The White House Correspondents’ Association will no longer have to worry about denying former press secretary Sean Spicer’s application to join the group since his application was already pulled by his employer.
“Newsmax already had two correspondents that work with the White House press corps,” a Newsmax spokesperson said in a statement to Politico. “Emerald Robinson and John Gizzi serve as our primary White House correspondents. Given the current limited seating for daily briefings, we are pleased with our current representation, and at this time, don’t see a need for additional personnel assigned there.”
Spicer who now hosts his own show ‘Spicer & Co‘ on Newsmax applied to join the WHCA last week.
“I thought, why not?” he told Politico at the time. “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.”
Spicer, Donald Trump’s first press secretary kicked off his first briefing in January 2017 by lying about the size of Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd. Things went downhill from there. He resigned from his role in July 2017 in protest over Trump’s decision to hire Anthony Scaramucci.
He has since become a pro-Trump author, a fellow at Harvard University and a competitor on Dancing with the Stars.