President Donald Trump spoke up about the reason press secretary Sarah Sanders hasn’t been holding her briefings, and according to the president’s tweet, it was his idea.
“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 on Tuesday.
“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
Sanders has faced criticism over not holding a briefing since Dec. 18, which was 35 days ago. According to Fox News, the previous record for the longest time spent away from briefings by press secretaries was 29 days.
“This stretch comes amid an intense partial government shutdown, with no end in sight,” Fox reported. “The government ran out of funding on Dec. 22, over a border security funding debate between the White House and congressional Democrats, and has left more than 800,000 federal workers and contractors without pay. Tuesday marks the 32nd day of the partial shutdown.”
Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley also defended the press secretary’s more infrequent press briefings on Tuesday.
“She will come back when she finds a reason to do that, because so often, so funny, because the media often tell us when Sarah Sanders stands…at this podium, ‘why can’t we hear from the president? we need to hear more from the president,’” Gidley said on “America’s Newsroom.”
“Sarah Sanders will absolutely be back to the podium…delivering the message to the American people,” he said.
Gidley added that “a lot of times we don’t come to the podium” because “the president addressed the American people” in other ways. “It doesn’t necessarily mean Sarah Sanders needs to be at the podium when the president is talking to the American people.”