Sean Spicer lied about Comey’s firing. Bush’s spokesperson responds.

One of former President George W. Bush’s press secretaries doesn’t agree with President Trump’s press strategy in regard to the firing of James Comey.

In a tweet sent on Friday morning, Trump insisted that the media was being overly hostile in its treatment of his administration along with his chief press officers. Along with suggesting the total cancellation of daily White House press briefings, Trump suggested that it was wrong for reporters to criticize his press secretaries for getting information wrong, since things were moving so fast in the Trump administration.

When asked about Trump’s firing of Comey, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted that Trump made the decision after being counseled by the top two officials within the Department of Justice.

“What I can tell you is the president, when given these recommendations, made a decision to accept their conclusions and to remove director Comey and begin that restoration of confidence and leadership that needs to happen there,” Spicer said on Tuesday night.

However, President Trump contradicted both Spicer and White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt about his decision to fire his FBI director. While Spicer and Sanders said Trump made the decision after an official recommendation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Trump told Holt that he had already made up his mind prior to the recommendation.

Nicolle Wallace, who was one of the chief White House spokespeople during the eight years George W. Bush was in office didn’t think too highly of the lack of coordination between Trump and his surrogates.

“I cannot overstate how extraordinary it is. I worked in a White House that was far from perfect, but I never was asked to go out and lie and I was never caught in a lie by a president who went out and contradicted me,” Wallace said. “What the president does over and over again is create a reality that is completely detached from the reality that he believed in hours before.”

After Trump sent those tweets, Josh Earnest, who was press secretary under former President Barack Obama, piled on, saying it wasn’t too hard to be truthful if a president was actually committed to telling the truth.

 

Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.