While Sean Spicer (and Sarah Huckabee) have never been all that forthcoming during their White House Press briefings to begin with, they were at least a regular occurrence in the opening months of the Trump Administration, and often a source of consternation for the White House. Sean Spicer stuck his foot in his mouth so frequently that rumors of his firing began on his first day and never really died down. As Trump began to contradict Spicer and Huckabee on Twitter, however, those press briefings have become fewer and more far between, especially following his foreign trip. When they did happen, they were shorter, and Sean Spicer usually had little more than the same non-answers: “I don’t know,” “I haven’t spoken to the President about that,” “I’ll have to get back to you on that.”
Lately, however, the press briefings are practically nonexistent, and when they do happen, they are often reduced to off-camera gaggles.
Today CNN’s White House Correspondent finally blew up. “I don’t know why everyone is going along with this,” Acosta exclaimed on CNN earlier today, expressing his frustrations with a White House that is stonewalling the Fourth Estate. “It just doesn’t make any sense to me. It feels like we’re 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.”
“They’re basically pointless at this point.”
To add insult to injury:
Also did not take questions from politico or WaPost— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) June 19, 2017
Trump has commandeered the White House, he’s running it into the ground, and he refuses to be accountable for his decisions.