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CNN reporter labels White House spokesman ‘just kind of useless’

“It’s no secret we’ve had a couple vacancies, including our communications director that was gone for a while”, Spicer said.Spicer and Priebus have had preliminary discussions with Ingraham, and Martosko met with chief strategist Steve Bannon last week, according to the official.Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News.Tuesday’s briefing also comes as White House officials are mulling a new role for Spicer in the West Wing that might take him out of the briefing room for good.The first few questions were related to policy, not Spicer’s future, but he was eventually asked about a recent Politico report that President Trump is looking to make changes to the White House communications operation. “When we have an announcement of a personal nature, we’ll let you know”. White House correspondents reacted with varying degrees of outrage that their daily close-ups on the most popular show in daytime TV were being scrapped.”I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing”, Spicer said.The president has long seen himself as his most effective spokesman, and has faulted his communications team for much of the early turbulence at the White House as well as the backlash from the firing of FBI Director James Comey.Spicer on Monday would only say that Trump “has confidence in everyone who serves him in this administration”.Acosta then linked Monday’s off-camera press briefing to Trump’s reluctance to hold press conferences – he’s held a handful of brief joint press conferences with foreign leaders but only one on his own since becoming president in January.The press secretary said Trump has given more access than past administrations when factoring in other elements of communications aside from daily briefings, saying his staff is “very accommodating” and “responsive”.When the White House announced that they would hold a televised briefing after all, some joked that Mr Spicer wanted to do it to clear his name.The White House is to change the roles in the communications office, as this is meant to be a fresh start since various communication mishaps since Trump took office.The White House’s less-is-best approach to public information has become more pronounced since Trump returned from his nine-day, five-nation tour in late May.