After being away from the public eye for two weeks White House press secretary Sean Spicer came back to the podium on Tuesday. His anticipated return didn’t come without an attack on the media, something typical in the Trump administration.
Spicer talked down on the media for spreading “fake news” about the administration, saying that Donald Trump is “very pleased” with the work of his aides and is merely “frustrated” with the spread of “fake news.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta fired back at Spicer and challenged him to cite an example of fake news.
Spicer responded by pointing out tweets from reporters at the BBC and Politico from over the weekend claiming that Trump wasn’t following the translation of a NATO speech by the Italian prime minister.
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Peter Baker of The New York Times responded to Spicer’s accusation, saying that he blew the incident out of proportion.
“Your trip was all over the front page,” Baker said. “You’re making something out of one tweet instead of the vast majority of coverage.”
“With all due respect, I think when you see instances like that get perpetrated over and over again, that is frustrating,” Spicer replied, adding that the media “get to decide what is big and what is not” but that “a lot of things have been pushed out based on unnamed unaccountable sources that is very troubling.”
After the exchange Spicer abruptly ended the briefing with multiple reporter still needing questions to be answered.