The ensuing session lasted about 40 minutes.
As Mulvaney wrapped things up, a line of White House officials began filing toward the exit. Among them was Spicer himself. “Sean, can you answer a couple questions please?” shouted a reporter in the room.
Spicer’s head didn’t swivel. He was headed out. There would be no more questions.
The entire room erupted: “SEAN!!!!” “Come on, Sean.”
The disappointment that echoed in the clamor may well be connected to this tweet:
During his time at the lectern, Mulvaney had difficulty explaining away the president’s wish for a government shutdown. There was every reason to expect that Spicer’s whack at the same questions could have been historic.