White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has had a disastrous start and Donald Trump is not at all impressed. According to a new report by CNN, Trump regrets hiring him to serve as his mouthpiece and says it’s all Reince Priebus’ fault.
CNN reports that Trump is not pleased with Spicer’s failure to sell the administration’s lies and blames Priebus, his chief of staff, for talking him into hiring Spicer in the first place.
“Priebus vouched for Spicer and against Trump’s instincts,” a source told CNN.
The president “regrets it every day and blames Priebus,” the source added.
At his very first press conference, Spicer sacrificed any shot he had at credibility when he insisted that the crowd at Trump’s inauguration was the largest ever. This lie was easily debunked by anybody with eyes because all we have to do is look at the photos and videos of the inauguration to clearly Spicer’s claim was a load of crap.
Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live turned Spicer into even more of a laughing stock than he already was by mocking the trademark trainwrecks that pass for his press conferences. Melissa McCarthy played Spicer in the hilarious skit, which set our misogynistic excuse for a president completely over the edge.
More than being lampooned as a press secretary who makes up facts, it was Spicer’s portrayal by a woman that was most problematic in the president’s eyes, according to sources close to him. And the unflattering send-up by a female comedian was not considered helpful for Spicer’s longevity in the grueling, high-profile job in which he has struggled to strike the right balance between representing an administration that considers the media the “opposition party,” and developing a functional relationship with the press.
Spicer, however, said he thought the show was “funny” but added that McCarthy “could dial back.”
Spicer is currently serving as both press secretary and communications director because Trump has yet to find someone to fill the second position. The White House is reportedly scurrying to fill the position as fast as they can since Spicer is clearly in way over his head. A source told CNN that the position of communications director “needs to be filled more than ever.”
In Spicer’s defense, it takes something special to walk up to that microphone and spout out one boldfaced lie after another. I can’t say exactly what that something is, and it sure isn’t something good, but it certainly is special. Unfortunately, he sucks at selling it and now Trump has a major case of buyer’s remorse.
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