Spicer told reporters Tuesday 'it's no secret we've had a couple vacancies, ' including Dubke's job, as he disclosed the White House had been 'seeking input from individuals as far as ideas that they have'.
"Obviously, we've been dealing with a lot of other issues today", Spicer told reporters during a White House press briefing. 'So you can keep taking your selfies and selfie photos'. Characterising it as the "high-confidence judgement of the entire intelligence community", Comey testified that there is no doubt that the Russians meddled "with "purpose", "sophistication" and technology".
Names floated as possible replacements for Spicer behind the podium when he gets his promotion include Spicer's deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders, conservative commentator Laura Ingraham and Fox News co-host of The Five Kimberly Guilfoyle. The group will officially decide how to handle the president's request at its weekly meeting Wednesday, although people close to the caucus say a summit with the president is definitely "off the table". Trump has at times cast doubt on that conclusion, and Spicer said yesterday that he has yet to discuss with the president whether he believes that Moscow was behind the election interference.
"I am right here", a smiling Spicer said.
The White House has generally only used that excuse on days that the president has held a press conference or delivered a major speech.More news: Boston Celtics trade number one pick to Philadephia 76ers
He said his department has done more briefings off-camera because there were "several" news outlets that were violating the press guidelines his office laid out, like broadcasting audio of the interviews live.
For weeks when people have asked me if I thought Spicer was getting the ax, I've suggested the opposite, that it's likely he'll be elevated to Communications Director.
Spicer has frequently made headlines for his fiery responses and sometimes inaccurate statements at briefings.
"It feels like we're slowly but surely being dragged into what is a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions".