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Spicer's book refers to dossier author as 'Michael Steele': report

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer's new book, "The Briefing," is reportedly riddled with inaccuracies, including falsely identifying a former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) as the author of a controversial dossier alleging ties between President Trump and Russia.

ABC News White House corresponded Jonathan Karl wrote in a review for The Wall Street Journal that Spicer's book is "much like his tenure as press secretary: short, littered with inaccuracies and offering up one consistent theme: Mr. Trump can do no wrong."

"Mr. Spicer has not been well served by the book's fact checkers and copy editors," Karl wrote. "He refers to the author of the infamous Trump dossier as 'Michael Steele,' who is in truth the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, not the British ex-spy Christopher Steele."

Other inaccuracies include a supposed reference to a White House press conference hosted by former President Obama in 1999 - nearly 10 years before Obama was elected.

Another controversial section, according to Karl, deals with Spicer's role on the staff of Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), whom Spicer describes as "good to staff and fun to be around," adding that Foley "knew how to manage the news cycle."

The section fails to mention Foley's eventual resignation for sending sexually inappropriate messages to teenage boys working as congressional pages.

Spicer's book, which is largely deferential to Trump and contains many shots at the mainstream news media, describes reporters as herd animals while the president is likened to "a unicorn, riding a unicorn over a rainbow."

Spicer told The Washington Post after the release of his book this week that despite his fondness for the president, he has no desire to return to the White House.

"I really was honored to do it, but there's a lot of things that I've had the opportunity to do and I'm glad I did them, but I've moved on," Spicer said.

"I enjoyed my time, but from a personal and a family standpoint I have no desire to do that again," he added.

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