Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Culture | By Kelly Harrison

CNN's Acosta Lashes Out Against WH Press Brief Recording Ban

CNN's Acosta Lashes Out Against WH Press Brief Recording Ban

Last week, Spicer and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus reached out to Fox News personality Laura Ingraham about the role of press secretary and Daily Mail editor David Martosko about the role of communications director, according to a White House official.

Per Politico, Spicer is vying for a position in the administration that would be more senior than press secretary and communications director. Spicer and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have been decreasing the number of press gaggles they hold and how long they stay at them, according to The Washington Post.

"The White House is refusing to answer those questions on camera or in any kind of fashion where we can record the audio", Acosta said.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer is taking a step back from his very public role at the podium to help manage the message coming out of the White House from the communications team.

The new approach represents a departure.

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With the upcoming changes, Spicer will assume a supervisory role over both the press and communications offices.

Spicer is now doing double duty as press secretary and communications director after the previous communications director, Michael Dubke, resigned May 30.

Some reporters, including The New York Times' White House correspondent, Maggie Haberman, reacted with surprise to the news that Spicer has been tasked with finding his own replacement. While Spicer was on Navy reserve duty in the immediate aftermath, his deputy Sanders took the podium in his absence and earned generally positive remarks for her handling of the tough press questions that followed.

"It's possible we will have an answer to that at the end of the week", Spicer said in an off-camera briefing.

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