White House said to weigh new job for press secretary Spicer

Lance Nichols
June 20, 2017

Last week, Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus contacted conservative commentator Laura Ingraham about the role of press secretary and Daily Mail editor David Martosko about the role of communications director, according to Politico. Michael Dubke was hired as communications director, but his departure a few weeks back left Spicer once again filling both positions.

White House correspondent Jim Acosta reports on Twitter that Spicer could move into a new senior role with White House communications, which would open the spot at his podium.

"It's possible we will have an answer to that at the end of the week", Spicer said in an off-camera briefing.

Spicer has been a frequent source of criticism for his performance at the White House lectern during daily news briefings, although President Donald Trump has stood by him through a variety of controversies.

Spicer had stumbles of his own.

Acosta said Spicer would not say whether President Trump has tapes of ex-FBI Director James Comey, or whether he believes in climate change.

Bloomberg, which also reported the news that Spicer might move into a different role, noted that no final decisions have been made.

Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will brief reporters from now on as the White House looks for a replacement. Spicer later expressed frustration that other reporters who had observed the scene didn't come to his defense and explain that he was talking with someone on a sidewalk hemmed by shrubbery, not literally hiding in bushes. He was fulfilling long-scheduled Navy reserve duty requirements, but much of the external blame for the Comey fiasco fell on him, for failing to have a strategic sense of the extent of the fallout.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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