White House press secretary Sean Spicer yelled at a reporter for comparing his press briefings to Donald Trump’s tweets, calling it “the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.”
During Thursday’s briefing, a reporter questioned why the president has tweeted multiple criticisms of Nordstrom for pulling his daughter Ivanka’s clothing and accessory line instead of addressing the recent Quebec City mosque attack and similar situations. The reporter cited White House aide Kellyanne Conway’s statement that Trump doesn’t have time to address everything as the lead-in for the question.
Spicer pushed back, saying that he addressed the January Quebec City attack that killed six people and injured eight from the briefing room:
“I literally stand at this podium, and opened a briefing a couple of days ago about the president expressing his condolence. I came out here and actually spoke about it.”
When pressed further about why Trump chooses to engage on certain issues on Twitter, Spicer said it’s “silly” to compare tweets to the press briefing, before shutting down the heated exchange.
“You’re equating me addressing the nation here and a tweet. That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.”
Sean Spicer: “You’re equating me addressing the nation here and a tweet? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard” https://t.co/PJGTf9bzP3
— CNN (@CNN) February 9, 2017