White House press secretary Sean Spicer borrows Saturday Night Live joke at media call

Harriet Sinclair

White House press secretary Sean Spicer jokingly referenced a sketch from Saturday Night Live during a media briefings.

Spicer told journalists: "Don't make me make this podium move" in a nod to comic actress Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of Spicer chasing journalists with a moving podium.

He was responding to a journalist questioning whether President Donald Trump may have been "too excited" when he took to Twitter to share numbers in the February jobs report.

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The figures revealed that 235,000 new jobs had been created, a rise that prompted Trump to tweet "Great again!"

SNL's take on President Donald Trump's administration has not always gone down so well – particularly with Trump himself, who reportedly dislike the fact that a woman is playing Spicer.

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A top Trump donor previously told Politico that the president "doesn't like his people to look weak". Trump not tweeting about McCarthy's initial portrayal of Spicer was a sign that it had made the White House particularly uncomfortable, the donor added.

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Trump has previously voiced his dislike of the show and Baldwin's portrayal of him on Twitter.

Two weeks earlier he derided the show for being "one-sided".

"I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night. It is a totally one-sided, biased show - nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?"

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