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Devout Catholic Sean Spicer Snubbed For Vatican Trip

| by Alex Scarr

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is reportedly not happy about being snubbed to accompany President Donald Trump on his visit to the Vatican.

Spicer, a devout Catholic, was left out of the president's entourage on his tour of the Vatican, missing a rare opportunity to meet a sitting pope. Trump brought along several members of his cabinet but not Spicer, with whom it seems Trump is recently displeased.

CNN political director David Chalian said on the morning news program "New Day" May 25 that reporters following the White House group on their trip report Spicer was "fuming" about being left out of the trip to the Vatican, according to Raw Story. 

"Our reporter traveling with them says that Spicer was fuming,” said Chalian. "How big of a deal? I’m sure that it’s a big deal for Sean Spicer."

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Chalian also said Spicer's absence points to the cutthroat atmosphere of the Trump administration, and it's often plainly clear to see the "who's up, who's down" of the White House staff.

Those included in the group to meet with the pope were first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, both of whom are Jewish. First lady Melania Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster were also in attendance, according to The Washington Post.

Reporters who regularly work with Spicer, and have been subjected to his occasional angry outbursts, were now expressing their condolences.

"Trump has done something I thought was impossible,” tweeted Josh Dawsey, Politico White House reporter. "He has made everyone empathize with/defend Spicer."

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"That planners of this trip couldn’t or wouldn’t get Sean Spicer into the Vatican speaks to a small-mindedness I find incredibly depressing," wrote New York Times political reporter Glenn Thrush.

Spicer had taken a brief pause in delivering the regular White House press briefings after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, according to The Hill. Replacement liaison Sarah Huckabee Sanders fielded questions in Spicer's absence.

"There are very few perks; there are very long days," said CNN's Erin Burnett. "For something like this to happen to Sean Spicer I think really is an indictment against Donald Trump and again in his lack of loyalty."

In a television interview during the Trump transition, Spicer offered a glimpse at how his faith intersects with his daily life.

"I’m going to look to God every day to give me the strength to do what’s right. That’s all you can ask for is to get up and say, ‘Can I do this thing?’ Help guide me and ask Him for strength."

Sources: Raw Story, The Washington Post, The Hill / Photo credit: Tejvan Pettinger/Flickr

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