Sean Spicer revealed President Trump called him Sunday — just hours after the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — and complimented him on losing weight on “Dancing with the Stars.”
After making it through to next week’s show while dressed as Frankenstein, the former White House press secretary told the New York Post’s Page Six that the president has been watching him on the ABC talent show.
He said: “I spoke to the president on Sunday, [and] he made it clear he’s watching me. I doubt it’s in real time, but he knew all about my costumes and he noticed my weight loss — he told me, ‘Have you been slimming down?’ ”
When asked if the president would have been too busy to keep an eye on him on “Dancing with the Stars,” Spicer added: “He can walk and chew gum at the same time.”
Although it’s a long way from the White House to the ABC DIS, -0.39% show’s dance floor in Hollywood, Spicer said he didn’t feel out of the loop on al-Baghdadi: “I’m still active in the Navy!” Through December 2016, before joining the Trump White House as press secretary, he was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s naval-reserve contingent.
Following the Halloween special, Spicer got to stay another week thanks to the public vote, while Karamo Brown from “Queer Eye” got sent home by the judges.
“This one was hard,” Spicer said, as he talked of his newfound friendship with Brown. “This one hurt.”
Though he said he had not watched the hit Netflix NFLX, -0.89% series before meeting Brown, he now plans to binge all of the show.
“He’s a therapist, and we talked about some life issues — that’s his job,” Spicer said.
From the MarketWatch archives (July 2017): Sean Spicer quits as White House press secretary over Scaramucci hire