Trump just threatened to cancel all press briefings for the most absurd reason

In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump is now openly entertaining the idea of cancelling all future White House press briefings.

In a Friday morning tweet, Trump expressed frustration at the “fake” news media for continuing to report on the ongoing Congressional and FBI investigations of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and its alleged ties to Russia. In classic Trumpian fashion, the President of the United States referred to himself while taking a jab at his political opponents, all in 140 characters or less.

He then rushed to defend his White House communications team in another tweet, insisting that his press spokespeople can’t be expected to be 100 percent truthful during his tumultuous administration. The tweet, while not mentioning any names specifically, is likely referring to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who is filling in for White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for the remainder of the week by being the one to host the daily press briefing.

While no reason was given for Spicer’s sudden absence, it’s particularly noteworthy that Huckabee Sanders was announced as the point person for this week’s press briefings after a viral story about Sean Spicer hiding in the bushes near the White House to get away from reporters made its rounds.

Trump hinted that, for the sake of accuracy, all future press briefings may be replaced by written statements:

Trump didn’t offer any clarification on his tweet on whether or not he was just venting or actually considering the idea, but he would be breaking new ground as President if he did, in fact, cancel White House press briefings. During the Bush administration, when a months-long renovation of the James Brady briefing room was announced, the administration had to go out of its way to assure reporters that the procedure of holding a daily briefing for the sake of transparency wasn’t changing, and that the renovation was just a temporary setback.

 

Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.