Spicer expected to take less public role

"Asked why the briefings are now routinely held off-camera, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said in a text message 'Sean got fatter, ' and did not respond to a follow-up". The Washington Post reports that the aides have "considered deploying a rotating cast of briefers, in part to prevent the president, who has a short attention span, from growing bored or angry with his press secretary".

Amid the White House gradually shutting out journalists and reports that Sean Spicer is looking for a way out of his role, Steve Bannon had a freakish explanation for the press secretary's disappearing press briefings.

The Twitter spat comes as USA media reported the White House is considering moving Mr Spicer to a more senior communications role.

Meanwhile, aside from the outside pressure, Spicer has reportedly been facing criticism and pressure from inside the White House.

Multiple gaffes from the podium sparked rumors that the Trump administration was seeking a replacement for Spicer, or that the press secretary would be flat out fired. "Sean is indispensable and I think the president knows that".

But Trump has also been intrigued in the past by the possibility of hiring conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham as his press secretary. No audio or video recordings were permitted at the press briefing yesterday, meaning that reporters could only write about what they heard.

Spicer, who would be senior to both the press secretary and communications director under the proposed new structure, has been handing off more day-to-day press briefing responsibilities to Principal Deputy Press Secretary, while increasingly shifting to holding daily press briefings off camera.

It's unclear what role Spicer will play now that he won't be appearing on camera.

Shortly after the briefing, The Atlantic reached out to both Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders.

According to the network's White House correspondent, John Roberts, Spicer will no longer act as press secretary. "It just doesn't make any sense to me", Acosta said.

Acosta then took a moment to point out exactly where he was standing and emphasize one of the most valuable constitutionally protected rights of American democracy: Freedom of the press.

  • Larry Hoffman