White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that he’s been traveling to more than 30 states in recent weeks to brief members of Congress on his new position.
“The more I get to see these districts, the more I want to talk to these people, the less I want them to just walk in,” Spicer said on MSNBC.
“I’ve been traveling, you know, in 30 states.
The more I do it, the bigger role I want.””
I don’t know, maybe I just need to talk more about this.”
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Spicer said he’s looking for more opportunities to meet with lawmakers than during the 2016 campaign, which he said made him feel “more like a senator.”
“So, I’m just looking for the opportunity, because I don’t want to just be in a hotel room,” Spicer told the AP.
“So, that’s what I’m going to be doing.
That’s what we’re going to do, right now.”
While Spicer’s appearance on MSNBC was the first time he has publicly shared details about his new role, he previously acknowledged that his role has “really grown,” but did not offer any details about the new role.
In February, Politico reported that the White House was seeking a third press secretary, saying Spicer had been the “only public face of the Whitehouse press operation for months” and that the role was “being filled” by Sean Spicer.
The Washington Post also reported that Spicer’s new role would allow him to meet the President, who will be attending the State of the Union address on Wednesday.
Spicer has previously said he doesn’t expect to see many of the changes he made during his first term as press secretary.
“I think, you’re probably going to see a lot of the same things that I’m doing.
I’m still going to give my regular press briefing, I still want to be there.
But the way that I’ve been interacting with people, especially the Congress, I think it’s going to become much more of a part of the news cycle, and I think that’s good,” Spicer previously told Politico.
“But it’s also going to make it more important that the President and the people of the country hear from me in the same way that they hear from the press secretary.”