The Five Biggest Takeaways From Sean Spicer’s First Press Conference

Kaitlan Collins Contributor
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Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer held his first official press briefing at the White House on Monday. Here are the five biggest takeaways from it.


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He acknowledged that he made inaccurate statements regarding crowd sizes at the president’s inauguration Friday.

“It wasn’t like we made it up out of thin air,” Spicer said. “At the time, the information was provided by the inaugural committee and came from outside agency.”

“We have to be honest with the American people. There are certain things we may not know but our intention is never to lie to you. You’re [the media is] in the same boat. There are times when you publish something and have to issue a correction. We should be afforded the same opportunity.”

But he maintained that it was the largest ever witnessed.

“It was the total largest audience in person and around the globe.”

He accused Democrats of delaying Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

Spicer said it was time to stop playing “political games.” So far two nominees have been confirmed.

CIA members were “clapping” and “cheering” when Trump visited Saturday.

Despite a CBS report that claimed it was Trump’s guests applauding him.

And on the Obamacare mandate…

“We have a mandate to make health care more accessible and lower cost,” Spicer said. It’s not a question about a mandate. It’s about doing the right thing.”