Doocy let Trump off the hook. An unannounced phone check is obviously a controversial move, but the "Fox & Friends" host didn't press Trump to weigh in on it. Doocy gave Trump a chance to answer with some generic statement about the scourge of leaks.
And yet, Trump volunteered his belief that it would have been better to meet individually with communications aides than to surprise the whole group with an order to turn over their phones!
Yes, Trump began his response by saying that Spicer is a "fine human being." But that has never been the issue. The issue, since Inauguration Day, has been that Trump habitually criticizes the way Spicer does his job. Based on leaks (of course), we know that Trump would have preferred Kellyanne Conway in the role of White House press secretary. Trump has reportedly criticized Spicer's performance in the briefing room and even his wardrobe.
No wonder Spicer is sick of all the leaks.
So, what does Trump do? He goes on Fox News and serves up an unsolicited, on-the-record criticism of Spicer.
Even if Spicer succeeds in stopping leaks that make him look bad, he probably won't be able to do anything about his boss's views of him.