Spicer was White House Press Secretary for Donald Trump's administration for 182 nonsensical days . Born in Rhode Island, Spicer received his B.A. from Connecticut College and his masters from the Naval War College. He then worked for different republican political campaigns before joining the US Navy Reserve as a public affairs Officer. Spicer has served several roles as Communications Director, first for the House Government Reform Committee, then for the House Budget Committee, then for the Republican Conference of the US House of Representatives, and then the Republican National Committee during the 2016 election. In December, 2016, he was named White House Press Secretary and Communications Director for the Trump Administration. Spicer is not a stranger to the White House, having served as Assistant United States Trade Representative under the Bush Administration from 2006-2008.
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Spicer is close to Reince Priebus, former White House Chief of Staff, which helps explain why Spicer was both Press Secretary and Communications Director, roles that are typically held by two people.
While working under the Bush Administration, Spicer was an advocate for free trade, something Trump vehemently opposes.
During the 2016 election cycle prior to his alliance with Trump, Spicer was critical of the now President, in particular disagreeing with his characterization of Mexican Americans and denouncing his attack on John McCain.
Spicer made headlines on his first day as Press Secretary when he blasted the press for what he called an inaccurate representation of Trump's inauguration. He said the inauguration had drawn "the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period," a statement shown to be factually false.
Spicer gained a reputation for being easy to anger and hostile towards the press. Last month, he instructed a reporter to stop shaking her head while answering a question.
Spicer falsely claimed that a Fox News reporter, James Rosen, had his phones tapped during the Obama presidency.
He brought stacks of papers to a press briefing to demonstrate that the ACA did less for Americans than Republican's proposed repeal would, declaring, "Look at the size!"
Spicer played the Easter Bunny for the White House Easter Egg Roll during the Bush Administration.