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Sean Spicer Grilled Over Whether Trump Team Brought People to Cheer at CIA Visit

During his his first official White House press briefing today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was pressed to answer about reports that President Donald Trump brought a number of people to his CIA visit who were the ones who provided applause while he spoke.

Asked about CBS News reporting that there were roughly 40 people in the first few rows who were not CIA agents or officials but rather guests brought by Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence and CIA director nominee Mike Pompeo, Spicer stated that he didn’t think “that’s accurate.”

The press sec then stated that the “audio alone speaks volumes to what happened,” and that there was definitely excitement in the room from the CIA personnel present. When pressed again about whether those in the front rows with CIA employees, Spicer said he didn’t “have a seating chart.”

Asking someone to the side what the total number brought by the Trump team was, he told the reporter that it was “ten people at most,” disputing the total of 40. When grilled more on who was in the front rows, the secretary noted that “ten people didn’t yell that loud.”

Later in the presser, he would add that those in the front row were definitely all CIA employees.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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