|This is Seve Bannon Trying to Fat shame Ex-Press Secretary Sean Spencer. he looks like 44 waist to me....|
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White House chief strategist Steve Bannon "fat shamed" press secretary Sean Spicer, Chelsea Clinton has said.
The former first daughter criticised Mr Bannon on Twitter, saying the White House was "using fat shaming to justify increased opacity".
Mr Bannon told The Atlantic in a text message a day earlier the reason news briefings had been held off-camera was because "Sean got fatter".
Mr Bannon did not respond to follow-up questions nor elaborate on his remarks.
The White House has been holding a series of off-camera briefings in place of the traditional daily media events.
The Trump administration has frustrated White House reporters by also restricting the use of audio and video during the briefings.
Ms Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, retweeted British author Brian Klaas, who called Mr Bannon's excuse "pathetic and undemocratic".