Trump says he instructed Sarah Sanders to stop doing White House press briefings

Source: Washington Examiner | January 22, 2019 | Steven Nelson

President Trump said Tuesday that he told White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to stop giving daily press briefings due to dishonest and hostile reporting.

“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,” Trump tweeted. “I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!”

The tweet followed White House spokesman Hogan Gidley’s Tuesday morning appearance on Fox News, during which Gidley avoided giving a direct answer on why the briefings gradually tapered off last year.

Gidley offered an explanation similar to one Sanders herself has offered when asked: that Trump’s frequent social media posts and interactions with reporters make briefings unnecessary.

But Gidley also suggested that briefings may resume, despite there being none yet in 2019, aside from an early January presidential address from the briefing room podium, without questions.

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