White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer reported for U.S. Navy Reserve duty at the Pentagon on Friday. Spicer donned his uniform when he reported to fulfill his time in the public affairs office.
Sean Spicer joined the reserve in 1999, and graduated with a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College in 2012. He is currently a commander in the Navy Reserve and is currently assigned to the Joint Staff’s naval reserve contingent in D.C.
Spicer’s extensive mix of experience extends to the media, he worked as a media planner for joint exercises in Guam, Germany and Sweden. The Military Times also reported that he also oversaw media coverage of Navy operations at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
This comes as President Donald Trump is away at his Mar-a-Largo club in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump is reported to be weighing the possibility of intervening in North Korea if that country tests its nuclear program in the days ahead.
Since Spicer joined Mr. Trump’s administration, he has increased the visibility of the daily White House press briefings. As a result, he has made a reputation for himself with abrupt responses to the press.
He recently made headlines after contrasting Adolf Hitler with the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, by saying that Hitler never used chemical weapons against his own people like Assad did. The statement was revoked immediately and harsh backlash
Spicer holds the rank of commander, which is just under the higher rank of captain in the Navy. Despite joining the Navy Reserve nearly 20 years ago, he has maintained his primary work as a Republican media operative and strategist.