Tuesday evening, faced with delivering the news about James Comey’s firing to a throng of reporters waiting on the White House lawn, Sean Spicer, wound up hiding in the bushes.
According to the Washington Post, Spicer and his team had finally wrapped up filming a series of interviews with Fox News when the Press Secretary had to make good on a promise to address the reporters on the lawn. He tried to deliver the announcement via email but his message wouldn’t upload, so instead, Spicer shouted the announcement from his office door. Afterward, he and his staff quickly shut and locked the outside door to his office.
Several minutes later, the Press team was spotted speed-walking up the White House drive toward outside sets where Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders were finishing up their interviews.
After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the bushes behind these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged.
“Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,” he ordered. “We’ll take care of this. … Can you just turn that light off?”
Spicer got his wish and was soon standing in near darkness between two tall hedges, with more than a dozen reporters closely gathered around him. For 10 minutes, he responded to a flurry of questions, vacillating between light-hearted asides and clear frustration with getting the same questions over and over again.
And that is how Spicey delivered the most memorable briefing of his Trump career. Of course, Twitter had a field day!
— deathandtaxes (@DeathAndTaxes) May 10, 2017
— Hayley Jones (@meetmissjoness) May 10, 2017
“Sean Spicer could not be here today. He’s stuck in the White House bushes. We’ve been feeding him crackers.”
— Stanley (@LoneWolfStanley) May 10, 2017
How I imagine the report about spicer hiding in the bushes last night pic.twitter.com/vCblGyQBQ0
— Ryan (@alwaysonoffense) May 10, 2017
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 10, 2017
Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes is by far this administration’s most dignified moment to date. #ComeyFiring
— Ian (@NeedlessSnark) May 10, 2017
— shauna (@goldengateblond) May 10, 2017