Just four days in, White House press secretary Sean Spicer already may need to update his resume, according to a report at Axios.com.
"Even AFTER Sean Spicer's successful get-back-on-the-horse presser yesterday, I'm told that a top White House official was discussing his possible replacement," writes the website's Mike Allen.
Spicer made his first appearance in the White House press briefing room on Saturday — one day before he was officially sworn in — angrily blasting press coverage on the size of President Donald Trump's inaugural crowd and an incorrect report by a Time reporter that Trump had removed a bust of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office.
His performance received mixed reviews, some saying Spicer's anger appeared forced and that he looked to be reading the statement from a Trump-approved script.
But Axios' Allen writes that after Spicer's much-improved performance at Monday' first official daily press briefing — this time taking questions from the media — a senior aide sent Allen a text message reading, "Back on track. Upper hand. Offense and action."
"But inside, the finger-pointing and blame-casting continued," Allen writes.
"Unfortunately for Spicer, Trump is obsessed with his press secretary's performance art. Our Jonathan Swan hears that Trump hasn't been impressed with how Spicer dresses, once asking an aide: 'Doesn't the guy own a dark suit?' Spicer looked a lot sharper yesterday than he did on Saturday — in a dark, bankerly suit.
The New York Times' Maggie Haberman said on Twitter that Trump had wanted Spicer to perform more like himself at Saturday's statement.
The Washington Post notes that Trump never favored Spicer, instead preferring a woman for the job. Both Spicer and Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus came into the administration from the Republican National Committee, and Trump saw them during the primary season as being more loyal to party than to him.
Still, the president was happier with his spokesman's performance on Monday, which was more relaxed — and featured that darker suit.
"Trump told his senior team that he was pleased with Spicer's more confident and relaxed turn at the lectern," the Post writes, citing multiple unnamed White House sources.
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