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Spicer: Lewis' Comments on Trump 'Disappointing' Coming From an 'Icon'


By    |   Monday, 16 Jan 2017 09:04 AM

Rep. John Lewis' comments about President-elect Donald Trump's election are "disappointing" given the civil rights leader's legacy of being an "icon of voting and civil rights," incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Monday.

"I think Congressman Lewis started this, with your own Chuck Todd, by saying that the election was illegitimate and that President-elect Trump was an illegitimate president," Spicer told NBC's "Today" show correspondent Tamron Hall.

"Everybody has confirmed that the election was duly held. There was no tampering of anything."

Spicer said Trump plans to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday with a conversation with King's son, Martin Luther King III and others at Trump Tower with a "conversation about voting about bringing people in, the legacy of Dr. King, and how we pursue that in his administration."

Trump on Saturday slammed both Lewis and his Congressional district, which includes the Atlanta area on the day after Lewis called Trump an illegitimate president and vowed to stay away from his inauguration on Friday.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-M.D., called on Trump to call Lewis and extend a hand to him, and Spicer said Trump has shown a "willingness to reach out to all Americans."

"I think he understands the important iconic nature of someone like John Lewis when it comes to fighting for voting and civil rights," said Spicer.

"I think there has to be a willingness for John Lewis, who has fought so hard for voting and civil rights to not use language about delegitimizing an election and integrity of our voting system, that he is frankly been a real champion of.

"So I wouldn't put it past him to pick up the phone and call him but a willingness has to be on both sides. "

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Trump over the weekend also used Twitter to strike out at outgoing CIA Director John Brennan, accusing him of leaking "fake news," after Brennan said in an interview that he does not believe the president-elect understands fully relations with Russia, and Spicer defended the president-elect's statements.

Brennan, said Spicer, has a "very, very poor record on not just Russia but some of the key world affairs and there's questions about how certain information is getting out."

Further, Spicer told the "Today" show that he finds it "pretty remarkable" that Brennan would "question the president-elect's knowledge and understanding of Russia."

There are many questions about how a salacious memo got out concerning Trump, said Spicer, and "when you see someone like John Brennan go out and publicly attack the president-elect of the United States, and a key issue he has a grasp on, it is disappointing," and Trump isn't going to sit back and take attacks.

On Fox News' "Fox & Friends," Spicer pointed out there were "only four intelligence members" involved in briefing Trump, and said CNN, which has come under fire for reporting about the dossier, has said there were "multiple" people involved as sources.

"They have got all these intelligence folks on the hook, three of the four, which I don't think is true, or they have got people who weren't in the room, which I do think is true," Spicer said of CNN's sources.

"I think people who weren't in the room, the idea that they took that kind of reporting and went with it really just questions the legitimacy of the report . . . It's almost as questionable as the illegitimate report that was floating around the Internet in the first place."

Also on Monday's "Today" show, Spicer spoke out about a Trump Washington Post interview, in which he stated there would be "insurance for everybody."

That would be accomplished "through marketplace solutions, by bringing costs down, allowing competition over state lines," Spicer said.

"There's a lot of ways to bring the cost and access to health care way down, to insure that people get additional plans to choose from, more doctors in the system, and health care at a much cheaper option."

Trump's business skills will come into play with replacing Obamacare, because "he knows how to negotiate great deals," said Spicer.

"I think that he is going to use the skill set that he has that has made such a tremendous business to the benefit of this country, whether it's foreign policy or domestic policy," he told Fox News.

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