Spicer says Paul Manafort played a "very limited role" in the campaign— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 20, 2017
He was the CAMPAIGN MANAGER. He ran the ENTIRE Trump campaign! pic.twitter.com/rfTJbt63zt
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did his best to try to spin the investigation into numerous Trump associates’ ties to Russia, saying the former Campaign Chairman and top adviser had “limited” roles.”
After FBI Director James Comey testified that the Bureau is investigating Trump ties to Russia, Spicer tried to distance the individuals already implicated in the investigation from Trump.
Spicer said Paul Manafort, who was let go from the campaign amid questions about his ties to Ukranian oligarchs, had “a very limited role for a very limited time.”
— Tom Namako (@TomNamako) March 20, 2017
Later in the briefing, Spicer claimed Manafort only worked on the campaign for “eight weeks.” He worked for the campaign for five months.
Spicer also called former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn a campaign “volunteer,” though Flynn was one of Trump’s closest advisers.
Flynn resigned in disgrace after it was revealed he lied about discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador while President Obama was still in office.
Spicer dismissed former campaign official Carter Page as a “hanger on.” Page has had numerous meetings with the Russians.
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