'Sean Got Fatter': Steve Bannon Explains Why Sean Spicer Doing Less TV Briefings
The White House has come under fire of late for restricting how much access reporters have to Trump administration officials. What was once a Washington ritual of daily on-camera briefings has been reduced to less frequent off-camera “gaggles,” leaving media to question the point of it all.
Frustrations boiled over Monday when Sean Spicer again didn’t allow audio or video recording of his chat with reporters. CNN’s Jim Acosta, just one of many to vent over the lack of the administration’s transparency, called Spicer “kind of useless.”
White House strategist Steve Bannon called Spicer something else altogether when pressed by the Atlantic to explain the off-camera events.
‘Sean got fatter.’Steve Bannon
Perhaps a joke, but still, ouch.
Bannon didn’t respond to a follow-up question.
Spicer reportedly offered his own explanation, at least for Monday’s restrictions.
“I’ve said it since the beginning — the president spoke today, he was on camera,” he said. “He’ll make another comment today at the technology summit. And there are days that I’ll decide that the president’s voice should be the one that speaks, and iterate his priorities.”
As for the claim that Spicer has put on a few extra pounds, you can see for yourself at 1:30 p.m. Eastern, when Spicer is slated to give an on-camera press briefing. Spicer played down the decision, which came after complaints that no briefing was on the schedule, telling reporters the daily guidance had just been updated.
And there you have it.