(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer joked to a reporter on Friday that he would make the podium move in response to a question about the president tweeting about the jobs numbers shortly after they were released publicly – a reference to a “Saturday Night Live” sketch where actress Melissa McCarthy who plays the press secretary moves the podium to attack reporters.
A reporter asked whether the president would receive “counseling” for tweeting about the unemployment numbers “within an hour of the jobs data coming out … a violation of federal rules,” and what the press secretary had to say to “critics who say the risk of doing this is politicizing what should be non-partisan.”
“What I understand is that rule was instituted to deal with market fluctuation,” Spicer said, adding that “I think tweeting out, great way to start Friday, here are the actual numbers that you all have reported is a bit—I mean don’t make me make this podium move.”
As CNSNews.com reported, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that in February, the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate “dropped a tenth of a point to 4.7 percent.”
President Donald Trump tweeted, “GREAT AGAIN: +235,000” and linked to Bloomberg news report on the jobs numbers.
Spicer said there wasn’t a TV station that didn’t go live with the jobs numbers.
“I don’t think that’s exactly a market distraction,” Spicer said of the president’s tweet. “I think that there’s a lot of excitement in this country when we look at the policies that the president has instituted to help put more Americans back to work.”
The reporter noted that the Obama administration “went out of their way not to comment” on the jobs numbers, even rearranging the president’s schedule around it.
“It’s not about the commenting,” Spicer said. “It’s one thing to give analysis and literally tweeting great news.
“I think yes, we’re excited that when the president and the rest of the team saw the team this morning as reported on every television station, Twitter, the Internet, and every major news site in the country and around the world,” Spicer said.
“We’re excited to see so many Americans back to work, so I apologize if we’re a little excited, and we’re so glad to see so many fellow Americans back to work,” he added.