By Jason Devaney
The media generally focuses on the negatives regarding President Donald Trump’s administration, particularly the tax reform bill that passed Wednesday, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer told Newsmax TV.
During an appearance on “Newsmax Now,” Spicer told host Bill Tucker the tax bill that passed in both houses of Congress has plenty of benefits — but the media only wants to report on the negatives.
“It’s very rare that you see anyone on television or anyone in print writing about the benefits; it’s always who’s going to lose in it,” Spicer said, referencing the tax legislation. “It’s always the negative, and I think that’s a shame because you are going to see employee after employee around this country see the tangible benefits of this. You’re going to see companies talk about hiring more people.
“Just [Wednesday], you saw housing starts at 5.6 percent. The highest in 11 years. Those are the kind of things that sooner or later, the facts are going to overcome the negative mainstream narrative.”
Spicer worked in the Trump White House from January-July. Before that, he worked at the Republican National Committee from 2011-2016. He is currently writing a book called “The Briefing” that will look back at his time in the White House. It is scheduled to come out next July.
Spicer said Democratic leaders like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi were quick to jump on the negative spin the media is putting out regarding tax reform.
“The problem that they have right now is that they bought into the negative so quick, and that the media helped join with them, but at some point in the next few months when people start seeing those added dollars into their paycheck, when they see their company hiring more people, adding stability to their job, they’re going to start to realize that they made the wrong bet on this one,” he said.
Spicer was also asked about Trump’s low approval numbers — they are currently in the 30s — and what that means.
“We’ve become a much, much polarized nation,” he said. “So, you’re looking at 45 and 45 as sort of the high-water marks, I think, on both sides for governing people.”
Regarding his forthcoming book, Spicer described as it as a way to set the record straight.
“There were plenty of examples of instances that occurred where The Washington Post or Politico would write something and everyone would run with it, and the narrative would overcome the facts,” he said. “Part of what I want to do is actually go back through a lot of these major events and tell what actually happened and where people were and what was going on.”