White House discussing moving Spicer to senior communications role

Traditionally, the White House carves out separate roles and staffs for the press secretary and communications director.Acosta accused the White House of not wanting the American people to see and hear their answers to questions, “When we’re asking important questions about where are the tapes, does the president have recordings of his conversations here at the White House?”The last time the White House held a full on-camera press briefing, Spicer completely contradicted Donald Trump’s “100 percent” commitment to testify under oath. “It’s just weird, I don’t know what world we’re living in, we’re standing at the White House, and they bring us into the briefing room… and they won’t answer these questions on camera!”He continued, “You know, if he can’t come out and answer the questions and they’re just not going to do this on-camera or on audio, why are we even having these briefings or these gaggles in the first place?”Acosta said the White House is “stonewalling” and called the situation “bizarre”.Acosta speculated that the reason The White House has turned off the cameras is that “they want their evasive answers not saved for posterity”.”As he did in the beginning, Sean Spicer is managing both the communications and press office”, the White House said in a statement.Baldwin similarly seemed baffled by Spicer’s latest performance and asked Acosta if Spicer was even talking with Trump about his views of important issues such as climate change. “It just feels like we’re sort of 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”.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”.