For two days in a row, since returning from President Trump's trip overseas, the White House press secretary has held uncharacteristically short press briefings in which he claimed not to know the answer to questions, outsourced questions to other officials or dismissed the premise of questions entirely.
At Tuesday's briefing, Spicer finally just admitted what everyone knows Trump believes: "Ultimately, the best messenger is the president himself". Trump poked fun at the typo, tweeting around 6 a.m., "Who can figure out the true meaning of "covfefe"???". And Hope Hicks defended the president against accusations that he demeans his staff, issuing a lengthy statement for The Washington Post that read, in part: "President Trump has a magnetic personality and exudes positive energy, which is infectious to those around him".
"Our job, we are focused on the president's agenda, and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Marc Kasowitz", said Spicer at an off-camera briefing with reporters. I once wrote that he was the only one of President Donald Trump's close advisers who couldn't be fired, but Kushner's father-in-law would be smart to prove me wrong.
Back from overseas and confronting an unforgiving political environment, President Donald Trump appears increasingly isolated inside the White House, according to advisers, venting frustration over the performance of his staff and openly talking about shaking it up.
Despite the president's lighthearted response to what almost everyone assumed was a typo, Spicer said that there was much more to "covfefe" than meets the eye.
"The one thing that could create some sort of divide between the president and his son-in-law is the son-in-law having some sort of legal problem that's hard for the president to deal with", Allen said.
More people - 42 percent - thought Spicer hurt the administration compared to the 28 percent who thought he helped.
Many on Twitter have supplied tongue-in-cheek meanings.
Dubke's departure comes as aides say Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and revelations of possible ties between his campaign and Moscow.
By the time the first change in what may be a broader shake-up was announced on Tuesday, the White House was left without a replacement.
However, Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's woes on the communications effort.