Sean Spicer joining cable TV talk show fray on NewsMax

Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer walks through the lobby at Trump Tower, December 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – While Sean Spicer says he expects his old boss, President Donald Trump, to be re-elected, he doesn't view his new television talk show as a vehicle for helping accomplish that end.

Trump's first presidential press secretary launches “Spicer & Co.” Tuesday on the conservative cable network Newsmax TV. The show will air at 6 p.m. Eastern each weekday and his “company” includes co-host Lyndsay Keith.

Spicer said he won't pretend to be a journalist. But he said his goal is to produce informative discussions about the issues of the day that incorporate different viewpoints.

“I will obviously be a supporter of his,” Spicer said. “But the goal is not to make this show a vehicle for (his re-election) to happen.”

Similarly, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, while a noted friend of Trump, said he had more on his mind in hiring Spicer.

“We're playing the long game here,” Ruddy said. “We're building a network over the long haul and we expect Sean is going to be one of our rising stars.”

While the media didn't like the job Spicer did as press secretary — which began with an attempt to convince the public that the audience for Trump's inauguration was larger than it was — Ruddy said he believes Spicer connected with Americans in the heartland. To them, “he seemed very real and honest,” Ruddy said.

Spicer recalled his days at the Republican National Committee when he would have cable TV discussions with his Democratic counterpart. Despite the disagreements, he said many of the segments were substantive, and he hoped people with different points of view would be similarly be willing to test them out on “Spicer & Co.”