Trump says he told Sanders 'not to bother' with briefing

Trump says he told Sanders 'not to bother' with briefing

The organization that represents White House journalists said Tuesday the recent lack of organized press briefings in the West Wing "sets a awful precedent" and should be reversed.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday, "The reason Sarah Sanders does not go to the "podium" much anymore is that the press covers her so rudely & inaccurately, in particular certain members of the press".

'Look, I don't think we're going to listen to her on much of anything, ' Sanders told host Sean Hannity when questioned about the Congresswoman's recent statement. ABC News also pointed out that data show that "Trump is well on track to become the most "accessible' president based on statistics dating back to the time of Ronald Reagan", citing "Trump's own frequent engagements with reporters".

In a tweet, the president said Tuesday that most of the press corps "will never cover us fairly".

President Trump watched on television, increasingly angry, as House Speaker Paul D. Ryan criticized his handling of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. But Larry Kudlow, top economic adviser to Trump, did a stand-up interview from the briefing room, and afterward took questions from reporters.

Gidley said the briefings had not permanently ended.

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"Sarah Sanders will absolutely be back to the podium ... delivering the message to the American people", he said.

"It's not that they've ever stopped, it's just that sometimes we need to come to the podium to communicate things and sometimes we don't", Gidley said.

The last televised daily press briefing with Sanders was December 18, 2018.

"It's kind of ridiculous".

She and other White House officials have spoken to reporters in more-informal gaggles on the White House driveway several times since then.

Spicer said he believes Trump has engaged with the press more often than previous presidents, through press sprays and gaggles, but he also said there is a objective to the press briefings that has been lost on many reporters.

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