Trump's Twitter 'freaks the mainstream media out,' incoming White House spokesman says

Casey Mills
January 2, 2017

Sean Spicer, Trump's incoming White House press secretary, said on ABC's "This Week" that Trump will immediately "repeal a lot of the regulations and actions that have been taken by this administration over the last eight years that have hampered both economic growth and job creation". "We don't think that, frankly, the steps that have been taken are enough of a deterrent, and you're going to see bipartisan support in Congress for stronger sanctions".

On Thursday, US outgoing President Barack Obama announced the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats, the closing of two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and NY and new sanctions against six Russian individuals and five entities over Moscow's alleged interference in the November US presidential election. "He's solicited some input", Spicer said.

Spicer compared Obama's reaction to Russian Federation last week with his response to China in 2015 when that country "took over a million records, sensitive data... and a White House statement wasn't even issued".

During his interview today, Spicer also wondered whether the Obama Administration's actions were "political retribution" instead of a "diplomatic response" to current developments. He needs to stop denigrating the intelligence community. It really didn't throw off relations with Russian Federation in terms of how I'm going to start my presidency.

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"Why are we not talking about the other influences on the election?"

"They sent everyone who had worked in the government a letter saying that you'll get free monitoring of your credit", Spicer said.

We think that more has to be done. That's a pretty valid attempt to influence an election. "Is she being punished in any way?" he asked.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California said he thinks Congress may actually want to strengthen Russian sanctions.

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