Spicer taking on new White House role

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Acosta then got animated and started pointing at the White House.

The day after former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey testified, President Trump was asked whether or not tapes exist of his conversations with Comey. A release went out on Monday morning informing them that there would be an off-camera press gaggle in the White House briefing room.

During the first 100 days of the administration, Spicer and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders held an official briefing or more informal gaggle at "a rate of about once every two days", The Washington Post reported last week. The White House is refusing to answer those questions on camera, or in any kind of fashion where we can record the audio.

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

"It's possible we will have an answer to that at the end of the week", Spicer said, according to CNN reporter Jim Acosta. "And it just feels like we are slowly but surely being dragged into a new normal in this country where the president of the United Stats is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions".

In a Rose Garden news conference following Comey's testimony, Trump said that an announcement on the tapes would be coming soon, but coyly added that it would likely leave the media "very disappointed". "If they can't give us the answers to the questions on camera or where we can record the audio, they are basically pointless at this point".

He accused the White House of "stonewalling" reporters. 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.