White House discussing moving Spicer to senior communications role-official


UPDATE 1-White House discussing moving Spicer to senior communications role-official

(Adds quote from White House official and deputy press
secretary, background on Trump)
    WASHINGTON, June 19 (Reuters) - The White House is
considering shifting press secretary Sean Spicer away from the
daily spokesman role and into a senior communications role but
no such move is imminent, a senior White House official said on
    Spicer has been a frequent source of criticism for his
performance at the White House lectern during daily news
briefings, although President Donald Trump has stood by him
through a variety of controversies.
    Spicer is currently doing double duty as press secretary and
communications director after the previous communications
director, Michael Dubke, resigned May 30.
    The senior White House official, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said discussions about the communications department
have been going on for some time.
    "I don't think anything is imminent," the official said. "No
decisions have been made. There is nothing definitive."
    Trump has privately vented to aides on occasion about the
communications team and the need to have more people defending
him on television.
    The White House has been looking at ways to improve on this
    "We have sought input from many people as we look to expand
our communications operation. As he did in the beginning, Sean
Spicer is managing both the communications and press office,"
said White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders.

 (Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Tom Brown)
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