Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

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

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

"It just feels like we're sort of slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United States is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions".

Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who was considered for press secretary during the transition period, has not been interviewed, according to people familiar with the process.

Acosta went on to say that reporters asked a variety of questions on hot-button issues like the Republicans' forthcoming health care bill, Trump's opinions on climate change, whether he's been taping conversations in the White House and whether he could fire the special prosecutor looking into possible connections to Russian Federation.

Bloomberg reported that President Trump is considering elevating Spicer to a more senior role that will broadly focus on communications strategy.

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. Audio coverage was also prohibited, leaving reporters' Twitter feeds as the only real-time coverage of the back-and-forth.

Spicer's comment comes the day after Jay Sekulow, a member of Trump's personal legal team, told CBS' Face the Nation that Trump would likely comment on the potential tapes by the end of the week.

Unlike during this briefing, no video was permitted on Monday.

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. WHCA President Jeff Mason did not immediately respond for comment.

Perhaps a mid-afternoon Politico report that Spicer is now searching for his own replacement shouldn't come as surprise. "That is the only conclusion one can draw, that when they give us answers, it somehow reads better in print".

"I guess people can say 'there goes the media again. It's like we're just covering bad reality television".

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