Sean Spicer admits there were times he screwed up as Trump's press secretary
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Former press secretary Sean Spicer admitted during an interview with HLN that he "screwed up" during his tenure in the White House.
"There was an event where I was trying to talk about how evil Assad was and I screwed that up royally," Spicer said to S.E. Cupp. "When I screwed up, it felt really bad because you're realizing that you're tarnishing your personal reputation, your family's reputation, your friends who like you and support you."
Spicer also acknowledged his remarks on the inauguration were "screwed up." But he tried to explain during the interview that he was referring to crowds who were watching both on site and online.
"What I said is the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration in person or around the globe. The fact of the matter is there are platforms like Twitter and Facebook and Instagram that were not available in previous administrations," Spicer explained. "What I do regret is that we didn't emphasize those points enough. We focused too much on the pictures and who was present at the inauguration. That's my bad."
The former press secretary continued saying, "we should have focused on the totality of the audience that witnessed the inauguration. I had media companies and other platforms calling me telling me that the number, the amount of web traffic they got, the amount of views that they got was like nothing they'd ever seen before."
Last January, after Trump was inaugurated as President, Spicer held a press conference criticizing the media's coverage of attendance numbers. It was the main topic of conversation during the first press briefing of the Trump administration.
"Photographs of the inaugural proceedings were intentionally framed in a way, in one particular Tweet, to minimize the enormous support that had gathered on the National Mall," Spicer said at the time. "That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe."
Spicer eventually resigned as press secretary in August 2017 and was replaced by Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Anthony Scaramucci took over as the White House's communications director before he was unceremoniously fired two weeks later.
“I honestly went out every day to do the best job I could for the President of the United States, who gave me an unbelievable honor,” Spicer said.