Love him or leave him, Trump is a fascinating President. He is unprecedented in many ways and is changing the way the White House is run. But that world is notoriously protected by wall of political jargon and, well, literal walls, leaving many of us with guesses as to what goes on behind closed doors. Former Communications Director Sean Spicer knows exactly what Trump’s administration is like and in a 20 minute conversation with Jimmy Kimmel, he let us peek in on that hidden world.
Let’s all agree that Communications Director would be an extremely difficult job. The amount of stress involved with juggling global expectations while maintaining the President’s wishes is mind boggling. Spicer even lost some friendships while trying to do his job well.
“Your job as press secretary is to represent the president’s voice and to make sure that you are articulating what he believes … whether or not you agree or not isn’t your job. Your job is to give him advice, which is what we would do on a variety of issues all the time,” Spicer said. “But ultimately, he’s the president. He would say ‘I agree with you’ sometimes, or ‘That’s a good point,’ incorporate it; or sometimes he would say, depending on the issue, ‘Look, I know what I believe, and this is what I think the right thing to do is.’ “
One of the more difficult parts of his job was dealing with the President’s tweets, which often contradicted what Spicer said in press briefings. He had an alert on his phone every time the President tweeted and rarely knew what Trump was going to say.
Look, regardless of what you think of Trump, it would be infuriating to work for a boss whose actions regularly negate your work. It’s no surprise Spicer looks more happy and at ease than he ever did in the White House press room.