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Trump On Spicer's Future: 'He's Been There From The Beginning'

19 May 2017

Trump has reportedly been frustrated with how White House press secretary Sean Spicer has handled Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey amid the bureau's investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the election.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the report and said the president would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty".

Trump fired Comey Tuesday after receiving a recommendation to do so by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, citing his handling of the Clinton email probe previous year.

That's why Trump's tweet gave pundits and historians fresh ammunition to continue drawing comparisons between Trump and Nixon as they have in the days since Trump fired Comey, who as head of the FBI oversaw the investigation into potential coordination between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

In Friday's daily briefing, Mr Spicer refused to comment on questions about whether Mr Trump had been making surreptitious recordings in the White House.

On Friday, Spicer told reporters that the president was "dismayed" at the focus on the accuracy of statements delivered by his spokesmen. "The tweet speaks for itself".

Conversely, Burr said Trump's tweet about Comey on Friday was "inappropriate".

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"Are there recording devices in the Oval Office or in the residence?"

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The ousted director himself is said to be confident that his own version of events will come out, possibly in an appearance before Congress, according to an associate who has been in touch with him since his firing Tuesday.

The White House initially cited a Justice Department memo criticizing Comey's handling of last year's investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails as the impetus for Trump's decision. Mr. Comey couldn't be reached for comment.

In sports terms, the strategy could be described as "flooding the zone" - launching a ferocious, full-out assault to overwhelm an opponent's defences. Officials did not immediately respond to questions about whether Trump recorded his discussions with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Trump, in his termination letter to Comey, said Comey told him on three different occasions that Trump wasn't under investigation. During Friday's briefing, Spicer didn't rule out that briefings could be canceled. Perhaps, as Mr Trump suggests, the "real news" is the tentative trade agreement between the United States and China on beef and poultry products?

When everything is a big story, nothing is. At least, that's what Mr Trump may hope.

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Trump also denied that he demanded Comey's loyalty to him during a January dinner, something that has been reported by The New York Times and The Associated Press.

Leaks from the White House disclose a president who lashes out at aides when news coverage churns beyond his control.

But on Friday, before a tour of the Thomas Built Buses manufacturing plant, Burr said that, as things stand, Trump apparently was not involved with Russia's attempt to influence the results of the election. "I mean, he gave her a free pass like nobody's ever, ever gotten a free pass", Trump said, before assuring Pirro that he was "on to other things".

"Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy???"

Trump and Comey's relationship was strained early on, in part because of the president's explosive and unsubstantiated claims that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

"I think the White House communications shop needs to do a little better, and I think they're going to get better at what they're doing", he said.

"First of all, you have a level of hostility that's incredible and it's very unfair", he said.

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