Bloomberg reported Monday Spicer could be moved into a “more senior role focused on strategy.” Politico reported that Spicer is leading the search for his replacement as press secretary, and says Laura Ingraham is a top contender for the role.
On Jan. 21, one day after Trump’s inauguration, Spicer held a last-minute press briefing in which he ripped the media for accurately reporting that the new president had fewer people attend his swearing-in than former President Barack Obama did in 2009. He accused members of the media of engaging in “deliberately false reporting” and refused to take questions, setting the tone for months of fraught exchanges with reporters.
In February, he blocked several news outlets, including CNN and The New York Times, from attending an off-camera press briefing. In March, he was criticized for telling senior journalist April Ryan to stop shaking her head.
In a statement tweeted by Fox News producer Meghan Welsh Monday, the White House said Spicer is still managing both its communications and press office.