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Republican National Committee communications director and chief strategist Sean Spicer talks with reporters as he leaves Trump Tower, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Sean Spicer covered a lot in his first press briefing. Here's what you need to know.


Incoming press secretary Sean Spicer addressed many issues facing President-elect Donald Trump at Thursday's press briefing. Here's the rundown.


Spicer said those looking at the "totality" of Trump's administration saw "a president who's committed to uniting this country" and wanted the "best and the brightest."

Until Trump, every president since Ronald Reagan had appointed a Hispanic person to a Cabinet position.

Observers were angered at Spicer pointing to Dr. Ben Carson  in response.

The press and other agencies

Spicer addressed concerns that the press briefings would no longer be in the White House, saying "at least the first few" briefings would be in a different location that offered more space. 

He also said Trump would, "at some point," visit the CIA . 

'Delay tactics'

Spicer condemned congressional Democrats for delaying confirmation hearings on Cabinet appointees.

Their questions "are not about substance, not about policy... it's about partisan hacks and ethical questions," he said.  Many hearings, including those of Betsy DeVos and Tom Price, have been marked by accusations of ethical failures or a lack of qualifications.

Spicer's condemnation of "delay tactics" struck a nerve with liberal observers.

He also said Trump had asked more than 50 Obama appointees to stay on in his administration.

Spicer said Trump's inaugural address would not be an "agenda."

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