Spicer on the chopping block? Report WH spox ‘hid in the bushes’ after Comey firing has internet buzzing


In the wake of the FBI director’s ouster, will Sean Spicer be the second shoe to drop?

Citing high level administration sources, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta said Spicer may be about to exit stage right, as his deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, gets an upgrade and enters stage left.

Huckabee Sanders, who critics admit did a bang-up job, began taking over Spicer’s daily press briefings Wednesday, and will continue to do so throughout the week to allow him to fulfill his U.S. Navy Reserve commitment at the Pentagon.

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer talks to media in front of the White House, in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director Comey on May 9, 2017, ousting the nation’s top law enforcement official in the midst of an investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s election meddling. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Although sources confirm that this was scheduled long ago, his reserve duty “couldn’t have come at a worse time for him” given the “significant contrast” in the way in which the two handled the press briefings, according to CNN.

A few hours before Trump dismissed his FBI director, Spicer was unable to say whether the president continued to have “full confidence” in Comey.

“I have no reason to believe — I haven’t asked him,” Spicer said at Tuesday afternoon’s White House press briefing. “So I don’t — I have not asked the President since the last time we spoke about this.” Pressed again, Spicer replied, “I don’t want to start speaking on behalf of the President without speaking to him first.”

Later that night The Washington Post described an odd encounter between Spicer and reporters on the White House lawn.

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?”


Acosta retweeted CNN Senior Producer Edward Davis, who claimed that Huckabee Sanders confirmed that rumors that the White House may be losing confidence in Spicer may have some weight.

This was soon followed up with his own report.

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin reported on Acosta’s findings during her Wednesday program.

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“Two senior White House officials were sharply critical of the press shop’s handling of the Comey news last night,” Baldwin said. “It was ‘an embarrassment.’ One official ‘a disaster.’ Said another who added that the President himself thought it was handled poorly.”

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