Sep 6, 2017

Spicer keynoting energy conference Trump addressed in 2016

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Sean Spicer will be speaking later this month at Shale Insight 2017 in Pittsburgh for a public-private discussion on shale development and gas-drilling technical insights, the conference organizers announced Wednesday. Trump spoke to the conference last year as a presidential candidate.

Context: Trump's former press secretary has just signed a deal with Worldwide Speakers Group, and Spicer could get paid more than the typical $20,000-$30,000 previous White House press secretaries have received for speeches.

Before the shale event in Pittsburgh, Spicer will be talking at investment bank Rodman & Renshaw's annual conference September 11.

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