Trump Picks White House Press Secretary

While filling out the rest of the communications team
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2016 2:37 PM CST
Trump Picks His White House Press Secretary
Donald Trump has named Sean Spicer as the future White House press secretary.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Donald Trump announced his White House communications team Thursday with former RNC communications director Sean Spicer nabbing the role of White House press secretary, Politico reports. The rest of the team will be Hope Hicks as strategic communications director, Jason Miller as communications director, and Dan Scavino as social media director. “Sean, Hope, Jason, and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition,” Trump said in a statement. “I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again.” Trump likely made the final decisions on his communications team Wednesday during "internal staff meetings" at Mar-a-Lago.

Spicer, believed to have been the favorite for the press secretary role due to his connections with incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus, calls it an "amazing honor," Fox News reports. But the Washington Post notes it's "likely to be a challenging position given Trump's sometimes hostile relationship with the media," not to mention his habit of unfiltered tweeting. On the other hand, CNN reports Spicer's appointment could be seen as a "positive sign" for members of the media afraid Trump would limit press access to his administration. After 15 years doing communications for Republicans in Washington, Spicer knows the "press relations game" in the city. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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