After yet another day of wondering if Press Secretary Sean Spicer is gonna lose his job, Stephen Colbert addressed the issue on Tuesday's Late Show. Trump has said in the past that he would have preferred a woman in the role so he might use this as an opportunity to make that happen.
Spicer said he's made it clear since he was hired that he wanted to do things "better" than previous administrations by giving access to other news outlets that "haven't had it".
Steve Bannon had some harsh words to explain why Sean Spicer has been giving fewer TV press briefings lately.
"It's no secret we've had a couple vacancies, including our communications director who has been gone for a while", Spicer said.
According to The Washington Post, the White House has not officially confirmed Spicer's departure nor has it publicly indicated whether or not he is directly involved in the search for new communications team hires. He added that the White House press team is very available and that the briefing is just one avenue to be available to the press. Instead, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders merely indicated in a statement: "We have sought input from many people as we look to expand our communications operation".
Whatever the reason might be, if Spicer actually leaves, not only would the press miss his erratic performance in the briefing room, but America would also miss him.
More recently, similar rumors swirled and Spicer brushed off the reports of an alleged White House shakeup by stating that he's "right here". "But there is no massive White House shake-up coming, it's not going to happen", he insisted. A reporter asked Spicer about this characterization, but did not get a response. He very quickly became a late-night target, led by "Saturday Night Live", which spoofed his press conferences by having him played by Melissa McCarthy. Many believed Bannon's comment was a joke, especially considering that he did not respond to a follow up comment from Gray.