MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has bought a house in Rhode Island, and his new neighbor is a familiar face from their days together in the Trump administration: former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
In a telephone interiew Tuesday, Spicer said he and his family bought the Middletown home in order to be closer to family, including his mother, when he and his wife visit Rhode Island. Spicer grew up in Barrington.
“I bought the house because it’s close to the house that my father built back in the 80’s,” Spicer said, referring to a home a few doors down from the newly-purchased Middletown property.
The Newport Daily News, citing public records, reported that the sale closed Jan. 2, and Spicer paid $795,000 for the 1,800-square-foot home, which has four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
The house is across the street and three doors down from Flynn’s home, in a neighborhood that’s a short walk to the beach.
When asked about the proximity to Flynn’s home on the same road, Spicer said he was aware that Flynn lived there but said he’s never been inside.
“We have had a place on that street since the 1980’s,” Spicer said, noting that the Flynn’s moved onto the street about two decades later. “We are excited to be able to have a place that our growing family can have more and more time.”
Spicer said he hasn’t had contact with Flynn since he left the White House.
Flynn is awaiting sentencing on his guilty plea to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts.
(Kim Kalunian contributed to this report)