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So Long: Sean Spicer's Most Memorable Moments as the Trump White House Press Secretary

Spicer's daily press briefings had become must-see television until recent weeks when he took on a more behind-the-scenes role

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    White House press secretary Sean Spicer defended the notion of back channel communication with foreign nations at a Monday briefing, claiming that Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said back channel communications between the White House and foreign nations are appropriate "in general terms." (Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017)

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump's spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position.

    Spicer's daily press briefings had become must-see television until recent weeks when he took on a more behind-the-scenes role. Take a look at Spicer's memorable moments at the White House podium.

    Spicer's tenure got off to a notably rocky start. On Trump's first full day in office, Spicer lambasted journalists over coverage of the crowd size at the inauguration and stormed out of the briefing room without answering questions.

    Spicer: 'Our Intention is Never to Lie to You'Spicer: 'Our Intention is Never to Lie to You'

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in his first White House press conference that his intention to the press and the public is to always tell the truth, stating that his "intention is never to lie to you."
    (Published Monday, Jan. 23, 2017)

    Several media outlets, including The New York Times, CNN, Politico and the Los Angeles Times, were barred from a White House press briefing in February. Spicer discussed the White House's unusual decision.

    Spicer on Blocking News Organizations from BriefingSpicer on Blocking News Organizations from Briefing

    Several media outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, Politico and the Los Angeles Times, were barred from a White House press briefing on Friday. White House press secretary Sean Spicer discusses why the decision was made.

    (Published Friday, Feb. 24, 2017)

    A lighthearted moment broke out in an otherwise fiery White House briefing when Spicer fixed an American flag pin on his lapel, which had been upside-down. An upside-down American flag is a universal symbol for distress. Twitter soon erupted with jokes about Spicer slyly calling for help.

    Spicer Wears Upside-Down American Flag Pin During BriefingSpicer Wears Upside-Down American Flag Pin During Briefing

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer fixed an American flag pin on his lapel that had been upside down at the start of his Friday briefing, bringing a moment of levity to an otherwise contentious exchange with reporters.

    (Published Friday, July 21, 2017)

    Almost eclipsing Spicer's fame was that of "SNL's" Melissa McCarthy — more specifically, McCarthy as Spicer. The comedy actor's recurring late-night portrayal of Spicer had him knocking over podiums, playing the victim in a room full of reporters and even donning a bunny costume — a reference to Spicer's old days of playing the role of Easter Bunny at the White House's Easter Egg Roll during the George W. Bush administration.

    Spicer commented good-naturedly after one of McCarthy's early performances.

    Sean Spicer Responds to 'SNL' SkitSean Spicer Responds to 'SNL' Skit

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responds to "SNL" skit starring Melissa McCarthy

    (Published Monday, Feb. 6, 2017)

    In a not-so-lighthearted moment, Spicer stoked outrage when he compared Adolf Hitler to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad favorably, saying Hitler did not "sink to the level of using chemical weapons" during World War II. In fact, Hitler used chemical gas chambers in his attempted extermination of millions of European Jews. Spicer’s comments came on the first day of Passover.

    Spicer Compares Hitler to Assad in WH FlubSpicer Compares Hitler to Assad in WH Flub

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer sparked backlash Tuesday when he favorably compared Adolf Hitler to Syrian President Bashar Assad, saying Hitler did not "sink to the level of using chemical weapons" during World War II. Spicer's comments came on the first day of Passover.

    (Published Friday, July 21, 2017)

    Later that same day, Spicer attempted to clarify his erroneous statement, but he only waded deeper into it, referring to gas chambers as "Holocaust centers."

    By the end of the day, Spicer appeared to realize that a straightforward apology was in order. "Everyone makes mistakes," he said in an interview. The following day, he again apologized in an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

    Spicer Apologizes for Hitler Comments: 'I Screwed Up'Spicer Apologizes for Hitler Comments: 'I Screwed Up'

    Sean Spicer apologized at an event at the Newseum in Washington, DC, the day after he compared Adolf Hitler to the current president of Syria, Bashar Assad. Spicer said that Hitler had never used chemical weapons when in fact Hitler used gas chambers in his attempted extermination of the Jews and other people. This comment comes after civilians in Syria appear to have been exposed to chemical weapons.  

    (Published Wednesday, April 12, 2017)

    Spicer stoked some outrage — and inspired the Twitter hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork — at another briefing in which he and American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan had a heated exchange leading to Spicer telling Ryan to "stop shaking your head" several times.

    Spicer to Reporter: 'Stop Shaking Your Head'Spicer to Reporter: 'Stop Shaking Your Head'

    White House press secretary Sean Spicer and American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan have an exchange at a press briefing on Tuesday, with Spicer telling Ryan to "stop shaking your head" several times. 

    (Published Tuesday, March 28, 2017)

    After Trump's unexpected firing of former FBI Director James Comey in May, Spicer didn’t seem altogether prepared for reporters’ questions about his boss firing the FBI director for reasons that were not immediately clear. The Washington Post wrote of the scene:

    "After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged.

    "'Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,' he ordered. 'We’ll take care of this…Can you just turn that light off?'

    "Spicer got his wish and was soon standing in near darkness between two tall hedges, with more than a dozen reporters closely gathered around him. For 10 minutes, he responded to a flurry of questions, vacillating between lighthearted asides and clear frustration with getting the same questions over and over again."

    The Post later issued a clarification that Spicer was "huddled with his staff among bushes," not "in the bushes."

    The internet did not disappoint and was quick to widely distribute a new Spicer meme in which the then-press secretary's head was pasted on a relevant Simpsons gif.

    Spicer first confirmed his resignation on Twitter Friday, before a press briefing led by his newly named successor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.