Travel pool 7a: Trump's bathrobe

From: Mike Bender
Date: February 6, 2017 at 5:03:41 PM EST
Subject: Re: Travel pool 7a: Trump's bathrobe

By popular demand, here are Spicer quotes about the NYT that posted Sunday with the online headline, "Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles"

"That story was so riddled with inaccuracies and lies that they owe the president an apology."

"Literally blatant factual errors and it's unacceptable to see that kind of reporting or so-called reporting."

"That is literally the epitome of fake news."

"Start at the top. I don't think the president owns a bathrobe. He definitely doesn't wear one."

"From top to bottom it made up stories that don't exist. And I think that's unfortunate for people that look to news institutions like that for their news."

"It is just not, not an accurate portrayal of what's really happening."

And with that, I'm calling a BenderLid.

On Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 4:30 PM, Mike Bender  wrote:

We're wheels down at 4:20 p.m., roughly two hour flight

White House press secretary Sean Spicer gaggled for less than 10 minutes on the flight back to Washington. Highlights:

On POTUS assertion of unreported terror attacks: “We’ll provide a list later. There’s several instances … There’s a lot of instances that have occurred where I don’t think they’ve gotten the coverage it deserved.”

On travel ban EO: “We’re not rethinking our strategy at all. … What we’re discussing now has nothing to do with the merits of the order … This is just purely on the injunction that the judge issued. And I think we’re going to make that case tonight.”

“Absolutely not” thinking about withdrawing the order.

On whether there is evidence of jihadis “pouring in” to country: “I’m not going to get into specific information that the president has.”

On if terror attacks weren’t reported or underreported:  “Under reported.”

On why POTUS believes those attacks were underreported:  “He felt members of the media don’t always cover some of those events to the extent that other events might get covered. Protests will get blown out of the water, and yet an attack or a foiled attack doesn’t necessarily get the same coverage. He’s doing what he can to protect this nation and protect our people. And that’s why I think sometimes the polls don’t reflect what you see on the media. You see a wide degree of support for the president’s policies to protect this country, to create jobs, to grow the economy. And yet a lot of those stories and success that he’s had – in a mere two and a half weeks in office – aren’t exactly covered to the degree to which they should be.”

On whether POTUS thinks terror attacks are under reported to make him look bad: “No that’s not it. That’s not what he said at all.”

On how to reinstate plan for extreme vetting: “Once we win the case, it will go right back into action.”

On whether POTUS was fully briefed on NSC changes: “The president was briefed on all aspects … When it comes to decisions and policy, it’s the president who leads. The president tells us how to implement it.”

--Mike Bender

The Wall Street Journal


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