Republican National Committee spokesman and incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted about the "false alarm," which occurred when Trump Tower was evacuated after a suspicious package, later found to be a backpack full of children's toys, was found in a public area of the building.
De Blasio's press secretary, Eric Phillips, then suggested that Spicer and his team foot the bill for the response. That prompted Trump's social media director, Dan Scavino, to join the fray:
Back to work here at Trump Tower after a false alarm. Thanks NYPD
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) December 27, 2016
No problem. We'll send you the bill. https://t.co/mxbUqzgHds
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) December 27, 2016
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) December 28, 2016
— Eric Phillips (@EricFPhillips) December 28, 2016
Phillips had linked to a report by the Wall Street Journal on House Republicans' allocation of $7 million for security at Trump Tower, an amount which de Blasio argues is insufficient.