Sean Spicer: Reporters Ask Snarky Questions at Briefings to 'Become YouTube Stars'

Trevor Jackson
June 26, 2017

"What? When? Sean, I have so many questions", Colbert said during his "Late Show" monologue Tuesday. He has dramatically cut back on the number of press briefings he's conducted and the White House has been looking to add to the communications team as part of a broader reshuffling. "And both are excellent choices because when asked about the job by reporters, Ingraham declined to comment, and in a phone call, Martosko said 'I can't hear you, ' and then hung up".

"I'm not hinting. I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", Trump said at the time.

Spicer acknowledged that he's personally seen the reports, but he apparently hasn't been able to gauge where Trump stands on the issue.

"As far as hacking, I think it was Russia", Trump said in January during a press conference. "We're here really early in the morning and really late at night available to all your questions, whether in person or over email".

Spicer's lack of knowledge about Trump's views of the Russian campaign meddling fits a pattern for the spokesman, who may be moving to a new position within the White House, according to two people familiar with the matter. "[Press briefings are] one avenue to do that".

More recently, similar rumors swirled and Spicer brushed off the reports of an alleged White House shakeup by stating that he's "right here".

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When the Atlantic asked Bannon on why were Spicer's briefings downgraded and why was he mostly off camera, "Sean got fatter", he responded in a text message.

The White House has increasingly tapped other cabinet officials and White House advisers to address reporters on camera and has moved to take some of the daily briefings off cable television to keep the focus on Trump.

'There are days that I'll decide that the president's voice should be the one that speaks and iterate his priorities, ' Spicer said.

In the past, Trump has referred to the investigation into Russian interference as "fake news".

During the briefing, Mr Spicer suggested that changes may be coming. Whether Bannon is speaking for himself or the president wasn't clear, but many weren't amused.

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