Saturday 17 February 2018

White House denies reports it is interviewing for a replacement press secretary

White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Helena Horton

The White House has been forced to deny claims it has been interviewing for a new press secretary to replace Sean Spicer.

This is despite the fact Fox News contributor Carl Higbie claims he has offered his services and had unofficial talks with the White House about working in a communications role.

According to disputed reports, Mr Higbie, a close associate of President Trump’s family and a former Navy SEAL, interviewed for the position Thursday.

He tweeted: "FOR THE RECORD: in last few weeks I spoke to some in admin regarding communications or spox positions, NO formal interviews."

Mr Higibie also told the Washingtonian: "Well, I can say I offered my services.”

“I haven’t heard back from the administration yet."

A White House spokesperson has told media outlets that there is no truth to the speculation.

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Sean Spicer, the current press secretary, has been dogged by controversy since he began the role.

Many journalists have held him in derision because of his combative style and controversial statements.

He has been the subject of an unfortunate parody on Saturday Night Live, where Melissa McCarthy spoofed his aggressive style.

He said the show had "crossed over to mean" after the performance.

Spicer also said on Sunday that the exaggerated performance could have been "dialed back".

The press secretary told Extra the show had once been funny but has turned mean, and drew attention to Alec Baldwin's impressions of Donald Trump.

He said: "Alec has gone from funny to mean and that's unfortunate. SNL used to be really funny. There's a streak of meanness now that they've crossed over to mean."

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