Vatican City (CNN)- The most visible moment for White House press secretary Sean Spicer on President Donald Trump’s first foreign trip this week was a moment of invisibility. Spicer fumed to colleagues after being excluded from the President’s meeting with Pope Francis, an administration official told CNN on Thursday. He was eagerly anticipating meeting the Pope, but discovered at the last minute that he was not on the shortlist of White House officials selected to join the President for the private audience.
Standing alongside the President as he met the Pope inside the Sala del Tronetto here were his wife, Melania, dramatically veiled in lace. To her right, eldest daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared, each senior Trump advisers and near-constant presences in Trump’s close circle. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and national security adviser H.R. McMaster — Trump’s highest-ranking foreign policy aides — stood flanking Francis.
Those were the expected faces. But there were others there, too — less familiar yet nonetheless critical to the West Wing ecosystem. Hope Hicks, Trump’s communications adviser; Keith Schiller, his former bodyguard; and Dan Scavino, his social media master, all stood solemnly as Trump greeted the Pontiff.
Just a brutal slight here for the resident White-House punching bag. Spicer’s a YUGE catholic who had it on his bucket list to meet the all high and mighty. Finds out the time is finally going to come, flys around the world and he gets absolutely shafted by the Donald. Man, would I love to be a fly on the wall when Spicer realized he wouldn’t be included in the cool kids club. He probably spazzed his hand in the air like the annoying kid in class who wants to answer every question, but instead Trump just scanned right over him. Kind of imagine it when something like this:
“Ok everyone I am going to meet the Pope, but it’s going to be a very small meeting with only the tippy-tippy top of my cabinet, so I am going to need everyone to stay behind except for Melanie, Ivanka, and Jared. And Rex. And Herb, they can come, but that’s it…. and you can come too Hope…annnnnd Dan, gonna need Dan to tweet this. And I guess a bodyguard won’t hurt but that’s it, just us. Oh, and also we are gonna throw in the guy that cuts the grass at Mar-A-Lago. And my personal Chef, I may get hungry while shooting the shit with Papa Francis, but I’m serious, this is it . Alright, are we missing anyone? Anyone at all?”
*Spicer right in his face like a golden retriever waiting for you to throw the ball*
“Ok lets go meet the Pope!”
Probably broke that Cinn-a-Mint heart of his.