White House press secretary Sarah Sanders eluded to the idea that she might discontinue press briefings altogether in the near future.
The presidential assistant told “Fox & Friends on Wednesday that “we’ll see what happens,” when asked about President Donald Trump telling her “not to bother” with briefings.
Sanders assured the hosts that she takes questions from reporters “every single day,” and “the idea that we’re not doing briefings is absolutely absurd.”
“Look, we are in the business of getting information to the American people,” Huckabee Sanders said. “Not making stars out of people that want to become contributors on CNN, and that’s a lot of times what we see taking place in the briefing room.”
Sanders has not given a briefing from the White House press room since Dec. 18, but stated that the reporters who cover the White House have ample access to her and the president as well as other members of the administration.
Sanders, who hasn’t given a briefing from the White House press room since Dec. 18, said reporters have plenty of access to her, the president and other administration officials.
“I take questions from reporters every single day,” Sanders said. “The idea that this White House isn’t accessible to the press is absolutely laughable. I’ve done over 100 briefings, and answered thousands of questions from members of the press.”
The press secretary went on: “We’re more than happy to take questions, but we think that there should be a certain level of decorum and a certain level of honesty and responsibility that comes with that.
The president tweeted on Tuesday that he instructed Sanders to halt the briefings:
“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 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. I told her not to bother, the word gets out anyway! Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2019