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Spicer Defends WH Press Availability: We Have ‘Tremendous Respect for the 1st Amendment’

One of the questions Sean Spicer received during today’s White House press briefing was about, well, the briefings themselves, following an off-camera, no-audio gaggle yesterday.

There’s been some concern in the press about limiting press briefings or doing more off-camera. CNN’s Jim Acosta yesterday went off on Spicer and the White House for this.

On the question of briefings being scaled back, Spicer said, “We have a tremendous respect for the First Amendment, your ability to do your job and report and seek out ideas, and then we’re gonna work with you. I think the briefing is one aspect of what we do.”

He touted the general availability of the White House communications shop to the press––in a WHCD speech criticizing the president’s rhetoric Jeff Mason still said access has been “very good”––and said that “we have done a very good job” of “making ourselves available… almost 24 hours a day.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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