Published: Wed, January 23, 2019
Science | By Michele Flores

President Trump Explains Why Press Briefings Don't Happen Anymore

President Trump Explains Why Press Briefings Don't Happen Anymore

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President Trump on Tuesday said he told Sarah Sanders "not to bother" giving press briefings, citing inaccurate coverage, as the White House press secretary continues her longest stretch away from the podium.

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Trump frequently addresses the media in impromptu press conferences outside the White House before traveling places. "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".

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Gidley said the briefings had not permanently ended.

"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.

"It's kind of ridiculous".

The Senate is on track to introduce President Donald Trump's Border Wall proposal today as 800,000 federal workers steel themselves to miss a second paycheck.

The frequency of briefings tapered off a year ago, and Sanders has clashed with some correspondents, including CNN's Jim Acosta.

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