Warning, there follows three examples, apparently, of Sean Spicer, President Trump’s press secretary, talking to the press. One is parody, and is in fact a transcript from words stated by Melissa McCarthy impersonating Mr Spicer, in a video that has now gone well and truly viral. The other two are genuine, can you guess which is which?
What President Trump did not Tweet
Nordstrum department store drops Ivanka Trump’s accessories and clothing line, and President Trump Tweeted: “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person -- always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!”
Over to the press conference
Journalist: “Why does the President make repeated comments about Nordstrum, but there is a lack of comments about other things, including the attack on the Mosque in Quebec and other similar environments, why is the President, when he chooses to”……… (interrupted).
Maybe Sean Spicer: “Hold on, I literally stand at this podium and open a briefing a couple of days ago about the President expressing his condolences, I literally opened the briefing about it, so for you to sit there.”
Journalist: “I was there.”
Maybe Sean Spicer: “I know, so why are you asking why he didn’t do it, when I literally stood here and did it.”
Journalist: “My comments were about the President not having time to Tweet about everything. He is tweeting about this, he is not Tweeting about something else.”
Maybe Sean Spicer: “Right, I came out here and spoke about it ... what are you a Tw … you are equating me addressing the nation here and a Tweet, that is the silliest thing I have ever heard, this is silly, next…
Muslim travel ban, meaning of ban.
At a press conference concerning President Trump’s executive order to suspend travel from seven, mainly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Over to the press conference:
In response to a question about the ‘travel ban.’
Maybe Sean Spicer: “The travel ban is not a ban,”
Journalist: “But you just called it a ban,”
Maybe Sean Spicer: “I was using your words, you said ban.”
Journalist: “The President tweeted, and I quote, ‘if the ban were announced with one week’s notice’ . . .
Maybe Sean Spicer: “Yeah, exactly, you just said that, he is quoting you, it is your words, when you use the words and you use them back, it’s circular using of word, and that’s for you.”
Comments by Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Judge Robert, the judge who initially overturned the Muslim travel ban, was referred to by President Trump as a ‘so-called’ judge.
Senator Richard Blumenthal quoted Judge Gorsuch saying he considered attacks on the judiciary ‘demoralising,’ but the President said the comments were taken out of context by Senator Blumenthal. Former senator Kelly Ayotte, who was with judge Gorsuch at that time, released a statement on what Judge Gorsuch actually said.
Over to the press conference:
Journalist: “The statement said demoralising and disheartening. Was the President aware of this?”
Maybe Sean Spicer: “This is what Senator Ayotte said: ‘Judge Gorsuch has made it very clear in all of his discussions with senators, including Senator Blumenthal, that he could not comment on any specific cases and that judicial ethics prevent him from commenting on political matters. He has also emphasised the importance of an independent judiciary, and while he made clear that he was not referring to any specific case, he said that he finds any criticism of a judge's integrity and independence disheartening and demoralising.’"
Maybe Sean Spicer added: “There is a big difference between commenting on the specific references made in a Tweet and his general philosophy about the judiciary and his respect for fellow judges.”
Journalist: “The judges’ comments were in the context of the President’s attacks on the judiciary, which is what the Senator, that you just read out, was also talking about.” Was the President aware of that?
Maybe Sean Spicer: “No, the way that Senator Blumenthal characterised him, talking about the Tweets and saying he was disheartened, that’s not what the judge said. He was making two very complete distinct arguments about how he views the comments, that he should not be commenting on a political, or on specific things, but as a whole. He does not like attacks in general on the judiciary.”
Journalist: “Is he taking this on board, you said he doesn’t regret his past attacks on the judiciary?”
Maybe Sean Spicer: “You can’t equate take and relate it to the specific, he literally went out of his way to say he was not commenting on a specific incident. So, to take his comment and apply it to a specific comment is exactly what was he was intending not to do.”
Journalist: “Will the president continue to speak like that.”
Maybe Sean Spicer: “Of course he will, the President will speak his mind, it goes back to Thomas Jefferson that presidents have commented on judiciary nominees. I find it interesting that when President Obama criticised the Supreme Court . . . there wasn’t a similar concern about that. There is clearly a double standards applied…….When President Obama does it there is no concern, when President Trump does it, there is a ton of outrage”…….
Another journalist: Are you saying that demoralising and disheartening, was not specifically about the President’s comments?”
Maybe Sean Spicer: No, I think the judge literally made it clear Senator Ayotte made it very clear he was commenting in general. . .