Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Trump Tells Sarah Sanders ‘Not to Bother’ With Press Briefings Anymore

Trump Tells Sarah Sanders ‘Not to Bother’ With Press Briefings Anymore

As The Hill reports, "White House press briefings grew increasingly rare over the course of 2018". Sanders has not provided an on-camera briefing for more than a month, including the duration of the partial government shutdown.

"I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway!" he tweeted.

"This retreat from transparency and accountability sets a bad precedent".

In a tweet, the president said Tuesday that most of the press corps "will never cover us fairly". "While other avenues exist to obtain information, the robust, public back-and-forth we've come to expect in the James A. Brady briefing room helps highlight that no one in a healthy republic is above being questioned", WHCA President Olivier Knox released in a statement. But Larry Kudlow, top economic adviser to Trump, did a stand-up interview from the briefing room, and afterward took questions from reporters.

"Look, I don't think we're going to listen to her on much of anything, particularly not on matters we're gonna leave in the hands of a much, much higher authority, and certainly not listen to the freshman Congresswoman on when the world may end".

"A lot of the times when we don't come to the podium it's because the president has addressed the American people himself".

He added that in the past, when Sanders was appearing more regularly, the media wanted to hear more from Trump.

Sanders said the president is more focused on what is happening "in the world right now" instead of securing the United States for the future.

"It's kind of ridiculous".

Another missive reads: "Last time I went to Davos, the Fake News said I should not go there".

The frequency of briefings tapered off past year, and Sanders has clashed with some correspondents, including CNN's Jim Acosta. The government ran out of funding on December 22, over a border security funding debate between the White House and congressional Democrats, and has left more than 800,000 federal workers and contractors without pay.

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