Politics Spicer Says We May Find Out If There Are Comey Tapes This Week in Latest Off-Camera Briefing

23:06  19 june  2017
23:06  19 june  2017 Source:   Mediaite

White House reporters fume over off-camera briefings

  White House reporters fume over off-camera briefings The White House press corps vented frustration Monday with press secretary Sean Spicer for conducting off-camera briefings in place of the usual publicly broadcast briefings. Spicer conducted an off-camera briefing with reporters on Monday in which the press was told it could not film or broadcast audio of the proceedings. Spicer conducted the last on-camera briefing last Monday."The White House press secretary is getting to a poi nt where he's just kind of useless," CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta said after the briefing.

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The best show on daytime TV was off the air once again Monday, as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer conducted yet another off-camera briefing to kick off the work week.

In his remarks Monday, Spicer said that President Donald Trump may soon address a question which has been lingering whether or not there are tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.

“It’s possible we will have an answer to that at the end of the week,” Spicer said, via CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Other tidbits from the off-camera gaggle include Acosta reporting that Spicer still won’t say whether Trump believes in climate change.

Trump to make announcement on any Comey tapes this week -White House

  Trump to make announcement on any Comey tapes this week -White House U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to make an announcement this week about the existence of any tapes of conversations between him and former FBI Director James Comey, the White House said on Tuesday. "The president has said that he will make an announcement on this. I expect it this week," White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters at a news briefing.

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Spicer might pay the price anyway, says Jonathan Swan at Axios During his Senate testimony last week , Comey said , "Lordy, I hope there are tapes ," adding: "The President surely knows if there are tapes .

Acosta’s colleague, Sara Murray of CNN, reports that Spicer offered “thoughts and prayers” from the White House to the victims of the terror attack in London.

And Mark Knoller of CBS reports that Spicer said the United States will look to keep lines of communication open with Russia with regards to Syria. Further, while the U.S. is looking to deescalate the conflict, but “will always preserve the right of self-defense.”

Asked why the briefing was off-camera, Spicer said, according to NBC’s Ali Vitali, that Trump is doing a joint press conference later with the President of Panama. And Trump, Spicer added, should “be the one that speaks.”

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Democratic senator says they have "commitment" to get Comey memos .
The committee has been requesting the memos for weeks after reports emerged that Comey documented his interactions with the presidentSenate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said the committee will "get a chance to review those memos." He did not say who will provide the memos.

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