Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks as television screen displays journalists who participate in the daily briefing via Skype at the White House in Washington U.S., February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Axios: Exclusive: Spicer arranged CIA, GOP intelligence push-back
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer personally picked up the phone and connected outside officials with reporters to try to discredit a New York Times article about Trump campaign aides' contact with Russia, then remained on the line for the brief conversations, Axios has learned. Ten key points:
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WNU Editor: In an interview with FOX News yesterday President Trump rated his administration's messaging at a C or C+ .... he was probably thinking of this story when he said it. Even I know better .... if you call reporters and you tell them that the CIA Director will deny the Trump-aide linkages to Russia .... the story will be on the phone call and how the White House is manipulating the process and not on the CIA denial.
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