An American woman of Indian descent has accused White House press secretary Sean Spicer of racism after an exchange in an Apple store in Washington.
Shree Chauhan, 33, challenged Mr Spicer as he was shopping, asking: “How does it feel to work for a fascist?” – referring to President Donald Trump.
Mr Spicer said: “It’s such a great country that allows you to be here.”
Ms Chauhan videoed the encounter and posted it online, drawing 300,000 views since Saturday.
She has been attacked online since posting the video, with critics branding her “vile” and accusing her of harassment.
The footage shows Mr Spicer responding to the initial barb by smiling and saying: “We have a great country.”
Ms Chauhan, the founder of an education start-up, then asks him: “Have you helped with the Russia stuff – are you a criminal as well? Have you committed treason, too, just like the president?”
Mr Spicer can then be heard saying: “It’s such a great country that allows you to be here.”