Laura Ingraham responded to recent reports that she is under consideration to replace Sean Spicer as White House press secretary, telling “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that it’s not something she is “dying to do” but “would think about it.”
The conservative talk-radio host said that a lot of people have emailed her about the speculation, but claimed she doesn’t have a lot of information about the gig because she’s been in a news “blackout.”
“I’ve always said that if it’s something that I think I could do well, and it would really advance the agenda of this administration at a time where I think there’s so much at stake for the country and for the future, you know, I would think about it,” Ingraham said. “I’m not sure if that’s the role I would pick for myself, but I have a legal background, strategic, you know, political communications planning. I’m not sure the press secretary thing is something I’m dying to do.”
She went on to say it would be “fun” to do it and that she wouldn’t be intimidated by the job.
On Monday, Politico reported that Spicer is reaching out to prospective candidates to take over his position as part a plan to shake up the White House communications operation. Ingraham and Daily Mail U.S. political editor David Martosko have been in talks to join the communications team, the report stated.
Politico cites an unnamed White House official who claims that Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus have already had preliminary discussions with Ingraham. The White House has been trying to reboot its communications arm since director Michael Dubke resigned last month.
There have also been rumors that Spicer’s position is shaky because of the way he was turned into a pop culture joke, notably in by Melissa McCarthy in a series of acclaimed “Saturday Night Live” appearances.
While Spicer is looking for a replacement, he won’t be out of the West Wing. Spicer has been pushing for a new role, according to Politico, that would be senior to both the communications director and press secretary.
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