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Reporter rips "bizarre" White House briefings

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

Reporters on Monday cried foul after the White House announced that it would hold another daily briefing off-camera and off-mic, further fueling concerns among journalists that the Trump administration is ducking questions from the press.

He called the situation "bizarre", and said, "I don't know why everyone is going along tight this". In subsequent months, he would see the statements he made at the White House podium contradicted by the President - raising questions about the administration's credibility and Spicer's ability to speak for Trump with confidence.

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For four days last week, representatives for President Trump skipped the usual on-camera briefing to take questions off-camera.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn't take questions from Politico or The Washington Post during the briefing, an unusual decision that was also flagged by reporters. "It's not even like we're covering a White House anymore, with Kellyanne Conway and Omarosa in the briefing room off to the side of Sean, refusing to be on camera". More recently, reporters have noted, audio has been restricted as well.

The White House has suggested radical changes to the daily press briefing in the past, at one point threatening to move it away from the White House entirely. "He will make another comment today at the technology summit".

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"I've said it since the beginning - the President spoke today, he was on camera", Spicer said.

The press has become window-dressing for Trump's actions, a backdrop for the White House team to use instead of being allowed to operate as a watchdog on democracy. 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.

"I don't know why everybody is going along with this", he added.

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