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Friday, 19 May 2017 17:01

Sean Spicer's spin-tastic definition of 'pressure'

Written by  Callum Borchers
White House press secretary Sean Spicer (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

It is now obvious that President Trump fired James B. Comey as FBI director to get him off the Russia investigation, right?

The New York Times reported Friday that Trump told Russian diplomats during that now-infamous meeting in the Oval Office last week that canning Comey relieved “great pressure on him,” according to an official White House record of the session.

“I faced great pressure because of Russia,” Trump reportedly said, referring to the FBI's probe of possible collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, which now reaches a senior White House adviser. “That's taken off.”

Surely the mystery of Trump's motive has been solved once and for all.

[Russia probe reaches current White House official, people familiar with the case say]

Not so fast, says White House press secretary Sean Spicer. According to him, anyone who interprets Trump's remark as an acknowledgment that he was nervous about what Comey might find does not understand the definition of “pressure” in this context.

“By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia's actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia,” Spicer told the Times.

There. See? Trump understands that Russia is strategically significant, particularly in Syria.

Read more at WashingtonPost

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