Sean Spicer says Trump campaign chairman actually played 'limited role' in campaign

Sean Spicer says Trump campaign chairman actually played 'limited role' in campaign

Obviously there has been some discussion of Paul Manafort, who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time. Only one time - while hosting Abe - did the President also visit Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter.

For example, according to the Palm Beach Post, the White House told reporters that the president would be having meetings and making phone calls at Trump International Golf Club on Saturday.

At Monday's press briefing, Spicer downplayed the role of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who directed the strategy behind election efforts for three months past year.

On Monday, FBI director James Comey, speaking at a public hearing before the House intelligence committee, confirmed for the first time that the bureau is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to influence the 2016 election.

Manafort is one of several Trump aides whose ties to Russian Federation have come under scrutiny amid an ongoing FBI counterespionage investigation into contacts between the campaign and Russian Federation.

And, at an August campaign event, Trump said: "I'm going to be working for you".

"There is clearly something there and I think it is incumbent upon the House and Senate Intelligence committees.to look into these situations and find out what did go on".

Rex Tillerson, China's Xi Jinping pledge cooperation
Tillerson is also in Beijing to iron out the details of a tentative Florida summit in April between Trump and China's President. Brooks, at the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas, on March 17, 2017 .

General Flynn was a volunteer [for] the campaign.

Trump's top aides would rather obscure that fact, especially considering the President's past comments about the sport and the White House. Spicer on Monday said he was unaware of any White House officials now being under investigation by the FBI.

"Can you believe that, with all of the problems and difficulties facing the US, President Obama spent the day playing golf", Trump tweeted in October 2014.

The press secretary then took a shot - several shots - at answering.

"When the people who have been briefed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about collusion between individuals [within the Trump campaign and Russia] the answer continues to be "no" and at some point take "no" for an answer", Spicer said, appearing to suggest that those briefed on the collusion allegations felt there was no substance to them.

"There was merely an explanation of what we did and why we did it", Spicer said.

"So on a couple occasions, he's actually conducted meetings there", he added, before saying that Trump simply deserved some privacy on the course.

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