On Tuesday, during his daily press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer chided supporters for continuously trying to make a connection between the Trump administration and Russia.
Longtime White House correspondent April Ryan pointed out that the Trump administration is the subject of several investigations related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections and alleged relations between the Trump team and Kremlin.
Sean Spicer was clearly frustrated when asked if the Trump administration feels like it now needs to ‘revamp its image.’ He argued that many in the press, including April Ryan, have an ‘agenda’ to keep asking about Russia.
“I’ve said it from the day that I got here, there is no connection,” Spicer declared out of frustration at the briefing.
“If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.”
Last week, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the agency is investigating allegations of coordination between Trumps campaign team and Kremlin, as well as any attempts from Russia to meddle with the presidential elections late last year.
While Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes denied any evidence of collusion between the two parties, the committee’s ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff stated that there may be some ‘circumstantial evidence’ of ties and it was too early to rule anything out at this stage of the investigation.
The White House however, continued to maintain a rather rigid stance that there were no ties between Russia and Trump’s campaign aides.
“At some point, report the facts. Every single person who has been briefed on this subject has come away with the same conclusion — Republican, Democrat,” Spicer responded to April Ryan’s questions. “I’m sorry that that disgusts you. You’re shaking your head.
“At some point, April, you’re going to have to take no for an answer with respect to whether or not there was collusion.”