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After a montage of some of the lowlights from his time as White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer told MSNBC's Craig Melvin this afternoon that President Trump was an understanding boss:

[Trump] was never mean...Most of the time he actually said, 'Hey, I know you were trying really hard. You know, alright, we'll get over this.'
— Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
  • When asked about lying from the White House podium, Spicer responded, "Do I hope I grow as a friend, as a stranger, to do better? Absolutely."
  • Spicer said that the RNC should return recent contributions — specifically, "any money that happened this cycle" — from former finance chair Steve Wynn, who faced allegations of sexual misconduct last week.

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Trump says he expects to announce a Supreme Court nominee "next week"

President Trump speaking prior to his departure from the White House on Sept. 19. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

President Trump said Saturday he expects to announce a nominee for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vacant Supreme Court seat “next week” and that the person will “most likely" be a woman.

What he's saying: "If somebody were to ask me now, I would say that a woman would be in first place, yes. The choice of a woman, I would say, would certainly be appropriate," the president told pool reporters.

Susan Collins says Senate should postpone Supreme Court vote

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said in a statement Saturday she believes whoever is elected in the 2020 presidential race should pick the nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat.

Why it matters: Collins will be key in how the nomination process plays out. As one of the most centrist Senate Republicans, whether or not the Senate confirms Trump's SCOTUS nominee could hinge on her vote.