White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, created a lot of heat at the last briefing with the press. His comments to April Ryan, a veteran White House correspondent from American Urban Radio Networks, have drawn criticism from many including Hilary Clinton: “April Ryan, a respected journalist with unrivaled integrity, was doing her job just this afternoon in the White House press room, and she was patronized and cut off trying to ask a question.”
The heated conversation started with Ryan asking Spicer how the White House planned to repair its image after the reports on collaboration with Russia. Spicer aggressively responded, “April, hold on, it seems like you’re hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays.” When Ryan followed up her question with another regarding a up coming meeting Trump is going to have with Condoleezza Rice, Spicer got even more aggressive. Trump made a disparaging remark about Rice in 2006, and this past Fall Rice called for Trump, the presidential nominee, to withdraw from the race.
Here are some of Spicer’s comments to April Ryan:
“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.”
“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. You’re shaking your head, I appreciate it.”
“At some point, April, you’re going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion.”
Sean Spicer inflamed many by charging that Ryan was pushing an agenda because she linked the question about Russia with another about Condoleezza Rice; He jabbed at her: “I’m sorry, please stop shaking your head again.”
It was that comment that created a firestorm in both the media and social media. April tweeted just one word: “LAWD!” Another tweet said: “Stop shaking your head again,” Spicer lectures @AprilDRyan, who is a grown woman.” And another questioned whether Spicer would speak that way to a white, male reporter. Later in the day, Ryan said that Spicer treated her like “roadkill.”
What do you think about this heated conversation? Some think that if Spicer can’t stand the heat, he should get out of the kitchen. Other’s support his aggressive response to the constant barrage of undocumented “fake news.” Share your comments on this exchange with us.
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