「Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sean Spicer, 5/12/2017, #47 | whitehouse.gov」
Q Moving on to the news of the week, really, and the day, did President Trump record his conversations with former FBI Director Comey?
MR. SPICER: I assume you’re referring to the tweet.
Q His tweet.
MR. SPICER: And I’ve talked to the President. The President has nothing further to add on that.
Q Why did he say that? Why did he tweet that? What should we interpret from that?
MR. SPICER: As I mentioned, the President has nothing further to add on that.
Q Are there recording devices in the Oval Office or in the residence?
MR. SPICER: As I’ve said for the third time, there is nothing further to add on that.
Q Does he think it’s appropriate to threaten someone like Mr. Comey not to speak?
MR. SPICER: I don’t think -- that’s not a threat. He simply stated a fact. The tweet speaks for itself. I’m moving on.
Q Sean, in the tweet about Director Comey, he said -- the President says that he “better be careful before he goes leaking to the press.” Yesterday, on NBC News, the President called him a showboat and a grandstander. Does the White House acknowledge that Director Comey has a First Amendment right to speak to the press if he so chooses to set the record straight about any of this, instead of just leaking? It may not be leaking, it may just be his First Amendment right to speak to the press.
MR. SPICER: Well, of course, everyone in this country has a First Amendment right. I think the difference -- and you’ve heard the President echo this multiple times -- is that sharing information that’s not meant to be or is not authorized to be in the public domain in terms of the classification of it is concerning. And I think the President has been very clear over and over again of his concern with respect to information that gets put in the public domain that’s not meant to be.
But I don’t think that those are -- everyone in this country has every right to speak their mind and express themselves in accordance with the Constitution.
Q Thanks, Sean. I just want to clear up a point on Jeff’s question. Im hoping you can answer this in a yes-or-no fashion. Is the President of the United States currently recording conversations taking place in the Oval Office?
MR. SPICER: I think the point that I made with respect to the tweet is the President has no further comment on this.