Woman confronts Trump's press secretary in Apple Store
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:21
And asked if Trump, as promised, had donated his presidential salary from February to charity, Spicer pivoted to say the funds would be given away at year's end - to a cause chosen with the help of the press corps.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was harassed at an Apple store over the weekend by a woman who also claims to have organized the group that blocked Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from visiting a Washington, D.C., public school.
On Monday, Spicer insisted that when Trump used the term "wiretap", he meant any sort of surveillance.
Spicer then sought to defend the president's assertion about "phony" jobs numbers by noting that previous jobs projections by the Congressional Budget Office had been inaccurate. "He doesn't think President Obama went up and tapped his phone personally", Spicer said, despite the fact that Trump referred specifically to Obama multiple times in the tweets.
"President Obama was tapping my phones", Trump wrote in the wee hours of March 4.
Last week, Obama dismissed the allegation as baseless and the House Intelligence Committee gave the Trump administration until Monday to provide any evidence of wiretapping.
Spicer falsely told NBC News' Peter Alexander that many outlets reported what the president said before the election. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism", he wrote.
"Have you committed treason too?"
Wiretapping a USA citizen would require special permission from a court, and Trump as president would have the ability to declassify that information. "This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!"
"The President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation, which shall neither be increased nor diminished during the period for which he shall have been elected, and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument from the United States, or any of them".
McCain avoided directly criticising Trump for using Twitter to spread unverified information, but the senator said a serious charge, such as accusing a former president of illegal wiretapping, should not be handled lightly. Do you feel good about lying to the American people? And again, later: "I think there's a preponderance of reports that come out about surveillance and actions that occurred during the 2016 election".
Shree Chauhan spotted Spicer at the store on Saturday night and began broadcasting on Periscope, peppering him with questions like "You work for a fascist, how do you feel about that?" and "What can you tell me about Russian Federation?" The $400,000 annual salary became a topic of debate as questions to the White House, and the Treasury Department didn't provide proof of any donations yet.