The press briefing might be over for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that he thinks today’s press briefing will be the last under his watch. “I’m very proud of it,” Spicer said in a brief press gaggle, but…

The press briefing might be over for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Friday that he thinks today’s press briefing will be the last under his watch.

“I’m very proud of it,” Spicer said in a brief press gaggle, but declined to say if he will serve out his term or leave.

Spicer has presided over the daily briefing since Trump took office on Jan. 20. He’s come under scrutiny during his brief tenure, most recently for appearing to give conflicting information about a sanctions push against North Korea.

The briefing is a doghouse for a lot of White House staff members. The rocky relationship between the press and Trump, along with Spicer’s inability to articulate his position, have given reporters a chance to note repeatedly that the briefing is pointless.

Scottie Nell Hughes, head of strategic partnerships at PR Newswire, wrote in a note Thursday that “Today’s press briefing will not be tomorrow’s or next week’s or at all.”

But it’s not without power. On Thursday, Spicer explained to one person in the briefing room how to blow up an app he thought was going to miss or exceed its limit.

Those directives, along with more simple demands to placate reporters, help set the tone for the daily briefing, and they’re likely to remain a popular part of Spicer’s tenure, said Jody Fields, a former press secretary for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.

While a role filled with yelling and name-calling is “not a good fit for this type of President,” Spicer has succeeded in keeping the tone important to Trump, Fields said.

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