White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer may no longer do daily on-camera press briefings.
The beleaguered press secretary has been under fire since Day 1 of the Trump administration and reports have swirled since February President Donald Trump has not been pleased with Spicer’s communications office and is considering a shakeup.
Reports suggest Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, may be doing more on-camera work in the future, while Spicer may keep a more senior role in the administration off-camera.
Another White House official said “to expect fewer on-camera briefings in general — something that the administration has been toying with since Trump entered office,” Politico reports.
Spicer’s briefings get an average of 4.3 million viewers daily, “higher than soaps like The Bold and the Beautiful and General Hospital,” which usually air in the same timeslot.
Cable news viewership as a whole has also risen since inauguration day, with Fox, CNN, and MSNBC all seeing substantial increases in daytime audiences (plus an average audience bump of 10 percent when Spicer comes onscreen), according to The New York Times.
CNN even has a special icon for Spicer’s daily press briefing on their mobile app.
In an interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro that aired on Saturday, President Trump suggested doing away with daily press briefings saying, “unless I have them every two weeks and I do them myself, we don’t have them. I think it’s a good idea.”
Trump also commented on Huckabee Sanders and Spicer in his interview, telling Pirro, “Sarah Huckabee is a lovely, young woman. You know Sean Spicer, he is a wonderful human being, he’s a nice man. Well, he’s doing a good job, but he gets beat up.”
On Tuesday, an interview with Fox News “The Five” co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle surfaced in The Mercury News with Guilfoyle claiming she is in talks with the Trump administration to take over Spicer’s role as White House press secretary.
White House officials reportedly say her claims are overblown and “not real.”
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