Former Clinton Campaign Press Secretary Brian Fallon on Saturday blasted the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, calling him a “failure.”
The ex-Clinton Aide’s criticism came shortly after Spicer’s first official appearance at the White House press briefing room where he angrily chastised the media echoing his boss’s comments earlier in the day regarding the crowd size at the inauguration.
“This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” Spicer angrily declared.
Fallon followed Spicer’s Saturday performance with a tweet, writing, “Sean Spicer lacks the guts or integrity to refuse orders to go out and lie. He is a failure in this job on his first full day.”
Sean Spicer lacks the guts or integrity to refuse orders to go out and lie. He is a failure in this job on his first full day.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) January 21, 2017
Had Hillary Clinton been the victor in the presidential election, it was widely speculated that Fallon would serve as her White House Press Secretary.
In his first official visit, Spicer’s boss, Donald Trump, spoke at CIA headquarters. “We had a massive filed of people, you saw that. Packed,” he said during his remarks to about 400 CIA employees. “I get up this morning and I turn on one of the networks and they show an empty field. I said wait a minute, I made a speech, I looked out, the field was, it looked like a million, a million and a half people. They showed a field where there were practically nobody standing there,” he said.
Spicer repeated Trump’s patently false claim, saying “all of this space was full when the president took the oath of office.”
After Spicer’s meltdown, Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush’s first press secretary, seemed to agree with Fallon’s assessment. Fleischer tweeted: “This is called a statement you are told to make by the President. And you know the President is watching.”
This is called a statement you're told to make by the President. And you know the President is watching.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 21, 2017