One of White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s most colourful moments came in May, when he huddled behind bushes on the White House grounds for several minutes as staffers sought to respond to the frenzy of media questions about President Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to The Washington Post.
Spicer wanted to return to his office after an interview with Fox Business but couldn’t do so without running into a throng of reporters on his way there, The Post reported.
He emerged from the bushes after a press office executive assistant, Janet Montesi, said he would answer reporters’ questions so long as they didn’t film him, according to The Post.
“Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,” Spicer told the reporters. “We’ll take care of this. … Can you just turn that light off?”
Spicer, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders were all on White House grounds amid a firestorm of questions from the media and criticisms from Democrats and Republicans alike.
According to The Post, Spicer spoke with reporters for about 10 minutes, standing in the dark between two hedges as he answered and dodged questions about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s role in the probe into Comey, the timing of Comey’s firing, and grand jury subpoenas reportedly issued in an investigation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser.
Spicer resigned as press secretary on Friday, telling Trump he strongly disagreed with the hiring of Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director, according to a New York Times report.