Sean Spicer angrily confronted by CNN reporter during tense off-camera press briefing

The world has almost twice as much confidence in Germany's Angela Merkel as in Donald Trump

The world has almost twice as much confidence in Germany's Angela Merkel as in Donald Trump

Acosta last week raised objections to the restriction of cameras and recording equipment from briefings, and accused the White House of "stonewalling" and the "suppression of information".

We support no live TV coverage of WH briefing. He recently said, "this isn't how we do things in this country".

CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta has had a public meltdown over the new rules, sounding the alarm that the administration wants "their evasive answers not saved for posterity".

"Spicer banned cameras from last week's briefing and then banned them again today", Stephen Colbert joked on Monday night's episode of The Late Show. "Some days we won't".

Since Trump returned from his first foreign trip at the end of May, access to the administration in the form of daily press briefings has slowly but surely been curtailed.

The White House Correspondents Association has come out in clear opposition to the off-camera press briefings, saying that they provide a needed transparency of the operations of government at the highest levels.

"Having a seat at a White House briefing is a privilege, not a right", Lucy Dalglish, dean of the University of Maryland journalism school, told TheWrap. "... We're here to ask you questions". Acosta said. "You are a taxpayer-funded spokesman for the United States government". "Unless I have them every two weeks and I do them myself, we don't have them. Can we have the cameras on?"

"There appears to be no more substance in Spicer's answers when the cameras are off versus when they are on".

The added hostility between the press and the administration was on display on Monday, when briefings are usually on-camera at the start of the week. "Sarah Huckabee Sanders was just a bit more honest apparently about that White House dishonesty", Todd said in response. Even if going to war with the media creates collateral damage to the administration along the way, the ongoing fight will play very well with Trump supporters, and more broadly with Republicans who have long-standing gripes with media bias. But she said they stopped because the live briefings weren't "really necessary". Maybe they won't even notice.

"There's a video circulating now, whether it's accurate or not, I don't know".

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