Frustrated with the White House Press Secretary’s refusal to do video or even audio recorded interviews with the media, CNN’s Jim Acosta demolished Sean Spicer in some very daring terms.
“He’s just kind of useless,” Acosta said of Spicer. “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?”
Acosta was referring to the White House denying access to a Spicer-led press gaggle this afternoon in which reporters were not allowed to record his answers.
See video of Acosta explaining his frustrations below:
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 19, 2017
Acosta made sure that viewers at home could see his bewilderment while speaking with host Brooke Baldwin.
“That’s the White House behind me. It’s just bizarre, I don’t know what world we’re living in,” Acosta said. “We’re standing in the White House and they bring us into the briefing room in the White House and they won’t answer these questions on camera.”
This move is a bizarre one, but perhaps one that’s not too surprising for an administration that’s obsessive over image and looking successful from the very start — such as the time they insisted Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd sizes were largest ever when they clearly were not.
Acosta went on, lamenting how the “useless” gaggle with Spicer may become commonplace with the Trump administration.
“I don’t know why everybody is going along with this,” he said. “It just feels like we’re sort of slowly but surely being dragged into what is a new normal in this country where the president of the united states is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.”
The Spicer off-camera/no audio gaggle has begun. I can't show you a pic of Sean. So here is a look at some new socks I bought over the wknd pic.twitter.com/wO9erspwYa
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 19, 2017
As Acosta noted in his complaints, President Trump hasn’t actually held a solo press conference since February. Indeed, former President Barack Obama held 11 press conferences in his first year in office (more than eight per year on average), and even former President Ronald Reagan held 6 in his first year.
We’re halfway through Trump’s first year as president, and we’ve only seen one press conference total.