After news spread that President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Press Secretary Sean Spicer went to great lengths to avoid the barrage of media questions he was bound to get.
He reportedly took shelter behind bushes.
According to Daily Kos, after giving a cable news interview about the controversial firing — of a man conducting an investigation into possible collusion with the Russians — Spicer was cornered by journalists. Most of whom were eager to know why Trump dumped the top dog at the nation’s investigative agency.
So Spicer reportedly retreated into the hedges with his staff to map out a semblance of a plan.
After his Fox Business interview, Spicer “disappeared into the shadows,” Daily Kos reports.
While Kellyanne Conway and Spicer were put on damage control duty after the firing, the timing of the termination appears questionable — so say Democrats and even some Republicans.
Encircled by reporters, Spicer remained huddled in the bushes. That is, until Janet Montesi, executive assistant in the press office, told those gathered that the secretary would answer select questions. His terms: he couldn’t be filmed doing so.
“Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,” he said, according to Daily Kos.
On cue, Spicer appeared and attempted to mitigate concerns over the abrupt firing for about 10 minutes.
News about Comey’s plight came across just before 6 p.m. Tuesday. It was the same day that a grand jury issued subpoenas in the Russian investigation. Apparently, it was a complete surprise to Comey, who was in Los Angeles delivering a speech to FBI staffers.
For Spicer, while he might’ve brainstormed a plan while holed up in the shrubbery, the damage had been done.
Social media has responded with a flurry of comedic tweets — some likening the press secretary to Homer Simpson conspicuously slipping into the hedges.
User MacKenzie McHale tweeted: “A once credible member of the fourth estate reduced to the role of court jester — sad #Sean Spicer.”
Another user wrote, “Damn, I can’t wait to see the next @melissamccarthy skit on SNL!!”