White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is eyeing ceding the podium in the coming weeks to take on the role of Senior Advisor for Communications on a full-time basis, according to two officials.
Spicer began the Administration acting in both the press secretary and communications director capacities and returned to wearing the two hats last month after Mike Dubke departed the White House.
The move, which is still not finalized, would be part of a broader shake-up of the West Wing communications operations, amid presidential frustrations and key vacancies in the department. Such a redefinition of roles has been discussed for months inside the White House, but has never materialized due to troubles filling the position.
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.
“There are days that I’ll decide that the President’s voice should be the one that speaks, and iterate his priorities,” Spicer said Monday during one such occasion.
Sources said Sanders wasn’t interested in on a full time basis, and the White House has re-interviewed …read more
Source:: Time – Politics