Sean Spicer Pressed on Recording Devices, Loyalty, and Whether the President is ‘Out Of Control’

By Chris Ariens 

ABC, NBC and CBS all broke in to their regular programming of talk shows and soap operas to carry special reports Friday afternoon as Press Secretary Sean Spicer took to the podium following a presidential tweet storm this morning that included a perceived threat to former FBI Director James Comey, the possibility that the president may be recording his White House meetings, and the very future of the daily press briefings.

The issue of whether Trump is using recording devices was the first question, from Reuters’ Jeff Mason. But even as Mason and other reporters pressed, Spicer wouldn’t confirm or deny the president uses a recording system in the White House.

“As I’ve said, for the third time, I have nothing further to add on that,” said Spicer.

Following up on another Trump tweet this morning, Spicer was also asked, “Is the president considering cancelling the daily press briefings?”

Spicer: I think he’s a little dismayed, as well as a lot of people, that we come out here and try to do everything we can to provide you and the American people with what he’s doing on their behalf, what he’s doing to keep the nation safe, what he’s doing to grow jobs, and yet, we see time and time again, an attempt to parse every little word and make it more of a game of gotcha as opposed to really figure out what the policies are.

CNBC’s Eamon Javers got a rise out of Spicer when he asked, “We talked to a former FBI official today who indicates that the president in his words is ‘simply out of control.’ I’d like to get your response to that. Is he?”

“That’s frankly offensive,” said Spicer.