Apparently taken aback by scale of political firestorm, White House sent out Sean Spicer, his deputy and Kellyanne Conway to defend its position
It was just after 9pm when, cloaked in darkness, the White House press secretary held one of his most peculiar briefings yet.
Sean Spicer had just finished an outdoor TV interview defending Donald Trump’s dismissal of FBI director James Comey, and was walking along a perimeter fence towards the west wing. A group of journalists tracked him and lay in wait. Caught in the glare of camera lights, the Trump spokesman ordered they be switched off, then incongruously joked: “Relax, enjoy the night, have a glass of wine.”