Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerJudge blocks Spicer, Vought bid to return to Naval Academy board Chris Wallace labels Psaki 'one of the best press secretaries ever' John Legend, Chrissy Teigen troll Sean Spicer MORE joked early Wednesday that he "had no idea" he had "Wolf Blitzer in his pocket" after Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says she's open to stock trading ban for Congress Manchin: Biden spending plan talks would start 'from scratch' Reps. Massie, Grijalva test positive for COVID-19 MORE (D-Calif.) accused the CNN anchor of being an "apologist" for the Republican Party.
"I'm just upset. Six years at the RNC [Republican National Committee] and working with President TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE, and I had no idea I had Wolf Blitzer in my pocket the whole time," Spicer, the host of Newsmax's "Spicer & Co.," said to "Mornings with Maria" anchor Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoTrump says he would not impose boycott against Beijing Olympics The Memo: Omicron poses huge threat to Biden presidency Fox's Bartiromo called Bill Barr 'screaming' about election fraud: book MORE on Fox Business.
"Gimme a break," he added. "CNN is in the pocket of the president? That's insane!"
Spicer's comments came after Pelosi called Blitzer an apologist for Republicans while defending her opposition to a $1.8 trillion COVID-19 relief package in a contentious interview Tuesday afternoon.
"With all due respect, and you know we've known each other a long time, you really don't know what you're talking about," Pelosi said at one point.
"What I say to you is, I don't know why you're always an apologist and many of your colleagues are apologists for the Republican position," she argued later.
CNN is often attacked by President Trump for being "fake news" and biased against him, with rallygoers chanting "CNN sucks" at many of his rallies, including one on Monday night in Sanford, Fla.
Trump crowd chants: "CNN sucks! CNN sucks!" at rally. <ahref="https: t.co="" hgbmcdqchg"="">pic.twitter.com/hgbmcDQCHG— The Hill (@thehill) October 14, 2020
Spicer often sparred with CNN White House correspondent Jim AcostaJames (Jim) AcostaIf there's 'no federal solution' to COVID, will Biden end the vaccine mandate? Domestic travel vaccine mandate back in spotlight CDC comes under fire for new COVID-19 guidance MORE and CNN contributor April Ryan at daily press briefings during his tenure as press secretary in the first eight months of 2017.
Bartiromo's two interviews with Trump over the past week on "Mornings with Maria" and "Sunday Morning Futures" on Fox Business and Fox News, respectively, generated record numbers for the former CNBC star.
Her phone interview with Trump on Thursday resulted in the most-watched hour for "Mornings with Maria" in its history, delivering 376,000 total viewers, while Bartiromo's "Sunday Morning Futures" interview with the president on Sunday scored 2.375 million viewers, the most-watched program on cable news that day.