SEEKONK, Mass. (AP) _ Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer's publisher says a book signing at a Massachusetts warehouse store has been canceled ``due to the political climate.''

Regnery Publishing said in a statement that the BJ's Wholesale Club in Seekonk canceled Spicer's book signing that was scheduled for Saturday to mark the release of ``The Briefing,'' which came out Tuesday.

WPRI-TV reports that Regnery says it learned about the cancellation last Friday and was disappointed and surprised.

A BJ's spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Spicer, a Rhode Island native, is a veteran Republican operative who served as Trump's press secretary during the tumultuous early months of his administration. Several other book signings in Rhode Island this month are still on.