Trump says he may end press briefings — here’s a breakdown of the most memorable moments – Washington Post
One of Trump’s first big initiatives was an executive order that banned travelers from several Muslim-majority countries.
It sparked outrage and worry across the nation and overseas. But in the press room, Spicer was debating the definition of the word “ban.”
“The president talked about extreme vetting and the need to keep America safe, and he made clear this is not a Muslim ban,” he said. “And it’s not a travel ban. It’s a vetting system to keep America safe. That’s it, plain and simple. And all of the facts and the reading of it clearly show that that’s what it is.”
It apparently wasn’t so clear.
During 16 agonizing minutes of arguing, the press corps pushed back — and Spicer accused the journalists of inaccurate reporting.
At times, he talked over them, demanding, “Can I answer the question?”
The upside-down lapel pin
Less than a month into the job, word leaked that Trump wasn’t particularly happy with the job Spicer was doing. It was clear that Spicer was under pressure.
And one 15-second exchange made the world wonder whether Spicer was sending out a subtle cry for help. He came to the briefing with his flag lapel turned upside down.
According to the U.S. code, an upside-down flag is a “signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”
After 15 seconds of banter with reporters, the pin was righted, but, as The Post’s Lindsey Bever reported, “the Internet lost its mind.”
So, the Internet asked, tongue planted firmly in cheek, is this a cry for help, Sean?
Others opined that there was some connection to Frank Underwood, the calculating protagonist of the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.”
Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed. https://t.co/ba1kz1yvXF
— House of Cards (@HouseofCards) March 10, 2017