Monday afternoon, Press Secretary Sean Spicer won the dumbest response of the day when he argued that Trump's trips to the golf course - unlike Obama's - were a-okay because Trump used his leisure time to advance USA relations on the green. He also said Trump would not apologize to his predecessor.
"He played more golf a year ago than Tiger Woods", Trump said of Obama in December after being elected president.
Manafort is one of several Trump aides whose ties to Russian Federation have come under scrutiny amid an ongoing FBI counterespionage investigation into contacts between the campaign and Russian Federation. He dismissed Carter Page, an informal foreign policy adviser to Trump, and Roger Stone, a longtime Trump confidant, as "hangers on".
Washington, Mar 20 The White House today played down Donald Trump's links with former campaign chair Paul Manafort, whose ties with Russian Federation have come under the spotlight. "And so to start to look at some individual who was there for a short period of time, or separately individuals who really didn't play a role in the campaign and suggest those are the basis for anything, is a bit ridiculous". During that time, Trump won six Republican primary contests, clinched the number of delegates needed for the party's nomination, chose Mike Pence to be his running mate and attended the Republican National Convention, where he accepted the GOP's bid and launched his general election campaign. His weekend outing in Florida was his 11th visit to one of his courses in the Sunshine State in his first two months, according to Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House correspondent who has logged detailed statistics on presidential outings over several administrations. To Trump, Obama's golf hobby was indicative of a bigger problem, that No. 44 wasn't taking the job seriously.
Sean Spicer at the White House on Monday.
"When the people who have been briefed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about collusion between individuals [within the Trump campaign and Russia] the answer continues to be "no" and at some point take "no" for an answer", Spicer said, appearing to suggest that those briefed on the collusion allegations felt there was no substance to them.
During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Spicer said it wasn't covered when officials briefed on the Russian involvement in the election came out and said there was "no involvement to their knowledge between the Trump campaign and Russia".