Trump Reportedly Looking at Replacements for Sean Spicer

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Sean Spicer at a press briefing on April 27, 2017.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer at a press briefing on April 27, 2017.Credit: Andrew Harnik/AP

Donald Trump is reportedly looking to replace his Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Reports have long circulated regarding Trump’s dissatisfaction with Spicer’s handling of the White House press room. Trump has been displeased with Spicer since his first week in office, when he criticized his press secretary for “not owning a darksuit” on January 24, only four days after taking office.  

Things didn’t improve much for Spicer as Trump was said to be particularly irked by the fact that on “Saturday Night Live” Spicer is portrayed by a woman - actress Melissa McCarthy.

McCarthy will host the upcoming episode of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. According to the promo released Wednesday, showing McCarthy twirling and lip-synching to “I Feel Pretty” from “West Side Story” as she gets into character as the White House press secretary, it's a safe bet McCarthy’s “Spicey” will make an appearance.

The real Spicer, meanwhile, has his work cut out for him as Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey has left the White House under siege by the press and an anxious Washington, looking for an explanation. The day after Comey’s firing Spicer was reportedly caught “hiding in the bushes” at the White House to avoid the press. The reports were later ammended to say that Spicer "huddled with his staff among bushes near television sets on the White House grounds."

And, if things were not bad enough for Spicer, Axios’s Jonathan Swan tweeted, “I can independently confirm reporting that President Trump has been sounding people out about removing Sean Spicer as Press Secretary ½.” With the follow-up tweet saying, “The President feels his press team poorly served him yesterday. He believes it was incompetence on their part, not lack of time. 2/2”

Promo showing Melissa McCarthy getting into costume as Sean 'Spicey' Spicer on 'Saturday Night Live,' May 10, 2017Credit: Screen grab