White House Correspondents Slam Trum for Pulling Back Briefings


The last White House Press briefing took place on December 18, the Associated Press reported, four days before the ongoing government shutdown began.

Sanders also took issue with the accuracy of the media on Hannity Tuesday night, particularly last week's BuzzFeed News report that stated President Trump had told his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress.

"While other avenues exist to obtain information, the robust, public back-and-forth we've come to expect in the James S. Brady briefing room helps highlight that no one in a healthy republic is above being questioned", Olivier Knox said.

According to the UCSB presidency project, "the length of time between briefings is longer than any of the preceding 13 press secretaries". The last press briefing was December 18-35 days ago, which marks Sanders' longest stretch away from the podium.

The White House Correspondents Association condemned the discontinuation of the afternoon briefing as a retreat from transparency and accountability.

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"I think what happened with BuzzFeed is a great lesson for the media", Sanders said, referring to the news outlet's story that President Trump told Michael Chen to lie to Congress. The stretch has occurred during the government shutdown, too.

"I take questions from reporters every single day", she said. "Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!"

Team of Vipers, a new book written by former White House aide Cliff Sims, has rocked the beltway by shining a light on the inner workings of President Donald Trump's West Wing. Meanwhile, the White House press office has been holding fewer press briefings, frustrating the press.

Hours before Nicholas Sandmann - the MAGA-hat-wearing Covington Catholic High School student accused of taunting a Native American veteran in a controversial video - appeared on Wednesday's Today broadcast to insist that his behavior was "not disrespectful", he found support from a major White House player: press secretary Sarah Sanders. "Certainly not listening to the freshman Congresswoman on when the world may end", said Sanders.

Sanders then hit various unnamed reporters for wanting to become "stars" in the press room and becoming "contributors on CNN".