Spicer: Trump's threatening Comey tweet was 'not a threat'

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It follows an article describing the scene at the White House grounds, as news broke that Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey had been fired.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is out of the briefing room this week, and already there is speculation about his future.

Enter Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of the former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, and fill-in spokesperson at the White House this week. But the White House's email system was running slowly. He then defended Mr Trump's idea to get rid of the briefings. Starting with Spicer's claim that the media inaccurately portrayed the size of Trump's inauguration audience, there have been questions about whether the administration is knowingly providing inaccurate information. They said Trump was prompted by a scathing memo written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, only to acknowledge Trump had been planning to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation.

Third, there is no reason to think that White House press releases would be more accurate than comments from the briefing podium.

"Any investigation that was taking place Monday was taking place today", Sanders said, suggesting that was an indication that Comey's firing would not impact the ongoing probe.

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Spicer stressed the White House press team communicated the latest information they had available to the media, yet noted, "We see time and time again an attempt to parse every little word and make it a game of 'gotcha'".

Spicer appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight Tuesday to address Comey's firing.

Jeff Mason, the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, responded to the president's tweets, saying that the White House briefings and press conferences "conducted in full view of our republic's citizens, is clearly in line with the spirit of the First Amendment".

"This is probably the most egregious example of press and communications incompetence since we've been here", one West Wing official told the paper "It was an absolute disaster. And I don't even know that many people in the Federal Bureau of Investigation". "Doing away with the briefings would reduce accountability, transparency and the opportunity for Americans to see that, in the US system, no political figure is above being questioned".