WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer repeatedly refused to say if President Trump secretly taped his dinner conversation with former FBI Director James Comey on Friday, after Trump himself suggested he had.
“I’ve talked to the President. The President has nothing further to add on that,” Spicer said during his daily press briefing on Friday.
“As I mentioned, the President has nothing further to add on that,” he said when pressed on whether Trump had recorded Comey.
Spicer said he wasn’t “aware” of anyone in the White House who has a recording of the dinner, while refusing to answer questions about whether Trump is actually recording his meetings.
And he dismissed questions on whether Trump was threatening Comey.
“That’s not a threat. He simply stated a fact,” he said.
As part of a furious tweet storm Friday morning, Trump declared that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”
That seems to be reacting to a New York Times story that at that dinner Trump repeatedly asked Comey to pledge his loyalty and Comey demurred, an account that’s markedly different from Trump’s own comments in a Thursday interview that Comey had told him he wasn’t under FBI investigation.
Spicer also denied that story.