White House discussing moving Spicer to senior communications role

Lucy Bush
June 20, 2017

Recently, the White House has begun to stipulate that they are both off-camera and off-mic.

Spicer will no longer handle day-to-day press duties, including daily media briefings, and will instead oversee communications for the entire administration.

"I just don't know what we're doing", he said. In subsequent months, he would see the statements he made at the White House podium contradicted by the President - raising questions about the administration's credibility and Spicer's ability to speak for Trump with confidence.

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In response to networks like CNN that chose to broadcast audio of the briefing, even without a visual to accompany, the White House barred attendees from doing that, too. "That is the only conclusion one can draw, that when they give us answers, it somehow reads better in print". Monday's briefing - the White House termed it a "gaggle", a more informal set-up, though it took place in a format much like a briefing - was likewise off-camera, with audio broadcasting forbidden.

Last week, Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus reached out to Fox News personality Laura Ingraham about the role of press secretary and Daily Mail editor David Martosko about the role of communications director, according to a White House official. "He'll make another comment today at the technology summit. Sean is indispensable and I think the president knows that".

The Washington Post's Paul Farhi quantified the collapse of the briefing last week, noting that Spicer and Sanders held 53 "official briefings and 'gaggles, ' informal, untelevised Q&As with small groups of reporters" in Trump's first 100 days in office.

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"I don't know why everybody is going along with this", he added.

"I wish we had some video or some audio from this briefing to share with you, but the White House mandated that we are not allowed to cover the White House press secretary for the United States of America in that fashion", Acosta said.

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