It seems former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, whose brief stint in office was mired in a chain of controversies, is not done yet. This time it is in the form of a book — “The Briefing: Politics, The Press, and The President.”
In his new book, which is due to be released July 24, the former Trump official has contradicted President Donald Trump’s claims about his campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s role in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Last year, Trump said Manafort was with the campaign for a “very short period of time.” Even Spicer had earlier said Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.” But in the book, he describes Manafort’s role as “impactful,” the Guardian reported.
Referring to his hiring, Spicer wrote, “Paul brought a much-needed maturity to the Trump campaign when it needed an experienced political professional operative more than anything else.”
“There was no semblance of a campaign structure, just a few, distraught, overworked people constantly barking into their phones. Paul immediately set up and staffed the political and communications operations necessary to take on the Clinton machine,” he said. “The Manafort message was clear: Trump will be our nominee and our next president, and anyone who didn’t want to work to that end could spend the next four years in political Siberia. [No Russia pun intended.]”
Spicer tryst with controversies followed soon after he joined the White House staff team on January 2017, when he attacked the media for deliberately underestimating the size of the crowd at Trump’s presidential inauguration.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration – period – both in person and around the globe,” Spicer said at the time.
Later, he stirred public outcry by claiming Adolf Hitler never used chemical weapons. His comment came while comparing the Nazi leader with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“We didn’t use chemical weapons in world war two. You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,” he said.
Spicer later apologized for mistakenly making the “inappropriate and insensitive reference to the Holocaust, for which there is no comparison.” Spicer resigned in July expressing displeasure after the POTUS roped in long-time aide Anthony Scaramucci as the new White House communications director. Speaking about his decision to step down, Spicer said there were “too many cooks in the kitchen.”
“I wanted to give the president and the new team a clean slate.”
Spicer recently launched a podcast, “Everything’s Going to Be All Right,” with conservative journalist Katie Pavlich and chose the president’s policy to separate immigrant children from their parents as the topic for its first episode. He is also a Fox News contributor now.
According to Spicer, his new book is an attempt to “set the record straight” about the tumultuous events of his time in the White House. In it, he described Trump as “a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow” and went on to compare the job of a press secretary to that of a fighter jet pilot, champion boxer and a tightrope artist.