White House Likely to Comment on Comey Tapes by End of Week

White House Likely to Comment on Comey Tapes by End of Week

White House Likely to Comment on Comey Tapes by End of Week

Spicer began his tenure as White House press secretary by taking to the White House briefing room and criticizing reporters for the coverage of Trump's inauguration crowd size.

CNN's senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday blasted a White House decision to bar recording equipment from its daily press briefings - saying it makes press secretary Sean Spicer "kinda useless" and allows "evasive answers" to go untaped. Spicer has served as press secretary since January when President Donald Trump was sworn into office. The longtime Republican strategist's departure left the White House in a position to restructure its communications department, according to the report. On Fox News, Roberts reported that White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders will likely give more frequent press briefings.

In late May, Michael Dubke resigned as White House communications director after three months on the job. "The president owes him this much for all he's done for him".

More and more of Spicer's briefings have been off-camera in recent weeks, including Monday's.

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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 an erratic boss with a penchant for going off-message on Twitter without giving prior notice to his staff.

The White House told Fox News the move frees up Spicer to spend more time working on overall communications strategy.

According to the network's White House correspondent, John Roberts, Spicer will no longer act as press secretary. Spicer later expressed frustration that other reporters who had observed the scene didn't come to his defense and explain that he was talking with someone on a sidewalk hemmed by shrubbery, not literally hiding in bushes.

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