Tuesday at the White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer got into a heated exchange with American Urban Radio correspondent April Ryan.
Partial transcript as follows:
RYAN: With all of these investigations, questions of what is is, how does the admission try to revamp its image? Two and a half months in, you’ve got this Yates story today, you’ve got other things going on, you’ve got Russia, you’ve got — you’ve got wiretapping, you’ve got —
SPICER: No, we don’t have that. You, you — I don’t —
RYAN: Investigations on Capitol Hill —
SPICER: No, no — I — I get it. But you keep — I have said it from the day that I got here until whatever that there is no connection. You’ve got Russia. If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that is a Russian connection. But every single person…I appreciate your agenda here but the reality is… at some point, report the facts. The facts are that every single person who has been briefed on this subject has come away with the same conclusion. Republican, Democrat so — I’m sorry that that disgusts you. You’re shaking your head. I appreciate it but understand this, that at some point, the facts are what they are. And every single person who has been briefed on this situation with respect to the situation with Russia — Republican, Democrat, Obama appointee, career — have all come to the same conclusion. At some point, April, you’re going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion.
RYAN: What I asked you was how do you change the perception of —
SPICER: We’re going to keep doing everything we’re doing to make sure that the president’s — what the president told the American people he was going to do to fulfill those pledges and promises he made to bring back jobs, to grow the economy, to keep our nation safe, that’s what he’s been focused on since day one. We’re going to keep focusing on that every single day.
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