Chelsea Clinton calls out Steve Bannon for 'fat shaming' Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to definitively answer when asked if President Donald Trump believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Spicer smiled during a question about the validity of the reports, saying, "I'm right here", as if to say clearly no immediate change had been made.

It hasn't yet been announced that Spicer has officially been promoted from press secretary to communications chief, but reports indicate the White House is actively re-evaluating Spicer's current role and even looking for communications department replacements. "I know that they've been working extremely hard and the president has been giving his input and his ideas, feedback to them, and he's very excited about where this thing is headed". "We've been meeting with potential people".

When an Atlantic reporter pressed Bannon on the issue, he reportedly texted the three-word response and didn't respond to follow-up questions.

His comments were at Spicer's first on-camera session with reporters in eight days.

Michael Dubke, the former communications director, resigned last month, leaving Spicer to effectively do that job as well as the job of press secretary.

At one point, the White House considered deploying a rotating cast of briefers, in part to prevent the president, who has a short attention span, from growing bored or angry with his press secretary.

Trump threatened in May to shut down daily press briefings and told Fox News Channel at the time that Spicer was 'doing a good job, but he gets beat up'.

The CNN anchor then went on to discuss the situation with correspondent Jeff Zeleny, asking him why he feels Spicer doesn't have an answer for these questions.

"I have not sat down and asked him about a specific reaction to it", Spicer said.

Spicer is sure to face questions about the eight-day gap in any on-camera briefings from the White House - and whether this is a trend that will continue.

Also there: Jim Acosta, a reporter for the third-place cable news network, CNN.

Ms Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, retweeted British author Brian Klaas, who called Mr Bannon's excuse "pathetic and undemocratic".

"I'm not going to get ahead of where we may or may not go", he added.

He also became a staple character parroted by Melissa McCarthy at the "Saturday Night Live" show just like the president is imitated by actor Alec Baldwin. They provide a vivid, daily accounting to the public of the president's actions, and, more critically, his and the White House's competence and credibility.

  • Larry Hoffman