CNN: Trump Regrets Hiring Spicer, Blames Priebus
According to CNN, President Trump regrets hiring Sean Spicer as his White House press secretary and blames Reince Priebus for the recommendation.
The Hill reports:
The president is disappointed in Spicer’s performance thus far, the network reports, citing a source familiar with internal communications.
It’s the latest story about internal White House maneuvering, some of which Trump advisers have publicly called out as false.
Numerous stories, apparently leaked by various people working at the White House, have circulated in the last few weeks, prompting speculation about feuding in the new administration.
Many of the stories have suggested tensions between White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and staffers loyal to him and people in the general orbit of White House adviser Steve Bannon.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway in a separate interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Tuesday insisted that reports of White House friction were untrue, saying that staff had worked closely together over the long campaign and bonded.
The CNN report saying Trump was unhappy with Spicer said the president blames Priebus for pushing for Spicer for the job.
“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.
A senior administration official, though, said the president is behind Spicer “100 percent.”
Spicer has faced backlash since assuming his role in the White House. During his first appearance in the briefing room, Spicer blasted the media for its reports on the crowd sizes at the president’s inauguration and declined to take any questions from the media.
He was mocked over the weekend during a skit on “Saturday Night Live.” In the skit, Melissa McCarthy played an aggressive Spicer, firing insults at journalists, chowing down on gum and busting out a super soaker during a press briefing.
Spicer laughed off the report, telling Extra over the weekend that he thought the show was “funny” but felt McCarthy “could dial back.”
Spicer is currently serving the role of both press secretary and communications director, as the second role has yet to be filled. The White House is reportedly ramping up its search for a communications director.
“Needs to be filled more than ever,” a source told CNN.
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