Will it be a campaign loyalist like Robert Gibbs or a converted member of the media like Tony Snow? A handful of names have been rumored as President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for his first White House press secretary. PRWeek looks at the odds.
Miller has worked as a senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign since June and has represented the campaign often on cable news. Previously, he held the same position with one-time Trump rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and worked for former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign. He is currently communications director for Trump’s transition team. His take: Miller has not publicly commented on the role, for which he is being considered, according to Fox News.
Spicer has worked for the Republican National Committee since 2011 as communications director and took on the additional role of chief strategist early last year. He served as one of the Trump campaign’s foremost defenders on cable news through Election Day, and the former House and Bush White House aide is in the mix for the press secretary role according to numerous outlets. His take: Asked last week about his future, Spicer told PRWeek, "I haven't spent any time thinking about it at this point."
Best known as a radio host, Ingraham spoke at this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland and was a staunch Trump supporter throughout his campaign. She hosts "The Laura Ingraham Show," is the editor-in-chief of LifeZette, and can be seen regularly on The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel and ABC News’ This Week. The Hill cited two sources with direct knowledge of discussions last week to report she was under "serious consideration" for the role. Her take: Ingraham told Fox News she’d be "honored" to serve in the position but "people are getting a little far ahead of the narrative."
One of Trump’s first campaign aides, Hicks is "certain" to receive a White House post, according to Politico, but she hasn’t been widely mentioned as a contender for the press secretary role in media reports. Politico earlier predicted she’ll be named deputy communications director. Her take: Hicks has not publicly commented about a future in the White House but is a spokesperson for the Trump transition team.
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Prominent TV surrogate Scottie Nell Hughes isn’t a stranger to the spotlight, even feeling the heat of Saturday Night Live during the campaign. Her take: She told The Tennessean she’d consider a White House role.
Conway was reportedly in the running for several positions, from White House chief of staff and chief strategist—roles that went to Reince Priebus and Stephen Bannon, respectively—to communications director. She had served as Trump’s campaign manager since August, and she’s known Trump since 2006, earning the nickname "the Trump whisperer." The conventional wisdom is that she’ll get a higher-ranking role. Her take: Conway hasn’t commented on the position specifically, but quashed a report she is hesitant to take on an administration role in a tweet last week.
Pierson was Trump’s foremost TV surrogate during the Republican primaries, but her profile dipped this summer as new staffers came on-board. She also made some notable missteps, such as claiming President Barack Obama was responsible for the death of Capt. Humayun Khan in Iraq, which took place four-plus years before Obama took office. Her take: Pierson hasn’t commented on the position.
His eponymous show was a favorite landing spot for Trump in good times and bad during the campaign. More recently, he’s thrown his weight behind Ingraham for the press secretary role. His take: There’s a catch. Hannity tweeted in early November that he’s under contract at Fox News for the next four years.
Don’t laugh. The reality show villain was Trump’s director of African-American outreach during the campaign. After it ended, she claimed the president-elect asked her, "Are you ready to come with me to Washington?" Several of her former cast mates would prefer she land nowhere near the White House. Her take: "There was no discussion of titles or positions or appointments," she told The Hollywood Reporter.
The self-proclaimed "most fabulous supervillian on the internet" and Brietbart News technology editor has already measured the drapes in the press secretary’s office, though the alt-right favorite is not believed to be under any kind of serious consideration whatsoever. His take: "I would have everybody show up in my house, throw The New York Times and The Washington Post in the back room, have E! Entertainment Television and TMZ at the front and on Tuesdays only answer questions about fashion," he told The Times.
Odds: Perish the thought.