March 04, 2017
A rude gaggle of reporters ganged up White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer Wednesday, badgering him with questions they wouldn’t let him finish answering.
Reporters posed 25 questions to Spicer – but, then cut off a third of his answers, refusing to let him finishing replying eight times. In half those instances, they cut him off before he could tell them what “I think” about the issue raised.
The press devoted all but four questions to implying that Attorney General Jeff Sessions colluded with Russians to interfere with the 2016 presidential campaign.
Did the press ever treat President Barack Obama or his press secretaries this disrespectfully?
Here are the eight answers interrupted by reporters during the briefing aboard Air Force One en route to Joint Base Andrews, a U.S. military base in Maryland.
Q He doesn’t have any concerns about whether he should have given a more clear response at the time?
MR. SPICER: Well, obviously — I mean, I’ll let the Attorney General speak for himself. But I think that clearly if you listen to what he was responding to, he’s clearly referring to his role as a campaign surrogate. That’s what the question was about. And I think there’s no —
Q So in that role as a campaign surrogate, does that mean, like, if he was asked at a campaign rally, he’s a campaign surrogate? If he’s at his office, he’s a senator? Like, where does one role begin and the other one stop?
Q Sean, I had a big question of what he told the Senate. Is the White House annoyed that he wasn’t completely forthcoming with you guys?
MR. SPICER: Forthcoming about what? I mean, he’s a United States —
Q (Inaudible) with the Russian ambassador.
Q But why wouldn’t he go ahead and talk — there was already this flap about the ambassador and Flynn. Why wouldn’t Sessions put it out there?
MR. SPICER: Again, I’m going to let him answer it, but I think that it was pretty clear. The question was about the campaign, and I think the — literally, correct me if I’m wrong, I don’t have the question in front of me, but I think something to the effect of the campaign comments regarding the election of — the 2016 election. So if you haven’t had anything then there’s nothing — I mean, again —
Q But (inaudible) saying he should recuse himself, and what about Nancy Pelosi and others saying he should resign?
Q You think there’s no there there.
MR. SPICER: It’s not that I don’t think —
Q (Inaudible) a Republican.
Q Sean, we’re hearing rumblings that there may not be a new travel ban coming anymore. Can you confirm that? When do you expect it then?
MR. SPICER: Again, I’ve made this very clear to you guys. I’ll say again what I’ve said before. I’m not — and when the President has made a decision about something that he’s ready for us to announce, we’ll announce it, but we’re not there yet.
But again, I think that the —
Q So you’re taking your time a little bit more with it?
Q That he met with the Russian ambassador and it wasn’t disclosed to the Senate.
MR. SPICER: But he probably met with countless other ambassadors. And I think — again, he probably met with countless other associations and constituents and —
Q So that’s not something you would have wanted to know?
Q The President hasn’t spoken to Sessions either last night or today? Why not?
MR. SPICER: Why not? I mean, I think — I’m not —
Q Even though there’s no there there –
MR. SPICER: I mean, again, I think —
Q Have you spoken to Sessions, Sean?