Jan 31, 2017

Spicer says media always leads with the negative

Speaking at The George Washington University Monday, Sean Spicer defended the Trump administration's working relationship with the press, but added a few jabs. Highlights below:

  • The media: "The press plays a very healthy role in democracy, but they're not the only game in town anymore (referring to social media) ... I don't know where this sense of media entitlement comes from."
  • Whether he regrets statements he made about crowd size at his first press briefing: "I'm not -- I'm a forward thinker.... But I probably should have taken questions that day."
  • Whether he would make a false statement if asked by Trump: "If it was demonstratively false, No. I would explain to the President that this is why it doesn't make sense."
  • On access to reporters: "I think we have shown an abundance in access in trying to get the press involved ... I think we have showed a willingness to engage with the press ... We have been extremely generous with our time and access."
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