During a Tuesday press briefing Sean Spicer was asked a simple question by Journalist April Ryan, who said she was in “disbelief” after hearing his response.
Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, said that the White House press secretary attacked the her and accused her of having an agenda after she asked him a question.
“Disbelief — I was just asking a question, trying to get an answer and I found myself trying to defend myself,” Ryan said on CNN’s “New Day.”
“I didn’t shake my head at first and I reviewed the tape. I did shake my head towards the end in disbelief,” Ryan said.
— CNN (@CNN) March 29, 2017
Ryan also said that the Trump administration is constantly attacking the free press.
“And as an administration is calling us the enemy of the people, I guess we saw some of that thought process yesterday. … We are the press who is under attack. We are under attack by this administration. It is about discrediting credible media. And, you know, at this point, I happen to be a black woman, but I’m part of the press,” Ryan said, referring to President Trump tweeting that the press “is the enemy of the American people.”
This is not the first time this week that a woman reporter gets attacked by the administration. Ryan cited a recent incident where Spicer called Politico reporter Tara Palmeri an “idiot with no real sources.”
“I guess this is part of a series of two women this week who have been in the news over something with the press secretary,” Ryan said.
Spicer accused Ryan of having an agenda and not reporting the “facts.”
“I appreciate your agenda here. … At some point, report the facts,” Spicer said.
“So I’m sure that disgusts you. You’re shaking your head. … It seems like you are hell-bent to trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays,” Spicer added, as Ryan repeatedly interjected “I’m just reporting.”