Saturday, May 13, 2017

WH Spox Spicer Won't Confirm Or Deny Recording Devices

White House press secretary Sean Spicer would neither confirm nor deny during Friday's press briefing that President Donald Trump has recorded audio of his private White House conversations, including his January dinner with ousted FBI Director James Comey.

BusinessInsider repports Spicer's comments came as a response to Trump's eye-opening tweet from earlier Friday, which appeared to serve as a threat to Comey.

"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump wrote.

The first series of questions Spicer faced in the briefing centered around the tweet.

"I've talked to the president" about that tweet, Spicer said. "The president has nothing further to add to that."

"Why did he say that?" Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason said.

"As I mentioned, the president has nothing further to add to that," Spicer said.

"Are there recording devices in the Oval Office or the residence?" Mason then asked.

"As I've said for the third time, there's nothing further to add to that," Spicer responded.

"Does he think it's appropriate to threaten someone like Mr. Comey not to speak?" Mason asked.

Spicer said he didn't the tweet was "a threat."

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