Spicer leaves White House briefing without taking questions

White House press secretary Sean Spicer stunned reporters on Tuesday by leaving his daily press briefing without taking questions.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney spent nearly 40 minutes speaking to the media about the bipartisan budget agreement as Spicer looked on from seats designated for staff near the briefing room podium.

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When they finished, Spicer left the room with them, prompting cries of “Sean” from the reporters inside the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room.

Administration officials routinely attend White House press briefings to speak to reporters about policy topics, but it’s unusual for the press secretary to not take questions afterward.

Reporters had questions on several other topics aside from the spending bill, including Trump's scheduled Tuesday phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin.