White House press secretary Sean Spicer got into a tense exchange with reporter April Ryan on Tuesday, telling her to stop shaking her head in the middle of a press briefing.
The back-and-forth began when Ryan pressed the White House spokesman on alleged ties between President Donald Trump and the Russian government.
“At some point, report the facts,” Spicer said. “The facts are that every single person who has been briefed on this subject has come away with the same conclusion — Republican, Democrat. So I’m sorry that that disgusts you. You’re shaking your head.”
When Ryan followed up with a question about Trump’s relationship with Condoleezza Rice after the president used a “very negative” word to describe the former secretary of state.
Spicer apparently didn’t appreciate the question at all and called her out when she apparently shook her head again.
“It seems like you’re hellbent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays,” Spicer said.
“The president called her that name,” Ryan interrupted.
“You’re asking me a question and I’m going to answer it, which is, the president — stop shaking your head again,” Spicer lectured.
The scolding led to some strong criticism from other journalists:
Was Spicer out of line?