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Sean Spicer no longer expected to give daily briefings

Sean Spicer no longer expected to give daily briefings

President Donald Trump withheld the news from press secretary Sean Spicer that he was going to fire James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director over fears the news would leak from his communications team to the media, The Hill reported Saturday.

Spicer's fate has been the subject of speculation for months among reporters who deal with him daily inside the White House briefing room. "On a professional level it's disappointing because I think I've let the president down, and so on both a personal level and professional level, that would definitely go down as not a very good day in my history", Spicer said in a statement at the Newseum.

The New York Times and POLITICO reported that Trump was considering handing over press briefing duties to principal deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, which three sources confirmed to BuzzFeed News Thursday.

Those briefings could soon be a thing of the past, however, according to a number of recent reports by White House watchers.

'With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed!' Trump said, calling the Russian Federation probe 'the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!'

As for those hoping for Fox News anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle to join the administration, a splash of cold water: per an official, those rumors are "not real". Trump recently threatened to stop having them altogether.

Trump was noncommittal on Friday about Spicer's future, telling Fox News his press secretary was a "wonderful human being" and a "nice man", but bemoaned his treatment by the Washington press corps. "Even if they wanted to cease the White House briefing, which would get a lot of people upset, I think he should be doing more of these press conferences himself".

The value of the White House daily briefings has also been called into question by media observers, along with the existence of the White House press corps itself.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer watches his boss, President Donald Trump, address reporters today alongside Colombia's president.

Spicer is expected to keep his job but be more behind the scenes.


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