White House Correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday said White House press secretary Sean Spicer is "just kind of useless" as tensions continue to escalate between the Trump administration and the press corps.
"As he did in the beginning, Sean Spicer is managing both the communications and press office", the White House said in a statement. This White House has cut back the number of briefings, virtually eliminated the presidential press conference, stopped releasing the White House visitor logs, and now they are forbidding recording of the press conferences.
Reporters on Monday cried foul after the White House announced that it would hold another daily briefing off-camera and off-mic, further fueling concerns among journalists that the Trump administration is ducking questions from the press.
Acosta said the White House is "stonewalling" and called the situation "bizarre".
Bloomberg reported that President Trump is considering elevating Spicer to a more senior role that will broadly focus on communications strategy. "It just doesn't make any sense to me", he added. "They're acting like cry babies because they can't cover things the way that they want, ' but, ya know, maybe I am old fashion, Brooke but I think that The White House for the United States of America Should have these questions answered on camera so we can see what they are saying". Some networks, like CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, have instead carried the audio of the briefings live.
"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?" "And there are days that I'll decide that the President's voice should be the one that speaks, and iterate his priorities".