After Comey, who should Trump fire next? Sean Spicer

Nick Sanchez
May 15, 2017

Sanders also said she received multiple texts from people within the Federal Bureau of Investigation community praising the White House for firing Comey.

The White House also did not appear to be prepared for the firestorm.

The White House said Spicer is missing the briefing because he will be at the Pentagon for the remainder of the week on duty with the Navy Reserve, with which he has served for almost two decades.

In Thursday's White House daily briefing, Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held her own in another pitch-hit appearance for Sean Spicer, tussling with ABC chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl over the timeline for James Comey's ouster from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

President Trump is threatening to cancel the White House press briefing and seems reluctant to commit to keeping Sean Spicer as White House press secretary. But the White House has denied those reports. A shift to a press-release-only model would allow the White House to provide only the answers it wants to the questions it deems worthy of a response, with no opportunity for reporters to ask follow-ups.

"He's getting beat up", Trump said of Spicer. The press secretary needs to be there to put out public relations fires.

Third, there is no reason to think that White House press releases would be more accurate than comments from the briefing podium. Remember that Mr Spicer used to be the man tasked with dressing as the Easter rabbit during the Bush years.

Comey's firing was announced Tuesday in the form of a letter in which Trump wrote that the decision was based on recommendations he received from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. This is especially true with a social media-addicted president who has rather brilliantly sidestepped the need for a great deal of what the White House press corps does in the first place.

But after Tuesday night, Sean Spicer went missing and did not give any press conferences, which started a rumor that he was on his way out.

Insisting to the news media that President Trump's travel ban on people from seven countries was not a "ban", even though President Trump used that exact word to describe it. And the big question, one source said, is whether it's temporary or permanent.

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