Despite his silence on Twitter, President Donald Trump was not happy with the "Saturday Night Live" spoof of his press secretary, Sean Spicer, over the weekend, Politico reports.
Especially unnerving to Trump was the fact that Spicer was portrayed in the skit by a woman — actress Melissa McCarthy — dressed to look like him, Politico quoted sources close to Trump as saying.
Appearance is said to matter to Trump, and he reportedly was not happy that Spicer wore an ill-fitting, and light-colored, suit during his first appearance in the White House press briefing room.
"Trump doesn't like his people to look weak," Politico quoted a top Trump donor.
Besides that, the impersonation was seen as being spot-on by Trump allies.
"I thought they had Sean down pretty good," said one source.
All that could be putting Spicer's job in jeopardy, Politico noted, especially since it already was reported to be tenuous. Trump tapped the former Republican National Committee communications director for the job only after his chief of staff — and former RNC chair — Reince Priebus pushed him for the spot.
Spicer himself has shrugged off the skit, saying that McCarthy exaggerated his gum-chewing, penchant for visual illustrations and combativeness with the press.
His friends told Politico that SNL served only to raise the press secretary's public profile.
"I would much rather have the focus be on the president's agenda and the success he's having," Spicer told Politico Monday night. "That's all I'm saying on it."
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