Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Trump to donate salary, asks White House press corp for suggestions

Trump to donate salary, asks White House press corp for suggestions

"He doesn't really think that".

After an embarrassed Spicer mumbles that "we have a great country", the firebrand citizen says: "Have you helped with the Russian Federation stuff?"

"He suggested that", Alexander shot back.

With Spicer's latest 'splaining, it sounds like the White House is sticking to its story that surveillance was done but is walking back the charge that Obama was directly involved. "The president used the word "wire tap" in quotes to mean broadly surveillance and other activities during that, and that is a given", Spicer told White House correspondents in the briefing room.

In neither case did Spicer provide actual evidence to support the assertion that Obama had wiretapped Trump or that the BLS reports were phony.

Alexander moved on to the Congressional Budget Office's score for the American Health Care Act, the House Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

Hallie Jackson, another NBC reporter, also pressed Spicer again on the CBO numbers. Chauhan said loudly in the video posted to Twitter. "So. this is not about what my understanding or my belief of the CBO is".

It has been claimed that Mr Spicer's remark - "it's such a great country that allows you to be here" - may have meant it's great that Americans can approach presidential aides even while they are out shopping. Alexander responded, and the exchange started to become somewhat testy. She opened by asking him how it feels "to work for a fascist" and goes on to ask him whether he is a "criminal" who has "committed treason".

"Yes!" Spicer cut in and exclaimed.

"He does believe it", Spicer said, ending the volley. Spicer asked in response.

"I think I have to by law take $1, so I'll take $1 a year", he told Leslie Stahl during their 60 Minutes conversation, emphasizing both his personal fortune and his populist appeal.

But another tweet less than half an hour later did not use quotation marks: "How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process".

Spicer accused the media of ignoring proof of surveillance allegations that he said had been reported during the election.

He then wrapped up the briefing nearly immediately before more questions could be asked.

"When can we trust the president?"

Spicer then replies: "It's such a great country that allows you to be here". "We know this is a fact of modern life". "Every time that he speaks authoritatively, that he speaks, he's speaking as president of the United States".

As reported in the following Washington Post tweet, reporter David Frum notes that if President Trump does indeed donate his salary as president to charity in 2017, it will be 40 times more than what Mr. Trump has given to charity in the seven years leading up to 2016.

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