The reports of Sean Spicer’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, the White House said on Thursday.
“Oh my god, for the billionth time no,” an administration official told BuzzFeed News when asked about the swirling reports that president was sounding out aides about replacing the controversial press secretary. Spicer, who is one of the most recognizable figures in the Trump administration, is currently on Naval reserve duty during one of the most tumultuous news cycles yet of the young administration.
The official noted that Spicer is finishing up 20 years with the Navy, is set to retire soon, and has been incredibly busy the last six months. If Spicer had foregone Navy duty because of the stunning firing of FBI director James Comey, then the story would have been that Spicer skipped military duty, the official argued. However, White House officials told CNN that Tuesday’s handling of the Comey news was “an embarrassment” and “a disaster.”