White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah will give his first official White House briefing to the media Thursday, according to a report.
Shah will step in for press secretary Sarah Sanders behind the podium in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room while Sanders is away on vacation, per Axios.
Shah did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.
The move comes as derogatory comments Shah reportedly made about President Trump in the wake of the "Access Hollywood" controversy during the 2016 election surfaced Monday.
While at the Republican National Committee, Shah reportedly emailed researcher Andrew Hemming, writing: “u wanna hear something a little fucked up?”
“I’m kinda enjoying this, some justice,” Shah continued in the messages obtained by New York magazine. “I honestly don’t think it’s the worst thing he’s done but he somehow got passes for the other acts.”
“Trump is a deplorable,” he added.
The White House has stood by Shah following the publication of the missives.
“Perhaps if the leakers trying to undermine him were as talented and smart as Raj, they would be here fighting for the American people every day, rather than trying desperately to remain relevant by spreading information that Raj himself shared many months ago," White House communications director Hope Hicks wrote in a statement. "Raj’s skills as a press secretary are only surpassed by his stellar character.”