Spicer on Trump’s Tweets: ‘They’re Considered Official Statements By the President’
During today’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was pushed by a couple of reporters to answer questions on the president’s recent Twitter activity. Fox News’ John Roberts started off the question-and-answer session by bringing up Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell recent statement that he’s not a fan of the president’s tweets.
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“I understand you’ve explained several times that the president likes to have this conduit where he can talk directly to the American people,” Roberts said. “But does he sometimes cross the line where his tweets become the news and become the agenda and actually impedes his ability to get things done?”
Spicer noted that “the president is the most effective messenger on his agenda” and that his huge social media following gives him the “opportunity to speak straight to the American people.” He added that this was something that he was critiqued for during the election and it worked for him.
A few minutes later, One America News’ Trey Yingst wanted to know if Trump’s tweets should be considered official statements, something that has been raised by reporters of late.
“The president is the President of the United States,” Spicer stated. “So they’re considered official statements by the President of the United States.”
With more and more attention being placed on Trump’s tweets as he’s ramped up his online activity of late with some volatile (and contradictory) statements, the White House has been forced to address the issue. The results have varied, with Kellyanne Conway and Sebastian Gorka attempting to paint the media as being obsessed with the issue while deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders brushed off Trump’s Twitter attacks on the Mayor of London, claiming the media is spinning it a different way.
Watch the clips above, via CNN.
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