02 June, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claims that "a small group of people know exactly" what President Donald Trump meant when Trump posted a seemingly unintelligible tweet early Wednesday morning.
The spokesman's refusal to admit Trump made a mistake prompted laughter from members of the media at the White House.
"Despite the constant negative press covfefe", the president inexplicably wrote just after midnight.
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Spicer's statement was in response to a question about reports that former FBI Director James Comey, who was terminated by Trump, meant to testify before Congress that the president urged him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Mr Trump, who disdains working through official channels, also exchanged numbers with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to a French official who would not comment on whether Mr Macron meant to use the line.
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Despite the ground rule imposed Wednesday, the 11-minute briefing was aired live by some cable networks, in which one-fourth of the session was consumed by Spicer reading prepared announcements.
Bierbauer noted: "There is no convention as to how long a briefing should last, nor that it should start on time".