Sean Spicer to Return to White House Press Briefings, but You Still Can't See Him

Sean Spicer
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not always handle his briefings well. Chip Somodevilla/Getty

He's back.

After weeks in the White House wilderness, Sean Spicer is scheduled to take to the podium for Monday's press briefing, according to multiple reports from White House correspondents.

But only those in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room will be able to see the White House press secretary, as the briefing will be held off-camera, as is becoming increasingly common amid the Trump administration's continuous battles with what the president has dubbed the "Fake News media."

Sean Spicer is back -- will brief today *off-camera.* By my count, the last time Spicer briefed the press was June 26th (also off-cam)

— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) July 17, 2017

Sean Spicer back at the WH lectern at 2pm/ET for today's press briefing. But no TV Cameras. It's Spicer's first briefing since June 26.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 17, 2017

Spicer's whereabouts have been a point of curiosity—and, in some cases, concern—among observers and commentators, including Democratic Representative Maxine Waters, whose tweet on the matter has been retweeted almost 9,000 times since Friday.

Has anyone checked on Sean Spicer?

— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) July 14, 2017

Of late, he has been replaced in the daily press briefings by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, his deputy, and there have been reports that he is interviewing for his replacement as he prepares to take a less public role in the administration's communications team.

Following Spicer's public meltdown in the wake of Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey—when he hid in the bushes at the White House before giving a short briefing—the press secretary has also faced several public humiliations. Trump left Spicer, a devout Catholic, out of his entourage that met with Pope Francis in May; and Steve Bannon, a senior Trump adviser (who at one point also appeared to have fallen out of favor with the president), answered that Spicer "got fatter" when asked by The Atlantic as to why the press briefings were increasingly been conducted off camera.

Monday's briefing will be Spicer's first at the White House since June 28, according to political news site The Hill. President Trump was touring Europe for the G20 Summit July 5-8 and traveled to France last Thursday and Friday to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron, meaning there were no press briefings in Washington on those days.