Sketches of White House press briefing released
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 9:35
White House press secretary Sean Spicer demanded that cameras be turned off at his daily briefing on April 7 at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago property in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The president of the White House Correspondents' Association on Friday urged the Trump administration to stop holding off-camera gaggles as a substitute for on-camera press briefings, the group said in a statement Friday. Considering it a service to journalism and an open press or whatever, CNN is letting other news agencies use the sketches, so here it is.
"CNN equated the briefing to a Supreme Court argument - an on-the-record event at which cameras are banned", CNN said on its website.
"The White House press secretary is getting to a point where he's just kind of useless", Acosta said after the Monday briefing.
One suggestion made on Twitter was that CNN's sketch artist progressively draw Mr Spicer "fatter and fatter until he demands cameras". This shouldn't come as a surprise as Hennessy typically bears witness to the comings and going of the United States Supreme Court, a characteristically press-averse governmental body that rigorously controls what reporters are and aren't allowed to visually or aurally record.
Hennessy's presence highlighted the significant change in White House access that has taken place recently.
The move to scale back on-camera press briefings comes amid Trump's increasing unwillingness to interact with the press.
Spicer and his deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders have only held four on-camera briefings in June.
The White House has also prohibited live audio broadcasts of the briefing. "I don't think that the be all and end all is whether it's on television or not".