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Report: Sean Spicer Searching For His Own Replacement

| by Michael Allen
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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is reportedly searching for someone to replace him at the White House briefing room podium.

An unidentified White House official told Politico that Spicer and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus recently talked to conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham about taking over as press secretary.

The White House official also said that Daily Mail editor David Martosko is under consideration as communications director, a job vacated by Mike Dubke in May.

Chief White House strategist Steve Bannon reportedly had a meeting with Martosko.

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Neither Ingraham nor Martosko offered comment to Politico.

According to people familiar with the job searches, Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle was considered for press secretary, but is not interested.

Two White House sources said Trump and his senior staff blamed Spicer and Dubke for their responses to the firing of FBI Director James Corey, which caught most people by surprise, including Comey.

Spicer and Dubke were blamed for not lining up Trump surrogates to defend Comey's firing by attacking Democrats for criticizing Comey in October 2016 for announcing a new investigation that included Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's emails only days before the 2016 election. The investigation turned out to be a probe into Clinton aide Huma Abedin's husband Anthony Weiner.

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Spicer and Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have been alternating in the role of giving White House press briefings.

Sanders addressed Politico's report on June 19: "We have sought input from many people as we look to expand our communications operation. As he did in the beginning, Sean Spicer is managing both the communications and press office."

Sanders has reportedly said that she does not want to be the White House press secretary.

A White House official said: "Spicer should be elevated and if he’s not, I would not blame him for leaving. The president owes him this much for all he’s done for him. Sean is indispensable and I think the president knows that."

Spicer, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, and former "Apprentice" star/current Trump communications liaison Omarosa Manigault told White House reporters on June 19 not to broadcast live video or audio during the afternoon White House press briefing, notes the Daily Beast.

"I’ve said it since the beginning -- the president spoke today, he was on camera," Spicer stated. "He’ll make another comment today at the technology summit. And there are days that I’ll decide that the president’s voice should be the one that speaks, and iterate his priorities."

CNN reporter Jim Acosta told CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin how the White House briefings were becoming "bizarre" because of the media blackout:

I don’t know what world we’re living in right now, Brooke, where we’re standing at the White House and they bring us into the briefing room here at the White House, and they won’t answer these questions on camera or let us record the audio ...

I don’t understand why we covered that gaggle today, quite honestly, Brooke. If they can’t give us the answers to the questions on camera or where we can record the audio, they’re basically pointless.

Sources: Politico, Daily Beast / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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