Sean Spicer defends brief WH tenure: I ‘don’t think’ I lied to American people

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledges that he’s “made mistakes,” but says that for those who “want some blanket apology — that’s not happening.”

“I made mistakes,” Spicer, who’s been out at the White House for less than a month, told ABC News’ Paula Faris. “There’s no question. I think we all do.”

Spicer added that he “tried to own” some of his mistakes, but said that “the personal attacks, questioning my integrity … you know, what my intentions were, I think, were really over the top.”

When asked if he had ever lied to the American people, Spicer responded, “I don’t think so.”

“I have not knowingly done anything to … do that, no,” he added when pressed harder.

Spicer touched on some of the most notable moments during his short tenure as President Donald Trump‘s spokesman, including his first appearance in the White House briefing room, when he read a statement to the press about the size of the crowd at the inauguration.

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ABC News’ Paula Faris sat down for an interview with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

His comments sparked widespread criticism after photos later emerged online that contradicted him.

“I think it might’ve been better to be a lot more specific with what we were talking about in terms of the universe, not focus so much on photographic evidence, et cetera,” Spicer said. “I could’ve probably had more facts at hand and been more articulate in describing … the entirety of what that day was about.”

Spicer adds that many people viewed the inauguration online versus in person, saying, “There are more social platforms, more online platforms to view things … than existed eight years prior.”

Spicer also acknowledged the controversy that ensued after Trump fired then-FBI director James Comey.

When asked repeatedly if it was his obligation as press secretary to set the record straight regarding contradictory information that emerged following Comey’s firing, Spicer said President Trump accomplished that himself.

“He set it straight,” Spicer said of Trump. “My job is to help … give voice to, to what his thinking is when he can’t do it himself. In that case, he did it himself.”

Spicer opened up about when Trump contradicted his statements by tweeting about a “ban” shortly before Spicer told reporters, “It’s not a travel ban.”

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Sean Spicer speaks at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

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