Former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerOvernight Defense & National Security — Iron Dome funding clears House Sean Spicer, Russ Vought sue Biden over Naval Board removal Psaki defends move to oust Trump appointees from military academy boards MORE said Thursday that he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE is a truthful person.
“I believe so,” Spicer said when asked by “Today” host Savannah Guthrie whether he thinks the president is truthful. Spicer called Trump “the ultimate salesman.”
“He uses hyperbole to sell issues, and that’s how he is,” Spicer said. “He’s a salesman and a negotiator and a businessman first and foremost.”
Spicer memorably defended Trump’s inaccurate claim that his inauguration crowd was the “largest ever,” as well as the president’s unfounded claim that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election.
“Are there things I wish I could have a do over on? Absolutely,” Spicer said Thursday. In January, he largely took the blame for the inauguration crowd size gaffe, saying Trump was not happy with his performance at the podium.
Trump frequently makes false, misleading, inaccurate or unfounded claims on Twitter and at campaign rallies, as well as overstating the effect his administration has had on the economy or international alliances.
The Washington Post found that, through the end of May, the president had made 3,251 false or misleading claims since taking office.