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Trump: Spicer Gets 'Good Ratings,' Won't Be Fired

| by Denise Recalde

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been commended by President Donald Trump, who stated the embattled media spokesperson will keep his job. 

Trump openly discussed Spicer's job performance and said his press briefings are akin to a daytime soap opera. 

According to The Washington Post, he told guests at a working lunch in March: "I'm not firing Sean Spicer."

Trump added: "That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in." 

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Spicer is known for comments that are controversially received by the media attending the press briefings, as well as multiple gaffes. 

Actress Melissa McCarthy has famously parodied the press secretary on "Saturday Night Live." 

For the episode aired on Easter weekend, McCarthy sported a bunny suit while impersonating Spicer, who was recently skewered for suggesting Adolf Hitler committed less egregious crimes than Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. 

Trump associate and media mogul Rupert Murdoch reportedly pulled Spicer aside to counsel him after the White House official received major criticism for his Hitler comment.

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During a press briefing, Spicer argued that Hitler "didn't even sink to ... using chemical weapons," the Daily Mail reports. 

Hitler and his fellow top Nazis had sought to exterminate Jews and other minorities using gas chambers at concentration camps during World War II.

The press secretary also mistakenly referred to the camps as "Holocaust centers."

Spicer has since apologized more than once after the faux-pas and stated, while speaking at the Newseum's "President and the Press" event, that he had let down the president. 

"I screwed up," Spicer reiterated again and again, noting he had committed a major blunder: "From a professional level, I think it's disappointing because I think I let the president down." 

Radio and TV personality Howard Stern took a swipe at Spicer by calling him a "laughingstock" who speaks "fluent moron."

In March, Spicer chided April Ryan, a correspondent at American Urban Radio, for "shaking her head" after she questioned him on how the White House could effect an image makeover in the midst of the Russia story.

"Stop shaking your head again," Spicer said, picking on her. "It seems like you're hell-bent on trying to make sure that whatever image you want to tell about this White House stays."

"How does this administration revamp its image two and a half months in?" Ryan had asked.

"You've got Russia, you've got wiretapping, you've got other things going on," she added.

"No, we don't have that," Spicer said, loudly. "You've got Russia," he said.

"I get it, but I've said it from the day that I got here until whatever, that there is no connection," he said in regards to Russia. 

Sources: Daily Mail, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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