"The briefing is one small part of what this extensive staff does to engage the media", Spicer said.
As critical as he was of Acosta's pretentious behavior, Henry had some advice for the White House press secretary, who has been opting for more off-screen press gaggles lately.
After several such outbursts by Acosta, another reporter asked Spicer about the White House's decision. In the face of the Trump administration's intransigence, some Twitter users have asked Acosta and other White House reporters to simply turn their cameras on, or record or stream the briefings on their phones or an app like Periscope. 'Can you tell us why you turned the cameras off?
The White House did allow audio of the briefing, but it was on an embargo until it ended.
"It's a legitimate question", chimed in April Ryan, a veteran reporter for the American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN contributor.
"Some days we will have them, some days we won't", Spicer said, noting that President Trump would be making an appearance later in the day and "I want the president's voice to carry the day".
Spicer said the White House will have a mix of different ways to deal with media questions.
The White House Correspondents' Association has urged Spicer to keep the briefing televised in the interests of transparency and a healthy democracy. Spicer then apologized to the reporter Acosta was interrupting.
But Spicer called that claim "truly fake news" in an interview Monday afternoon. He is the White House correspondent for Reuters. Past administrations have occasionally offered up an off-camera press gaggle here and there but nothing anywhere close to what this White House is now doing.
The White House knows all of this. But when Trump held a Rose Garden ceremony with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, even that route to the president was cut off. Melissa McCarthy has also mocked Spicer's intensity in multiple "SNL" skits, further popularizing the briefings. The White House said Trump wasn't answering questions.