Sean Spicer Snaps at Reporters Over Trump’s Foreign Trip Coverage: ‘Perpetuation of False Narratives’
Sean Spicer returned to the White House Press Room on Tuesday, and he held a combative exchange with several reporters over “fake news” from the media’s latest coverage of President Trump.
As the press secretary talked up Trump’s international tour last week, Spicer bemoaned how many “absolutely false” stories were pushed out by news outlets throughout the trip. When CNN’s Jim Acosta asked for an example, Spicer pointed towards the erroneous story that President Trump wasn’t wearing his earpiece to receive the translation of a G7 speech from the Italian Prime Minister.
Acosta acknowledged that reporters sometimes make mistakes, and New York Times‘ Peter Baker asked Spicer if he was possibly making too much out of a story that arose from a BBC reporter’s tweet. Spicer shot back that the story that came out of the tweet was fake, and there was “no apology” from those who perpetuated it.
“I was asked to give an example, and I did it,” Spicer said. “The reason that the president is frustrated is because there’s a perpetuation of false narratives, use of unnamed sources over and over again about things that have happened that don’t ultimately happen, and that’s very troubling.”
Spicer also followed up on his earlier talking points by jabbing at news outlets who have reported on the Trump Administration by citing unnamed sources. This comes after Spicer sidestepped how the president cited a report based on anonymous sources in order to deny that Jared Kushner asked to set up a backchannel communications line between the White House and Russia.
Watch above, via CNN.
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