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Sean Spicer in the Hot Seat as Trump Fumes Over Comey Backlash

Sean Spicer missing from briefings during key week for Trump Spicer: Trump's threatening Comey tweet was 'not a threat'
Tobias Pedroso | 14 May, 2017, 13:47

Wallace went on to question why the president, his White House staff and his own letter of termination to former FBI Director James Comey have all given conflicting statements as to why Comey was let go.

The report then backs up to explain that Spicer had wanted to, "drop the bombshell news in an emailed statement, but it was not transmitting quickly enough, so he ended up standing in the doorway of the press office around 5:40 p.m. and shouting a statement to reporters who happened to be nearby".

"Yes, that's true", Trump said.

It's been pretty apparent for a while that President Trump needs to fire the White House press secretary.

Trump defended the inconsistency, tweeting Friday that "as a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!"

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds his daily briefing at the White House in Washington on May 3. "We work very hard to get you the most accurate and up-to-date information every day".

Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday night that Comey "made serious mistakes", and Pence echoed that on Wednesday, saying that the director "lost the confidence of the American people".

The White House also changed its narrative about whether the president had chose to fire Mr Comey based on the recommendations by Mr Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

It appears that the president fears the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, whom Trump fired on Tuesday, might begin to tell his side of the story.

Later, the president and his advisers said Trump had planned to fire Comey since taking office.

Alexis Simendinger, the White House correspondent for RealClearPolitics: "T$3 he minute that Director Comey said that there was an official investigation, it might appear as if the White House is interfering with the investigation..." Instead, that job will fall to deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who conducted her first briefing just last week.

The president tweeted, "Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election". But now, it's time to add one more: Sean Spicer.

The latest tweets are not the first time the administration has threatened to limit media access.

Spicer is expected to begin the briefing at 1:30 p.m. ET Friday.