White House press corps cries foul after Spicer left out of Pope meeting
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Reporters covering the White House voiced disappointment Wednesday on Twitter following reports that President Trump's press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerWhite House press aide Raj Shah joining lobbying firm Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Conway: She has 'engaged in a War on Facts since Inauguration Day' Huckabee: Nauert may need 'armor suit' to get through Senate confirmation hearing MORE was left out of a meeting with Pope Francis.

Trump attended the meeting with first lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka Trump and adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, along with several other members of his White House team, but Spicer — who is Catholic — was absent.

The move was viewed as a slight by some members of the White House press pool, who responded to the news on Twitter by defending Spicer and slamming Trump's decision to exclude his top spokesman.

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Spicer, who often has a contentious relationship with the press, was nowhere to be seen Thursday in pictures of Trump's meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican. CNN reported that Spicer was "eagerly anticipating the meeting" with the pontiff.

Spicer is vocal about his Catholic faith. Last year, Spicer was attacked on Twitter after the New Hampshire primary after he appeared on television sporting an Ash Wednesday mark on his forehead, a common practice for Catholics.