Sean Spicer is interviewing his own replacement

Tuesday, 20 Jun, 2017

The White House has forbidden the press from recording the briefings with Spicer, banning the use of video or audio to capture the exchanges between the press and the administration.

The White House press secretary is reportedly searching for candidates for both his own job and the White House communications director position, which was vacated by Mike Dubke last month.

"I guess people can say 'there goes the media again".

The drama comes after weeks of rumors that Trump planned to shrink Spicer's public role after the president's first foreign trip overseas.

For four days last week, representatives for President Trump skipped the usual on-camera briefing to take questions off-camera.

The White House has been looking at ways to improve on this front.

The best show on daytime television, Sean Spicer's daily press briefing, was off the air on Monday, as the White House Press Secretary opted for an off-camera gaggle. Some networks, like CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, have instead carried the audio of the briefings live.

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The White House did not respond to questions about the audio policy. More recently, reporters have noted, audio has been restricted as well. "He'll make another comment today at the technology summit".

"I don't know", Spicer said last Monday, during the only on-camera briefing of the week, when asked if Trump would make good on his word and testify under oath on the Russian Federation investigation.

Spicer's time at the White House briefing room podium in recent weeks has decreased amid rumors that Spicer would soon transition to a different role, with some suggesting the President was unhappy with Spicer's performance in the public-facing role.

The White House press briefing dates back to the presidency of William McKinley, and it has become a hallmark of American politics.

"We have sought input from many people as we look to expand our communications operation", White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

While the president would still like Spicer to do briefings from time to time, Spicer's preference is to work exclusively behind the scenes.