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WH Press Sec. Spicer Holds Audio-Only Press Briefing

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By    |   Monday, 06 Mar 2017 04:35 PM

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday held an off-camera, audio-only news briefing — signaling he may be making good on a pre-Inauguration Day hint that there might be fewer televised briefings.

According to CNN, in his first month on the job, Spicer held televised press briefings almost every weekday.

The sometimes contentious sessions were parodied by "Saturday Night Live" — and critiqued by President Donald Trump behind the scenes.

More recently, there were three on-camera briefings the week of Feb. 20, but just one all last week, on Monday, CNN reported.

The change didn't go unnoticed by ABC News' chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl.

Instead of the on-camera Q&A sessions with Spicer, the press office has been holding off-camera briefings, known as gaggles.

Jeff Mason, president of the White House Correspondents Association, told CNN the group had "urged" Spicer — unsuccessfully — "to hold an on-camera briefing today instead of the off-camera gaggle."

But the White House has fulfilled its promise to conduct a daily briefing of some sort — "some on camera, some off," Spicer told CNN in an emailed statement. "Further, we have let the pool know White House spokespeople are available for interviews."

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday held an off-camera, audio-only news briefing – signaling he may be making good on a pre-Inauguration Day hint that there might be fewer televised briefings.
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