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Spicer: Trump's Golf Habit Totally Different Than Obama's

Spicer defends president's golf course meetings, too

(Newser) - Amid a plethora of headlines like the Washington Post 's recent "How much is Donald Trump’s travel and protection costing, anyway?" Sean Spicer Monday defended President Trump's golf habits. Responding to a question from Yahoo White House correspondent Hunter Walker about the 10 golf trips Trump... More »

White House Not Apologizing to UK for Spying Claim After All

Meanwhile Trump is trying to skirt responsibility for the claim

(Newser) - Not so fast: After reports the White House—specifically Sean Spicer and national security adviser HR McMaster—had apologized to the British government for claiming it helped Barack Obama spy on President Trump, the White House now says no such apology ever took place, CNN reports. "I don't... More »

In Unusual Move, British Spies Respond to Sean Spicer

GCHQ issues statement on White House allegation

(Newser) - James Bond was not working with Barack Obama to spy on Donald Trump, or so say British spy chiefs after the White House cited a report that claimed Obama had asked UK intelligence agency GCHQ to carry out surveillance at Trump Tower. The allegations cited by press secretary Sean Spicer... More »

Top Senators Reject Trump Wiretap Claim

White House stands by accusation

(Newser) - The White House is standing by its explosive allegation that former President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower phones—despite the Senate Intelligence Committee's finding that there's no evidence for the claim. "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump... More »

Trump Will Give Away $400K Salary at End of Year: Spicer

Press secretary says the media can help decide where

(Newser) - President Trump has apparently been accepting the $33,333 salary he vowed not to accept , but he's not planning to keep it. Press secretary Sean Spicer says the president, who's required under federal law to receive payment, plans to donate his annual $400,000 salary, which is paid... More »

Upside-Down Flag Pin Prompts Concern for Sean Spicer

Or maybe the press secretary just likes 'House of Cards'

(Newser) - The US Code for respecting the flag, as quoted by Cornell University Law School , reads: "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property." This is important because during his press... More »

Spicer Slammed for 'Flat-Out Not True' Gitmo Claim

He makes new error correcting Trump tweet

(Newser) - Like many things these days, it started with a tweet from President Trump: He claimed Tuesday that 122 "vicious prisoners" released from Guantanamo by the Obama administration had returned to the battlefield. All but nine of those had in fact been released under George W. Bush, Politico reports, but... More »

Spicer's Crackdown on Leaks Promptly Leaks

What happens in the White House is not staying in the White House

(Newser) - Sean Spicer recently held an abrupt meeting in which he berated his staffers about White House leaks that had been appearing in the media, ordering them to leave their phones at the door for a "phone check" in order to show they weren't hiding anything. We know this... More »

White House Keeps 9 News Outlets Out of Press Briefing

CNN, New York Times are out; Breitbart and Washington Times are in

(Newser) - "Nothing like this has ever happened," the executive editor of the New York Times said in a statement. On Friday, the White House barred the NYT, BuzzFeed, CNN, the Los Angeles Times, and Politico from attending a closed-door press briefing with Sean Spicer. The Hill reports it was... More »

Spicer Suggests Crackdown on Recreational Pot Is Coming

We may soon see 'greater enforcement,' he says

(Newser) - Marijuana is still illegal under federal law, and the White House has signaled that the eight states that have legalized recreational use will soon be reminded of that fact. At a press briefing Thursday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters he believes we will soon see "greater... More »

Kellyanne Conway 'Has Been Counseled' After Ivanka Plug

That was Sean Spicer's response when asked about possible ethical violation

(Newser) - Kellyanne Conway "has been counseled" after recommending that Americans "go buy Ivanka's stuff" Thursday morning, White House press secretary Sean Spicer says. Conway issued the line on Fox & Friends following President Trump's denouncement of Nordstrom after the retailer ditched Ivanka Trump's fashion line. Conway,... More »

Rosie O'Donnell to SNL: I'll Be Your Bannon

She's willing to portray top Trump aide after Spicer skit leaves White House 'rattled'

(Newser) - Sean Spicer may have laughed off Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of him on Saturday Night Live, but the White House is in fact "rattled," reports Politico , noting "it was Spicer's portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president's eyes." As one... More »

White House Pushes Back on Bathrobe Anecdote

President, 'New York Times' in a strange new fight

(Newser) - The latest fight between the media and the president is about a bathrobe. On Monday, the New York Times ran a front-page article about life in the White House that included a personal detail about President Trump: It says he sometimes watches cable news at night in his bathrobe. White... More »

Spicer Has Tip for Melissa McCarthy

She 'could dial it back' a bit, he says

(Newser) - Sean Spicer got so many texts Sunday morning on his way out of church, "I thought there was either a national emergency or something really funny happened, and it turns out it was that clip from Saturday Night Live" in which Melissa McCarthy played him , the White House press... More »

SNL's Pick to Mock Sean Spicer Is a Surprise

Melissa McCarthy has some fun

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live debuted a surprise impersonator of White House spokesman Sean Spicer in its latest show: none other than Melissa McCarthy. And she most definitely did not hold back, with an angry introduction setting the tone: "I'd like to begin today by apologizing on behalf of you... More »

1K State Department Officials Sign Dissent Memo

Spicer says they should 'get with the program' or go

(Newser) - President Trump's refugee and visa ban "runs counter to American values" and "will hurt America economically," according to a dissent memo signed by an unprecedented number of State Department officials. More than 1,000 officials, including American diplomats all over the world, had signed the cable... More »

Anyone Know What This @PressSec Tweet Means?

Could be a butt-dial, a cry for help, his Twitter password ...

(Newser) - Was one of Sean Spicer's kids messing around with his cellphone? Or did Vicente Fox's latest tweet rattle the new White House press secretary? Speculation is running rampant, per the Daily Dot , after Spicer sent out a cryptic early-morning tweet Thursday that has since been deleted, but …... More »

Sean Spicer Has Long-Running Feud With Dippin' Dots

They're offering a White House ice cream social

(Newser) - New White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed numerous subjects during Monday's briefing but one subject didn't come up: His long-running, one-sided feud with Dippin' Dots ice cream. It emerged over the weekend that Spicer has targeted the flash-frozen ice cream balls in his personal Twitter feed multiple... More »

New Press Chief: 'Our Intention Is Never to Lie to You'

Sean Spicer has first official press briefing

(Newser) - New White House press secretary Sean Spicer eased off his confrontational approach with reporters at his first official press briefing Monday, following a weekend in which he berated reporters and then took all kinds of flak for his " alternative facts ." Questioned about his honesty Monday, he responded, "... More »

Media on 'Alternative Facts': 'We've Gone Full Orwell'

Reporters react to White House's first presser: 'These are not normal times'

(Newser) - Dan Rather has been in the news business for longer than most of Donald Trump's aides have been alive and he says the weekend's goings-on were like nothing he has seen before. In a Facebook post , the former CBS anchor slams adviser Kellyanne Conway for the "Orwellian"... More »

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