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Donald Trump may not have approved of the Emmy ratings, tweeting that he was saddened by the low viewership.
But it seems he did like at least one part of the show, which featured frequent jokes at his expense from host Stephen Colbert and winners such as Alec Baldwin.
The president, according to former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, was a fan of Spicer’s controversial appearance on the awards show.
“He was very supportive,” Spicer said of the president’s response to his cameo. “He thought I did a great job. It was very reassuring.”
In an interview that aired on Thursday’s Good Morning America, ABC News correspondent Paula Faris said some have speculated that Spicer made the Emmys appearance as an effort to repair his image, to which Spicer responded, “I feel very good with my image. I’m very happy with myself. I am able to go out and explain a lot of things now, but I’m not on a tour. I’m out having some fun.”
When Faris asked if he lied to the American people during his time as press secretary, Spicer said, “I don’t think so. I haven’t cheated on my taxes. I’ve not knowingly done anything to [lie] — no.”
He later answered no when asked if Trump ever asked him to “lie or manipulate the truth.”
As for his memorable inaugural crowd-size claim, which he poked fun at in his Emmys appearance, Spicer said he could have “had more facts at hand.”
“I think it might have been better to be a lot more specific with what we were talking about in terms of the universe and not focus so much on photographic evidence,” he said.
When asked if he had any regrets about his combative relationship with the press corps, Spicer said, “I’ve made mistakes. There’s no question. I think we all do. Some of them I’ve tried to own very publicly. And in some cases there were things that I did, until someone brought it up, I said, ‘Gosh, I didn’t realize that that was a mistake. I’m sorry about that.'”
Faris also asked Spicer about a number of controversial moments during his tenure as press secretary as well as the looming Russia investigation, but Spicer refused to comment on the extent of his involvement in the latter.
In response to a report that the networks won’t hire him due to “lack of credibility,” Spicer said, “We are still negotiating with some entities. I am not going to get into some of the private discussions that we are having with those and other outlets.”
He added that he doesn’t think he has a “credibility issue” but said it was “up to other people to judge that.”
Spicer also said former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci was “absolutely” the impetus for him to leave and that if Trump asked him to return, it would be hard to say no to the president, but he doesn’t see that happening.
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