Sean Spicer under fire during crucial week for Trump
- Author: Kyle Peterson May 15, 2017,
May 15, 2017, 2:27
Initially, the White House and Vice President Mike Pence released statements that said it was indeed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who had suggested that Trump should fire FBI Deputy Director James Comey, but the next day, Donald Trump himself gave a statement to NBC, saying that he had chose to fire James Comey before asking Rosenstein to write his report. "While President Trump welcomes diverse viewpoints, he does require that the programs he receives counsel from share his vision for his administration and our country-after all, we're talking about his most trusted advisors". Mason pressed Spicer on Trump's Friday morning tweet that seemed to threaten Comey with "tapes" of their conversations, asking Spicer whether the president is recording private conversations.
Regardless, Trump seems to be considering a sweeping shakeup of his West Wing staff in the wake of the media firestorm that followed his abrupt decision to fire Comey - the man who was overseeing an FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election. It was an "embarrassment", one official said.
Trump is "frustrated, and angry at everyone", one source told Axios, and said that the president is also upset with Cabinet officials, like commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, attorney general Jeff Sessions, and health and human services secretary Tom Price.
Sanders didn't have an easy time of it Wednesday, dealing with the fallout from the firing of James Comey in just her second-ever press conference.
However, another White House official disputed the notion that Spicer had been sidelined, and sources close to the press secretary stressed the importance of his Reserve duties. "He said, "You are not under investigation", Trump told Holt.
"I'm sure that there are some people that are disappointed", she said. The fickle nature of the job was evident in the briefing room Wednesday after Sanders high stakes post-Comey briefing went well.
Already, Sanders has received some praise for her performance from reporters on Twitter. On several occasions, he referred the inquiring reporter to the Justice Department.