Sean Spicer isn’t used to cheers.
The former White House press secretary joined Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night and said the applause from the audience was a welcome relief — but insisted that people have thanked him for his service.
Spicer left his position at the White House in July after Anthony Scaramucci was named communications director, but stayed with the administration until the end of August.
But Kimmel was more interested in how his employment began, not ended: a fight with the press corps over the attendance at President Trump’s inauguration.
“The President wanted to make sure the record got straight,” Spicer said.
“There was a faction of people out there that didn’t want to give him the credit that he rightly deserved. And I think he takes that personally. A lot of people, in the media in particular, constantly sought to undermind the validity of that election.”
The former press secretary also insisted he’s never seen Trump naked when Kimmel asked about the President’s obsession with size.
Spicer also said that he had little choice in what he said at the lectern: whatever Trump says goes.
“Your job is to give him advice,” Spicer said, “but ultimately he’s the President.”
But even out of the White House, Spicer is still defending Trump’s alternative facts.
“You can look at an argument or a set of facts and come out with one opinion…and someone else can come up with a different conclusion,” he said.
“That’s what makes our country great.”
The former press secretary also said he never tried to pre-approve Trump’s tweets, no matter how problematic they became late into the night, calling social media “one of the President’s most effective tools in the campaign.”
As for his hostile relationship with the press, Spicer blamed reporters for “perpetuating myths.”
He hedged when Kimmel pointed out that Trump does the same thing, but instead said “the press corps attacks the President or undermines him or calls into question his credibility.”
Spicer also denied that he left the White House over personal problems with Scaramucci, but said the New York financier didn’t have “the qualifications or the background to work in the communications office.”
As for the New Yorker article, in which Scaramucci unloaded an R-rated tirade at a reporter, Spicer said he wouldn’t “relish in someone else’s problems,” but that the outbursts “proved my point.”
He ended the late night appearance by insisting that Trump does, in fact, want to be President.