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Trump's tweet about ousted FBI director was 'not a threat,' Spicer says

Press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that President Donald Trump was not threatening ousted FBI Director James Comey.

Earlier Friday, Trump tweeted that Comey "better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!"

"That's not a threat. He's simply stated a fact. The tweet speaks for itself," Spicer said.

When pressed on whether or not the president was recording conversations in the Oval Office or elsewhere in the White House, the press secretary repeatedly declined to answer the question. Spicer said, "The President has nothing further to add on that."

Trump also tweeted earlier that "it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy!"

Spicer explained that the White House communications team attempts to provide reporters with the most up to date information that is available. He said, however, sometimes the press office doesn't "have the opportunity to see him to get his full thinking" before speaking to the media.

Trump's tweet about his press team comes amid criticism that the White House press office and the president have repeatedly contradicted each other.

On Thursday, Trump told NBC News he was going to fire "showboat" FBI Director James Comey "regardless" of what the Justice Department recommended, directly opposing the White House communications team's account of events.

Comey's surprising termination and the subsequent outrage sent the press office scrambling to justify the timing of his firing.

Late Tuesday, White House officials insisted that Comey was ousted because of his conduct in the probe into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information last year. They repeatedly deflected questions about whether Comey's dismissal was related to the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The FBI's Russia probe is also looking into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

— CNBC's Jacob Pramuk and Katie Little contributed to this report.

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