Chelsea Clinton Comes to Defense of Fat-Shamed Sean Spicer

Top Trump adviser Steve Bannon reportedly said the reason White House press briefings were happening off camera lately was because "Sean got fatter", and Chelsea Clinton is pissed.

As we have seen reported in the last several months, Spicer is reportedly on his way out from the White House press room, and may even be being forced to recruit his own replacement. [We've] been seeking input from individuals as far as ideas they may have.

Spicer said Tuesday the candidate search "shouldn't come as a surprise", and the administration is "always looking to do a better job of articulating the president's message".

Spicer was asked Tuesday to address reports about his potential job change.

Reporters in recent months have been concerned about the frequency and nature of the daily press briefings, and recent decisions to restrict cameras and recording equipment triggered a new round of consternation over accessibility.

While Bannon likely saw such a reply as a joke, it's a sign of the times we are living in when the White House offers a fat-shaming joke in response to why they have put a limit on the free press.

Recently, Spicer has cut back on the daily televised briefings, preferring instead to answer questions off-camera.

"I'm right here, so you can keep taking your selfies", Spicer quipped.

CNN's Brian Stelter has more on the administration's secrecy, writing, "By nearly every measure, the Trump White House has reduced transparency about the workings of government".

'There are days that I'll decide that the president's voice should be the one that speaks and iterate his priorities, ' Spicer said. "I don't know." He said he could "go along with Russian Federation", but that it also, "Could've been China, could've been a lot of groups".

There has been plenty of speculation about Spicer's job nearly since the first day of the Trump administration, when he came before members of the media to defend the new president's claims about crowd sizes at his inauguration. As Trump's administration looks to replace Spicer-or possibly promote him, now that Communications Director Michael Dubke has left-it looks like his waistline may be a prominent factor in the decision making process.

  • Larry Hoffman