Reporter To Spicer: Does Trump Have Confidence In Comey?; Spicer: I'll Have To Ask The President


At Tuesday's White House daily briefing, press secretary Sean Spicer told a reporter who asked if President Trump still has confidence in FBI Director James Comey that he has not asked the president lately.

"I don't want to start speaking on behalf of the president without speaking to him first," Spicer, the spokesman for President Trump, said.

JONATHAN KARL, ABC NEWS:: Sean, a follow-up on that, but first I wanted to ask you about director -- FBI Director James Comey's testimony before the Senate, which now, apparently, it looks like the FBI director gave inaccurate testimony to the Senate.

Is the White House concerned that he greatly exaggerated or -- or misstated what kind of contact Huma Abedin had in terms of her e-mails and sending them to Anthony Weiner?

SEAN SPICER, WHITE HOUSE: I -- I have not asked the president or the staff about that.

But, I mean, I think there's -- the one issue is I don't think there's any question by any account that -- that there was classified information inappropriately shared on an unclassified system to an uncleared person. I mean, that's, to me, I think, what continues to be the takeaway.

QUESTION: But is the White House concerned that the FBI director apparently gave inaccurate testimony?

SPICER: I don't -- at this point, I have not asked and I'm not fully aware of this -- I mean, I'm aware of the testimony that occurred and the inquiries, but I have yet to -- to follow up on that. And I'd be glad to follow up.

QUESTION: Does the president still have confidence, full confidence, in FBI Director James Comey?

SPICER: I have no reason to believe -- I haven't asked him. So I don't -- I have not asked the president since the last time we spoke about this.

QUESTION: And the last time you spoke about it, you said he did have confidence but you're not sure to say that again now?

SPICER: Well, I -- I don't -- in light of what you're telling me, I don't want to start speaking on behalf of the president without speaking to him first.

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