As the White House hunkers down in the midst of the expanding Russia scandal, press briefings are becoming less frequent and the once-daily sightings of press secretary Sean Spicer a thing of the past. When Rosie Gray, a reporter for The Atlantic, asked Trump adviser/despised Breitbart cofounder Steve Bannon why Spicer is no longer hosting daily briefings, she received this response:
"Sean got fatter."
Well, isn't that rich. Whether Bannon is speaking for himself or the president wasn't clear, but many weren't amused.
While Donald Trump himself is known to regularly denigrate the appearance of women (e.g., Rosie O'Donnell, former Miss Venezuela Alicia Machado), he's also highly critical of how his male staffers present themselves. Trump reportedly did not approve of Spicer's appearance during his first press briefing, and his look was sharpened after the president's critiques.
Spicer did appear for Tuesday's press briefing, and while he wasn't asked about Bannon's remark, he was questioned about his future with the communications department:
"It's no secret we have had a couple vacancies, including our communications director who has been gone for a while. We have been seeking input from individuals as far as ideas they have. We have been meeting with potential people who may be of service to this administration. I don't think that should come as a surprise. But we are always looking for ways to do a better job of articulating the president's message and his agenda."