Spicer Denies Report That Trump Stacked CIA Audience With Supporters

White House press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily White House briefing, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday disputed a CBS report that Donald Trump’s team filled the front three rows at his speech to CIA employees with Trump supporters.

CBS reported that those heard cheering during Trump’s remarks were guests of Trump, Mike Pence, and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), the nominee to lead the CIA.

“I don’t think that’s accurate at all. If you listen to audio of it, you can hear the excitement that existed there. There were some people off-camera for obvious reasons, but I think when you looked at the number of people there, the audio alone tells — speaks volumes to what had happened,” Spicer said when first asked about the CBS report.

When asked who sat in the front row, Spicer at first said he was unsure and that he believed Trump supporters made up a “small footprint” at the CIA headquarters on Saturday.

Later, Spicer said that there were no Trump supporters in the first three rows.

He also addressed why Trump talked about his rift with the intelligence community during his remarks at the CIA.

“I think when he walked into that and saw it, he wanted to make sure people knew that what you’re hearing on television or in reports about this rift, I have the utmost respect for you. I honor your service. I’m proud of what you’re doing and the sacrifices you’re making,” Spicer said.

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  1. Avatar for byteme byteme says:

    Is there an over/under for the date when he suddenly realizes that lying to the press means the White House lied to the public instead of just Sean Spicer or the Republican Party?

  2. Gideon Rachmann, FT, London today

    The man from the BBC was laughing as he reported the White House’s false claims about the size of the crowd at Donald Trump’s inauguration. He should have been crying. What we are witnessing is the destruction of the credibility of the American government.

  3. Later, Spicer said that there were no Trump supporters in the first three rows.

    Lacking a Venn Diagram or a pie chart I have difficulty believing Spicer. I guess the prop department has Mondays off.
  4. Liar, liar pants on fire!

    A more artful, intelligent answer would have been a few supporters came along. But oh no, now it’s none at all!

    He’s an idiot for not telling even a 1/2 truth now.

  5. If there were no Trump supporters in the first three rows, then who was Trump talking about when he said everyone there probably voted for him?

    Honestly, it’s just amazing going from a group that at least tried to stick to the facts to one that says whatever they please, facts be dammed. The rest of the world is no longer going to follow the US lead, at least during Trump’s presidency…and once they learn to do that they won’t need to anymore.

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