President Donald Trump reportedly once yelled at White House press secretary Sean Spicer for being "too weak," as well as mocking Spicer for wearing a light-colored suit.
"Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough revealed that he heard about Spicer's relationship with the president through a White House official who remains anonymous, Daily Mail reports. Trump told Spicer that he had been "too weak" during a press conference, according to Scarborough. "And then he screamed at him for wearing a light suit," the Scarborough said.
The admonishment from Trump reportedly came after Spicer's first official day on the job, when the press secretary hosted a press conference where he declared that Trump's inauguration was viewed by the largest audience ever, a claim that was then widely debunked.
Spicer had criticized members of the media for tweeting "inaccurate numbers involving crowd size," according to PolitiFact. Trump's inauguration was estimated to have had 250,000 to 600,000 in attendance, compared to the 1.8 million estimated to be at President Barack Obama's first inauguration.
Trump reportedly also once remarked to an aide, "Doesn't the guy own a dark suit?" according to Axios. During the press conference in question, Spicer wore a light gray suit with pinstripes.
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted about Trump's alleged disappointment with the press secretary as well, saying the president "wanted him to be in command/project strength. He did neither."
Haberman added, "[H]e wanted Spicer to be a derivative of himself. Trump almost always takes q's & slices it with humor."
Scarborough and "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski said that Spicer needed to stand up to Trump and defend himself.
"It's very clear the problem here. The guy has absolutely no ability, none at all, none, to say, 'Mr. President this is the wrong thing to do,'" said Brzezinski.
"Sean Spicer should tell Donald Trump, 'I'm not doing your bidding anymore if it means being abusive,' but nobody around Donald Trump is telling him the truth," Scarborough added.
Spicer has also been made fun of repeatedly in pop culture, including on comedy sketch show "Saturday Night Live," where Melissa McCarthy's impression of an exaggeratedly flustered and aggressive Spicer has terrorized journalists during press briefings in several skits.
Spicer even referenced the "SNL" parody during a briefing, saying, "Don't make me make this podium move," according to the Independent.
The humorous reference elicited a few laughs from journalists, and was reportedly uncharacteristic for Spicer. The press secretary often reacts with anger when asked a question, and has criticized media organizations and journalists for publishing what he and Trump have called "fake news" about the administration.