Spicer Hasn't Asked Trump If Russians Meddled in 2016 Campaign

Posted June 25, 2017

The reason Spicer has stopped doing press briefings is that he's "gotten fatter", Steve Bannon texted a reporter.

"The president has said he will make an announcement on this, I expect it this week, and so when he's ready to make the announcement, I'll let you know", Spicer said. [We've] been seeking input from individuals as far as ideas they may have.

Lewandowski admitted that the White House - dogged by controversies on a near daily basis - could use some help to get its message out more effectively.

Major staffing shake-ups have been a constant subject of conversation at the White House, but have failed to materialize in recent weeks, aside from the departure of communications director Mike Dubke in early June. The Trump Administration is insulating itself from the media and by extension the American people by refusing to allow video and audio recordings of the White House press briefings. Tuesday morning, amid criticism, an on-camera briefing with Spicer was announced.

"You're whole job is speaking for the administration", Colbert said.

Spicer's lack of knowledge about Trump's views of the Russian campaign meddling fits a pattern for the spokesman, who may be moving to a new position within the White House, according to two people familiar with the matter.

During the briefing, Mr Spicer suggested that changes may be coming.

"I get in, essentially, around 6 a.m. until fairly late at night and we have an entire press staff that's totally accessible during those hours and on the weekends to the press", he said.

Spicer's briefings have been must-see TV during the start of the Trump era, beginning with his fiery, inaccurate claim that journalists wrongly portrayed the size of Trump's inauguration audience.

"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specifically", Spicer said, again repeating the same explanation when pressed.

Ms Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, retweeted British author Brian Klaas, who called Mr Bannon's excuse "pathetic and undemocratic".