White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, despite being a devout Catholic, didn’t make the list of people that President Donald Trump brought to meet the Catholic Church’s leader Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Spicer, who gave up alcohol for Lent and appeared on television with Ash Wednesday ashes on his forehead, assumed he would go on the trip. But despite the fact that Trump’s aides reportedly yielded their spots on the trip so that Catholic staffers could visit the Vatican, Spicer still didn’t get to attend, Politico and CNN reported.
It seemed natural that Spicer might attend given that he briefed multiple senior administration officials on the president’s trip and regularly attends church.
Senior Trump advisor and fellow Catholic Kellyanne Conway was missing from the Vatican trip, as well. Their absences came amidst reports that both, after receiving criticism, would play downsized roles in the White House.
Hope Hicks, another White House communications aide and non-Catholic, did go, however, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino.