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White House briefing is off-camera again

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/17/2017
White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to members of the media in the Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) © The Associated Press White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to members of the media in the Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

NEW YORK (AP) — Early in the Trump administration, the daily press briefing was must-see TV. Yet the cameras remained off once again Monday when Sean Spicer met with reporters.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to members of the media in the Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) © The Associated Press White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to members of the media in the Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The off-camera session came on the same day that ABC announced a new digital program, "The Briefing Room," designed to provide analysis of these press conferences.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer points to members of the media as he answers questions in the Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) © The Associated Press White House press secretary Sean Spicer points to members of the media as he answers questions in the Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

A Democratic congressman has also proposed a bill requiring the White House hold two on-camera briefings a week, an attempt to goad the administration into greater transparency.

Members of the media raise their hands during as White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks in the Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) © The Associated Press Members of the media raise their hands during as White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks in the Brady Briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

But news networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC were forced to show still pictures of Spicer on Monday as he talked off-camera.

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