Is Sean Spicer's tenure as White House press secretary coming to an end? Spicer would not explicitly confirm or deny reports that he is preparing to transition into a behind-the-scenes role while searching for a replacement to field reporters' questions in the briefing room.
“Look, it's no secret we've had a couple vacancies, including a communications director who's [been] gone for a while,” Spicer said during Tuesday's briefing, his first on camera since June 12. “We've been seeking input from individuals, as far as ideas that they have, and we've been meeting with potential people that may be of service to this administration. I don't think that should come as any surprise.
“But we're always looking for ways to do a better job of articulating the president's message and his agenda, and we'll continue to have those discussions internally. When we have an announcement of a personnel nature, we'll let you know.”
Spicer has been available to reporters less often and for shorter periods in recent weeks. In March, he spent 1,000 minutes with journalists. Heading into Tuesday's session, he was on pace for just 308 minutes in June.