It’s starting to look like James Comey isn’t the only one to be fired this week. After White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer embarrassingly spoke about the news of former FBI Director James Comey to reporters last night, he wasn’t at the podium on Wednesday to deliver the day’s press briefing at the White House.
And when we say embarrassing, we mean embarrassing.
The Washington Post relives the moment as such:
“White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff behind a tall hedge. To get back to his office, Spicer would have to pass a swarm of reporters wanting to know why President Trump suddenly decided to fire the FBI director.
For more than three hours, Spicer and his staff had been scrambling to answer that question. Spicer had wanted to drop the bombshell news in an emailed statement, but it was not transmitting quickly enough, so he ended up standing in the doorway of the press office around 5:40 p.m. and shouting a statement to reporters who happened to be nearby. He then vanished, with his staff locking the door leading to his office.”
Oh, and this gem:
“After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged.
“Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,” he ordered. “We’ll take care of this. … Can you just turn that light off?””
Pretty awful, right?
So, come Wednesday, Spicer was seemingly replaced with Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders was sent to brief the press and answer questions surrounding Comey and the massive story that it has become.
And while rumors were swirling around why Spicer wasn’t there, CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta tweets out:
“WH sources: Highest levels incl. POTUS evaluating Sanders subbing for Spicer in briefing room. Last night an “embarrassment.. disaster.””
Yikes! Could this be the end of Spicey! Say it ain’t so!!
“[Acosta] cites two unnamed White House officials as his sources, “officials at the highest levels including the President are ‘monitoring’ Huckabee Sanders” — who will conduct the briefings for the rest of this week. Those officials, including the President, were reportedly not pleased with how Spicer handled the release of the news of Comey’s termination.”
We may have a new Press Secretary sooner rather than later if Sarah Huckabee Sanders proves herself to be better than Spicer.
We’ll just have to wait and see!