Donald Trump Boasts He Shut Down White House Press Briefings

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Donald Trump Boasts He Shut Down White House Press Briefings

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hasn't hosted a press briefing in 2019 so far, and a recent tweet from President Donald Trump indicates that she won't any time soon.

"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 wrote on Twitter on Tuesday, referring to his press secretary.

The last briefing took place on December 18.

But Sanders told host Sean Hannity: "We hope fake news doesn't become the forever brand of the news media because it's not good for the country".

Through Jan. 10, Trump has had 577 media availabilities since he's been president, according to Martha Kumar, a Towson State University professor and expert on White House Communications. The stretch has occurred during the government shutdown, too.

"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.

"She will come back when she finds a reason to do that, because so often, so amusing, 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". Sanders has said it makes more sense for the public to hear from the president himself.

Spicer said he believes Trump has engaged with the press more often than previous presidents, through press sprays and gaggles, but he also said there is a goal to the press briefings that has been lost on many reporters.

Trump has a rocky relationship with the media, which he often calls out for what he believes is false and unfair reporting of him and his administration. Trump appeared in the briefing room earlier this month but did not take questions from reporters.

White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley says Sarah Sanders will "absolutely" return to the podium to talk to the press and deliver messages to the American people.

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