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Spicer Addresses Rumors of New White House Role: ‘I’m Right Here’

White House press secretary Sean Spicer vaguely addressed rumors of a new role for him on Tuesday, saying the Trump administration is always looking for better ways to articulate President Donald Trump's message but not getting more specific than that.

A report from Bloomberg this week said Trump is preparing to shake up his communications team and move Spicer away from the podium and into more of a strategy role. Politico reported Spicer himself is leading the search for a new press secretary.

Spicer smiled during a question about the validity of the reports, saying, "I'm right here," as if to say clearly no immediate change had been made.

"It's no secret we've had a couple vacancies, including our communications director that was gone for a while," Spicer said. "We've been seeking input from individuals as far as ideas that they have. We've been meeting with potential people that may be of service to this administration."

"I don't think that should come as any surprise, but we're always looking for ways to do a better job of articulating the president's message and his agenda, and we'll continue to have those discussions internally," Spicer continued. "When we have an announcement of a personal nature, we'll let you know."

Spicer's briefing Tuesday was his first on-camera one in more than a week. CNN's Jim Acosta ripped into him as "useless" for holding an off-camera briefing that news outlets were not allowed to record.