Trump administration Press Secretary Sean Spicer just set off an explosion of incredulity across the internet. Spicer told reporters that Paul Manafort who served as the Trump campaign’s chairman for half of 2016 only “played a very limited role” in the campaign.
Manafort. Was. The. Campaign. Chairman.
He’s also wanted for questioning by Ukrainian prosecutors in connection with a corruption investigation in Kiev and Spicer might be trying way too hard to distance the administration from him.
Spicer says Paul Manafort "played a very limited role" on the Trump campaign. He was the campaign chairman.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) March 20, 2017
BREAKING: SPICER says Trump CAMPAIGN MANAGER Paul MANAFORT had "a limited role in the campaign." WTF's he talking about? This is a meltdown.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 20, 2017
Sean Spicer just asserted that Manafort — the Trump campaign manager from April-August 2016 — played only a limited role in the campaign.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 20, 2017
Did I hear correctly? Spicer said Manafort played a "very limited role" in the campaign?
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) March 20, 2017
Spicer is just flat out lying by saying Manafort and Flynn had small roles. That is a deliberate lie.
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) March 20, 2017
Wow – Spicer now describing Manafort as playing a "very limited role" for a "very limited" time. He was chairman of the campaign!!!
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 20, 2017
Michael Flynn, who was national security adviser, was mere campaign "volunteer," Spicer says. Manafort played a "very limited" role. Got it?
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) March 20, 2017
"Sean, can you comment on Trump's tweet and how it might affect the investigation?"
"Honestly Donald has played a limited role in this WH."
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) March 20, 2017
Heh. This isn’t awkward at all.