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Sean Spicer snubbed from Trump's Pope Francis meeting

Spicer didn't get the chance to meet the Pope as planned, though Trump brought several uninvited guests


Charlie May
May 24, 2017 10:18PM (UTC)

If there's one thing we've learned about Trump since his inauguration, it's this: the man values loyalty above rank.

When President Trump was inside the Sala del Tronetto awaiting his meeting with Pope Francis, he stood next to his wife Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.  Yet there was one expected face who wasn't present: press secretary Sean Spicer.

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Spicer, "who was eagerly anticipating the meeting with Pope Francis," was told there was no room for him, according to CNN. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster were also in attendance, as expected. But other faces, like communications adviser Hope Hicks, former bodyguard and deputy assistant Keith Schiller and social media director Dan Scavino, were gate-crashing attendees of the papal visit.

CNN reported:

On a foreign trip told primarily in images, the staff dynamics of Trump's White House have been on full view, from the lavish welcome in Saudi Arabia to the exclusive audience Wednesday with Pope Francis.
Also absent from the Vatican visit: Kellyanne Conway, the senior counselor who remained behind in Washington; Reince Priebus, the chief-of-staff who dropped off Trump's trip after the first stop; and Steve Bannon, the fire-throwing chief strategist who, as the boss of Breitbart, oversaw articles harshly critical of the Pope.
The photographs at the Vatican on Wednesday underscored a point that often goes unspoken in the Trump White House: old friends and family reign above all.
When asked about Spicer not being included on the visit, a source close to the White House suggested to CNN that it "very much" appeared to be a "slight."
Interestingly, former President Barack Obama was joined by his press secretaries when he met Pope Benedict, according to CNN.  This time around, the Vatican was "strict" about how many could attend the meeting with Pope Francis.
Trump's first trip abroad — and the people he kept in his entourage — have fueled ongoing rumors Trump is planning on doing a staff housecleaning, and perhaps firing Spicer.

Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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