Sean Spicer Confirms WH 'Meeting with Potential People' for Press Vacancies

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"We have a tremendous respect for the First Amendment, our ability and your ability to do your job, to report and seek out ideas", Spicer told the White House press corps.

The press secretary said he didn't know whether Trump or anyone on his staff has read the Senate health care bill that GOP lawmakers are now drafting behind closed doors.

When a reporter followed up by noting that 16 intelligence agencies believe that the Russians did interfere, and former FBI Director James Comey said as much in his congressional testimony, Spicer reiterated that he couldn't answer because he hadn't spoken with Trump.

Whatever the reason might be, if Spicer actually leaves, not only would the press miss his erratic performance in the briefing room, but America would also miss him. "I don't even know where we are in terms of a final plan". The group will officially decide how to handle the president's request at its weekly meeting Wednesday, although people close to the caucus say a summit with the president is definitely "off the table". One White House official said Spicer and Chief of Staff Reince Preibus held preliminary discussions last week with Ingraham, while Chief Strategist Steve Bannon met with Martosko.

"I have not sat down and asked him about his specific reaction to them, so I'd be glad to touch base and get back to you", Spicer responded.

"I'm not going to get ahead of where we may or may not go", he added.

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The Russia-related story Mr. Trump has flat-out denied is whether there was any connection between Russians and his campaign, an investigation he has repeatedly decried on Twitter as a "witch hunt".

"Your whole job is speaking for the administration!"

Reports circulated Monday that the White House is considering moving Spicey into a "more senior role focused on strategy" and interviewing potential replacements.

Fallon introduced a fake clip of what the White House is looking for in a press secretary.

Recently, his deputy press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been doing more and more press briefings.

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