Sean Spicer defended his time as President Donald Trump’s embattled press secretary on Tuesday, saying he was merely trying to reflect the commander in chief’s train of thought, but added that he “knew the end was coming.”
“I think there were times when I went out and expressed what the president believed or a view that he had that the people didn’t agree with or they were saying that was not true and would blame me for the fact that I was communicating a view or belief that he had,” Spicer told ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel.
“You felt that it was a ‘kill the messenger’ type situation?” Kimmel asked.
“In many cases,” agreed Spicer, who is promoting his new memoir, “The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and The President,” published by Regnery.
Spicer, who served as press secretary from Jan. 20 to July 21, 2017 and was savagely mocked on “Saturday Night Live” for his sometimes questionable statements, — also spoke about his reasons for resigning after just six months.
“I talk about this in the book that I had become the story too often. And that’s not a good place for a spokesperson to be. You’re not supposed to be talking or defending yourself. You’re supposed to be communicating on behalf of the person or the institution that you represent,” he told Kimmel.
“And I knew it wasn’t getting better. And I wanted to make sure that I was ready because at some point, I knew that the end was coming and it was coming sooner rather than later.”
Asked by Kimmel if Trump was “the best boss” he had ever had, Spicer deflected, answering, “I’ve been honored to work for a lot of great people.”
“So no, he’s not,” Kimmel shot back.
Spicer then cited his wife Rebecca as his “best boss” ever.
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