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Does Trump think Russia hacked the election? Spicer doesn't know

21 June 2017

Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon addressed the reports that Sean Spicer's role in the White House might be changing, with Spicer stepping away from the daily press briefings. "Obviously we've been dealing with a lot of other issues today".

Reminded by the questioner, Trey Yingst of One America News Network, that 16 US intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian Federation did engage in cyberattacks to influence the election, Spicer said, "I understand".

"I don't know if he's seen the legislation or not", Spicer said.

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In response to Steve Bannon saying the reason White House press briefings were off camera is because "Sean got fatter", Colbert had a joke of his own.

Reporter Trey Yingst of the conservative-leaning One America News Network asked Spicer point-blank if the president believes that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 elections. "I can't stay mad at you if you're out of my sight for a couple of minutes because I lack object permanence", said Colbert in his Trump impression.

Last month, shortly after firing FBI Director James Comey, President Donald Trump warned Comey that "tapes" may exist of their conversation, so he needed to be careful what he said. "I'd be glad to touch base". They are allowed to be snarky, although I take issue with this description because the questions being asked are not snarky, they are vital and it's not the reporters' fault that this White House can't or won't answer them.

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Spicer was the first one to face the music in lieu of White House's strategies that were unfocused most of the time. Characterizing it as the "high-confidence judgment of the entire intelligence community", Comey testified that there is no doubt that the Russians meddled "with "purpose", "sophistication" and technology".

There has been speculation for weeks over whether Spicer would hand over the press secretary reins, as Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has filled in for him numerous times.

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Does Trump think Russia hacked the election? Spicer doesn't know