Is Sean Spicer Leaving The White House Podium?

Posted June 26, 2017

"The president has said he will make an announcement on this, I expect it this week, and so when he's ready to make the announcement, I'll let you know", Spicer said.

Following public criticisms from CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta over the White House now often holding off-camera press gaggles, The Atlantic's Rosie Gray sent a text message to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to inquire about the change from more traditional on-camera briefings - and she received quite the response.

"I have not sat down and asked him about a specific reaction to it", Spicer said.

Spicer said he's made it clear since he was hired that he wanted to do things "better" than previous administrations by giving access to other news outlets that "haven't had it".

"It's no secret we've had a couple vacancies, including our communications director who has been gone for a while", Spicer said.

Discussions about overhauling the White House communications office have been ongoing for several weeks, according to administration officials.

"I am right here", a smiling Spicer said.

Whatever the reason might be, if Spicer actually leaves, not only would the press miss his erratic performance in the briefing room, but America would also miss him.

Spicer and Priebus reportedly reached out to Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham about her interest in the press secretary role, POLITICO reported, as well as asked Daily Mail editor David Martosko about his desire to fill the communications director position.

Reporters in recent months have been concerned about the frequency and nature of the daily press briefings, and recent decisions to restrict cameras and recording equipment triggered a new round of consternation over accessibility. "But there is no massive White House shake-up coming, it's not going to happen", he insisted.

Spicer's briefings have been must-see TV during the start of the Trump era, beginning with his fiery, inaccurate claim that journalists wrongly portrayed the size of Trump's inauguration audience.

"We have a tremendous respect for the First Amendment, our ability and your ability to do your job, to report and seek out ideas", Spicer told the White House press corps.

"There are days that I'll decide that the president's voice should be the one that speaks and iterate his priorities".