Spicer taking on new White House role

Jerome Frank
June 20, 2017

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. The longtime Republican strategist's departure left the White House in a position to restructure its communications department, according to the report.

This comes amid a broader staff shake-up after communications director Michael Dubke resigned in late May after just three months on the job.

Since then, Spicer has had to handle both briefings and overall communications strategy and has felt overtaxed.

Journalist Jim Acosta, the senior White House correspondent for CNN, was among those expressing alarm and frustration on Monday after the White House held a press briefing that barred the use of both audio and video recordings. "The president owes him this much for all he's done for him".

Spicer's press briefings are increasingly done off-camera, including Monday.

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His performances inspired a scathing parody by "Saturday Night Live", with actress Melissa McCarthy delivering a gender-bending portrayal of the press secretary as a short, shrill buffoon.

The CNN reporter said he would like to ask Spicer if he is holding conversations with the president about issues like climate change, but that such interactions would not be on camera of recorded due to the White House's "stonewalling".

Spicer had stumbles of his own.

Previous reports have said that President Trump is looking to shake up his communications team, especially in the aftermath in the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

The Washington Post published a story that said he "spent several minutes hidden in the bushes" outside the White House before agreeing to brief gathered reporters.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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