Sarah Sanders slammed for defending Covington teen

Sarah Sanders slammed for defending Covington teen

The White House briefing room, a keystone of modern presidential messaging, has been largely abandoned under Mr Trump.

The president cultivated chaos among his advisers, Sims writes, but he says "it's dang near impossible to spend one-on-one time with Donald Trump and not end up liking him".

Defenders of the briefings say they generally give reporters the opportunity to set the agenda, and also to learn about what an administration is doing below the presidential level.

In Sanders' most recent briefing on December 18, the leading headlines involved the president moving forward with his ban on bump stocks and the delay in the sentencing for his former national security adviser Michael Flynn. I've done over 100 briefings, answered thousands of questions for members of the press. Trump said. "Most will never cover us fairly & hence, the term, Fake News!"

The last briefing where Ms Sanders took questions from reporters was on December 18.

"Fox & Friends" co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked Sanders about the growing criticism that the infrequency of White House press briefings fosters a lack of transparency at the White House and limits its accessibility the public.

"She's going to come back when she finds a reason to do that", Gidley replied.

The frequency of briefings tapered off previous year, and Sanders has clashed with some correspondents, including CNN's Jim Acosta.

The White House did not immediately offer comment to CNN on the released excerpts.

"Sarah Sanders will absolutely be back at this podium talking to the press and delivering the message to the American people", Gidley said. On both counts, President Trump blasted the media for its deceitfulness.

"We're focused on what's happening in the world right now", Sanders continued.

Sims concludes he had "let my personal relationship to the president blind me to the one unfailing truth that applied to anyone with whom he didn't share a last name: we were all disposable".

"A lot of the times when we don't come to the podium, it's because the President has addressed the American people himself".

On Tuesday, President Trump tweeted an explanation for why briefings are sparse.

"And the second part the president brought up is that I think that the briefing turned into a circus, where you created a bunch of YouTube stars, that were B-rate reporters to begin with, and had gotten no recognition in the past", Spicer added in part.

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