In a Trump White House, of course, this entire scheme could be scrapped by Tuesday morning.
Whoever ends up with the press secretary job, it is shrinking. On Monday afternoon, Spicer took questions from the White House press corps but stipulated no cameras and no audio. Such restrictions hobble outlets that rely on video and audio — television and radio outlets, that is — to serve their constituencies. CNN’s Jim Acosta used social media to express his disappointment:
The last on-camera White House briefing was last Monday.
Pressed on the rules for Monday’s briefing, Spicer said, “I’ve said it since the beginning — the president spoke today, he was on camera. He’ll make another comment today at the technology summit. And there are days that I’ll decide that the president’s voice should be the one that speaks, and iterate his priorities.”
For five months, Spicer has spewed precisely such nonsense, on issue after issue. That is, when he wasn’t telling outright falsehoods or making an outlandish comment about Nazi Germany. For all this, Spicer has reportedly earned himself a promotion. It’s proof that in the world of Donald Trump, loyalty counts for everything; competence, for nothing.