President Trump suggested in a new interview that he might get rid of White House press briefings, unless he chooses to do them himself every two weeks.
Fox News released a clip of Trump’s interview with Jeanine Pirro in which Trump stands by his tweet floating the possibility of cancelling “all future” press briefings “for the sake of accuracy.”
“We don’t have press conferences, we just don’t have them, unless I have them every two weeks and I do them myself,” Trump said. “I think it’s a good idea.”
White House press briefings are typically held daily and are conducted by the White House press secretary or deputy press secretary.
Trump slammed the daily White House press briefings as having “a level of hostility” that is “very unfair.” He also offered praise for press secretary Sean Spicer, but didn’t commit to Spicer’s job being secure.
“He’s a wonderful human being. He’s a nice man,” Trump said. “He’s been getting beat up.”
But when asked if Spicer was safe in his job as press secretary, Trump demurred, saying “he’s been there from the beginning.”
Trump’s suggestion to cancel press briefings was met with criticism from members of the media who regularly attend the briefings. CNN anchor John Berman responded to Trump’s suggestion by saying instead, Trump could just “cancel lies.”