With regard to Spicer's own penchant for evasive answers, Acosta added: "The White House press secretary is getting to a point, Brooke, where he is just kind of useless".
"There are days that I'll decide that the president's voice should be the one that speaks and iterate his priorities", Spicer added.
"The White House is refusing to answer those questions on camera or in any kind of fashion where we can record the audio", Acosta said. The pre-Trump practice of airing daily press briefings at the U.S. State Department used to be held up as an example of American transparency and the briefings were watched closely by leaders around the globe.
He will likely no longer handle day-to-day press duties, including the daily media briefings.
Acosta went on to say that reporters asked a variety of questions on hot-button issues like the Republicans' forthcoming health care bill, Trump's opinions on climate change, whether he's been taping conversations in the White House and whether he could fire the special prosecutor looking into possible connections to Russian Federation. A release went out on Monday morning informing them that there would be an off-camera press gaggle in the White House briefing room.
More and more of Spicer's briefings have been off-camera in recent weeks, including Monday's.
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Spicer did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the ground rules.
In a rare moment of anger Acosta turned from the camera, saying, "That's the White House, the White House", stressing the global significance of the building that is supposed to represent Americans and American democracy.
Journalists tend to have a problem with collective action when it comes to advocating for press access.
"That's the White House behind me". "If they can't give us the answers to the questions on camera or where we can record the audio, they're basically pointless".
"I don't know what world we're living in right now, Brooke. It's like we're just covering bad reality television".