Sean Spicer surprised the press corps Tuesday when he opted to leave the daily press briefing without speaking to reporters or answering any questions.
Prior to leaving the unhappy group of reporters behind in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room, Press Secretary Sean Spicer sat for nearly 40 minutes with other administration staff and officials in the audience as they heard from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney. Kelly and Mulvaney discussed the budget agreement, including the border wall between Mexico and the United States.
As Mulvaney ended the briefing, directing the press corps where to send additional questions, the White House staff began to exit the room. That’s when the press noticed that Spicer was leaving the room with them and not taking over his normal spot at the podium.
Loud cries of protest erupted. “Sean,” “Hey Sean,” “Wait a minute,”and even “Come on, Sean,” can be heard from members of the press, eager to get more information from Spicer regarding other topics.
One reporter called out, “What about the Putin call?” referencing Trump’s scheduled phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Spicer didn’t answer their calls or even look back, much to the chagrin of the reporters who can be heard complaining, “And he walked away.”
It isn’t unusual for Administration officials to speak at White House press briefings, however the press secretary typically takes questions afterward.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) May 2, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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