White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday pushed back at what he said was negative coverage of the Trump White House, describing the media narrative as “demoralizing.”
“It’s not just about a crowd size. There’s this constant theme to undercut the enormous support he has,” Spicer said of Trump.
He said the Republican had repeatedly been underestimated by a media landscape that constantly second-guessed him.
“And it’s unbelievably frustrating when you’re continually told it’s not big enough; it’s not good enough. You can’t win.”
The press secretary corrected himself on Monday, saying that he had meant that Trump's inauguration was the most watched in person, on television and online.
Later, he offered the remarks about the demoralizing coverage, arguing it is always negative and questioning why the media doesn't write positive stories on Trump, such as his “success in keeping American jobs.”
“I’ve never seen it like this. The default narrative is always negative, and it’s demoralizing,” Spicer said.
“When we’re right, say we’re right. When we’re wrong, say we’re wrong,” he continued. “But it’s not always wrong and negative.”
Earlier at Monday’s briefing, Spicer vowed to tell the truth as press secretary.
"I believe sometimes we may disagree on the facts,” Spicer said in reference to a question by ABC News’s Jonathan Karl. “There are certain things that we may not fully understand when we come out, but our intention is never to lie to you, Jonathan."