White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer seems to be getting more comfortable as each day goes by.
Today, Spicer had an interesting back and forth with an MSNBC reporter who tried to corner him over Trump’s executive order on immigration.
Spicer was up for the challenge.
From The Daily Caller:
After the White House press secretary said the executive order was not a ban — “it’s to make sure people who are coming in are vetted properly, a ban would mean people can’t get in” — Kristen Welker asked why Trump used the word ban then.
“The president himself has called it a ban,” Welker asked. “Are you confused or is he confused?”
“Those are the media’s words,” Spicer said. “No, I’m not confused. Those words are derived from the media. Your network was one of the ones that just hours ago said [Homeland Security Secretary] Kelly didn’t know what was going on. With all due respect, I think you have been part of the confusion.”
Here is the video of the exchange.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) January 31, 2017
You have to imagine that the media understands this order is not a “Muslim ban”. The media has been disingenuously using the word ban to imply the order specifically targets Muslims. That’s not the case.
This is a temporary travel ban which affects 7 countries that the Obama Administration identified as threats to our national security.
Spicer is absolutely correct that the media has been methodically misrepresenting the terminology.