White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer got fed up with reporter April Ryan’s unprofessional behavior at Tuesday’s White House briefing, telling the White House Correspondent and Washington Bureau Chief for American Urban Radio Networks to “stop shaking your head again” during a three minute Q&A with Ryan that devolved into a debate as Ryan kept interrupting and arguing with Spicer while demonstrably emoting throughout the exchange: waving her arms and wagging her finger as she addressed Spicer and then balling her hands in a fist under her chin at times and derisively shaking her head as Spice spoke.
Ryan sits in the third row center in front of Spicer making the exchanges between them quite personal by proximity. Ryan launched a broadside asking Spicer how the Trump administration can “try to revamp its image” with so many negative news narratives arrayed against it such as Russia and Sally Yates.
Ryan was wound up as can be seen at the beginning of the video, when she started out by saying/half talking to herself, “Sean, you don’t seem so happy, um go ahead…”
Spicer responded in part saying, “If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight somehow that’s a Russian connection.”
A split screen version of the exchange was shown by MSNBC where Ryan is a regular commentator.
— Sue Ryan (@sueryan) March 28, 2017
Ryan is friends with Valerie Jarrett, former President Barack Obama’s closest advisor who served all eight years of Obama’s presidency by his side almost every day and night. Evidence of the cozy friendship between the reporter April and news subject Valerie can be easily found on Twitter:
— Valerie Jarrett (@ValerieJarrett) March 24, 2017
Excerpts from the Business Insider report on the Ryan-Spicer fireworks.
She mentioned the Russia controversy as well as Trump’s unfounded claims that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election.
“I’ve said it from the day that I got here until whatever that there is no connection,” Spicer said. “You’ve got Russia!”
“If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection,” he continued.
“I appreciate your agenda here,” he added. “Hold on. At some point, report the facts!”
Spicer said Republicans and Democrats alike had said there was not evidence pointing to the Trump team’s collusion with Russia in election meddling.
“I’m sorry that that disgusts you,” Spicer told Ryan. “You’re shaking your head.”
…The reporter then followed up with a question about the president meeting with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whom she pointed out Trump made a vulgar comment about in 2006 and whom she said did not support Trump in the run-up to the general election.
Spicer, dismayed, went back to lambasting Ryan.
“April, hold on, it seems like you’re hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays,” he said, later adding, “Stop shaking your head again.”
He said Trump was continuing to reach out to people who had disagreed with him in the past, adding “we’re bringing groups together.”
Featured image, screen grab via Twitter.