White House ‘misled’ about role of Russian photographer
The cameraman, who stood feet from Mr Trump as he talked with Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and the ambassador to the US, Sergei Kislyak, had told the White House he was Mr Lavrov’s official photographer, the source said.
Sanders has been filling in for Spicer since May 5, leaving her as one of the administration’s most visible faces after Comey’s exit.
“When I heard that exchange today between Jeff Mason, a White House reporter, and Sean Spicer speaking from the podium in the briefing room for the President of the United States, it took my break away”, said Wallace to Fox News host Shepard Smith. “I was going to fire regardless of (their) recommendation”, Trump said in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, calling Comey a “showboat” and “grandstander” who led the agency into turmoil.
But Sanders has not looked rattled under the spotlight, and Spicer’s job security has been questioned after reports surfaced that he had a “meltdown” in the wake of Comey’s sudden firing Tuesday.
Mr. Spicer’s reserve duties at the Pentagon are far from glamorous.
Huckabee Sanders spent time on Wednesday and Thursday attacking Comey for allegedly losing the confidence of FBI rank-and-file - an assertion contradicted by acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe during his sworn testimony on Thursday, when he said Comey enjoyed “broad support within the FBI and still does to this day”.
Sean Spicer later said that Trump is just “dismayed” by the “gotcha” game in the briefings, and Trump told Pirro that maybe he’ll just reduce the briefings to once every two weeks and do it himself.
Donald Trump also defended his communications team against those who have criticized the lack of coherence in the various statements coming from the White House in the aftermath of Comey’s firing.
And then, in 1983, when the US led a multinational invasion of the small Caribbean island of Grenada, a rather tipsy American diplomat told a New York Times correspondent a mass grave had been discovered on the island, a page one story. “She does a great job”, the official said.
Like many administrations, the relationship between Trump and the press has been tense. “I think it’s a good idea”, Trump said.
Stephen Colbert wouldn’t let Friday go by without another friendly ribbing of press secretary Sean Spicer about his close encounter with the White House shrubbery. Republicans often decide rather than fixing something they will just get rid of it (see: ObamaCare).
The US media never caught a glimpse of either Russian inside the White House. “As most of you can attest, working day and night to get you the most up-to-date, accurate information at all times“, Spicer said.