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Sean Spicer Literally Hid In The Bushes To Avoid Reporters’ Questions About James Comey’s Firing


Sean Spicer Literally Hid In The Bushes To Avoid Reporters’ Questions About James Comey’s Firing

White House press secretary Sean Spicer reportedly hid behind bushes on the White House grounds for several minutes on Tuesday evening in the wake of President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.

Newsweek reported that Spicer had initially planned to send out an official email statement announcing Comey’s termination, but “as of about 5:40 p.m. EDT Tuesday, the system wasn’t working well. Instead, he went to his doorway and yelled the news to the journalists gathered there.” He then shut his door.

At 5:41 p.m., reporters began to tweet the bombshell, and by 5:44 p.m. Spicer’s statement explaining that Trump’s decision came at the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had arrived in inboxes. He followed up with a tweet at 5:50 p.m.

Then all hell broke loose.

Spicer was initially scheduled to talk to reporters about the termination of Comey, but then aides said plans had changed. Minutes later, Spicer appeared on Fox News Channel with Lou Dobbs instead outside of the White House.

Spicer misspoke and stuttered over his words throughout the interview. At one point, he said that the “attorney general” was the one who was terminated before correcting himself.

The Post reports:

“Another Tuesday at the White House,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders quipped as she finished speaking on Fox News from its outdoor set, as the voice of Kellyanne Conway continued to spar with CNN’s Anderson Cooper from the next booth over.

After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged.

“Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,” he ordered. “We’ll take care of this. … Can you just turn that light off?”

Spicer got his wish and was soon standing in near darkness between two tall hedges, with more than a dozen reporters closely gathered around him. For 10 minutes, he responded to a flurry of questions, vacillating between light-hearted asides and clear frustration with getting the same questions over and over again.

Here’s how social media reacted to the news:


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