Sean Spicer Feels Jen Psaki's Doing 'Fine' Job as Biden White House Press Secretary

Politics aside, Sean Spicer, who was former President Donald Trump's first White House press secretary, doesn't have any cross words for President Joe Biden's White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

"As a spokesperson, your job, and I said this after I left, is to represent the views and thoughts of the person that you're with," Spicer told Newsweek on Friday during a promotional event at the Heritage Foundation headquarters in Washington, D.C., for his new book Radical Nation, which is critical of the Biden administration. "Frankly, I think Jen does that fine."

In his book, Spicer described meeting then-communications director Psaki and then-White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the White House at the tail-end of the Obama administration and in transition to the Trump administration.

"Both were very generous with their time," Spicer wrote. "They explained the resources available and how they set up their press shop and some of the protocols they observed."

White House spokesman Andrew Bates told Newsweek in response to Spicer's comments, "All in all, that's not bad."

Spicer also described in his book a chance meeting with Biden, who was vice president at the time, noting that he "literally" bumped into Biden while leaving an Oval Office meeting during the transition.

"He was very friendly and engaging. 'C'mon over, Sean,' he said. 'Let's chat in my office,'" Spicer wrote. "Our talk lasted for about 15 minutes, and he was gracious and supportive, and he wished me success in my new role as press secretary."

Spicer was press secretary from January 20, 2017 to July 21, 2017 then participated in ABC's Dancing With the Stars competition reality show. Radical Nation is his third book, including a memoir he wrote in 2018 after leaving the White House.

Spicer, who has admitted he regretted over-stating the size of Trump's inauguration turnout during a press briefing and aggressively pushing back on reporters who challenged the false claim, criticized the White House press corps on Friday for its treatment of Psaki, compared to how he was treated.

"My issue is more with the White House Press Corps in terms of the lack of follow up the lack of interest in key issues," he told Newsweek. "It's not [Psaki's] job that they don't follow up. I mean, she's not going to be like 'Hey can you guys pepper me a little bit more?'"

While press briefings have happened regularly since Biden took office in January, the administration has faced criticism from reporters and media critics over its selective handling of which reporters get to ask questions of the press secretary and the president, himself.

"She limits the number of people that she calls on," Spicer said.

Spicer was routinely mocked on Saturday Night Live and other late-night shows for his performance as press secretary before handing the reins over to his deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is now running for governor of Arkansas with Trump's support.

Spicer, who has remained a close ally of Trump, took aim in his book at Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris' "dangerous plan for America." It included a promotional quote from Trump on the back cover, calling it "MAGA all the way."

Sean Spicer grades Jen Psaki as spokeswoman
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told Newsweek he thinks current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is doing a "fine" job in her role. Spicer speaks during the 2018 Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit at The Times Center on September 20, 2018 in New York City. John Lamparski/Getty Images