President Trump's Press Secretary Sean Spicer had a very amusing moment at a recent daily brief. He referred to Saturday Night Live's infamous skit where he put his podium into action in response to a reporter's rather petty question.
Sean Spicer suggests he may mimic SNL skit
I admit that highlighting this Spicer glib in a rather contentious briefing is silly, but a little bit of amusement is called for to maintain some sanity. I mean, I watch two to three stations at the same time to extract some news, so my readers don't have to do the same.
A reporter told Spicer that it was evident that the Trump administration was excited about the jobs report but that perhaps they were too excited for ethical reasons. The reporter said that Trump tweeted about the jobs report within an hour of the release of the data which is a violation of federal rules.
"I am wondering I guess both if there is counseling due in the president's future," the reporter asked. "But also there are critics who say the risk of doing this is politicizing what should be kind of nonpartisan by the books."
Spicer objected saying that he believed the rule had more to do with dealing with market fluctuations. Of course, Trump fluctuated markets as well by scolding companies by tweet several times.
"I think tweeting out 'Great way to start a Friday,'" Spicer said. "'Here are the actual numbers that you all have reported' ... is a bit, ... I mean. Don't make me make that podium move."
Spicer was referencing the SNL skit. The room erupted in laughter.
The reporter was referring to Trump's retweet of a Drudge Report tweet.
GREAT AGAIN: +235,000 https://t.co/GkockGNdtC
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) March 10, 2017
Spicer may be right on this one. While Trump had nothing to do with the February Jobs Report, it was a bit petty for the reporter to spend the time on that tweet. The Boeing, Lockheed, and many other company specific tweets deserved much more attention, not for a few days but constantly.