Sean Spicer's Tortured Relationship with Trump Hits a New Low
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 19:40
Spicer, 45, is rumored to be promoted to a role that oversees the Trump administration's news and communications operations, though he told reporters Tuesday that "I'm right here". "We're standing at the White House, and they bring us into the briefing room here at the White House and they won't answer these questions on camera or let us record the audio".
White House officials believed the trip garnered good coverage even though the president eschewed a longtime presidential tradition of holding a news conference overseas and instead provided only limited public press briefings.
There are potentially dozens of reasons why White House press briefings are now routinely held off-camera. "As a very active President with lots of things happening, it is not possible for my surrogates to stand at podium with flawless accuracy!" he said on Twitter in May.
It was announced Monday that White House press secretary Sean Spicer will reportedly receive a promotion from his current role to communications chief, a position that would give Spicer oversight of the entire communications department in the Trump White House.
Spicer did have an update for reporters on the question of whether or not President Trump has any recordings of his conversations with Comey, which he mentioned in a Tweet last month.
The current press secretary dodged a question on Tuesday about whether he would leave his job for another White House role soon.
And yet the humiliations continue: According to multiple news outlets, Spicer has been reduced to looking for his own replacement to lead the White House briefing. CNN's senior White House correspondent said of the no camera policy.
"It's no secret we've had a couple of vacancies including our communications director.we've been seeking input from people as far as what ideas they might have", Mr Spicer said. "As he did in the beginning, Sean Spicer is managing both the communications and press office".