Spicer: Trump ‘Was Free’ When He Tweeted About Nordstrom

That was fast.

One of the hot topics of Wednesday afternoon (so far) was that, based on the White House’s official schedule for President Donald Trump, the Leader of the Free World, tweeted about Nordstrom dropping his daughter Ivanka’s clothing line during his daily intelligence briefing. That led to a number of obvious questions, like if he was even paying attention and whether or not he was using his unsecured Android phone in a classified meeting.

Hallie Jackson of NBC News brought up the whole controversy in the White House press briefing a few hours later, and got an answer from Press Secretary Sean Spicer, though it wasn’t a very detailed one. “I’ve heard the conjecture: He was free when that happened,” Spicer said.

This came as a follow-up to Jackson asking how Ivanka was being treated unfairly if she’s divested herself from her companies. “I think there’s clearly a targeting of her brand,” Spicer explained. “There’s clearly efforts to undermine her name based on her father’s positions on particular policies that he’s taken. It is a direct attack on his policies and her name. There’s clearly an attempt for him to stand up for her because she’s being maligned because they have a problem with his policies.”

Nordstrom has said that this was strictly a business decision tied to sales of the Ivanka-branded products.

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