You can only guess that President Trump has lost faith in the answers and optics of Sean Spicer handling questions at the podium of White House press briefings.
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster held today's on-camera press briefing at 11:30 AM, while Spicer will reportedly hold an off-camera briefing at 2PM with the White House press pool.
Last night, McMaster denounced the Washington Post's report that President Donald Trump revealed highly classified intelligence with Russian officials last week in the Oval Office.
Today, McMaster told the White House press pool that the conversation with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador was "wholly appropriate," even though President Trump didn't even know where the information he shared came from.
🚨 McMaster: “The president wasn’t even aware of where this information came from.” pic.twitter.com/Q9C7FT62mz— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) May 16, 2017
Before that, however, Trump threw his national security team under the bus by tweeting he did indeed share the intel with Russia, adding he has the "absolute right" to do so.
As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
...to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2017
According to Buzzfeed reporter Adrian Carrasquillo, White House staffers turned the TVs in the West Wing up to drown out the back-and-forth of a closed door meeting where Team Trump attempted to figure their way out of this latest misstep.
Per @TreyYingst, Bannon, Mike Dubke, Sarah Sanders and Spicer walked into cabinet room just now. They did not look happy.— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) May 15, 2017
Can now hear yelling coming from room where officials are. https://t.co/xh8LQ0paPM— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) May 15, 2017
WH comms staffers just put the TVs on super loud after we could hear yelling coming from room w/ Bannon, Spicer, Sanders— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) May 15, 2017