CNN's Jim Acosta Chides White House for 'Suppression of Information'

Sean Spicer

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will take on a new, elevated role in the Trump administration, White House officials said Monday. "And it just feels like we are slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United Stats is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions".

President Donald Trump hasn't participated in a full-blown press conference since February, and his last interview was five weeks ago with a sympathetic Fox News host.

Acosta went on to say that reporters asked a variety of questions on hot-button issues like the Republicans' forthcoming health care bill, Trump's opinions on climate change, whether he's been taping conversations in the White House and whether he could fire the special prosecutor looking into possible connections to Russian Federation.

CNN's Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta addressed this problem after the press briefing.

Before Trump took office, there had been concerns among the White House press corps that his team would scale back the number of daily press briefings, or move them to another location, outside of the West Wing. More recently, reporters have noted, audio has been restricted as well.

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"We should walk out", he responded.

The shakeup would cap off Spicer's tumultuous six-month tenure at the White House podium, which made him not only one of the administration's most prominent personalities, but also the face of the White House's unfocused messaging strategy.

Spicer demanded Monday that his briefing would be off-camera and without audio, which meant journalists could report what he said but not record or broadcast it.

ACOSTA: It's a really good question, Brooke, and it's a question that I would ask, but unfortunately at this White House, we wouldn't have the video or the audio to show you the answer to that question, because of the stonewalling that we're getting over here at the White House.

Acosta said, "The White House Press Secretary is getting to a point where he is kind of useless". "It's like we're just covering bad reality television".

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