In a relatively short daily press briefing, Sean Spicer took a barrage of questions on everything from North Korea to Trump's taxes and White House visitor logs but largely just repeated official administration policies on the issues.
North Korea - Repeating Trump's previous position, Spicer noted that the White House will not define any sort of 'red lines' with regards to North Korean provacations but confirmed that all options remain on the table. As of now, Spicer indicated that the White House continues to pursue active negotiations with President Xi of China to exert maximum, non-military pressure on North Korea which includes China's recent decision to halt coal imports.
- SPICER SAYS TRUMP WON'T TELEGRAPH U.S. ACTIONS ON N. KOREA
- SPICER: CHINA HASN'T MANIPULATED CURRENCY SINCE TRUMP TOOK OVER
- SPICER: LABELING CHINA CURRENCY MANIPULATOR WOULDN'T BE HELPFUL
2016 Tax Returns - When pressed about tax returns, Spicer once again confirmed that Trump will not consider releasing his taxes while under 'routine' audit.
- SPICER SAYS TRUMP'S 2016 TAXES UNDER AUDIT, A `ROUTINE ONE'
- SPICER DECLINES TO SAY IF TRUMP WILL EVER RELEASE TAX RETURNS
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Following news earlier this morning from South Korea's primary news outlet, Yonhap, that the Pentagon has directed a total of three US aircraft carriers toward the Korean Peninsula, Sean Spicer is scheduled to take the stage momentarily to brief the press on the latest developments regarding North Korea.