Sean Spicer Battles Reporters Over Trump Surveillance Allegations

Press Secretary Sean Spicer

Press Secretary Sean Spicer spent a vigorous 16 minutes at today’s press briefing, battling with reporters over President Trump’s continued insistence he was under surveillance during the run-up to the 2016 election.

Spicer first got into it with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, who wanted the White House’s reaction to the news that House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Senate’s Intelligence Committee chairman and ranking member said this afternoon that they’ve seen no evidence to support Trump’s wire-tapping claim.

What’s the big deal Donald…You TWEET all your thoughts anyway!

Trump Allegations: Updated March 16, 6:30 p.m. ET

The Republican and Democrat leading the Senate investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election appeared Thursday to counter White House claims that there may have been surveillance of some sort on Trump Tower around the campaign, even if there was not specific wiretapping as President Trump said in a tweet nearly two weeks ago. Meanwhile, the White House aggressively defended the president’s assertions on Thursday.

“Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016,” Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said in a joint statement.

The White House has asserted in recent days that when Trump tweeted that “Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower,” he was referring to various surveillance measures available to the U.S. government.

More about Sean Spicer:
Sean Spicer is the White House press secretary and communications director for President Donald Trump. Spicer was communications director of the Republican National Committee, from 2011 to 2017, and its chief strategist, from 2015 to 2017.

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