White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday that President Donald Trump has resigned from his businesses, but seemed unaware that there was no public proof of that.
“Will the President release documents showing that he has left his businesses?” a reporter asked at Spicer’s first formal briefing.
“I believe we have,” Spicer said, looking offscreen toward a row of seated White House staffers including senior advisor Kellyanne Conway and strategic communications director Hope Hicks.
“They are not public at this time,” one of the offscreen aides replied.
“But yeah, he has resigned from the company, as he said he would, before he took office,” Spicer continued. “Don and Eric are fully in charge of the company. He’s taken extraordinary steps to ensure that that’s happened.”
Trump said he has resigned from positions in more than 400 business entities, according to a report published by CNN Money about half an hour after Spicer took the question. The report cited a letter provided by the Trump Organization, but did not publish the document itself.