Press Secretary Sean Spicer is taking a step back from his very public role at the podium to help manage the message coming out of the White House from the communications team. Traditionally, the White House carves out separate roles and staffs for the press secretary and communications director. Spicer has served as press secretary since January when President Donald Trump was sworn into office. He also said that there may be an answer "by the end of this week" as to whether Trump has recordings of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey. "If he can't come out and answer the questions and they are just not going to do on camera or audio, why are we having these briefings in the first place?" It just doesn't make any sense to me. Spicer and his deputy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, have been decreasing the number of press gaggles they hold and how long they stay at them, according to The Washington Post. The dual role of managing communications and handling briefings since the departure of former White House Communications Director Mike Dubke has left Spicer feeling "overtaxed", according to Bloomberg. More recently, reporters have noted, audio has been restricted as well.
"This isn't how we do things in this country but for whatever reason we're all going along with it", Acosta said. In subsequent months, he would see the statements he made at the White House podium contradicted by the President - raising questions about the administration's credibility and Spicer's ability to speak for Trump with confidence. "Sean is indispensable and I think the president knows that". "That is the only conclusion one can draw, that when they give us answers, it somehow reads better in print".