Another Off-Camera WH Briefing Draws Protests, Interruptions From CNN

By Gage Cohen | June 26, 2017 | 6:04 PM EDT

CNN’s Jim Acosta and White House press secretary Sean Spicer interact during a previous press briefing. (Image: CNN)

( – White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday delivered his press briefing off-camera once again, eliciting some protests but giving no clear answer about when filming will be allowed to resume.

It’s been a week now since Spicer gave an on-camera briefing.



“Why don’t we turn the cameras on, Sean?” CNN’s Jim Acosta asked several times during the briefing. “Why don’t we turn the cameras on?”

“Can we have the cameras on, Sean? Can we have the cameras on?”

After several such outbursts by Acosta, another reporter asked Spicer about the White House’s decision.

“We will continue to have a mix of opportunities to stay in touch with the media,” he replied.

“Well there does seem to have been a drastic shift, starting from maybe the week before the president took his first trip abroad and now we see you on camera once a week,” a reporter noted. “Is that a new normal that we would expect?”

“We’ll see, we’ll just – we’ll continue to mix things up,” responded Spicer.

Acosta interrupted again: “Why aren’t the cameras on, Sean? Why didn’t you turn them on? Why are they off, Sean?”

“It’s a legitimate question, Sean. You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman for the United States government, could you at least give us an explanation for why the cameras are off?” he continued.

After one such interruption One America News Network’s Trey Yingst asked Spicer: “So we can get this out of the way, can we address the cameras issue? Do you think this will be—”

“Yeah, some days we’ll have them on, some days we’ll have them off,” the spokesman said. “The president’s going to speak today in the Rose Garden, I want the president’s voice to carry the day. Look, this is nothing inconsistent with what we’ve said since day on.”

Spicer did not say when the next on-camera briefing would be held.