Trump's press secretary promises 'never to lie' after 'alternative facts' briefing

Trump's press secretary promises 'never to lie' after 'alternative facts' briefing

He told reporters he will never intentionally lie from the podium - even as he acknowledged having passed along subway ridership figures, provided by Washington's transit authority, that proved erroneous. By comparison, nearly 38 million people watched Obama's first swearing-in ceremony in 2009, and 41.8 million viewers for Ronald Reagan's first inaugural, according to data reported by Nielsen. "The crowds aren't that big, he's not that successful.' The narrative - and the default narrative is always negative and it's demoralizing". He did not take questions from reporters on Saturday. "The White House response is that he's not going to release his tax returns", she said.

Spicer finally moved on to Senate Democrats who are holding up the nominations of Trump's cabinet picks - specifically that of Rep. Mike Pompeo as Central Intelligence Agency director.

Spicer has said he wants to buck White House media traditions, and on Monday, he delivered on some of that.

"We have a right to go out there and correct the record".

"This is called a statement you're told to make by the president", former White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said on Twitter after Spicer's remarks.

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Asked on "Meet the Press" why Spicer used his first appearance before the press to dispute a minimal issue like the inauguration crowd size, and why he used falsehoods to do so, Conway pushed back. Her answer: Sean Spicer was merely providing "alternative facts". In the future, Spicer might at least do reporters and the public a favor and let them know in advance whether press briefings will be dealing with real facts or alternative ones.

He said 420,000 people used the D.C. Metro public transit on January 20, 2017, compared with 317,000 for President Obama's 2013 inaugural. "They are among the most dishonest human beings on the earth", President Trump said.

"This executive action ushers in a new era of United States trade policy in which the Trump administration will pursue bilateral trade opportunities with allies around the globe".

David Becker, the author of a 2012 Pew study on the same topic, said Tuesday that Spicer was likely referring to a debunked study from Old Dominion University, which, according to the Washington Post, has been criticized by many researchers. Such bilateral agreements, especially with those countries that negotiated the TPP, will provide a "check" on China, thus strengthening U.S. national security in the Pacific, Spicer said.

But the greater question was about how the Trump administration views facts and the free press. "There are certain things that we may not fully understand when we come out", Spicer replied.