Sean Spicer wrongly claims Fox reporter's phones were 'tapped'


White House press secretary Sean Spicer wore his flag pin upside-down during a press conference on Friday, March 10, and Twitter had a field day.

"I talked to the president about this", Spicer responded, smiling.

Spicer continued on that track with Portnoy, saying of Congress, "I think there's a lot that they need to look at", according to the transcript.

Aside from his restrained laughter, Spicer's comment was akin to telling Black Lives Matter protestors that "all lives matter".

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Though Fox News reporter John Roberts quickly pointed out Spicer's mistake, the gaffe was visible long enough to remind everyone how much this administration feels like a political thriller instead of an actual presidency. In September 2012, for instance, Trump tweeted that even though the unemployment rate had ticked down to 8.1 percent, the labor market wasn't in a real recovery "because more people are out of labor force & have stopped looking for work".

In the February 11 broadcast of SNL, comic actress Melissa McCarthy plays a congenitally abrasive Spicer who ends a press briefing by trying to run reporters over with a moving podium.

"I think he is very concerned about the allegations that are out there in terms of what may or may not happen", Spicer said.

In response to comments from the Democratic National Committee that Obama deserved the credit for the recent jobs numbers, Spicer laughed and argued that many indicators suggest that Trump is having a positive impact on the economy.

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"It's still upside-down", another reporter said.

Spicer was also asked about whether Trump believes the Bureau of Labor Statistics' numbers, which he has in the past called "phony", are accurate.

"For the part of the national security apparatus that I oversaw as DNI, there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, as a candidate, or against his campaign", Clapper told NBC's Meet the Press.

In its monthly report on US employment, released at 8:30 a.m. (1330 GMT), the Labor Department said nonfarm employers added 235,000 workers to their payrolls, with the unemployment rate dropping a tenth of a percentage point to 4.7 percent.

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