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Another Off-Camera WH Briefing Draws Protests, Interruptions From CNN

27 June 2017
Another Off-Camera WH Briefing Draws Protests, Interruptions From CNN

CNN's Jim Acosta pressed White House spokesman Sean Spicer to allow cameras to be turned on during Monday's press briefing, as the Trump team increasingly has restricted the type of coverage of what has been a routine ritual for reporters on the beat.

Acosta's subsequent interruptions inquiring about the briefing being untelevised were likewise ignored by Spicer.

The Trump White House had generally held that on days that that the president held a press conference or delivered a major speech that his face would be the only one that day on camera.

Spicer, in the middle of Acosta's tirade, apologized to Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs for the interruption.

Spicer tried to move on from Acosta's question by addressing another reporter. In response to a question about the camera ban, Spicer said, "I think it's great for us to come out here and have a substantive discussion about policies".

White House press secretary Sean Spicer during a briefing on Monday.

So, look, this is nothing inconsistent with what we've said since day one'.

In lieu of video, many White House reporters posted photos of Spicer to their Twitter feeds while complaining about the off-camera briefing. Instead, he and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have increasingly opted for off-camera "gaggles", answering questions from reporters in private - and leaving the public in the dark. The White House has appeared to adopt a communications strategy of dealing primarily with its base of supporters, as witnessed by Trump's two interviews in the past week with Fox News Channel's morning show, "Fox & Friends". "The real issue is the credibility of the White House press secretary, but frankly the credibility of correspondents as well". Melissa McCarthy has also mocked Spicer's intensity in multiple "SNL" skits, further popularizing the briefings. "We aren't satisfied with the current situation and won't be until it changes". The president's going to speak today in the Rose Garden, I want the president's voice to carry the day. He is the White House correspondent for Reuters. Television networks were allowed to record audio, but not air it live. The White House said Trump wasn't answering questions.