said. “And I think it just begs a lot of questions and requires a lot of reporting.”
Thrush was also mystified at a particular turn of phrase used by Spicer during his briefing.
“Sean explicitly — and maybe it was an inartful use of language — actually said… this will help us ‘cover it up.’ I mean, he actually said that from the podium!”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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