Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sean Spicer

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Conway Leaks
Is that you Kellyanne?

Appearing on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” on Monday, Kellyanne Conway, President Trump’s special counsel, refuted claims that she was leaking sensitive White House information to reporters.

“Fox and Friends” co-host Steve Doocy brought up recent reports accusing Conway of sharing confidential information to colleagues and certain journalists at a Washington DC party last Friday night.

A Twitter account that goes by the handle @KellyanneLeaks alleged that Conway was overheard by several people, criticizing President Trump, Reince Priebus the White House chief of staff, and Marc Short, Director of White House Legislative Affairs.

The Twitter account also posted pictures of Conway talking to reporters at the party. The account also claimed that she was overheard complaining about Short.

“Honestly, what the f*** does Marc Short do all day?” she reportedly asked.

According to the account, Trump told Conway to “go out there and say that booted FBI Director ‘Jim Comey is going to have to wait and see about the tapes.’”

Other attendees also saw Conway making fun of Priebus for telling White House staff to avoid talking to the press.

Politico published a similar report on Saturday:

“Kellyanne Conway was overheard Thursday night talking about her West Wing co-workers to fellow revelers at a party. Conway was having an off-the-record conversation with a group of reporters and other attendees at the British Embassy at their election-night watch party. She said President Donald Trump told her to “go out there and say ‘Jim Comey is going to have to wait and see about the tapes.’”

“It turns out you’re the big leaker from the White House!” Doocy said about leak reports.

Conway responded: “If I were a great leaker, I would get much better press, don’t you think? Part of why I don’t is because I won’t leak confidential information.”

She also shot back, saying she never leaks any information about or from the president.

“I never divulge what the president tells me,” Conway said. “I never would.”

Despite the large number of reports stemming out of various outlets, Sean Spicer has refuted claims and allegations, especially those coming out of Twitter, and maintained that Short and Conway are “very close.”

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press secretary

Reports are surfacing that Donald Trump is actually considering Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle for the position of White House press secretary.

Guilfoyle appears regularly on Fox News Channel and co-hosts the network’s primetime show “The Five.”

The New York Times reported, this Friday, Guilfoyle has caught President Trump’s attention and is seen as a potential replacement for Sean Spicer, the current press secretary.

According to the Times’ report, “while Mr. Trump has raised the Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle to allies as a possible press secretary, he has spent several hours with Mr. Spicer this week, praising his television ‘ratings’ during the briefings.”

This is certainly not the first time that Guilfoyle’s name has been mentioned as a possible press secretary.

In December, prior to Spicer’s appointment for the position, reports surfaced that Guilfoyle was one of the top candidates for the job and that she and Spicer, a former spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, might split the responsibilities.

Media sources covered the news as, “Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle has been making a push for the White House press secretary role. Per the report, Republican National Committee spokesperson Sean Spicer is still seen as the favorite for the position. But the team is looking at offering Guilfoyle an ‘ancillary role,’ and that there is consideration of perhaps having Spicer and the Fox host split the position.”

The reports on Guilfoyle emerged as Trump mentioned that he was looking to end regular White House press briefings entirely.

President Trump wrote on Twitter, “s a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!”

He then added, “Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future ‘press briefings’ and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???”

Although, Guilfoyle did not respond to the news, but she was noted wearing shoes sold by President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, on Friday night airing of her show.

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spicer

White House press secretary Sean Spicer apologized on Tuesday, after his comment that Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” during World War II. His comments were part of his efforts to insult the Russian alliance with the brutal Syrian regime and its use of chemical weapons on civilians.

The comment caused massive outrage immediately and after numerous attempts to give his words a different context, Spicer apologized in an interview on CNN.

“I was obviously trying to make a point about the heinous acts that Assad had made against his own people last week, using chemical weapons and gas. Frankly, I mistakenly made an inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison,” Spicer said. “And for that I apologize. It was a mistake to do that.”

Spicer said that he knew Hitler had used gas chambers during the holocaust and clarified that he should “stayed focused” on Syria and Assad’s brutality. He also asked people to forgive him for his “mistake.”

“My goal now and then is to stay focused on Assad and I should have,” he said. “I realized that I had made a mistake and I didn’t want to be a distraction to the President’s agenda.”

Hitler and the Nazis used gas chambers to massacre millions of Jews, even though he did not use any chemical weapons on the battlefield.

“You had someone who was despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer said during the briefing. “So you have to, if you are Russia, ask yourself is this a country and a regime that you want to align yourself with.”

While audible gasps could be heard in the briefing room as soon as Spicer made the comment, it also instantly spread on several social forums online.

Later in the briefing, when asked about his comments on Hitler and his use of chemical weapons, Spicer remarked: “I think when you come to sarin gas, he was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing.”

Reporters mentioned the Holocaust as an example of Hitler’s chemical weapons use, to which Spicer replied:

“He brought them into the Holocaust centers, I understand that. But in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns and dropped them down to innocent in the middle of towns,” he added, defending his statement. “I appreciate the clarification that was not the intent.”

After the briefing, Spicer, once again tried to clarify, “in no way was I trying to lessen the horrendous nature of the Holocaust. I was trying to draw a distinction of the tactic of using airplanes to drop chemical weapons on population centers. Any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable,” he said.

However, people were quick to call for Spicer’s resignation. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for Spicer’s dismissal.

“While Jewish families across America celebrate Passover, the chief spokesman of this White House is downplaying the horror of the Holocaust,” she said in a statement. “Sean Spicer must be fired, and the President must immediately disavow his spokesman’s statements.”

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