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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

Tuesday's briefing centered around whether former national security adviser Michael Flynn broke the law by not disclosing past payments from Russia, which Spicer said was "a question for him and a law enforcement agency." He added that it was "outlandish" to expect the WH to have a log of all of Flynn's calls, or to turn over documents from the transition period. Other takeaways:

  • Spicer's guest du jour: Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross said that despite the new taxes on Canadian softwood lumber, the administration doesn't think there will be a trade war. As for the U.S. relationship with Canada, "They are a close ally... they're generally a good neighbor. That doesn't mean they don't have to play by the rules."
  • Funding for the wall: Spicer wouldn't say if Trump would risk a government shutdown to get funding, but seemed to signal a way out by saying Trump wanted some money for border security now, and more later this year.
  • Trump's first 100 days: Spicer said Trump has passed 28 pieces of legislation, created over 500k jobs, and made 68 calls with 38 different world leaders.
  • Meeting with Australian PM: Spicer said Trump will meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull aboard the USS Intrepid May 4.

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Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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