Trump to speak on Comey tapes this week


"The nice thing about turning the cameras off sometimes, and I find this, is that it is not 'performance art, ' as you call it, that you end up having, I think sometimes, a more substantive discussion about actual issues because they're not trying to get their clip", Spicer opined.

Sean Spicer on June 20.

Spicer - asked for a simple yes or no answer as to whether the president believes Russian government interfered in the 2016 election - said he's never had the opportunity to discuss that question with the president.

Going through the various rumors about Spicer's possible exit and replacements, Colbert was amused that one possibility is the job will be filled by multiple candidates rotating in order to avoid Trump getting angry or bored with the person in the position.

"If you don't catch a hacker, okay, in the act, it's very hard to say who did the hacking", Trump said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

Colbert noted that neither cameras or audio was allowed in Spicer's press briefing Monday and joked, "That's a big change from his usual press briefing, where only information is prohibited". It was reported earlier this week that the president said that the bill the House of Representatives passed was "mean". "I'd be glad to touch base". Colbert responded to that comment with a "Sean Spicer After Dark" photo.

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"Does the president share those views?" the reporter asked.

In December, Trump's team attacked members of the intelligence community who concluded that the Russians sought to help Trump during the election by releasing hacked campaign emails from Democrats.

"When we have an announcement of a personnel nature, we'll let you know", he added.

The White House has been holding a series of off-camera briefings in place of the traditional daily media events.

As The Telegraph reports, Sean Spicer has previously given his own justification on why he has been prohibiting the recordings and choosing to go off-camera instead.

"I think we have done a very good job of not just providing opportunities here at a daily briefing, but also making ourselves available as a staff nearly 20, 24 hours a day when it comes down to it", Spicer said.