Sean Spicer angrily confronted by CNN reporter during tense off-camera press briefing

Randolph Lopez
June 27, 2017

"Some days we'll have them, some days we won't", Spicer said of on-air briefings, adding it was not inconsistent with what the administration had said since "day one".

Spicer while speaking about Modi's visit to USA said, "Well, first, I want to wish the people of India a happy 70th anniversary on their independence".

"Maybe we should turn the cameras on, Sean, why don't we turn the cameras on?" Can you just give us an answer to that?' he asked.

It gives Americans a chance to see the White House taking questions and being held to account.

Spicer answered questions for audio only about President Donald Trump's healthcare overhaul bill, a Supreme Court ruling on Trump's travel ban, and Trump's tweets about investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. And the presence of cameras does inspire reporters to get more aggressive.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday dismissed criticism of the Trump administration's increasing lack of on-camera press briefings. During Mr Trump's first press conference after winning the election, the CNN reporter was shouted down by the President-to-be, who said, "You are fake news"! Past administrations have occasionally offered up an off-camera press gaggle here and there but nothing anywhere close to what this White House is now doing. He is the White House correspondent for Reuters. "It's certainly not in my control", he said.

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It is debatable whether the press briefings are worth covering, given the limited answers and non-answers that Spicer and his principal deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have offered recently. Once it was over, several news outlets aired the briefing in its entirety. "Look at the number of questions that get asked over and over again just so a reporter can get a clip of themselves saying something or yelling at someone".

For starters, White House journalists represent publications across the ideological spectrum and come from various disciplines (there are text, audio, still picture and broadcast journalists).

Acosta spoke with White House press aides, returned with a CNN placard, and sat in a seat in the front row that was left empty. It would enable the White House to paint reporters as hypocrites for demanding greater openness in the briefings but then refusing to show up for the ones that are held, he said.

What's more, boycotting briefings would likely backfire. "The president's going to speak today in the Rose Garden".

Earlier this year, Trump initially favored keeping the televised briefings, noting how highly rated Spicer's midday appearances were.

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