Spicer Pressed on Why Trump's Golf Trips Are Different Than Obama's

Trump golf trips: President's 11 outings on pace to out-golf Obama

Trump golf trips: President's 11 outings on pace to out-golf Obama

When Spicer asserted the role of Paul Manafort in the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump was ultimately a small one, Karl objected.

At today's briefing, a reporter asked White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer how Trump's golfing - at least 10 trips in eight weeks in office - are any different.

That depends on what he means by the word "limited".

Manafort, of course, ran Trump's campaign for several months previous year after original campaign manager Corey Lewandowski resigned amid controversy over his manhandling of a female Breitbart writer.

Manafort was hired by the Trump campaign in March 2016 to lead the delegate operation on the floor of the Republican National Committee in Cleveland. Manafort's ties to Russian Federation continue to be a huge headache for the White House's efforts to downplay Russia's alleged assistance in the 2016 campaign.

On Sunday, the White House released another late-day account of the president's day, including a call with the president of Chile. As power centers within the Trump campaign in August began to shift away from him to Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon as campaign CEO and Kellyanne Conway as campaign manager, the former lobbyist stepped down from his campaign. Then, on August 19, Manafort resigned over the questions about the direction of the campaign and - more importantly - increasing scrutiny over his ties to Ukraine's pro-Russia former leader. Manafort resigned that day. He then said that, "there is a fine line between people who want to be part of something that they never had an official role in and people who actually played a role in either the campaign or the transition".

Meanwhile, President Trump attempted to shift the focus of the lengthy committee hearing onto Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey's refusal to say whether he briefed President Barack Obama on Mr Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

FBI "is investigating the alleged Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts".

"It's clear nothing has changed", Spicer said of Comey's revelation.

"With respect to Paul, though, I believe".

And he described Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor, as a "volunteer" on the Trump campaign.

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