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Jim Acosta of CNN shouts questions as he waits with other reporters in the rain outside the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, as Republican senators leave from the North Portico without speaking to reporters after meeting with President Barack Obama regarding the government shutdown and debt ceiling. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

CNN's Jim Acosta blasted the White House for its off-camera news briefing


CNN's senior White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, unleashed what seems to be quite a bit of pent-up frustration toward the Trump administration on Monday after news outlets were not allowed to record Sean Spicer's news briefing. 

"Make no mistake about what we are all witnessing. This is a WH that is stonewalling the news media," Acosta tweeted before blasting the White House on-camera after the briefing. 

Acosta told CNN's Brooke Baldwin that the White House press secretary is "just kind of useless." 

"If he can't come out and answer the questions, and they're just not going to do this on camera or audio, why are we even having these briefings or these gaggles in the first place?" Acosta said. He added that during the briefing, reporters asked about President Trump's position on climate change, as well as, where the tapes of Trump's conversations with former FBI Director James Comey are being kept. 

Acosta said he thinks the Trump administration is preventing the press from recording news briefings because they "want their evasive answers not saved for posterity." The CNN correspondent added that he simply doesn't understand why everyone is going along with this. 

"It just doesn't make any sense to me, and it just feels like we're sort of slowly but surely being dragged into what is a new normal in this country where the president of the United States of America is allowed to insulate himself from answering hard questions," he said.

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