Sean Spicer snaps at reporter for disagreeing Manafort had 'limited role'

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, asked Monday if President Trump would consider cutting back on weekend trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in order to save taxpayer money, claimed the trips are "part of being president". "I'm not going to have time to go play golf".

White House spokesman Sean Spicer: "We are still at the beginning phase of a look as to what kind of surveillance took place and why".

Trump has played golf at least 10 times since becoming president in late January, despite the fact that he teed off several times at his immediate predecessor Obama for indulging that very same hobby while in office.

In today's briefing, Spicer also continued to deny any collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation, saying that "investigating and having proof are two different things".

Spicer said reporters have jumped to conclusions and falsely assumed in some instances that the president was golfing.

"Following this testimony, it is clear that nothing has changed", Spicer said. He brings people down there.

Asked how Trump's golf outings were different from Obama's, Spicer said: "You saw him utilize this as a opportunity with Prime Minister (Shinzo) Abe to help foster deeper relationships in Southeast Asia, in Asia rather, and have a growing relationship that's going to help USA interests".

"How you use the game of golf is something that he's talked about", said Spicer. "Then we pay for his golf".

That was a reference to Trump playing golf at one of his courses in Florida with the Japanese leader last month. "Just because you go somewhere doesn't necessarily mean you did it", Spicer clumsily contended.

"On a couple of occasions he's actually conducted meetings there, he's actually had phone calls".

"The President is entitled to a bit of privacy at some point", he said.

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