Ahead of Trump's inauguration, the White House floated the possibility that it would move the press briefing room out of the West Wing. When he emerged, he made the assembled press turn off their cameras and lights. "We just don't have them".
Trump said in a series of tweets Friday morning it is "not possible" for his staff to "stand at podium with ideal accuracy".
A White House official told CNN that officials at the highest levels, including the president, are monitoring Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' performances as she substitutes for Spicer in the briefing room.
- As commentators on cable TV called President Trump firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey an abuse of power, the president was startled and infuriated by how his action was being received, according to a person with knowledge of his reaction. He said Spicer is a nice man "but he gets beat up".
"As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with ideal accuracy!" wrote Trump, referring to aides' claims that he took action on Comey based on the recommendation of Department of Justice officials.
Normally, Spicer speaks with reporters in the White House press room.
Before Donald Trump named Sean Spicer press secretary, everyone wondered who would fill the role. And the big question, one source said, is whether it's temporary or permanent. She said Trump would "never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty".
Trump has repeatedly asked his advisers why the investigations - being conducted by the FBI, House, and Senate - would not go away and sometimes screamed at the television while watching stories about them, aides said. "Another president, I won't use names, but another president doesn't doing what I'm doing". His position was backed up by the committee's ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff of California, who said that Trump should "immediately provide any such recordings to Congress or admit, once again, to have made a deliberately misleading - and in this case threatening - statement". And thus it was that Spicer eventually found himself standing "between two tall hedges", according to the Post, facing a small but persistent group of journalists, giving them vague and not at all satisfactory answers to the onslaught of questions.