Trump Won't Fire Sean Spicer Because He's 'Good for Ratings'

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The president is less concerned about the message and more concerned with the ratings, yet again.

Every once in a while we forget that we have a former reality star for a president. But then, President Donald Trump reminds us with an inflammatory remark or odd statement.

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Sean Spicer, the press secretary for the commander-in-chief, has had a fair amount of gaffes since taking the position. From telling seasoned journalist April Ryan to stop shaking her head to making light of the Holocaust, he's basically been a train wreck.

But in the eyes of the man who holds America's nuclear codes, it's all good. 

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According to The Washington Post, Spicer's future was discussed at a White House lunch last month. The president said, "I'm not firing Sean Spicer. That guy gets great ratings. Everyone tunes in."

Trump's relationship with the press, television ratings, and likability has been contentious since he stepped into the White House. Currently, the president has a 42 percent approval rating, which is the lowest in the history of the rating system at this point in his term, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

But his ratings from press conferences and television appearances are always high. 

“It's the highest for Face the Nation or as I call it, 'Deface the Nation,'" Trump told the AP, referring to the CBS News Sunday political talk show. “It's the highest for 'Deface the Nation' since the World Trade Center — since the World Trade Center came down.”

Problem is —aside from that highly offensive comment about the WTC— ratings don't mean improvement for the country. And while he's thinking about ratings and views, we're hoping someone is thinking about the well-being of the American people.

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