Ex-White House Press Sec. Sean Spicer admits he “screwed up”
WASHINGTON, January 4, 2017 – Former Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on CNN’s sister network HLN admitting that he “screwed up” during his tense press briefings. He admitted that he screwed up royally on when he compared Syrian leader Bashar Assad to Adolf Hitler and when he confronted the media on the coverage of the crowd side at Trump’s inauguration.
Spicer served as press secretary for President Trump, January through July before he quit. Spicer told HLN’s S.E. Cupp that he strived to be the best for the president.
“When I screwed up, yeah, it felt really bad, because you’re realizing that you’re tarnishing your reputation, your family’s reputation, your friends who like you and support you, you know, some of your colleagues, and ultimately, again, this administration and the American people, who I wanted to do my best job, my best for every single day, ” he said.
Sean Spicer has also previously told the New York Times that he regretted the heated exchange he had with reporters during a White House briefing, following President Trump’s inauguration. During his time as press secretary, he was always plagued by controversies besides the inauguration size and the Hitler comparison, he also had to fight back criticism over scandals including:
1. Spicer organized a meeting with White House staff and requesting they turn over their work and personal phones to prove they were not the leaker.
2. As Press Secretary, Sean Spicer had a tense standoff with American Urban Radio Network reporter April Ryan who got into an exchange over alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, as the FBI investigation into collusion during the campaign was continuing. Ryan was seen shaking her head and Spicer immediately asked her to stop saying: “It seems like you’re hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays.”
3. As Press Secretary, Sean Spicer stood by what appeared to be a spelling error made by Trump in a Tweet when he said, “Despite the negative press covfefe.” Spicer insisted it was not in error and that the president and a small group of people knew what he meant.
Sean Spicer has also announced that he has reached a book deal with Regnery Publishing, that is scheduled to be released next summer. The planned title is “The Briefing.” The book is expected to address some of the media outlets he once faced off against. As Spicer continues to admit his mistakes and apologize for things he said and did as press secretary, it appears that he is attempting to repair the damage he caused to himself as press secretary.