White House press secretary Sean Spicer is searching for his replacement as press secretary, two White House sources told Politico.
Spicer’s search is being aided by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and have contacted conservative radio host Laura Ingraham about potentially assuming the role of press secretary, whereas David Martosko – editor of the conservative outlet Daily Mail – has been contacted about his interest in becoming the communications director.
Ingraham has been an avid defender of Trump and the Republican party. Recently, she mocked The Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs for “running to tell the recess monitor” after then-candidate Greg Gianforte threw him to the ground by the neck and repeatedly punched him in the face.
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Ingraham also famously appeared to give a Nazi salute to an image of Trump during the Republican National Convention last year after saying to GOP primary losers: “We should all — even you boys with wounded feelings and bruised egos — we love you, but you must honor your pledge to support Donald Trump now. Tonight.”
Martosko, for his part, attracted criticism for his vehemently pro-Trump reporting during his campaign, even going so far as taking trips on Trump’s private 757 instead of the press plane.
“We have sought input from many people as we look to expand our communications operation,” said White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders following the resignation of Communications Director Michael Dubke last month. “As he did in the beginning, Sean Spicer is managing both the communications and press office.”
Spicer’s relationship with the press has been consistently combative, with the press secretary often fumbling into headline-catching gaffes as he attempted to defend President Trump’s behavior. Today marked a full week since Spicer has insisted on conducting off-camera briefings.
“The White House press secretary is getting to a point where he’s just kind of useless,” CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta said after today’s briefing. “If they’re getting to this point where he’s not going to answer questions or go on camera or have audio, why are we even having these briefings or gaggles in the first place?”
Spicer is hoping to elevate to a senior role in the administration more focused on strategy. However, given multiple reports that Trump regrets hiring him in the first place, it is unknown how likely these plans are. Trump, as of this writing, has reportedly not yet agreed to these changes.
“Until you have the president buying in, any outreach or talk, is just that,” sources said.
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