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White House press secretary Sean Spicer is looking for someone to take over his press briefing duties as President Donald Trump is reportedly considering him for a more senior communications role, according to Politico.
This comes amid a broader staff shake-up after communications director Michael Dubke resigned in late May after just three months on the job.
Spicer, along with Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus, reportedly spoke with conservative media personality Laura Ingraham about the press secretary job. They also reportedly interviewed Daily Mail editor David Martosko for the communications director position last week.
“We have sought input from many people as we look to expand our communications operation,” White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Politico. “As he did in the beginning, Sean Spicer is managing both the communications and press office.”
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Fox News host who has openly discussed being considered for the press secretary role, has not been interviewed, according to sources who spoke with Politico.
The president and top White House aides have reportedly criticized Spicer for his response to several high-profile incidents, including Trump’s firing of James Comey as FBI director and an investigation into leakers within the communications staff, but Spicer is still considered one of the president’s greatest assets.
“Spicer should be elevated and if he’s not, I would not blame him for leaving,” a White House official told Politico. “The president owes him this much for all he’s done for him. Sean is indispensable and I think the president knows that.”
Bloomberg, which also reported the news that Spicer might move into a different role, noted that no final decisions have been made.
Some reporters, including The New York Times’ White House correspondent, Maggie Haberman, reacted with surprise to the news that Spicer has been tasked with finding his own replacement.
The singular weirdness of a press secretary helping to find his replacement in this way is something else https://t.co/ewgbAfvvzK
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 19, 2017
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