In a major expansion of press secretary Sean Spicer's role, the Trump White House is considering a plan to make him the communications boss over the West Wing and rest of the administration, according to insiders.
The role would be new for a White House, and one Fox Business said is equal to a deputy chief of staff.
The move would finally put to rest the repeated false reports that Spicer is being ousted. Insiders said that the reality is exactly the opposite and President Trump has shown increasing confidence in Spicer's ability to improve the administration's communications.
One White House adviser said the new role would help the White House better coordinate daily and long-term communications, improve Cabinet communications and improve the teamwork between the Republican National Committee and outside surrogates.
Reports meanwhile indicate that Spicer wants out of the daily briefings and will name a new spokesperson and communications director. Names include conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham and Daily Mail editor David Martosko. Neither had an immediate comment.
Deputy spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who has received good reviews for her press briefings, is also in the running to get the top spox job.
"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," the White House said in a statement to Fox.
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