As the first details of the Senate GOP health care bill emerged on Thursday, the Trump administration once again banned reporters from broadcasting the daily press briefing.
In an advisory released by the White House on Wednesday, Thursday’s briefing by Sarah Huckabee Sanders was marked as “Off Camera (not for broadcast or audio).”
The administration then declared that the announcement itself was “NOT REPORTABLE,” as noted by Slate, who shared a copy of the statement:
White House press secretary Sean Spicer held his first on-camera press briefing with reporters on Tuesday for the first time in more than a week.
Reporters pressed Spicer about the administration’s move to hold fewer on-camera press briefings, which has been the source of enormous frustration for the White House press corps.
A reporter asked Spicer about the “unrest” the lack of transparency has caused among national political reporters.
“We’re going to do what we can to communicate our message, we have tremendous respect for the First Amendment and your ability to do your job and report and seek out ideas,” Spicer replied. “We’ll work with you. I think the briefing is one aspect of what we do. We’re here really early in the morning and really late at night available to all your questions, whether in person or over email. This is one avenue to do that. We’ve opened up Skype questions to bring more people in, but we’ve done multiple or more opportunities to give you access to the president.”
“While you guys will always advocate for more transparency and access, I think we’ve done a very good job of not just providing opportunities here at the daily briefing, but also making ourselves available as a staff almost 24 hours a day,” Spicer added.