Source close to the White House tells me today’s press briefing will be “must see TV.” No more info than that but assume level 10 trolling.
— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) June 27, 2017
Axios political reporter Jonathan Swan stoked anticipation of a showdown at Tuesday’s White House briefing with a cryptic tweet noting a source “close to the White House” told him the briefing would be “must see TV.”
Tuesday’s on-camera briefing, which is set to feature press secretary Sean Spicer and Energy Secretary Rick Perry, follows Monday’s dramatic audio-only ordeal.
On Monday Spicer clashed with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who repeatedly called out to the press secretary about the White House rollback of press access. Spicer has limited the daily press briefings since last month, holding a number of smaller gaggles and audio-only briefings.
Acosta’s badgering was met with hostility from Spicer, who refused to answer his questions and quipped “there’s no cameras on Jim,” as he moved on to another reporter.
After the briefing, Acosta tweeted “#whyarethecamerasoff”, and later skewered the White House press shop in an interview with CNN colleague Don Lemon.
As Swan notes in his tweet, the source’s remark that today’s briefing will be “must see TV” only raises expectations for some “level 10 trolling.”
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