The White House is likely to move Press Secretary Sean Spicer to a more senior role in a new department. Meanwhile, Spicer is searching for his replacement on the briefing room podium, a report said citing two officials familiar with the matter. The discussions over shuffling of the White House communications team are still in its earlier stages and no final decision has been made, the sources said.
The move would finally put to rest rumors of Spicer being ousted. Insiders have reportedly said that President Donald Trump has shown increasing confidence in Spicer’s ability to improve the administration’s communications.
The search for candidates for the role of press secretary has already started. Last week, Spicer and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus reached out to Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham for the role of press secretary and Daily Mail editor David Martosko for the role of communications director, Politico reported citing a White House official.
The official also said Spicer and Priebus have had preliminary discussions with Ingraham, and Martosko met with chief strategist Steve Bannon last week.
While Ingraham declined to comment, Martosko said “I can’t hear you,” and hung up. He did not respond to an email inquiry either, according to Politico.
Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who was also being considered for the role of the press secretary during the transition, did not show any interest and thus was not interviewed, sources said.
According to various reports, the White House has “sought inputs from many people” as is planning to expand communications operation, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, deputy White House press secretary said in a statement.
After Communications Director Mike Dubke resigned last month citing “personal” reasons, Spicer replaced him and is currently serving two roles — the White House press secretary and the…