No, Sean Spicer has never seen Donald Trump naked
Jimmy Kimmel single-handedly extended Sean Spicer’s 15 minutes of fame on Wednesday night when he sat down with the former White House press secretary for a 20-minute interview on a range of topics, from the crowd size at Donald Trump’s inauguration to Melissa McCarthy’s Emmy Award-winning portrayal of him. He also answered one very big question about one very tiny thing: Has Spicer ever seen #45 in the buff?
Fortunately, for everyone, Spicer confirmed that, “I have not.” Though he did seem very concerned with the president’s backside — specifically: that he kissed it repeatedly throughout his time in the late-night hot seat.
Looking far less constipated than we’re used to seeing him, and much more tanned (maybe Trump shared his tips for getting that citrusy glow as a farewell gift), Spicer — who seems desperate to get his face on TV, even though it was the last thing he wanted when he worked for the White House — grew somewhat less relaxed as the interview progressed.
While Kimmel started out with a softball, asking how he came to work with Trump in the first place, he then jumped right into Spicer’s first day at the White House. You remember? The day where he had to exaggerate the size of the president’s inauguration crowd? If it had been up to Spicer, Kimmel wanted to know, would crowd size have even been an issue worth mentioning?
“You know, if it was up to me, I probably would have probably worn a different suit. I thought I was going in on a Saturday morning to set my office up, get the computer [set up], make sure the emails went out… and the President wanted to make sure that the record got set straight.”
Spicer went on to talk about the criticism that Trump faced right from the get-go and how, ultimately, his job was to serve as the president’s voice. While he admitted that on that first day, “There was a lot of us who wanted to be focused on his agenda [and] what he spoke about in his inaugural address,” #45 wanted to talk about crowd size, dammit:
“Your job as press secretary is to represent the president’s voice and to make sure you are articulating what he believes his vision is on policy, on issues and other areas that he wants to articulate. Whether or not you agree or not isn’t your job. Your job is to give him advice… which is what we would do on a variety of issues all the time. He would always listen to that advice. But ultimately he’s the president. And he would say, ‘I agree with you’ sometimes. Or, ‘That’s a good point,’ and incorporate it. Or sometimes he would say, depending on the issue, ‘I know what I believe and I this is what I think the right thing to do is.’”
When he eventually relented that having to lie about crowd size probably wasn’t the best start to his tenure, Kimmel then asked whether Spicer had a Trump tweet alert on his phone (he did) and whether that ever led to any sleepless nights:
“There were times when you may have wanted to go to bed and said, ‘Ok, this is gonna be a longer night.’ Or you’d get up and [it would be] the first thing. But that was one of the president’s most effective tools on the campaign trail and continues to utilize it. So you were constantly kept on your toes. And I will tell you that there’s no one that’s working harder than him when it comes to the hours of the day. He’s up late, he’s up early. And that, as a staffer, you’re usually trying to get ahead of your boss.”
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