Time and time again, Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway have made fools of themselves on Donald Trump’s behalf. They’ve lied, made up clever, but deceitful terms for their lies (alternative facts), and allowed themselves to be portrayed as irrational, unprofessional, and inept.
Unfortunately for Trump’s frontline staff, he hasn’t made representing him an easy task. Often usurping their authority be undermining what they say, Donald Trump makes it almost impossible to speak intelligently on his behalf. This recipe for disaster has led to Kellyanne Conway being rumored to have been suspended from her role at one point.
Even after her return from what Conway cited as “family reasons,” she wasn’t the voice for the White House like she once was. She wasn’t alone in her mysterious fade to black. Her colleague, Sean Spicer also had fewer and fewer appearances on Trump’s behalf. One White House adviser blamed Spicer’s absence on his weight gain, but like with Conway, others made it clear that Trump wasn’t happy with Spicer, therefore Spicer was on his way out the door.
In the middle of all of this, moving in, almost like a ninja, was Sarah Huckabee Sanders, whom Trump once doted about how “wonderful” of a “young lady” she is. Within days, Huckabee Sanders was addressing some of Trump’s most pressing issues and Spicer and Conway were nowhere to be found.
With rumors swirling, the White House never really set the record straight as to exactly what was going on with Spicer — whether the student (Huckabee Sanders) was becoming the teacher, or if Spicer was going to be assigned other duties. However, on Friday, all rumors were put to rest when Spicer resigned.
Spicer is said to have resigned due to differences in opinion with Trump regarding the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. With Spicer slated to stay in his position through August, his promoted replacement, Huckabee Sanders is in a rewarding, but very awkward position. Addressing her new role and minimally sharing some of her thoughts on all that’s taking place, she took the podium for her first press conference after taking the job of her former supervisor.
As if she didn’t know that no one in the room cared about anything she had to say but Spicer’s resignation and her new role, Huckabee Sanders started her speech by talking about Made In America Week and some other things that likely had viewers wondering why she didn’t just cut to the chase. When Huckabee Sanders finally addressed the elephant in the room, she had very little to say.
In fact, what Huckabee Sanders said was on Donald Trump’s behalf. She said:
‘I’m grateful for Sean’s work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities, just look at his great television ratings. Sean will continue to serve the administration through August.’
Huckabee Sanders then read Trump’s statement about Anthony Scaramucci’s appointment and per the usual, took a jab at the media and how the Trump administration has done so much, but the media acknowledges “so little.”
After Scaramucci said his piece, Huckabee Sanders returned to the podium. Her first question was a difficult one. She was asked how Spicer took the news/why he decided to resign and how the changes will impact the White House Press office. Huckabee Sanders answered:
‘I’m not gonna speak for Sean in detail, I can say that he understood that the President wanted to bring in and add new people to the team and Sean felt like it would be best for that team to be able to start with a totally clean slate. I think it speaks volumes to who he is to be willing to do that. He has served the President loyally and admirably, and I’m sure he’ll be happy to answer those questions.’
And just like that, Sarah Huckabee Sanders showed why she got the job; she successfully answered the question she was asked without answering it at all.
Huckabee Sanders’ press conference may be viewed below. She doesn’t begin speaking until about 1:40, then again around 1:55:
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