Spicer Defends Tweets Sent Soon After Jobs Report

By Robert Schroeder Markets MarketWatch Pulse

White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended his own and other tweets sent Friday soon after the jobs report. In response to a question about breaking a rule on executive branch officials waiting for an hour after a data report, Spicer said "I don't think that's a market disruption." President Donald Trump re-tweeted a Drudge Report tweet saying "great again," and Spicer tweeted the report was "great news for American workers." White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also commented. All three tweets were sent before an hour had elapsed. The rule was adopted in 1985 to avoid affecting "financial and commodity markets," according to the Office of Management and Budget.

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