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Posted: March 29, 2017

Sean Spicer gets spicy with reporter April Ryan: 'Stop shaking your head'

By Zuri Davis,


Any hope Sean Spicer had of going through Tuesday without incident quickly disappeared during his daily press briefing.

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April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks was asking the White House press secretary a question about Russia when it became clear that Spicer was upset over the topic being discussed.

"If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that's a Russian connection," Spicer said tersely, then later demanded that Ryan stop shaking her head.

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People quickly called out Spicer’s treatment of Ryan:

Ryan responded later on Twitter:

This is not the first time the administration responded to Ryan in a way that sparked controversy.

In February, Ryan asked President Donald Trump if he would consult the Congressional Black Caucus before signing legislation that would affect historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Trump responded by asking her if she was friends with the members of the caucus and if she was willing to set up a meeting.

As it turned out, the CBC had already reached out to Trump nearly a month before:

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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