Why are these White House briefings heard but not seen?

Cheryl Sanders
June 23, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer is seeking to take on a more strategic role that would give him a limited presence in the daily press briefings that have made him a prominent face of the Trump administration. Major staffing shake-ups have been a constant subject of conversation at the White House, but have failed to materialize in recent weeks, aside from the departure of communications director Mike Dubke in early June.

The White House's restrictions have also prompted Twitter users to urge reporters to take a public stand by walking out of the briefing room until things change. Now, they are clamping down on even this aspect.

Spicer often found himself caught between striving for the respect of a deeply skeptical White House press corps, who demanded that he be as clear and transparent as possible, and his erratic boss and his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a press conference on Thursday that the president suspects Russian hackers were behind 2016 election meddling.


As the White House has continued to clamp down on media access, they have defended their decision thanks to the continued demonization of the media as a whole. but make no mistake; by isolating themselves from the media, the White House is isolating itself from the American public as well.

Sure we do "pen and pad" gaggles all the time with various officials. To achieve this, the American public, too, must demand more transparency, rather than less.

The discussions on reorganizing the White House communications operation are still preliminary and no final decision has been made, the people familiar with the matter said. Spicer's preference is to step away from the press briefings entirely, though other configurations have also been discussed. The Washington Post published a story that said he "spent several minutes hidden in the bushes" outside the White House before agreeing to brief gathered reporters.

During an audio-only briefing, one reporter asked Sanders whether the bill had enough "heart" and was not "mean", referring to previous comments from Trump, given the proposed Medicaid cuts in the legislation.


"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing", Spicer said.

Asked again Tuesday, Spicer said he still did not know whether Trump had seen a draft of the Senate bill.

"You won't tell us where he stands on climate science", the reporter added.

But the tweet had serious repercussions for the President: The fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director testified earlier this month that Trump's message caused him to leak the bombshell content of a memo to the media through a professor at Columbia University.


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