Sean Spicer Admits To Some Embarrassing Mistakes And Regrets During His Time As Press Secretary

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer sat for a rare interview since he resigned from the position in August. Spicer admits he made some mistakes and has many regrets, though he says he doesn't regret taking the job.

He does say that he 'brought embarrassment' to many, but he hopes he has grown from the experience.

On Monday, Spicer talked to MSNBC’s Craig Melvin about his former position. Melvin played a 'Greatest Hits' video, which showed some of Spicer's most controversial, criticized and laughed-at comments.

One featured Spicer insisting that Trump's inauguration audience was the 'largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!' The topic sparked much debate over the president's audience size.

In another comment, Spicer said Hitler, who gassed millions of Jews, was above using chemical weapons.

“You made some mistakes,” Melvin pointed out.

"Yes," Spicer laughed, but added that he does not regret taking the position.

"I think in terms of net-net, I enjoyed having a front row seat to history, was an opportunity of a lifetime," Spicer said. "Did I make mistakes?"

"Thank you for taking me down memory lane. Absolutely."

He continued, "Do I hope I grow as a person, as a friend, as a stranger to do better? Absolutely.”

“Do you regret at all taking the job?” Melvin pressed.

Once again, Spicer denies it. “No, no, no,” Spicer said.

“I regret things that I did that brought embarrassment to myself, my family, friends of mine who have been very big supporters, where I said, hey, that was a self-inflicted wound.”

An average day, Spicer says, involved, "...going in and having to tell the President of the United States, ‘Hey, I embarrassed myself, your administration, and in some cases I think, you know, did something the American people are probably not pleased with."

Considering Trump was one of the most controversial candidates ever, and his surprise win stunned the nation, Spicer was hit even harder than usual by the media. The media was merciless in scrutinizing the Trump administration’s every word and move.

Trump and the media were going head to head, and the President was liberally using Twitter to add fuel to the fire by criticizing and undermining the press. Everything the president said and did seemed to cause a firestorm, and was dissected, turned over or mocked.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, was also making rounds on talk shows with comments that stirred attention. In one interview, Conway said the Trump administration was offering ‘alternative facts’, a phrase seized upon by the press.

In another, when the President complained in a tweet that his predecessor had been ‘wiretapping’ him, Conway tried to explain that ‘wiretapping’ was just a phrase that meant surveillance. She made an off-handed remark that experts can use microwave ovens to spy on people, and again the press had a field day over-analyzing the remarks.

It couldn't have been an easy job for Spicer to jump into the fray and set some of the controversial comments straight, but he took on the challenge. All in all, he seems glad that it's over, though.

He says he does enjoy watching the current press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, at work.

“It’s much better being a viewer than a briefer," he commented.

Source: TPM
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