What began as a bad week for WH Press Secretary Sean Spicer seems to be ending on a much, much worse note. After Spicer was portrayed last weekend on Saturday Night Live by Melissa McCarthy, Donald Trump reportedly concluded that being played by a woman made Spicer look “weak.” Trump then took away Spicer’s Communications Director title. And now it appears Spicer may be out as Press Secretary as well, as Trump reportedly just interviewed his potential replacement.
The Washingtonian reports that Trump interviewed Carl Higbie to replace Sean Spicer as White House Press Secretary. Higbie is a conservative Fox News commentator who also played a role in Trump’s transition team, and appears to be an ally of Steve Bannon. If this report is true, then it would mean that Spicer will have lost both his titles, Communications Director and Press Secretary, in one week – and apparently would be out of the White House entirely.
That would represent a land speed record for the end of such a high profile White House position, just three weeks after the administration began. But then again, Spicer has done reliably poorly in the role. And tonight he’s made another PR mess by publicly bringing further attention to the possibility of his own firing.
The above-mentioned Washingtonian article reporting Sean Spicer’s imminent departure was not immediately getting a huge amount of play. But then Spicer himself angrily tweeted a link to it in order to deny the validity of the story by issuing the rather strange takedown of
“Getting government updates from @Washingtonian is like getting stock tips from @usweekly.” In so doing, he put the article in front of a much larger audience in the process.