Sean Spicer might be leaving White House podium

Kristopher Drake
June 20, 2017

Spicer is now doing double duty as press secretary and communications director after the previous communications director, Michael Dubke, resigned May 30.

Spicer has served as President Donald Trump's press secretary since the beginning of the administration in January.

The senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said discussions about the communications department have been going on for some time. Former communications director Michael Dubke resigned last month. Whether Spicer will stay at the White House in a different role is still unclear. "The president owes him this much for all he's done for him".

"So the White House press secretary is getting to a point, Brooke, where he's just kind of useless", Acosta said during an appearance on "CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin". The report also says that Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has told people close to her that she doesn't want the press secretary position.

In recent weeks, a number of Spicer's question-and-answer sessions with reporters have been conducted off-camera, including on Monday.

Acosta said Spicer would not say whether President Trump has tapes of ex-FBI Director James Comey, or whether he believes in climate change. "No decisions have been made".

The daily briefings from the White House podium were frequently broadcast live on the major cable news networks and his combative back-and-forths with reporters soon earned him a lampooning on NBC's "Saturday Night Live", where actress Melissa McCarthy's portrayal of him has become a national sensation. 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.

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