Sean Spicer hasn’t been fired yet, so I guess that SNL will retain its comedy goldmine. Sean Spicer told the press last week that the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Carl Vinson was on its way to the Sea of Japan, a move that was construed by many as "carrying a message” to North Korea. Then the pesky New York Times got involved, as usual, saying that it didn't go down that way, and so Sean-y had to have yet another press conference today to explain himself, gee whiz. Here's what was said:
“The president said we have an armada that’s going toward the peninsula,” Spicer said. “That’s a fact, it happened — It is happening, rather.”
In a followup, a reporter noted that “when the President of the United States says there’s military hardware going to a region in the middle of a crisis on the Korean Peninsula, the allies of the United States are encouraged,” but “when that happens to not be the case, they can interpret that as a false encouragement” for their efforts.
“How is this White House explaining to South Korea and Japan there was no U.S.S. Carl Vinson?” she asked.
[An unfazed Sean Spicer bore on, digging his hole even deeper.]
“The statement that was put out was that the U.S.S. Carl Vinson carrier group was headed to the Korean Peninsula,” said Spicer. “It is headed to the Korean Peninsula.”
“It’s headed there now, it wasn’t headed there last week,” the reporter shot back.
“But that’s not what we said,” Spicer replied. “We said it was heading there. It was heading there. It is heading there.