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President Trump focuses on business, Central Intelligence Agency and cabinet nominees

27 January 2017

Spicer said. "Where was the apology to the millions of people who thought that it was racially insensitive?"

"When we're right, say we're right". "We are one people, united by a common destiny and a shared objective".

"The narrative is always negative - and it's demoralising", he said.

If the new administration is at "war" with the media, as President Trump put it, this was a brief truce.

Spicer was asked about when the White House's Spanish site would be reinstated, and he said "we've got the IT guys working overtime".

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that starting later this week, his daily press briefings will include four "Skype" seats for reporters who are not in Washington, D.C.

CNN's Jim Acosta questioned why Spicer made an issue out of the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration and why Trump would bring it up during a meeting with Central Intelligence Agency personnel last week. Even if they are called "alternative facts". There is also a White House petition with over 200,000 signatures calling for the immediate release of his returns. After regaining his composure, the longtime political journalist said, "Look, alternative facts are not facts".

After letting Conway finish her diversion, Todd simply steered the conversation back to the point at hand, stating, "You sent the press secretary out there to utter a falsehood on the smallest, pettiest thing and I don't understand why you did it". He did not take questions from reporters on Saturday.

For about 90 minutes, Donald Trump's spokesman responded to questions on a wide range of topics, reinforcing the idea that the new administration's style is going to fluctuate, much like Trump's tweets - from angry and vengeful to conciliatory and unifying. Throughout the briefing, he stressed that Trump would do what is best for the American people and businesses.

In the coming days and months, Spicer's intentions about how he plans to handle the reporters covering Trump - people described by the new president as "some of the most dishonest people on the planet" - will become more clear. He said he had received incorrect information about Inauguration day ridership on the Washington Metro system when he initially claimed the system was used more Friday than for Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration. He warned the corps that the Trump administration "will hold the press accountable". But instead of celebrating these successes and getting to work, the public skepticism took a toll on the president's psyche, leaving him distracted enough with crowd sizes that he keeps talking about it.