Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer went off on CNN’s Michael Smerconish in a heated confrontation over whether President-elect Donald Trump threw the CIA under the bus.
Pointing to a statement released from the Trump transition team on a report Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help Trump win, Smerconish said he is “troubled” that Trump is “already throwing under the bus the intelligence community with whom he’s going to have to work on life and death matters.”
Spicer countered that the New York Times created the false narrative by reporting that the RNC was also hacked, which he insisted was not the case.
“Michael, the New York Times in their story said that they based their conclusions on the fact that the RNC was hacked,” he said. “If the RNC was not hacked, then that casts doubt on their conclusions. I don’t understand why this is so difficult to understand.”
But Smerconish would not be deterred in his attack on Trump, pointing out that the Democratic National Committee was hacked.
“Why aren’t we, as Americans, upset about the fact that a foreign hostile actor, apparently, put its thumb on the scale in our election and why doesn’t Donald Trump want to get to the bottom of that as he takes office?” the CNN host said.
“First of all I am outraged,” Spicer replied. “I don’t think that any entity should –”
“Well, why don’t you say that!” Smerconish interjected. “And why didn’t Trump say that?”
“I’m saying it!” Spicer fired back at the top of his lungs.
“I’m outraged,” he continued. “I don’t think, Donald Trump doesn’t think, no one thinks that a foreign entity should be interfering with a foreign election.”
Spicer concluded by saying there has been “zero” proof Russia affected the outcome of the election.
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