White House hunts for a communications director after Sean Spicer's presser proves a dampener

Washington: The White House is looking for someone to take some load off of its Press Secretary Sean Spicer, after his performance in the briefing room disappointed US President Donald Trump, a media report said on Wednesday.

Representational image. AP.

Representational image. AP.

According to a CNN report on Tuesday, the White House is now in search of a communications director, a position currently held by Spicer, along with the post of White House Press Secretary.

Citing multiple sources, CNN said Trump has expressed dislike for Spicer's performance in the first two weeks of the administration, and hence the search for a new Communications Director was launched.

Spicer went off to a rocky start with the press after angrily accusing it of covering news incorrectly.

In his first appearance as Press Secretary, Spicer said the media deliberately tried to paint Trump in a negative colour, Xinhua news agency reported. He tried to make good with jokes and offered more question opportunities during later press briefings, but never managed to stitch together the cracks that had developed.

Spicer was called out by the media multiple times for giving out false facts and found himself cornered on many occasions trying to defend some of Trump's controversial remarks.

Saturday Night Live, a famous US comedy show, drew nationwide attention after it ran a sketch in which actress Melissa McCarthy delivered an unflattering portrayal of Spicer.

The episode heightened Trump's worries that Spicer may not be well suited to be the image of the administration, CNN reported.

Spicer himself on Monday shrugged off speculations that he was shaken by the satire, saying the McCarthy bit was too exaggerated.

Spicer was not Trump's initial choice for the job, but secured the position with the backing of close ally Reince Priebus, Trump's Chief of Staff, reports said.

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Updated Date: Feb 08, 2017 15:06:05 IST

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