Reports: Sean Spicer looking for replacement press secretary

By Ray Downs  |  Updated June 20, 2017 at 6:43 AM
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June 19 (UPI) -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer is expected to transition from his role as President Donald Trump's spokesman and into a more off-camera position, administration officials said Monday.

Spicer is expected to move into to a more behind-the-scenes communications role, The Washington Post reported Monday, citing a senior administration official.

Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus have been looking for a replacement since at least last week and former Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham is being considered for the press secretary role, Politico reported.

Soon after Trump's election victory, Ingraham was considered a leading candidate for the White House post, but said she'd only take the job if she had a more significant role in policy-making.

Ingraham wouldn't be the first Fox News personality to take on the role of White House press secretary. Tony Snow went from the conservative network to the White House in 2006 to serve as President George W. Bush's press officer.

If Spicer does leave the role, it will end one of the more contentious relationships a White House press secretary has had with the media in recent years.

Spicer opened up his first press briefing by criticizing the media's reporting of Trump's inauguration, accusing reporters of being "shameful" and "wrong." His aggressive style also was mocked by actress Melissa McCarthy in multiple episodes of Saturday Night Live.

Trump was upset about the impression, which went viral and proved to be so popular that McCarthy came back on the show to revive the role more than once.

"Trump doesn't like his people to look weak," a Trump donor said.

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