Wednesday, March 29, 2017


'Stop Shaking Your Head': Spicer Lashes Out at Reporter

Daniella Silva


Spicer got into a heated exchange with American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan at the White House press briefing after Ryan asked how Donald Trump's administration would "try to revamp its image" after two months in office. Ryan cited looming concerns regarding investigations into Russia's interference into the U.S. election, and whether there was any collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign or transition team, as well as other controversies.

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"I've said from the day that I got here that there is no connection," Spicer said of Trump and Russia, cutting off Ryan's question. "You've got Russia!"

"If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection," he added.

Spicer accused Ryan of having an agenda and said she needed to "report the facts."

"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," he said, telling her, "You're shaking your head, I appreciate it."
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"At some point, April, you're going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion," he added, even though investigations into the matter are still ongoing and Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has said there is "more than circumstantial evidence" of collusion.

The correspondent then jumped in and said she was asking about how the administration was going to change its image and perception of the White House.

Spicer said Trump's team would "keep doing everything we're doing" in order to enact the platform Trump ran on during his campaign.

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Ryan then followed up with a question about Trump's meeting with former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, whom Trump made a vulgar comment about in 2006. Rice was critical of Trump during the presidential campaign, calling on him to withdraw in October.

Spicer questioned why Ryan asked those two questions back-to-back and again accused her of wanting to push an agenda, telling her again to "stop shaking your head" as they were speaking.

"April, hold on, it seems like you're hell-bent on trying to make that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays," he said.

"I'm sorry, please stop shaking your head again," he added.

Later Tuesday afternoon, Ryan defended her choice of questions on MSNBC and said she felt she was treated like "road kill."

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"I understand what Sean is doing — Sean is being the White House press secretary, talking about and trying to make this administration look better than what it does right now and, unfortunately, I was road kill today," Ryan said.

Fellow reporters rushed to defend Ryan over what they said was unfair treatment of a journalist and a "grown woman."

Ryan herself seemed to respond to the incident on Twitter with just one word:

This was not Ryan's first puzzling encounter with the Trump administration. When Ryan asked Trump during a February press conference if he would be meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss his agenda, Trump responded, "I would. Do you want to set up a meeting? Are they friends of yours?"

"No," Ryan replied. "I'm just a reporter.

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