Sean Spicer might be promoted to get him the fuck off camera
Following Monday’s no-camera, no-audio White House press briefing, CNN’s Jim Acosta wondered what was the point of having a gaggle or a press secretary in the first place if the whole thing was going to be censored, more or less.
“The White House press secretary is getting to a point, Brooke, where he’s just kind of useless,” Acosta said. “You know, if he can’t come out and answer the questions and they’re just not going to do this on-camera or audio, why are we even having these briefings or these gaggles in the first place?”
It seems as though President Trump may have had one of his many flat screens tuned to CNN at that moment, because Bloomberg News is reporting that the White House is weighing whether to move Sean Spicer “into a more senior role focused on strategy,” with a new spokesperson being brought in to act as the president’s official spokesperson. Spicer’s been dogged by rumors he was going to get axed from the very first time he stood in front of the press corps, but has as of yet managed to survive. We’ll see whether this time is any different. But Acosta is right — press briefings are meant to be a way for the White House to communicate directly with the American public. It doesn’t do much good if the public isn’t able to see or hear the White House representative.
The president has threatened to do away with the briefings all together, but that’s always seemed unlikely considering the Trump show is his favorite show — he just wishes his spox was better received. Enter: Laura Ingraham and Daily Mail Editor David Martosko, two names being floated as possible replacements. TBD whether the issue is one with Spicey or the role itself. The press secretary has always been one of the hardest jobs in D.C., but Trump has made it damn near impossible.