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

Posted June 20, 2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will take on a new, elevated role in the Trump administration, White House officials said Monday.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn't take questions from Politico or The Washington Post during the briefing, an unusual decision that was also flagged by reporters. The White House is refusing to answer those questions on camera, or in any kind of fashion where we can record the audio. A source that is in frequent contact with the president told TheDC that Trump has considered firing Spicer on numerous occasions.

Previous reports have said that President Trump is looking to shake up his communications team, especially in the aftermath in the firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. "I don't know why everybody is going along with this", Acosta said. "It just doesn't make any sense to me", he added.

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Spicer has been tasked with conducting press briefings and general communications strategy, leading to ongoing efforts to expand the White House communications team. Some networks, like CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN, have instead carried the audio of the briefings live.

"Maybe I'm old-fashioned, 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're saying", he said. "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".

"This isn't how we do things in this country but for whatever reason we're all going along with it", Acosta said. "And there are days that I'll decide that the President's voice should be the one that speaks, and iterate his priorities".