Spicer wasn't the only one downplaying the significance of players like Stone and Page: David Corn, Mother Jones Washington bureau chief, tweeted Monday that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes insisted he'd "never heard of" either Page or Stone.
The White House on Monday sought to separate itself from controversial figures it described as tangential to President Trump's campaign, saying that Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort played only a "limited role" in the campaign.
Does the president, now that we know that there is an ongoing investigation by the FBI, does the president stand by his comments that he's not aware of any contacts that his campaign associates had with Russian Federation during the election?
Although Flynn served in that capacity throughout the campaign, his final meetings with the Russian ambassador came after Trump had named him as national security adviser.
Trump has visited the two courses near his Mar-a-Lago estate - Trump International Golf Course in West Palm Beach and Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter - 10 times in the first two months of his presidency.
But Manafort led the Trump campaign through a crucial stretch before being fired in the wake of reports of work he had done work for the Ukrainian government. Even Stalin was more subtle when he airbrushed Nikolai Yezhov out of existence.
Pressed later in the briefing on how Manafort could have only had a "limited" role in a campaign that he managed, Spicer focused on the gap between Manafort's exit and the general election.
There is a whole second set of concerns here in terms of what was Hillary Clinton's role. Spicer asked of the Russians, noting how Clinton had signed off on a uranium deal with Russia when she served as secretary of state. Julie's asking a question.
It seems that Donald Trump's many comments criticizing Barack Obama for playing golf while in office will not soon be forgotten.
Spicer claimed that Trump was using the outings for diplomacy (one of the rounds involved Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe) and that each of his trips to a golf course don't necessarily involve golf. "And so to start to look at some individual who was there for a short period of time, or separately individuals who really didn't play a role in the campaign and suggest those are the basis for anything, is a bit ridiculous". "The president understands that you don't literally wiretap people the same way you did in the '70s and '80s with wires and things in the top of the phone". "So just because he heads there doesn't mean that that's what's happening", Spicer said.