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Travel Pool Report 7/Spicer
David Jackson • USA Today
March 2, 2017: 04:05 PM


Highlights from brief gaggle.

Spicer said little about Sessions, deferring to the AG's news conference.

He defended Sessions' testimony, saying the question dealt with "his role as a campaign surrogate."

Sessions' meeting with the Russian ambassador came in his role as a US Senator.

"He was literally conducting himself as United States senator," Spicer said. "This is what senators do."

"The question was about the campaign."

There is nothing nefarious about a senator talking to an ambassador, Spicer said, and "there's no there there."

Trump has not spoken with Sessions since the news broke, Spicer said, and still has confidence in him.

"The president made his views clear," Spicer said, referring to his comments aboard the aircraft carrier.

Also:

- no date for the new travel EO

- Trump praises the confirmations of Ben Carson and Rick Perry; Carson will be sworn in at the WH at 5 pm; Perry at 5:30 pm



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