White House press secretary Sean Spicer complains about flying and airports a lot. But when it comes to other people’s travel problems ― especially those swept into the weekend chaos surrounding President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and others from seven Muslim nations, Spicer was unsympathetic.
At Monday’s press briefing, Spicer was questioned about Trump’s order, which sparked confusion and protests at U.S. airports. MSNBC’s Kristen Welker asked whether the ban potentially made the country less safe.
Spicer responded by saying people should read Trump’s order. He said the 109 travelers who were “temporarily inconvenienced” over the weekend sacrificed “for the safety of us all.”
When Welker pushed, mentioning a 5-year-old boy who was detained alone at Washington Dulles International Airport for five hours, Spicer was unmoved. “That’s the process,” he said.
“To assume that someone, because of the age or gender, would not be a threat is misguided and wrong,” he added.
Spicer said people wait in airport security lines all the time, so no one should complain about being detained at U.S. airports under Trump’s order.
Spicer, it seems, has been quick to complain about his own air travel experiences ― delayed flights, airports, the Transportation Security Administration ― which are far less horrific than being separated from your family involuntarily.
Perhaps he’ll have more patience from now on.