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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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Myanmar's military regime on Saturday fired the country's Ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, a day after he gave a pro-democracy speech asking UN member nations to publicly condemn the Feb. 1 coup, The New York Times reports.

Details: State television said the ambassador had "betrayed the country and spoken for an unofficial organization which doesn’t represent the country and had abused the power and responsibilities of an ambassador."

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