Spicer is 'kind of useless'

Spicer is 'kind of useless'

Spicer is 'kind of useless'

The White House Correspondents' Association has expressed concern when traditional access is denied, but has stopped short of advocating for a boycott.

Speculation has been rampant for weeks about Spicer's status at the White House, especially in the wake of President Trump's abrupt decision to fire FBI Director James Comey. Spicer and Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have continued to hold briefings, but they have on occasion prohibited cameras.

He will likely no longer handle day-to-day press duties, including the daily media briefings.

HuffPost asked Acosta how reporters could push back against the White House's restrictions.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta on Monday didn't mince any words on how he feels about the Trump administration's total unwillingness to divulge any information or answer any questions.

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Spicer told reporters at an off camera and no audio briefing Monday that it was possible the White House might have answer whether the tapes exist.

He called the situation "bizarre", and said, "I don't know why everyone is going along tight this".

In addition to briefings occurring less frequently, Spicer and Sanders increasingly fail to give adequate answers to basic questions, such as whether the president believes in climate change.

"I just don't know what we're doing", he said.

Acosta noted that Trump has not done a "full blown press conference" since February and said the briefings are "basically pointless" if they are not filmed or recorded. The pre-Trump practice of airing daily press briefings at the U.S. State Department used to be held up as an example of American transparency and the briefings were watched closely by leaders around the globe.

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