Sean Spicer ended live on-camera briefings to stop Trump from telling him he sucked at his job: report
Sean Spicer admits he shut off television cameras during daily press briefings to get his boss — President Donald Trump — off his case.
The former White House press secretary, who resigned Friday over a personnel disagreement, stopped allowing cameras because he was tired of Trump complaining about his job performance, according to New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush.
“A lot of us assume, and I think the punditocracy assumed, this was an assault on broadcast journalism,” Thrush said in newspaper’s “The Daily” podcast. “In fact most of it was Spicer not wanting to be on camera so Donald Trump would not yell at him.”
Thrush pointed out that Trump had been angered when Spicer claimed Adolf Hitler had not gassed his own people, among other highly public missteps — and the press secretary restricted the media for his own personal gain.
“The principled prime mover of that decision amounted to Sean Spicer not wanting his boss watching him work,” Thrush said. “That is a fact.”