CNN Reporter: White House Doesn't Want Its 'Evasive Answers' On Tape

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 20, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is in hot water with reporters after reportedly refusing to allow his off-camera press gaggle to be recorded on Monday.

"It's possible we will have an answer to that at the end of the week", Spicer said, according to CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

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.

On air, Acosta told anchor Brooke Baldwin that the White House was "stonewalling" the news media.

While the president would still like Spicer to do briefings from time to time, Spicer's preference is to work exclusively behind the scenes.

"I don't know why everybody is going along with this", he added. It just doesn't make any sense to me.

The White House has suggested radical changes to the daily press briefing in the past, at one point threatening to move it away from the White House entirely.

Spicer has been a frequent source of criticism for his performance at the White House lectern during daily news briefings, although President Donald Trump has stood by him through a variety of controversies. Some networks, like CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, have instead carried the audio of the briefings live.

"I don't understand why we covered that gaggle today, quite honestly, Brooke", Acosta said.

"You know, if he can't come out and answer the questions and they're just not doing to do this on camera or audio, why are we even having these briefings or these gaggles in the first place?" This is exactly the way Trump wants it. Spicer admitted at the briefing that Dear Leader doesn't want anyone interfering with his hallowed message.

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