Spicer defends firing of ‘bewildering and defiant’ Sally Yates
White House spokesman Sean Spicer got into a heated back-and-forth with the media on Tuesday over reports on the firing of the acting attorney general and whether the Department of Homeland Security had been briefed on the immigration ban.
Spicer said President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven mainly-Muslim countries had been examined and approved by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, but Sally Yates chose not to carry it out.
“For the acting attorney general to say ‘I’m not going to uphold this order’ is a dereliction of duty,” he said at the daily press briefing, adding that her actions were “bewildering and defiant.”
Asked about whether Trump would tolerate dissent in his administration, Spicer said he expects the members to carry out his orders.
“It’s the right of every American to express an opinion,” he said, but there’s a difference when the acting attorney general “defies that order.”