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Sean Spicer Unknowingly Sends Distress Call To Press (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer wore his American flag pin upside down during the March 10 press briefing, prompting jokes that it was a call for help (video below).

After Spicer's opening statements on the 50th day of Donald Trump's presidency, he opened the floor to questions from the press.

Fox News correspondent John Roberts then told Spicer about his fashion blunder.

"Your pin is upside down," he said.

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Spicer thought he was kidding, stating in response, "John Roberts always helping with fashion tips."

But Spicer soon realized his pin was upside down and, without success, attempted to fix it.

"It's still upside down," April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, said.

Another reporter in the room then asked the press secretary, "No distress call, Sean?"

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That remark may have been prompted by what the U.S. Code states, in which "the flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."

When someone in the room mentioned the Netflix series "House of Cards," Spicer said it was not "a promo" for the show that features a scheming politician set in the White House.

The "House of Cards" Twitter account took the opportunity to poke fun at Spicer, tweeting:  "Your loyalty has not gone unnoticed."

The press unleashed their own playful jabs at what Spicer's upside down pin may mean.

"Upside down flag pin! Spicer is compromised! Initiate operation Spicer Evac!!!" Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune humor columnist, tweeted.

"Distress signal?? Sean Spicer's American flag lapel pin is upside down. What does he know that we don't??" WGN News investigative reporter Ben Bradley wrote.

"Spicer's USA flag pin is upside down. A silent scream for help?" Jennifer Bendery, politics reporter for The Huffington Post, tweeted.

"For once, I agree with Sean Spicer about the state of our nation," Ian Millhiser, justice editor at ThinkProgress, wrote.

Spicer assured reporters in the press briefing that he was fine and not in need of assistance.

After Spicer finally fixed his pin and the press began to ask questions, Spicer said the White House does not see Congress weakening its support for the wall at the Mexico border, and that Trump intends to maintain his campaign pledge to build the wall, The Washington Post reports.

As for job reports, which Trump has said were phony in the past, Spicer said the president told him to say, "They may have been phony in the past, but it's very real now."

The statement references the most recent report released on March 10 that shows nonfarm payrolls increased by 235,000 in February, with an unemployment rate of 4.7 percent, according to CNBC.

Sources: White House via Trump TV/YouTubeHouse of Cards/TwitterRex Huppke/Twitter, Ben Bradley/Twitter, Jennifer Bendery/Twitter, Ian Millhiser/Twitter, U.S. Code, The Washington Post, CNBC / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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