Sean Spicer held his first on-camera press briefing in some time yesterday. He opened the briefing with a “fairly unbelievable” account of Trump’s overseas trip, then gave “fairly unbelievable” responses to questions about Jared Kushner’s dealings with Russia, and finally, before running for cover, described Trump’s relationship with Angela Merkel as “fairly unbelievable”.Asked to clarify his comments, Spicer reeled off five other relationships which he felt would match that description, “Beauty and the Beast, Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren, Chris Brown and Rihanna, Sonny and Cher, oh and of course Donald and Melania”.
“I think we hit a home run no matter where we are,” Trump told civilians, service members and their families at Air Station Sigonella, in Sicily, Italy, before boarding Air Force One for Washington yesterday.It was perhaps a fitting end, and an appropriately chosen metaphor, for a trip where Trump’s “America First” rhetoric stood out amongst his NATO allies. His cowardice in delaying a decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement left him way out in left field.While everyone else was playing cricket and soccer, Trump stood alone at home plate, swinging a big bat and claiming to be the World Series champion, with the rest of the world looking on bemused and amused as he struck out swinging.
Sean Spicer, White House press secretary and devout Catholic, was left out of the president’s meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. Spicer’s absence from the meeting was seen as an intentional snub, a source close to the White House told CNN. Spicer had been eagerly anticipating the meeting with Pope Francis.“Trump is a cruel boss,” said New Republic senior editor Jeet Heer, who also wrote the president “didn’t let Sean Spicer meet the Pope out of sheer meanness.” However, newly released photos show Spicer using his proven undercover skills to make his lifelong dream come true.
A huge proponent of royal etiquette, Donald Trump yesterday demonstrated what all great world leaders know, a curtsey is the most appropriate way to honor your hosts.