WH firmly denies rumors fmr SEAL being considered to replace Spicer, but Corey Lewandowski says . . .

Former Navy SEAL Carl Higbie has had a tumultuous week.

On Thursday, Higbie, who is a supporter of President Donald Trump, engaged in a fiery debate on CNN with an army veteran who opposes the president.

In that same interview, he called on Sen. John McCain to apologize to the president and took a swipe at his military service record, which caused the senator’s daughter, Fox News host Meghan McCain, to take on the SEAL in a public social media fight.

And on Friday, rumors began to circulate that he was interviewing to replace Sean Spicer as White House press secretary.

It was a  claim he didn’t initially deny in an interview with the Washingtonian.

“Well, I can say that I’ve offered my services,” Higbie confirms for Washingtonian when reached by phone. “I haven’t heard back from the administration yet. I’m honored to be even considered for this.” Higbie says he has spoken with “a number of people” in interview rounds for the post.

Higbie interviewed for the position on Thursday, according to the sources. Higbie declined to confirm this.

But a White House spokesperson told CNN’s Dylan Byers that those reports were inaccurate.

On “Fox & Friends” Saturday, former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, Corey Lewandowski, said that Spicer is doing two jobs, press secretary and communications director, and is likely to be replaced at one.

“Sean’s job as the press secretary is secure,” Lewandowski said. “I think he is growing into that job behind that podium. It’s a very, very difficult job. For a president who understands the media better than any president in the history of our country potentially, he understands. And you know that job that Sean has is one where the media doesn’t like him because he pushes back and he calls out fake news stories he calls out reporters who aren’t being truthful. The media isn’t used to this It’s always been a love fest with the Obama administration.”

Lewandowski stressed that he had no inside information but that it was “never the plan of the administration to have Sean doing both of those jobs” and he anticipated help being hired to participate in the communications department.

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