The White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer may be the next in line to be fired by Donald Trump, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday, citing officials. If this happens, Spicer would join the long list of White House officials he fired since assuming office in January.
Trump is considering replacing Sean Spicer, who has had his share of embarrassing slip-ups as the press secretary, with Fox New host Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Times reported, citing six West Wing officials. The president decided to make changes to the communication team because of his dissatisfaction with several top authorities, mainly Spicer.
The 70-year-old has also become "increasingly dissatisfied" with the performance of his Chief Of Staff Reince Priebus and Communications Director Michael Dubke, the Times noted. On the whole, Trump was unhappy with the communications team for failing to manage controversy after he fired James Comey from the FBI director post Tuesday, according to the Journal.
Several news outlets and Democrats questioned whether Comey's firing had to do anything with the fact that he led an investigation into Russia's ties with Trump's associates during 2016 presidential election. Most top White House officials and Vice President Pence stated that the president dismissed Comey following the Justice Department's recommendation. However, Trump refuted that saying the decision to remove Comey was solely made by him and would have done so irrespective of the recommendation.
Moreover, the Trump administration was looking for a quiet week, but it turned the other way round following Comey's dismissal, the Journal reported, citing a source.
"They all thought this was going to be a relatively quiet week," the source told the newspaper. "The repeated lesson the White House has learned is there is no quiet day or week. With this president, there will always be something dramatic."
Republican strategist Ford O'Connell said, according to the Associated Press, that Trump is responsible for the mixed messaging.
"President Trump definitely views the Comey firing as a communication failure. This all revolves around what happened over the past week," O'Connell said.
"The president himself also decided to improvise, which compounded some of the problems," O'Connell said. "But as we've seen in the past, Trump is definitely more than willing to shake things up. He had three campaign managers in 16 months."
O'Connell told the news agency that the overall strategy is to be blamed instead of the communications officials.
"The folks he has right now are good," O'Connell said. "What he needs are more folks with more defined roles ... you're going to have issues that keep coming up like Russia, like health care, like North Korea and he needs some specialty communicators who can tackle the issues of the day alongside his press secretary."
On Friday, the president also threatened to rid of press briefings in an apparent jibe at Spicer.
"The Fake Media is working overtime today!" Trump wrote on Twitter. "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with perfect accuracy! Maybe the best thing to do would be to cancel all future "press briefings" and hand out written responses for the sake of accuracy."