Peter Alexander to Spicer: Can You Say No One Else in WH Is Working in the Interest of a Foreign Gov’t?
In light of today’s reports about Paul Manafort‘s pro-Russia agenda, Press Secretary Sean Spicer was asked if he was certain that no one in President Trump‘s administration is working for a international government agency.
Spicer got in several testy exchanges with reporters on this topic today, and he responded by talking about the Clinton family’s political dealings while also saying Trump didn’t know about Manafort’s past while he was the president’s campaign chairman.
Eventually, NBC’s Peter Alexander brought up Michael Flynn‘s status as a foreign agent, and he asked Spicer, “Can you say with certainty right now that there isn’t anybody else that’s working in the interest of a foreign government working for this government right now?”
Spicer responded that Flynn had filled out forms for security clearance, and he accused Alexander of trying to conflate the circumstances of Flynn’s firing with Manafort’s previous work advancing Vladimir Putin‘s interests. When Alexander asked his question again, Spicer pushed back by saying it would be “ridiculous” to have him vouch for all Trump staffers filing for security clearance:
“I can’t prevent somebody from fully disclosing everything on their taxes of filling out a form, what I can tell you is if there is an instance brought to our attention where someone has misled it, either they will be sent to the appropriate law enforcement agency, or appropriate action will be taken.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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