Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerDebate moderator Steve Scully says his Twitter account was hacked as president accuses him of being a ‘Never Trumper’ Shalala corrects Spicer on HIPAA: ‘I should know, I wrote it’ Kellyanne Conway to leave White House at end of month MORE joked early Wednesday that he “had no idea” he had “Wolf Blitzer in his pocket” after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Pelosi, citing ‘leverage’ over Trump, holds strong to .2T in COVID-19 aid | McConnell to force vote on ‘targeted’ relief bill next week | Trump again asks court to shield tax records Pelosi spars with CNN’s Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: ‘You really don’t know what you’re talking about’ Pelosi, citing ‘leverage’ over Trump, holds strong to .2T in COVID-19 aid MORE (D-Calif.) accused the CNN anchor of being an “apologist” for the Republican Party.
“I’m just upset. Six years at the RNC [Republican National Committee] and working with President TrumpDonald John TrumpLabor secretary’s wife tests positive for COVID-19 Russia shuts down Trump admin’s last-minute push to strike nuclear arms deal before election Trump makes appeal to suburban women at rally: ‘Will you please like me?’ MORE, and I had no idea I had Wolf Blitzer in my pocket the whole time,” Spicer, the host of Newsmax’s “Spicer & Co.,” said to “Mornings with Maria” anchor Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoTrump slight against Gold Star families adds to military woes Graham dismisses calls to delay Barrett confirmation hearings Trump claims he is ‘immune’ from coronavirus, defends federal response MORE on Fox Business.
“Gimme a break,” he added. “CNN is in the pocket of the president? That’s insane!”
Spicer’s comments came after Pelosi called Blitzer an apologist for Republicans while defending her opposition to a $1.8 trillion COVID-19 relief package in a contentious interview Tuesday afternoon.
“With all due respect, and you know we’ve known each other a long time, you really don’t know what you’re talking about,” Pelosi said at one point.
“What I say to you is, I don’t know why you’re always an apologist and many of your colleagues are apologists for the Republican position,” she argued later.
CNN is often attacked by President Trump for being “fake news” and biased against him, with rallygoers chanting “CNN sucks” at many of his rallies, including one on Monday night in Sanford, Fla.
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— The Hill (@thehill) October 14, 2020
Spicer often sparred with CNN White House correspondent Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaJim Acosta responds to pro-Trump crowd chanting ‘CNN sucks’ The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Trump eager to leave the hospital Toddlers’ parents sue Trump over doctored ‘racist baby’ video MORE and CNN contributor April Ryan at daily press briefings during his tenure as press secretary in the first eight months of 2017.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) January 11, 2017
Bartiromo’s two interviews with Trump over the past week on “Mornings with Maria” and “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox Business and Fox News, respectively, generated record numbers for the former CNBC star.
Her phone interview with Trump on Thursday resulted in the most-watched hour for “Mornings with Maria” in its history, delivering 376,000 total viewers, while Bartiromo’s “Sunday Morning Futures” interview with the president on Sunday scored 2.375 million viewers, the most-watched program on cable news that day.