On the mornings of 25 January and 26 January 2017, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s official Twitter account posted a series of numbers and letters that some viewers thought might be his password. The post was deleted, but not before multiple users captured screen shots of it
— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) January 26, 2017
It was unclear what Spicer tweeted out, whether it was a password or something else. The cryptic tweets spawned jokes that he was actually signaling for help or making the nuclear launch codes public:
*Sean Spicer wakes up, checks to-do list* “Ah number 1, DM the nuclear launch codes to POTUS…. and done….. OH NO! HOW DO I DELETE?!” — Guy Tweet Haver (@thetweethaver) January 26, 2017
Spicer didn’t follow up to clarify what he tweeted or address the possibility the unusual post was the result of a simple mishap such as a pocket dial.
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