Sean Spicer might be leaving White House podium

CNN reporter shreds 'stonewalling' White House — and says Sean Spicer is 'just kind of useless'

"As he did in the beginning, Sean Spicer is managing both the communications and press office", the White House said in a statement.

Spicer is now doing double duty as press secretary and communications director after the previous communications director, Michael Dubke, resigned May 30.

"I don't think anything is imminent", the official said. "For weeks, the off-camera briefings were the exception". Now it appears no recordings of the White House's uselessness will be allowed at all.

The White House is mulling a new role for White House press secretary Sean Spicer that would take him away from the podium and into a different role inside the West Wing, a White House official said Monday.

In response to networks like CNN that chose to broadcast audio of the briefing, even without a visual to accompany, the White House barred attendees from doing that, too.

ACOSTA: It's a really good question, Brooke, and it's a question that I would ask, but unfortunately at this White House, we wouldn't have the video or the audio to show you the answer to that question, because of the stonewalling that we're getting over here at the White House. If they can't give us the questions - the answers to the questions - on camera or where we can report the audio, they're basically pointless at this point. "And there are days that I'll decide that the President's voice should be the one that speaks, and iterate his priorities".

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As first reported by Politico and corroborated by Fox News, Spicer will soon stop giving the briefings.

At this time, it is unclear if the White House will continue to hold press briefings similar to today's fashion. "He'll make another comment today at the technology summit".

"I don't know why everybody is going along with this", he added.

The press has become window-dressing for Trump's actions, a backdrop for the White House team to use instead of being allowed to operate as a watchdog on democracy.

Dan Pfeiffer, a former White House communications director under President Barack Obama who occasionally conducted the press briefing, said that while it isn't always a pleasant exercise, it is a fundamental part of governing.

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