Politics Spicer returns to the podium

17:06  17 july  2017
17:06  17 july  2017 Source:   The Hill

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White House press sectary Sean Spicer on Tuesday returned to the podium for his first on-camera briefing in two weeks amid reports of a looming shakeup in the administration's communication strategy.

(Newser) – Sean Spicer returned to the podium Tuesday and while it is far from clear whether the White House press secretary will be in the same role for much longer, his boss was likely pleased by the performance.

Spicer returns to the podium © Provided by The Hill Spicer returns to the podium

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday will hold his first press briefing in nearly three weeks.

Spicer will address reporters at an off-camera briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at 2 p.m.

It will be Spicer's first briefing at the White House since June 28.

President Trump was in Europe for the Group of 20 summit from July 5-8 and traveled to France Thursday and Friday of last week, meaning there were no briefings at the White House.

The press secretary has largely been missing from public view in recent week

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer will return to the briefing room on Tuesday to address reporters on-camera for the first time in eight days.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer launched an attack on the news media Tuesday during his highly anticipated return to the podium . The spokesman dismissed reports of an impending staff shake up

Spicer has taken on many of the behind-the-scenes duties of the White House communications director, a post that has been vacant since early June following the resignation of Mike Dubke.

He has largely delegated the briefings to his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The level of transparency at the briefings, which have increasingly been conducted off-camera, has become a point of contention between the White House staff and press corps.

Rumors of a shakeup have long hung over the embattled White House press office, but thus far, Trump has not made other major changes.

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