Clamping down, White House puts the 'brief' in its briefing

Speculation has swirled in recent days that Spicer would imminently be taking on a more strategic - and less public - role at the White House that would scale back, or limit entirely, his duty running the daily White House press briefings.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Tuesday suggested reports that he's changing jobs are premature.

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

On air, Acosta told anchor Brooke Baldwin that the White House was "stonewalling" the news media. "We've been seeking input from individuals as far as ideas that they have and we've been meeting with potential people that may be of service to this administration", Spicer said.

"The White House press secretary is getting to a point... where he is just kind of useless", Acosta said on air Monday.

"And, so, when he's ready to make that announcement, we'll let you know", he added.

However, the White House announced Tuesday morning that Spicer would hold an on-camera briefing later in the afternoon. Bloomberg reported that, according to sources familiar with the situation, if Spicer leaves, he will likely take a more senior role in the communications office that is "behind-the-scenes" and focused on broader communications strategy and messaging. "And there are days that I'll decide that the President's voice should be the one that speaks, and iterate his priorities". We have a tremendous respect for the First Amendment... and I'm going to work with you. "This is one avenue to do that".

"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing", Spicer said at his daily briefing.

Martosko plans to remain as editor of the Daily Mail.

  • Leroy Wright