President Trump complimented White House press secretary Sean Spicer, calling him a ‘wonderful human being’ amid continued speculation about his future following a particularly chaotic week.

Trump gave his press staff minimal notice about his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. His senior aides then put out various accounts that placed the decision on the shoulders of deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

Another early version of the story blamed Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation – although Trump himself later allowed that the FBI’s Russia investigation was on his mind when he sacked the former FBI director and said he had been contemplating it for a long time. 

Asked about getting rid of the briefings – which have drawn big ratings and become a staple of daytime TV – by Judge Jeanine on Friday Trump said: ‘Well, just don’t have them.’

I CAN DO THIS: President Trump raised the idea of nixing White Houe press briefings and holding press conferences himself every two weeks

I CAN DO THIS: President Trump raised the idea of nixing White Houe press briefings and holding press conferences himself every two weeks

I CAN DO THIS: President Trump raised the idea of nixing White Houe press briefings and holding press conferences himself every two weeks

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He told Jeanine Pirro on Fox: ‘Unless I have them every two weeks and I do them myself, we don’t have them. I think it’s a good idea. First of all, you have a level of hostility that’s incredible and it’s very unfair.’

Trump acknowledged that Spicer’s briefings are just as popular as competing daytime soap operas but suggested doing away with them anyway to deprive the ‘fake news’ media of oxygen.

‘There’s never been action like this. This is crazy,’ Trump said, telling Pirro a few minutes later, ‘The press conferences are like the biggest thing on daytime television.’ 

In place of the daily briefings, Trump says he’d put out paper statements pushing his message, like administrations did before the dawn of television an email.

‘You see the ratings. Blowing away everything on — just about, I think, everything, on daytime television. What I’d love to do is stop them,’ Trump said.

‘I am a very active person. I have a lot of very positive things going on right up here for this country. It’s impossible for a person, or two people, or three people, who are press people, to cover every aspect of what I’m thinking and what I’m doing. And I think it’s unfair.’

Trump said his staff doesn’t mean to get his message wrong, but they are chewed up and spit out for it by the press. 

‘They’re liars. They’re liars, they’re horrible people, they’re liars, the press goes.’

He talked up both Spicer, who was on Navy reserve duty during the middle of the chaotic week, and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who filled in for him. 

‘Sarah Huckabee is a lovely, young woman. You know Sean Spicer, he is a wonderful human being, he’s a nice man,’ Trump said.

Spicer acknowledged Friday that press staff don’t always have the full story and don’t always get to see President Trump, but said they always try to correct information after the fact. 

‘We get here early. We work beyond being here at this podium. As many of you know we get here early. We work pretty late. We do what we can,’ Spicer told reporters. 

Asked whether press secretary Sean Spicer will be here tomorrow, Trump responded: 'Yeah, well he’s been there from the beginning,' Trump responded, stating a verifiable fact about the past'

Asked whether press secretary Sean Spicer will be here tomorrow, Trump responded: 'Yeah, well he’s been there from the beginning,' Trump responded, stating a verifiable fact about the past'

Asked whether press secretary Sean Spicer will be here tomorrow, Trump responded: ‘Yeah, well he’s been there from the beginning,’ Trump responded, stating a verifiable fact about the past’

President Donald Trump threatened to put an end to the White House's daily briefings this morning as his press team underwent scrutiny for its inability to drive a clear narrative on the firing of James Comey

President Donald Trump threatened to put an end to the White House's daily briefings this morning as his press team underwent scrutiny for its inability to drive a clear narrative on the firing of James Comey

President Donald Trump threatened to put an end to the White House’s daily briefings this morning as his press team underwent scrutiny for its inability to drive a clear narrative on the firing of James Comey

President Trump mused about communications strategy on Fox with Jeanine Pirro

President Trump mused about communications strategy on Fox with Jeanine Pirro

President Trump mused about communications strategy on Fox with Jeanine Pirro

With Spicer away on Navy Reserve duty on Wednesday and Thursday Huckabee Sanders was put behind the White House podium to handle the billowing crisis

With Spicer away on Navy Reserve duty on Wednesday and Thursday Huckabee Sanders was put behind the White House podium to handle the billowing crisis

Huckabee Sanders was also sent out to spread the White House's message on the television networks

Huckabee Sanders was also sent out to spread the White House's message on the television networks

With Spicer (left) away on Navy Reserve duty, Huckabee Sanders (right) was put behind the White House podium to handle the billowing crisis that prompted comparisons to Richard Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre

ROPE-A-DOPE: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster wore out the press by briefing on the president's upcoming trip to Europe and the MIddle East before Spicer took the podium

ROPE-A-DOPE: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster wore out the press by briefing on the president's upcoming trip to Europe and the MIddle East before Spicer took the podium

ROPE-A-DOPE: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster wore out the press by briefing on the president’s upcoming trip to Europe and the MIddle East before Spicer took the podium

 Pirro asked whether Spicer would be press secretary tomorrow. 

 ‘Yeah, sure – he is. Well he’s doing a good job but he gets beat up.’

‘Will he be there tomorrow?’ she repeated. 

‘Yeah, well he’s been there from the beginning,’ Trump responded, stating a verifiable fact about the past. 

Then Pirro asked if Spicer was ‘in the woods?’

‘He’s getting beat up. No, he just gets beat up by these people and again you know they don’t show the 90 questions that they asked and answered properly. I’m saying if they’re off just a little bit, just a little bit, it’s the big story,’ Trump would say.

Trump also was asked when he would make a decision about whether or not to keep Spicer.

‘And here’s the thing, the difference between me and another president. Another president, I won’t use names but another president doesn’t do what I’m doing – they really don’t,’ Trump said. 

President Trump got asked on Fox whether Sean Spicer was 'in the woods'

President Trump got asked on Fox whether Sean Spicer was 'in the woods'

President Trump got asked on Fox whether Sean Spicer was ‘in the woods’

‘I’m not saying that in a bragging way,’ he added. ‘I’m not saying it any way. Another president, Jeanine will sit in the Oval Office and do practically nothing all day.’

Trump’s comments, and Pirro’s detailed questioning about Spicer’s fate, follow reports that Trump was impressed by Sanders’ briefings when she calmly stood in for Spicer while he was away.

Although Sanders had said Spicer would be on reserve duty this week, he returned to conduct the Friday briefing.

Spicer became a fixture of American culture during the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Saturday Night Live’s impression of his performance at the daily briefings is eagerly awaited each week by Americans beyond the D.C. Beltway.

Trump’s most visible battering ram, Spicer has struggled to maintain credibility in the three short month’s he’s been at the White House podium.

His first full day on the job included a lecture to the press on the size of the president’s inauguration crowd. 

Spicer hauled reporters in on a Saturday evening to express the president’s disgust at reporting that unfavorably compared attendance at his ceremony to that of Barack Obama’s first speech in office. 

The reporting that claimed Trump’s crowd was smaller turned out to be warranted.

Spicer stumbled again as he attempted to defend Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that Obama spied on his iconic New York home and office.

Reading off a list of news reports that purportedly backed Trump up, Spicer mentioned an accusation against the British government. 

Prior to the briefing, Fox News pundit Andrew Napolitano claimed he had sources telling him Obama routed the spying through Britain’s top intelligence agency. GCHQ had already slapped down the allegation, and Spicer nearly caused an international incident with the claim that Fox admitted it was unable to back up.

Melissa McCarthy appears as Sean Spicer while taping for Saturday Night Live in New York, New York Friday, May 12, 2017

Melissa McCarthy appears as Sean Spicer while taping for Saturday Night Live in New York, New York Friday, May 12, 2017

Melissa McCarthy appears as Sean Spicer while taping for Saturday Night Live in New York, New York Friday, May 12, 2017

Melissa McCarthy appears as Sean Spicer while taping for Saturday Night Live in New York, New York Friday, May 12, 2017

Melissa McCarthy appears as Sean Spicer while taping for Saturday Night Live in New York, New York Friday, May 12, 2017

Melissa McCarthy appears as Sean Spicer while taping for Saturday Night Live in New York, New York Friday, May 12, 2017

After Trump rained bombs down on army of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, Spicer made global headlines again when he invoked Nazi mass murder Adolph Hitler. 

Spicer bungled a line on Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people, claiming the deed was more grotesque than anything Hitler had done.

That same day Spicer misidentified Assad as he responded to a question posed by DailyMail.com.

Both incidents became fodder for a Saturday Night Live skit that mocked him for his inarticulate comments about Syria and the Jews – during Passover.

Spicer’s gaffes are parodied so often on program that NBC has retained the services of a well-known comedy actress, Melissa McCarthy, to do impressions of him. 

The first weekend the program aired after Trump’s inauguration, it opened the show with a skit on Spicer that imagined him at a moveable podium the flak could use to run down journalists who dare to challenge him.

SNL is already preparing to skewer Spicer again this week. McCarthy was seen driving a podium through Manhattan on Friday. 

The show’s skit on Spicer is almost certain to focus on a claim that he hid in the bushes on Tuesday evening to escape reporters who wanted to know why the president suddenly let go of FBI Director James Comey.

Spicer disappeared to Navy Reserve duty after that for two days.

After days of speculation that he may never take back his place as the face of White House communications, he reemerged at Friday’s daily press briefing.

 

 

 

 

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