Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Reporter rips "bizarre" White House briefings

Reporter rips

Recently, the White House has begun to stipulate that they are both off-camera and off-mic.

He will likely no longer handle day-to-day press duties, including the daily media briefings.

"I've said it since the beginning - the president spoke today, he was on camera", Spicer said.

When asked when the Trump administration would release a statement about the recordings, Spicer stated, "So it's possible that we have an answer to that by the end of this week".

Maybe the White House is headed down the same path as the State Department, which held: zero briefings in January, zero in February, 10 in March (four off-camera), six in April (two off-camera), zero in May, and four in June, so far. Some networks, like CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, have instead carried the audio of the briefings live.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is set to take on a new role overseeing communications for the Trump administration, Fox Business reported on Monday. Audio coverage was also prohibited, leaving reporters' Twitter feeds as the only real-time coverage of the back-and-forth.

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Acosta speculated that the reason The White House has turned off the cameras is that "they want their evasive answers not saved for posterity". "He'll make another comment today at the technology summit".

"I wish we had some video or some audio from this briefing to share with you, but the White House mandated that we are not allowed to cover the White House Press Secretary for the President of the United States of America in that fashion."

Spicer's time at the White House briefing room podium in recent weeks has decreased amid rumors that Spicer would soon transition to a different role, with some suggesting the President was unhappy with Spicer's performance in the public-facing role.

Acosta said, "The White House Press Secretary is getting to a point where he is kind of useless".

"I don't know why everybody is going along with this", he added.

Dan Pfeiffer, a former White House communications director under President Barack Obama who occasionally conducted the press briefing, said that while it isn't always a pleasant exercise, it is a fundamental part of governing.

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