On Monday afternoon, Politico reported that White House press secretary Sean Spicer is interviewing people to replace him behind the lectern at briefings, though he may be moving to a higher-level strategy position in the White House. That report follows a report from late May citing “talk” that Spicer’s role could be changing, which follows a report from mid-May about how Kimberly Guilfoyle, a Fox News host, claimed to be in talks to replace Spicer, which followed a report from March about Trump asserting more control over his message-delivery operation, which followed a report in February citing President Trump’s apparent dissatisfaction with Spicer.

Fox News later confirmed the Politico story, reporting that the new role is “similar to a deputy chief of staff.” Unclear is whether Spicer will reappear at the podium. Fox Newser Laura Ingraham has been contacted about the press secretary position, according to Politico.

The White House issued a statement, as reported by Fox News, cementing Spicer’s standing atop the comms heap: “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,” said the statement. The previous communications director, Mike Dubke, resigned his position last month.

In a Trump White House, of course, this entire scheme could be scrapped by Tuesday morning.

Whoever ends up with the press secretary job, it is shrinking. On Monday afternoon, Spicer took questions from the White House press corps but stipulated no cameras and no audio. Such restrictions hobble outlets that rely on video and audio — television and radio outlets, that is — to serve their constituencies. CNN’s Jim Acosta used social media to express his disappointment:

The last on-camera White House briefing was last Monday.

Pressed on the rules for Monday’s briefing, Spicer said, “I’ve said it since the beginning — the president spoke today, he was on camera. 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.”

For five months, Spicer has spewed precisely such nonsense, on issue after issue. That is, when he wasn’t telling outright falsehoods or making an outlandish comment about Nazi Germany. For all this, Spicer has reportedly earned himself a promotion. It’s proof that in the world of Donald Trump, loyalty counts for everything; competence, for nothing.