Fox News ‘MediaBuzz’: Spicer says Trump’s remarks about possible Comey tapes brought out truth – Fox News
Below is the full transcript of Fox News’ June 25, 2017, “MediaBuzz” interview between show host Howard Kurtz and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer:
HOWARD KURTZ: Sean Spicer, welcome.
SEAN SPICER: Thanks for having me.
ON TRUMP TWEET SAYING NO COMEY TAPES:
HK: The media is on fire over the President saying no, he doesn’t have any secret tapes of [former FBI Director] Jim Comey after having raised the prospect in a tweet weeks ago. Do you think, you said Friday, the president was just trying to enable that the truth come out.
SS: That’s right.
HK: But by raising that prospect didn’t he — and the price of that is he insinuated something that wasn’t true.
SS: He said “I hope there’s not” because I think that he knew the truth would come out, and I think he is glad that the truth is coming out that he had said very clearly that on three occasions he was told that he was not under investigation, there was no obstruction, and he was right. And I think that having Director Comey come out and admit it under oath and testimony proves that the President was right.
HK: You said with some justification that the media spent way too much time covering the Russia investigation —
SS: But think about the lead up to that testimony, other networks were insisting that it was going to be — that Comey was going to come to the stand and undermine the President’s comments and yet exactly the opposite happened. Director Comey came and admitted that the President was right that on three separate occasions he admitted to him he wasn’t under investigation.
HK: But in terms of the amount of media oxygen this consumed, you being about it at many briefings, isn’t it the kind of distraction that the White House says it wants to avoid so you can focus on the policies.
SS: Well again, at the end of the day more than anything we obviously want to cover the President’s policies and agenda, but also we want to get the truth out there and when you have a bunch of media organizations falsely implying and stating something that is not true I think that to have us finally be able to resolve an issue such as that is helpful because it allows us to move past it and get to the issues and the agenda that the President is fighting for.
ON SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL:
HK: The President has said that he wants a more generous Senate health care bill that would perhaps spend more money and provide more coverage, how do you reconcile that with the big Rose Garden ceremony he had here for the more stringent house bill?
SS: Well, because I think that there is a process the legislation works on, we continue to seek input, ideas and opinions as to how to make it the best bill possible. The President has made it clear from the beginning he wants a bill that has heart he understands how important health care is to individuals and families.
He wants to make sure we do this right, he knows that ObamaCare is dead, it’s not serving the American people and that he has an opportunity to deliver on the promise that was made to the American people almost ten years ago and do it in the way it should’ve been done in the first place and give people that peace of mind.
ON FEWER ON-CAM WHITE HOUSE BRIEFINGS:
HK: You’ve been criticized, as you know, for holding fewer briefings and for moving some of them off camera — for example, in this past week when the President was in town, one of the four briefings was held on camera. Is the President so frustrated by the spectacle of these television briefings that he is trying to shrink the number?
SS: No, first of all remember that that narrative is not true, we haven’t held fewer briefings, we’ve held a briefing almost every single day in some way, shape, or form.
HK: The number has been down from March until now.
SS: No it hasn’t! Because remember on days that the President travels, going back to at least four or five Presidents, the presidents traveling—
HK: No, I’m not counting that.
SS: OK, you’re not counting it. I think with the exception of the day that there was a congressional shooting, we’ve had a briefing of some sort every single day except weekends.