Trump Plans to ‘Grade’ Sarah Sanders on Public Appearances and Views Her As Weak: Report

President Donald Trump reportedly told his White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders that he is going to “grade” her appearances in public and hasn’t thought as highly of her for months.

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Apart from his plan to grade Sanders’s performance in public, Trump has “routinely” asked individuals in private what their impression is of the press secretary, people close to the president told The New York Times in a report published Monday.

Trump has considered Sanders weak since she remained seated at the head table during the White House Correspondents Dinner in late April when a comedian criticized her, instead of walking out of the room, according to the sources.

During the dinner, comedian Michelle Wolf called Sanders “very resourceful” because “she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye.”

“Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies,” Wolf said. "I'm never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Is it Sarah Sanders? Is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Is it Cousin Huckabee? Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what's Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women?"

Like Trump, Sanders has deflected questions from the media and provided factually incorrect answers. Sanders’s continued advocacy of Trump’s policies led the owner of the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, to refuse to serve her and ask her to leave.

People close to the president told the Times that his more fiery criticism of the restaurant than his defense of Sanders in a tweet Monday morning shows his dwindling faith in her.

“The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders,” Trump tweeted. “I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!”

Just weeks after the correspondents dinner, after a comment of “dying” Senator John McCain leaked from a closed door White House staff meeting, rumors abounded that Sanders would be fired around her one-year anniversary in her role, which falls in July.

Sanders replaced interim communications director Sean Spicer after he resigned from the post.