Sean Michael Spicer was born on September 23,1971 and is a former American political aide who served as the 30th White House Press Secretary and as White House Communications Director under President Donald Trump in 2017.
45 Facts About Sean Spicer
Sean Spicer repeated the claim that crowds at Trump's inauguration ceremony were the largest ever at such an event and that the press had deliberately underestimated the number of spectators.
Sean Spicer resigned as White House Press Secretary on July 21,2017, although he remained at the White House in an unspecified capacity until August 31.
Since leaving the White House, Sean Spicer has published the memoir The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President, appeared as a contestant on season 28 of Dancing with the Stars, and hosted a political talk show on Newsmax TV.
Sean Spicer is the son of Kathryn and Michael William Sean Spicer.
The Spicers were living in Port Washington when Sean was born at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, New York.
Sean Spicer grew up in the East Bay area of Rhode Island.
Sean Spicer's father was an insurance agent and his mother is the department manager in the East Asian studies department at Brown University.
Sean Spicer is of partial Irish descent, and was raised Catholic.
From 1985 to 1989, Sean Spicer attended Portsmouth Abbey School, a Catholic boarding school in Rhode Island.
Sean Spicer attended Connecticut College from 1989 to 1993 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government.
In 1999, Sean Spicer joined the United States Navy Reserve as a public affairs officer; he currently holds the rank of Commander.
From 2000 to 2001, Sean Spicer was the communications director on the House Government Reform Committee, and from 2001 to 2002, he was director of incumbent retention at the National Republican Congressional Committee.
From 2003 to 2005, Sean Spicer was the communications director and spokesman for the House Budget Committee.
Sean Spicer subsequently was the communications director for the Republican Conference of the US House of Representatives, and then, from 2006 to 2009, was the assistant for media and public affairs at the Office of the United States Trade Representative in President George W Bush's administration.
Sean Spicer wore an Easter bunny suit during the White House Easter Egg Rolls.
From 2009 to 2011, Sean Spicer was a partner at Endeavor Global Strategies, a public relations firm he co-founded to represent foreign governments and corporations with business before the US government.
Sean Spicer's clients included the government of Colombia, which was then seeking a free trade agreement with the US amid public criticism of its human rights record.
In February 2011, Sean Spicer became the communications director of the Republican National Committee.
On December 22,2016, Sean Spicer was named the White House press secretary for Donald Trump.
On January 21,2017, which was the day after the inauguration and two days before his first official press conference, Sean Spicer made a statement to the press that was negatively critical of the media; he said that they had underestimated the size of the crowds for President Trump's inaugural ceremony.
Sean Spicer stated that the press had altered images of the event to minimize the size of the crowds.
Sean Spicer said floor coverings over the grass were to blame for a visual effect that made the audience look smaller, and stated they had never been used before despite the fact that they had been used in 2013 for the preceding second inauguration of Barack Obama.
Sean Spicer used incorrect figures to claim that Metro ridership was higher during Trump's inauguration than during Obama's inauguration, when in fact it was lower than during either of Obama's inaugurations.
Later, Sean Spicer defended his previous statements by saying "sometimes we can disagree with the facts".
The article referred to the "Trump administration's needless lies" and noted that Sean Spicer's statements appeared to involve a "deliberate attempt to mislead".
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus stated that the purpose of Sean Spicer's conference was to call out what he called "dishonesty in the media" and their "obsession with delegitimizing the president".
Two days later on January 23,2017, Sean Spicer held his first official White House press conference and took questions from reporters.
When Sean Spicer was asked about attendance at the inauguration, he said that his definition of a viewing audience included individuals who watched the event on television as well as on social media online.
Sean Spicer claimed that online viewership must have been in the "tens of millions".
Sean Spicer's argument was based on the reported figure of 16.9 million people who began streaming the inauguration on CNN's website.
Sean Spicer's remarks were widely criticized, especially given the fact that the timing of the remarks coincided with the Jewish holiday of Passover.
Sean Spicer later clarified that he was not trying to deny that Hitler used lethal gas during the Holocaust, instead that he was trying to compare how Assad dropped bombs on population centers to how Hitler used the gas.
Amid calls for his resignation, Sean Spicer apologized the next day.
On July 21,2017, Sean Spicer announced his intention to resign as White House Press Secretary.
Sean Spicer made his decision known immediately after President Trump appointed financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director.
On September 17,2017, Sean Spicer made a cameo appearance at the 2017 Emmy Awards, spoofing his first press conference as Trump's press secretary by saying that the Emmys broadcast would garner "the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period".
Spicer announced in December 2017 on The Sean Hannity Show that he would release a book, The Briefing: Politics, the Press, and the President, in July 2018 about his tenure with the Trump administration.
On July 31,2019, President Trump announced his intention to appoint Sean Spicer to be a Member of the Board of Visitors to the United States Naval Academy and later did so.
Sean Spicer attended the farewell event for President Trump on January 20,2021, at Joint Base Andrews.
On November 13,2004, Sean Spicer married Rebecca Miller, at the time a television producer, at St Alban's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC Sean Spicer and his wife live in Alexandria, Virginia.
Sean Spicer's wife is senior vice president, communications and public affairs, for the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
Sean Spicer's portrayal was described by a staff writer at The Atlantic as "genius", mixing "energy and weaponized hostility".
Sean Spicer stated that he found the sketches funny, but suggested that McCarthy "could dial back" a bit.
Sean Spicer portrayed a fictionalized version of himself in Army of the Dead along with Donna Brazile.