5 Things to Know About Sean Spencer, Trump’s Pick for Press Secretary


He Has Experience in Communications Spanning Two Decades

For 15 years, Sean Spicer has been a Republican communications strategist. Since 2011 he has served as the communications director for the Republican National Committee. During George W. Bush’s administration, he was the assistant U.S. trade representative for media and public affairs.

Sean Spicer worked under George W. Bush’s Administration. Photo Credit: NY Post/Youtube

He Has a Military Background

Spicer has a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College, and then joined the Navy Reserves in 1999. To this date, he still holds the rank of commander and holds a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

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Press Secretary nominee Sean Spicer in Trump Tower. Photo credit: Boston Globe

He Doesn’t Want to Get Rid of the Press Corps

“We have a respect for the press when it comes to the government,” Press Secretary nominee Spicer said. However, earlier of this month, Spicer also lamented that many “tweet-happy” political journalists race to produce quick headlines that are “devoid of facts.”

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Dec. 19, 2014. (AP Photo-Pablo Martinez Monsivais )

He Wants to Shake It Up 

Press secretary nominee Spicer wants to rethink how press briefings are conducted and how the press pool-White House relationships work. Additionally, Spicer is considering whether there is a need or not for daily press briefings. Some supporters have commented, however, that Trump will make him successful at his chief job, and he’ll be loyal to protect the party and the administration.

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Spicer is considering whether there is a need for daily press briefings. Photo Credit: Today Online

He Will Be Joined By Two Other Members of the Communications Team

Trump’s transition team officially announced three other members of the White House communications team: Dan Scavino will be in charge of social media, and Hope Hicks will head up strategic communications. Jason Miller was offered the position of director of communications but later backed out.

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Hope Hicks will head up strategic communications of the White House Communication Team. Photo Credit: People