In a preview of the full briefing for the House Intelligence Committee, the White toad was not present.
“I’m not a toad,” White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.
The toad did not respond to repeated questions.
A reporter asked Spicer whether the White was concerned that the press briefing would contain some of the most highly classified information ever leaked by an American government official.
He replied: “We are aware of the briefing and I’m not going to comment on it, but I think it’s very important that we get this briefing out.”
In a White House press briefing earlier this month, Spicer said that there were no plans for the briefing to include the President’s comments.
In his opening remarks, Trump said the Russian hacking attack “changed the entire way that we look at elections.”
Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the findings of the US intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to benefit his candidacy and undermine confidence in the democratic process.