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Interview with Sean Spicer August 16, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

From Hot Press this week an interview conducted by Jason O’Toole with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. A lot in there to unpick and a lot of gems along the way. Not least this brilliant exchange…

Has Trump read the book?
He has it. He and the Vice President have copies. Whether they’ve read it or not, I don’t know. I know they’ve looked at it and that they both tweeted about it.
A tweet from Trump is worth a lot.
That’s right.

Did Trump ‘order’ you to exaggerate the viewing figures for his inaugural ceremony?
He wanted pushback on the narrative. What I tried to do was figure out a way. I admittedly say this is not something… if I could’ve got a do-over on one day – that was it. Looking back on it, I was scrambling to create a message that tried to focus on support for Trump, as opposed to the number of people there. But he wasn’t happy at all.

He wrote that on election night Trump’s family were completely
shocked and upset because they didn’t want him to win. That
sounded like BS.

I’d agree with you on that. I think your assessment is correct.

When in that intense pressure cooker, did you ever feel, ‘I’m sick of Trump. I’m sick working for him. I’m embarrassed. I can’t stand him’. Did that ever run through your mind?
Not to the extreme that you’re saying – but, look, these are very, very
intense jobs and there are some days that are more difficult than others, and they run the gamut of emotion. I mean, there’s no question that there are times that were extremely difficult, and there were times that were unbelievably fascinating and exciting. But that level of intensity and scrutiny of a job has a range of emotions and feelings that go along with it.

And what of this?

In the summer of 2017, TD John Deasy was appointed
to as the Irish government envoy to the US Congress to
work with the undocumented Irish in the US. Can you
see Trump cutting a deal with him on immigration?

I don’t think he’s going to look at it by country. I think it
would become a major problem if he started isolating
different immigrants from different backgrounds.

By the by, let’s hope he’s right in this:

In your book, you say about Trump: ‘He is a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow’. What do you mean?

The point that I was trying to make is: I get asked a lot of times by groups that I speak with, ‘Is this the new norm? Is this how everyone is going to be?’ My point is to simply make the case that he is unique. He is truly unique in every facet and you’re not going to see another candidate come along and just replicate that. It is truly that unique.


1. EWI - August 16, 2018
2. Twitter needs Trump more than Trump needs Twitter: Why @realDonaldTrump should do a Joe Rogan to punish the social media giant - The Analyst - May 28, 2020

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