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Spicer: Trump Willing to Work With the Media

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By    |   Friday, 23 Dec 2016 12:10 PM

President-elect Donald Trump's administration wants to work with the media, but "we are not going to let facts that are not correct go by," incoming Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday morning.

"No one dictates terms to Donald Trump," Spicer, who will be leaving his post as communications director and strategist for the Republican National Committee, told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.

"Never make a precondition and tell him what you want."

But that doesn't mean he plans to take on the press as an adversary, Spicer said on CNN's "New Day" show, but rather, he'll help "communicate the president-elect's message and agenda. It is an awesome responsibility. It's an honor."

Spicer, on several network programs, found himself defending Trump's tweet on nuclear proliferation, and then later on comments he'd made to MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski about the issue, and told CNN's "New Day" program that Trump will put the nation's security and safety first and he will not be a "passive president."

He also denied to CNN's Alisyn Camerota that Trump is trying to overshadow President Barack Obama with his comments on foreign policy and more.

"President Obama and his team have been unbelievably gracious to the president-elect and his team," said Spicer. "But at the end of the day, he's not someone that's going to sit back and wait. If the president-elect wants to get things done he's going to get things done."

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Trump has not held any press conferences in several months, and Spicer told Fox Business News' Maria Bartiromo early Friday that that does not mean the president-elect has been elusive.

"He sat down with The New York Times and on multiple shows he sat with the press," said Spicer. However, the incoming president will continue using Twitter and Facebook to communicate directly with the public as well after his inauguration in January.

"In the past, you had the White House press secretary saying, 'this is what the president is speaking,'" said Spicer on the "Mornings With Maria" show. "He's got a direct line to the American people. That's a totally different concept that I think has existed in the past. He will continue to use that and he'll speak very honestly."

Trump does enjoy speaking with the press, Spicer insisted, and "he understands the role they play in our democracy, so it's just an added layer or more than anything else."

Meanwhile, Trump will "never take a vacation," said Spicer, as "he can't sit still because he is so eager to get things done and change up."

However, the president-elect is scheduled to play golf Friday with his friend, Tiger Woods, and Spicer said that does not merit the criticism President Barack Obama has gotten for playing golf at critical moments.

"He's not president yet, and if you look at the flurry of meeting that he's had president-elect has met with over 100 individuals for position, and he's briefed daily by staff is and national security and other issues," said Spicer.

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