White House communications director Mike Dubke resigned on May 18 but stayed in the post until Donald Trump came back from his first foreign trip as president. There were rumors that press secretary Sean Spicer would be affected by Dubke’s resignation. However, that’s not true. Spicer isn’t going anywhere. Trump and his administration like Spicer so he will continue to do his job as press secretary.
The long-rumored White House staff shake-up appeared to be underway following the resignation Tuesday of communications director Mike Dubke.
But White House insiders say the shake-up isn’t expected to go deep, nor will it affect embattled press secretary Sean Spicer.
“People need to get over the fact that he’s staying put,” a key West Wing adviser told the Washington Examiner.
According to the adviser, Spicer remains well-liked by President Donald Trump and his staff.
Spicer’s Tuesday press conference, his first since May 15, was intended to drive home the fact that the White House press secretary “isn’t going anywhere.”
“Spicer isn’t going anywhere, despite the intense speculation, and this briefing is designed to drive home that point,” the adviser said.
Rumors have been swirling that Spicer’s role will be downgraded because of a circus-like atmosphere in his daily press briefings.
The move wouldn’t be unprecedented. Some past administrations also shied away from giving daily press briefings, opting instead for regular briefings to the press, typically taking Mondays or Fridays off.
“The White House will likely do the on-camera press briefings when it serves them best, and right now that means doing them a lot less,” the adviser said, adding that steps are being taken to stop the “grandstanding” by reporters.
Spicer derided the press Tuesday in his first press conference in over two weeks. A Republican close to the White House said Spicer’s briefing was intended “to give the middle finger to [the press].”
“Spicer wanted to do it, and Trump was good with it. I’m not sure how often he’ll do it from now on, but today was to give the middle finger to you guys,” the Republican told Politico.
“They have realized the communications value of those briefings is not good for them,” he added.
Mike Curry, spokesman for President Bill Clinton, was the pioneer of the televised White House daily briefings, and he said he regrets creating the practice.
“The daily briefing has become less than helpful, and I bear responsibility for that because I let it become a televised event,” Curry told Politico. “It should not be … It should be embargoed until completion and not carried ‘live’ except in unusual circumstances … like real news happening.”
There will always be speculations and rumors about what will happen next, not just in the White House. However, you shouldn’t believe everything you read.