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RNC’s Spicer Says Trump Can Drain the Swamp With Establishment Help

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks briefly with the media on his way out of the lobby of Trump Tower on Nov. 11, 2016, in New York City.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks briefly with the media on his way out of the lobby of Trump Tower on Nov. 11, 2016, in New York City.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Though advisers to President-elect Donald Trump such as Rudy Giuliani, Chris Christie, and Newt Gingrich have long been involved in politics, Republican National Committee strategist and spokesman Sean Spicer said they don’t undercut Trump’s campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.

“I don’t think the names are as important as the attitude and it starts at the top,” Spicer said Friday on Bloomberg Politics’ Masters in Politics podcast. “A lot of the folks are buying into his message and his vision, not the other way around. I don’t think it matters if you’ve been in Washington for 100 years. If you understand what he wants to do and how he wants to do it, that’s probably more important than anything else.”