Sean Spicer applies to join White House Correspondents’ Association
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has applied to join the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA), Politico reported Tuesday.
The former aide to President Trump, who now hosts “Spicer & Co.” on Newsmax, applied to join the reporters’ association after obtaining press passes to both the White House and Congress, he told Politico’s Playbook newsletter.
“I thought, why not?” Spicer told Politico. “I cover the White House every day on the show, and I have obviously had a lot to say about the coverage of the White House and the Correspondents’ Association over the last few years. You’re never gonna effect change if you stay on the sidelines.”
His admittance into the WHCA would put Spicer’s name among many journalists he clashed with during his time as President Trump’s White House press secretary. In at least one instance, credentialed media organizations with journalists who are members of the WHCA were prevented from attending Spicer’s off-camera briefing sessions.
His tenure in the administration was known for combative press conferences that devolved into yelling matches, leading Spicer to be parodied by actress Melissa McCarthy on “Saturday Night Live.”
The Hill has reached out to the WHCA for comment.
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