He said moments later that 'from a White House perspective, there is no question that there have been an abundance of reports regarding surveillance and other type of activities that occurred during the 2016 election'. "It is numerous same outlets in this room that talked about the activities that were going on back then".
On Monday, Spicer insisted that when Trump used the term "wiretap", he meant any sort of surveillance. "It is numerous same outlets in this room that talked about the activities that were going on back then".
Frustrated that the Russian Federation stories have overshadowed a widely praised performance in his joint address to Congress on Tuesday, Trump angrily raised the wiretapping issue unprompted in conversations with friends and acquaintances at Mar-a-Lago, two people who have spoken with him at his Palm Beach resort over the last 24 hours said on Sunday.
"Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory". "As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any USA citizen. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy".
Ben Rhodes, former deputy national security adviser to Obama, tweeted at the time that presidents can't simply order wiretaps as Trump suggests.
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In February, Trump was reportedly issued his first monthly presidential paycheck in the amount $33,333. "Think about the sheer audacity of Mr. Spicer to say that to my face with a smile, knowing that he that he is being recorded on video and the position of power he holds in our government", she writes. This prompted some laughter from the assembled press. "They have told me to go back to where I came from".
The House committee has turned the matter back on the Trump administration, setting a Monday deadline for the Justice Department to provide evidence.
Spicer accused the media of ignoring proof of surveillance allegations that he said had been reported during the election. "He literally had it in quotes".
According to Spicer, Trump was using the word "wiretapping" metaphorically to represent surveillance methods in general. Republicans, including Spicer and Trump, have repeatedly touted the CBO's estimates in the past.
Spicer also had an expected announcement.
Spicer said the press corps would be tapped to decide where the money goes as a "way to avoid scrutiny", which prompted laughs from the gathered reporters.
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