Apr 12, 2017

Sean Spicer: "I screwed up"


At the Newseum's "The President and the Press" event this morning, Greta van Susteren spoke with Sean Spicer, immediately asking him about the question on everyone's mind — yesterday's Holocaust moment:

"I made a mistake. There's no other way to say it. I got into a topic that I shouldn't have and I screwed up. I hope people understand that we all make mistakes. I hope I showed that I understand that I did that….And I hope each person can understand that part of existing is if you can own up to it, you do it — and I did."

His two big takeaways:

  • Personal: "To make a gaffe like this is inexcusable. Of all weeks, this compounds that kind of mistake. It's painful to myself to know that I did something like that."
  • Professional: "Your job as the spokesperson is to help amplify the president's actions and accomplishments…it's distracting, I feel like I've let the president down."

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