Donald Trump Is Upset That Sean Spicer Was Spoofed by a Woman on ‘Saturday Night Live’: Report

President Donald Trump is upset that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was spoofed by a woman, Melissa McCarthy, on Saturday Night Live, Politico reported Monday, February 6.

Melissa McCarthy as Press Secretary Sean Spicer during the
Melissa McCarthy as Press Secretary Sean Spicer during the 'Sean Spicer Press Conference' sketch Feb. 4. Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

According to the news outlet, the Ghostbusters actress' much-lauded portrayal of the communications director on the Saturday, February 4, episode of the NBC late-night sketch-comedy show "did not go over well internally" at the White House. Sources close to Trump, 70, told the site that the sketch "was most problematic in the president's eyes" because Spicer was played by a woman rather than a man.

US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with leaders of conservative groups to discuss the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the US Supreme Court in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2017.
President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with leaders of conservative groups to discuss the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court in the Roosevelt Room at the White House Feb. 1. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

"Trump doesn't like his people to look weak," a top Trump donor told Politico.

McCarthy, 46, made a surprise appearance on SNL to mock Spicer's recent press briefings in which he incorrectly stated that the media misreported the size of the president's January 20 inauguration crowd. Spicer's claim later led Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway to coin the now-infamous term "alternative facts." During McCarthy's sketch, she spoofed Spicer's gum-chomping and nonsensical responses to press queries, threatened to "punch" members of the press corps and even sprayed a journalist with a Super Soaker midconference.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds up paperwork highlighting and comparing language about the National Security Council from the Trump administration and previous administrations during the daily press briefing at the White House, January 30, 2017 in Washington, DC.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer holds up paperwork highlighting and comparing language about the National Security Council from the Trump administration and previous administrations during the daily press briefing at the White House Jan. 30. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Spicer, 45, shrugged off the spoof, telling Extra on Sunday, February 5, that he thought McCarthy needed to "slow down on the gum-chewing." Trump, however, stayed silent over the weekend and did not comment on the sketch, an uncharacteristic move considering his many previous tweets against Alec Baldwin's SNL impression of him.

Politico noted that the real estate mogul's silence spoke volumes and "was seen internally as a sign of how uncomfortable [McCarthy's portrayal] made the White House feel." Sources told the site that the comedian's impression "struck a nerve and was upsetting to the press secretary and to his allies."

When asked about the sketch in a phone interview with Politico on Monday afternoon, Spicer replied, "I would much rather have the focus be on the president's agenda and the success he's having. That's all I'm saying on it. … It doesn't really matter what I think."

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