Sean Spicer 'to take less public role in White House and is looking for podium successor'

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is seeking to take on a more strategic role that would give him a limited presence in the daily press briefings that have made him a prominent face of the Trump administration.

Mr Spicer had discussed taking a more senior communications role at the White House, a senior administration official and three people familiar with the potential changes said on Monday. 

They said he has reached out to possible successors at the podium and as communications director. 

“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 Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a deputy White House press secretary. She declined further comment on the potential changes.

Discussions about overhauling the White House communications office have been ongoing for several weeks, according to the senior administration official. Mr Spicer’s preference is to step away from the press briefings entirely, though other configurations have also been discussed.

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