ProPublica Hits Back At Spicer’s Trust Denial: ‘Any Other Facts You’d Like?’

White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens to a question during the daily press briefing, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
White House press secretary Sean Spicer listens to a question during the daily press briefing, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

ProPublica hit back on Monday after White House press secretary Sean Spicer dismissed its reporting on a newly surfaced detail in President Donald Trump’s trust agreement as an unsubstantiated claim from a “left-wing blog.”

ProPublica on Monday reported that Trump added a clause to the agreement that allows him to withdraw funds at any time and from any of his businesses without publicly disclosing that transaction.

“I’m not aware that there was any change,” Spicer said when asked about the report. “Just because a left-wing blog makes the point of something changing doesn’t mean it actually happened. I’m not aware that there was ever a change in the trust.”

“Since we’re actually in the biz of facts, we figured we’d respond,” ProPublica tweeted Monday evening.

ProPublica went on to link Spicer to the revised clause in the trust document, its report on the revision and previous ProPublica reporting critical of the administrations of both Trump and President Barack Obama.

“So any other facts you’d like to know, @seanspicer?” the thread concluded.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Sincerely,
TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: