Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked by a reporter, April Ryan, “Where’s Sean (Spicer)?”
A series of questions arose about his whereabouts after Sean Spice, White House Press Secretary, who was absent from the press meeting.
Awkwardness ensued, when Sanders told her “He’s here today.” The press was trying to blow the situation out of proportion, but Sanders quickly shut them down.
“This is part of my job as well,” she said in reply to the innuendo that Ryan was making about Spicer no longer doing briefings. “Did you guys ever ask any of the other deputy press secretaries when they filled in?”
Spicer is now taking on extra duties as he is also filling the role of communications director, filling the slot that Mike Dubke had resigned from last week for “personal reasons.”
Sanders said outright that he is “just filling in for the day” and that Spice has “a lot of demands on his schedule” especially with Dubke’s recent resignation.
The exchange began when reporter April Ryan asked deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who was leading the briefing, “Where’s Sean?” Sanders responded by saying, “He’s here today.” As for why he didn’t come out, Sanders said, “This is part of my job as well. Did you guys ever ask any of the other deputy press secretaries when they filled in?” Ryan then asked if Spicer was in a new position, and Sanders responded by saying, “I mean, he is taking on a little bit of extra duty at this point…It’s probably upgraded at this point given that we don’t have a communications director.” In fact, the person who had filled that role, Mike Dubke, announced last week that he had resigned, citing “personal reasons.” Sanders went on to tell reporters, “I’m just filling in for the day…There are a lot of demands on his schedule, particularly given the fact that there’s not a communications director, and this is part of my job as well and when I’m needed, I’ll step in.”