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CNN White House Reporter Questions Covering ‘Bizarre’ And ‘Pointless’ Briefings

By in Huffington Post on June 19, 2017

By Michael Calderone

CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday questioned why he, and the rest of the press corps, bothered showing up.

“I don’t know what world we’re living in right now,” Acosta said on air after White House press secretary Sean Spicer took questions from reporters but didn’t allow video or audio coverage of the exchanges.

“I don’t know why everybody is going along with this,” he added. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me. It just feels like we’re sort of slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions.”

Must watch: @CNN’s @Acosta says the White House is “stonewalling.” Briefings are “basically pointless at this point”

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) June 19, 2017

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. Trump’s spokespeople have also been meeting the press less frequently.

During the first 100 days of the administration, Spicer and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held an official briefing or more informal gaggle at “a rate of about once every two days,” The Washington Post reported last week. Spicer and Sanders have since shifted to a rate of once every three days, with briefings also becoming shorter.

The White House traditionally communicates with reporters at night to tell them what time the next day’s briefing or gaggle ― a format often used when the president is traveling ― will be held. Reporters were simply told “TBD” on Sunday night. A release went out on Monday morning informing them that there would be an […]    

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