Angry White House Reporters Blast 'Useless' Sean Spicer

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

CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday blasted a White House decision to bar recording equipment from its daily press briefings - saying it makes press secretary Sean Spicer "kinda useless" and allows "evasive answers" to go untaped.

Last week, Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus contacted conservative commentator Laura Ingraham about the role of press secretary and Daily Mail editor David Martosko about the role of communications director, according to Politico.

The White House has been looking at ways to improve on this front.

Acosta's comments came just after Spicer held an off-camera press briefing that reporters were not allowed to record. He also said that there may be an answer "by the end of this week" as to whether Trump has recordings of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. "It feels like we're sort of slowly but but surely being dragged into what is a new normal in this country".

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Unclear is who will take over the regular duties as press secretary - though President Trump is fond of Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders' performance to date - or who will become communications director.

Spicer is now doing double duty as press secretary and communications director after the previous communications director, Michael Dubke, resigned May 30. Some networks, like CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, have instead carried the audio of the briefings live.

Acosta said the White House is "stonewalling" and called the situation "bizarre". "Sean is indispensable and I think the president knows that". "We're standing at the White House and they bring us into the briefing room here at the White House and they won't answer these questions on camera or let us record the audio".

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