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Press Secretary Spicer Gets Good Grades From Foreign Press

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Despite Sean Spicer's somewhat contentious relationship with reporters, the White House press secretary has earned high marks from the foreign press.

On a day when Spicer vowed to take questions “as long as you want” in the James Brady Briefing Room, reporters from the BBC, The Financial Times, German Television, and three Hispanic news outlets were recognized.

“There were three correspondents for Hispanic news in the press room and Sean called on all three of us,” Janet Rodriguez, White House correspondent for Univision, told me. “This is a good start. He did well.”

Maria Pena, Washington correspondent for LaOpinion/Impremedia, agreed. “It´s high time Hispanic media get included in these briefings, since we cover just about all issues the rest of mainstream media cover,” said Pena, who represents the largest Spanish-language publication in the country. “There’s hardly an issue out there that does not impact Latinos. Latinos can ask question beyond immigration.”

Pena added that she felt “Sean Spicer gets lots of brownie points in his maiden presser today for going around the room and letting as many journalists ask questions as possible, and not just the traditional first three rows [of reporters in the Briefing Room].”

 

The new press secretary even closed the briefing by calling the storied Raghubir Goyal of the India Globe, whose questions about India and Pakistan are known for their wordiness. Goyal did not disappoint when Spicer pointed to him, as his lengthy opening lines led many in the press room to shout “Ask the question!”

Following the briefing, Philip Crowther, president of the White House Foreign Press Group, told me: “Sean Spicer took several questions from foreign news organizations, which is encouraging.”

Crowther did note that “the style is very different to that used by his predecessor, which gave much more time for follow-up questions and an actual back-and-forth discussion. However, the fact that Sean Spicer appears happy to call on all members of the press is a good first sign for the foreign press.”

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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